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Texas professional educator, Erik Thormaehlen, sets out on an episodic journey of professional development. This podcast includes interviews with (mostly retired) coaches, superintendents, principals, teachers, and various professional educators. Usually the subject will be a retired AD/HFC but to keep it interesting, that’ll change from time to time. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/erik-thormaehlen/support

Tale Lights Podcast Erik Thormaehlen

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Texas professional educator, Erik Thormaehlen, sets out on an episodic journey of professional development. This podcast includes interviews with (mostly retired) coaches, superintendents, principals, teachers, and various professional educators. Usually the subject will be a retired AD/HFC but to keep it interesting, that’ll change from time to time. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/erik-thormaehlen/support

    #48.2 Kerry Barboza

    #48.2 Kerry Barboza

    Kerry Barboza grew up in San Antonio, Texas. After attending high school at Thomas Jefferson, Kerry was on his way to Oral Roberts in Tulsa, before checking out the coast of Virginia while working on his Master’s Degree and getting his feet wet in the news/sports reporting business. Kerry made it back to the San Antonio area in February of 2002, when he took a job at the Boerne Star. For nearly 20 years, Kerry Barboza has been around every state championship moment, the UIL Lone Star Cup, the split of two high schools, the development of a major private school, and the coverage of the Comfort Bobcats/Deer, and he’s seen it all. From the Paul Talbert years in Comfort, to covering so many amazing Boerne coaches, athletes, programs, and moments, Kerry Barboza got a great seat for the action. The thing is, he was usually standing the whole time, taking pictures, and then headed back home to write about all of these moments and give Boerne Athletes coverage that few are lucky to receive at the prep level. You won’t want to miss it as we cover the top ten stories in Boerne over the last many years. We talk about all kinds of things, but you’ll have to tune in to hear for yourself. Episode #48.1 includes Kerry’s life, growing up, going to college, and returning to the SA area, and then we dive right into the #’s 10, 9, and 8! Later in the week I’ll release #48.2, and we’ll finish out the top 10, by coverings #’s 7-1. I’d have released the entire interview at once, but with a day job, I needed a few night to clean it all up for maximum enjoyment! Don’t miss us discussing the Hall of Honor, Sam Champion, and so much more!

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    #48.1 Kerry Barboza

    #48.1 Kerry Barboza

    Kerry Barboza grew up in San Antonio, Texas. After attending high school at Thomas Jefferson, Kerry was on his way to Oral Roberts in Tulsa, before checking out the coast of Virginia while working on his Master’s Degree and getting his feet wet in the news/sports reporting business. Kerry made it back to the San Antonio area in February of 2002, when he took a job at the Boerne Star. For nearly 20 years, Kerry Barboza has been around every state championship moment, the UIL Lone Star Cup, the split of two high schools, the development of a major private school, and the coverage of the Comfort Bobcats/Deer, and he’s seen it all. From the Paul Talbert years in Comfort, to covering so many amazing Boerne coaches, athletes, programs, and moments, Kerry Barboza got a great seat for the action. The thing is, he was usually standing the whole time, taking pictures, and then headed back home to write about all of these moments and give Boerne Athletes coverage that few are lucky to receive at the prep level. You won’t want to miss it as we cover the top ten stories in Boerne over the last many years. We talk about all kinds of things, but you’ll have to tune in to hear for yourself. Episode #48.1 includes Kerry’s life, growing up, going to college, and returning to the SA area, and then we dive right into the #’s 10, 9, and 8! Later in the week I’ll release #48.2, and we’ll finish out the top 10, by coverings #’s 7-1. I’d have released the entire interview at once, but with a day job, I needed a few night to clean it all up for maximum enjoyment! Don’t miss us discussing the Hall of Honor, Sam Champion, and so much more!


