The Bottom Line by Ben Rogers is a podcast that links lessons learned from sports, business, and life. Ben Rogers is the Founder of TBL Coaching LLC, a performance coaching business that encourages ironclad attitudes, disciplined habits, and an intense focus on preparation. Performance Coaching is rooted in accountability and action: clients are held accountable to executing action plans to achieve maximum performance on and off the field of whatever game they play. Performance levels are directly linked to preparation and The Bottom Line is that practice is more important than the game. Guests on the podcast include coaches, athletes, and other leaders. Average sits on the bench!
TBL Underground Huddle #3: Kevin Eastman
The Underground Huddle is a virtual group meeting between all TBL clients and other select guests that occurs two times per year and features a guest speaker. TBL’s 3rd Underground Huddle and the first of 2021 featured Kevin Eastman, who was a head and assistant college basketball coach for over 20 years, and an NBA assistant coach and executive from 2004 – 2016 with the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Clippers. In 2008, Coach Eastman became an NBA Champion when his Celtics defeated Kobe Bryant’s & Phil Jackson’s Lakers in 6 games. On the 2008 team was head coach Doc Rivers and players Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and more. A lifelong learner, Coach Eastman moved right into speaking and writing after his coaching career. In 2018, his book Why The Best Are The Best was published. His many experiences with THE BEST are recounted in the book and those experiences combined with Coach Eastman’s wisdom quickly made the book a best seller.
The mission of TBL Coaching is to build an army of Disciplined Leaders who are present with and positively impact their relationships and their community. We are a performance coaching company and our services are for current or aspiring leaders who crave significant and continual improvement in themselves, their relationships, and their teams – both on and off the field of whatever game they play. Our clients include leaders in sports, business, and other areas of life. TBL Coaches drive ironclad attitudes, disciplined habits, and an intense focus on preparation.
TBL 037: Grace & Grit
Inspired by a magazine article on a flight headed home, Rebecca Powers founded Impact Austin in 2003. A collective giving organization with a simple and inspirational concept – bringing women and their financial resources together to make a profound impact in their region – Impact Austin has given $7.5M to grant recipients and currently has 400 members that each put $1,000 into a grant pool annually. A believer in the simplicity of success, Powers’ first book titled “Trust Your Cape” will be available on Amazon in May 2021. In this book – and in this recording – learn how joy results from taking a leap of faith especially when coupled with grace and grit.
TBL 036: Relentless Accountability, Reliable Relationships
When asked about the importance of accountability, University of South Carolina Head Football Coach Shane Beamer says that it’s “so huge and we just need to be relentless about it. You can’t pick and choose. I think the minute you say something is important and the minute you put something on a wall that something is going to be important in our program…the minute you let that slide and you don’t make it important, it’s over. We’ve been relentless about that in holding guys accountable. It’s why it’s a core value of what this program is going to be about.” Now in his first head coaching role at the young age of 44, Coach Beamer started his football coaching career as a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech and Tennessee before landing position jobs in the Mississippi State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Georgia, and Oklahoma football programs. “I’ve been preparing to be a head coach since I got into coaching” according to Coach Beamer, who also noted that he’s been able to rely on solid relationships built over the years with other football coaches such as Kirby Smart, Lincoln Riley, and Frank Beamer as well as basketball coaches like Sherri Coale, Dawn Staley, and Rob Ehsan, among others.
TBL 035: Resurrection
Former head basketball coach at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) Rob Ehsan was fired right after the Conference-USA Tournament was cancelled in March 2020. One of the youngest head coaches in Division 1, Coach Ehsan faced one of his largest fears early in his career on that Friday the 13th. A time in which most undisciplined leaders would pack it in and get comfortable on the benches of mediocrity, Coach Ehsan realized that there is, in fact, resurrection after death. Rob Ehsan – the head basketball coach at UAB – had died; it was time to “let go of the envy, fantasy, the cancerous restlessness.” It was during a multiple-month vacation with his family where Coach Ehsan realized the power of discipline and consistency in his daily habits. A loving husband and a devoted father of three children, listen to Coach Ehsan speak about his journey and how he prioritizes being present with his family despite the demands of his profession. Today, Rob Ehsan serves as an analyst for the Pac-12 Network but don’t be surprised when you see him back in action as a head basketball coach. After all, death is always followed by resurrection.
TBL Underground Huddle #2: Jesse Grapes
The Underground Huddle is a virtual group meeting between all TBL clients and other select guests that occurs two times per year and features a guest speaker. The second Underground Huddle of 2020 (Dec. 11th) hosted 43 attendees including 29 individuals involved in TBL’s One-on-One and Group Performance Coaching programs. The guest speaker for UH #2 was Jesse Grapes, President of Benedictine Schools of Richmond. Mr. Grapes committed to serve in the United States Marine Corps the day after 9/11. He served as an infantry platoon commander and deployed for three combat tours of duty in Iraq, earning the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his actions. In his Underground Huddle talk he used a 6-minute video from HBO’s Vice News to describe the Battle of Fallujah in 2004, where he and his team used creative on-the-go thinking to ultimately destroy what was known as the “Hell House.” Encouraging the necessity to build “headspace and timing” into the personal schedules of the listeners, Grapes said that the way he does this today is through prayer, physical exercise, and continual learning. Mr. Grapes compares what TBL refers to as Disciplined Leaders to the “Ma Deuce.” A nickname for the M2 Browning machine gun, Grapes says that you can’t hide from a Ma Deuce and its impact should be powerful; however, like a true Disciplined Leader, it doesn’t operate effectively without proper headspace and timing.
TBL 034: The Off-Season Guy
The incoming freshmen each year for the Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA) Division 1 Men’s Basketball team must “reconfigure their relationship with pain” according to the program’s Director of Sports Performance, Daniel Roose. A self-proclaimed “Off-Season Guy,” Coach Roose spent 2009-2019 as the head strength and conditioning coach under Shaka Smart at both VCU and the University of Texas. During his first stint at VCU from 2009-2015, Roose was a cornerstone to the Rams’ defensive style of play famously known as “Havoc,” which requires its athletes to be in outstanding shape. The type of player fit for Roose’s coaching always has “a chip on his shoulder,” and these are the types of players that defeated five Power 5 schools in the NCAA Tournament on their way to VCU’s first ever Final Four in 2011. In 2019, Coach Roose returned to VCU to work for his long-time friend and current VCU Head Coach Mike Rhoades. According to Roose, the move was a no-brainer when Rhoades asked him if he wanted to “come home” while also warning Roose that if he ever missed his own kids’ games, he’d “get punched in the face.” Although his return to VCU in 2019 was with more experience and a larger focus on relationship-building, don’t confuse it with Roose’s goal for his players: he wants them to play “like a pack of Wild Dogs.” Doubling as a family man, Coach Roose is a loving husband and a dedicated father of two children – what TBL Coaching calls a Disciplined Dad. Listeners will enjoy this powerful and motivational conversation once again linking lessons learned from sports and business to life – an episode that is co-hosted by Performance Coach Larry Sanders (founder of TBL Coaching’s Disciplined Dads 90-Day Program).
Great podcast episode with Coach Jamar Lovelace!
In this podcast Ben does a remarkable job engaging with his guests. Throughout their seamless conversations I found myself feeling educated, entertained, and (best of all) inspired. He encourages his listeners to get off the bench and get in the game in order to start living their best lives. I can honestly say, after listening I was ready to do just that! Every day you have the opportunity to have “the best day ever.” Thank you for reminding me, Ben. The Bottom Line podcast has definitely earned a ‘subscribe’ from me.
Excellent podcast - Ben is an organized, motivated, high-energy guy who BRINGS IT every single episode. Phenomenal interviewer and he dives deep into important personal development topics with his guests... highly recommend.