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    #47 Dickie Faught

    #47 Dickie Faught

    Dickie Faught grew up near Brownfield, Texas, and attended college at San Angelo State University.  Coach Faught began his coaching career in Klondike, Texas.  After a two year stint in Klondike, Coach Faught made a jump back towards home and went to Brownfield as an assistant coach for a few years before taking over the girls basketball program at a time when 3 time WNBA MVP, Sheryl Swoopes was in high school.  Coach Faught would coach Brownfield to a state title in 1988.  Soon after he took a job as Girls Coordinator at Hereford High School where he stayed for three years, before jumping to Ozona, Texas, a place where his teams went on to play for three state titles, and win two.  Coach Faught finished his career with a 9 year run in Seminole, and more than 600 wins throughout his amazing career.

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    • 29 min
    #46 Robbie Shivers

    #46 Robbie Shivers

    Coach Shivers grew up in Boerne, Texas.  He graduated the Salutatorian of BHS in the Class of 1992.  As a high school basketball player, Robbie helped the Boerne Greyhounds reach the 1990 State Championship game.  He then went on to Stephen F. Austin University to play college basketball and continue his education, before transferring to Concordia University in Austin, to team up with his older brother David, in a reunion that saw Robbie named as a 2nd Team NAIA All-American.  After graduating, Coach Shivers headed back to Boerne to work as an assistant basketball coach, under his high school coach, and previous podcast guest, Stan Leech.  After 4 years of being an assistant, Coach Shivers decided to move into the head coach world which saw stops in Utopia, Brazoswood, San Marcos, and Lampasas.  Join us as we take a trip down memory lane in the virtual yellow dog, cruising throughout numerous parts of Texas, and expanding upon impressions of each place and the good times.


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    • 1 hr 35 min
    #45 Rip Sewell Tribute

    #45 Rip Sewell Tribute

    In the 45th edition of the Tale Lights Podcast, I did something different.  I sat down with a former player of Coach Rip Sewell to honor the deceased coach that made a major impact in the lives of kids out in Ozona, Texas, for many years.  Blake Moody not only played football and ran track for Coach Sewell, but was also the son of the superintendent during Coach Sewell's time as AD/HFC. We talked about what it was like growing up in Ozona,, playing for Coach Sewell, the experience of an undefeated 1976 season, and much more.  One road we go down is the disappointing 4-3 school board vote in 2015 that determined the stadium would not be named in Coach Sewell's honor.  Coach Sewell is in the THSCA Hall of Honor, and a legend in West Texas.  The fact that small town politics so often get in the way of doing what's right, is as usual, highly disappointing to many of us that appreciate the decades of love and dedication Coach Rip Sewell showed to the kids out in Ozona.


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    • 40 min
    #44 Rick Keith

    #44 Rick Keith

    Rick Keith grew up on the Texas Gulf Coast, when his family's livelihood sent them headed out east to Connecticut.  In many ways it was a real blessing because in Connecticut, "Tex", as he was called, would find the sport of cross country.  As a state qualifying cross country runner, and a member of the varsity hockey team, Rick had quite the adventure in a place where many believed he was a foreign exchange student.  He returned to Texas to attend UT before serving in the military, overseas in Germany.  After returning and completing his education, Coach Keith began a journey that eventually led him out west to Alpine, Texas.  During his time in Alpine, Coach Keith served as the head coach of volleyball, girls track, and cross country.  With over 300 wins as a volleyball coach in 11 seasons, learn how Coach Keith made the switch to cross country and launched an entirely new program at AHS.  Coach Keith and I even engage in a fun debate over whether or not the girls in Texas should be running a 5K.
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    • 2 hr 22 min

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Mike Williamson

I played for Coach Williamson in Uvalde in 1988-89.....tight end/defensive end on the quarterfinal team and bi district champion team. Thank you for this comprehensive interview with him. It brought back a lot of memories and was especially interesting to me to find out how much he grew as a coach from his experiences in Uvalde and how his basic philosophy never changed. Our mantra before every game was Get-an-owl, get-an-antler, get-a-wildcat- etc. etc. basically do what we have taught you in practice- do your job and we will have success. And we did. That man certainly did his job and we knew he cared about us more as human beings rather than just football players. And I know he still could go out there to this day and pick up right where he left off. His take on the game is timeless.....and would translate in any era.

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Could this be any better

Erik knows that there is a great story behind each of these coaches and he’s uncovering history 1 interview at a time! Love it!

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