364 episodes

Join former college coach Mike Cunningham as he interviews track and field coaches from around the world uplifting and honoring their journey. We explore each coach's unique path discussing mentors, lessons learned, and successes along the way. Hear their story in their words and gain valuable insight into what makes them successful. If you want to connect with and learn more about the story behind the coach, this podcast is for you. The Gill Connections Podcast publishes a new unique interview each Monday morning.

The Gill Athletics Track and Field Connections Podcast Gill Athletics

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    • 4.8 • 58 Ratings

Join former college coach Mike Cunningham as he interviews track and field coaches from around the world uplifting and honoring their journey. We explore each coach's unique path discussing mentors, lessons learned, and successes along the way. Hear their story in their words and gain valuable insight into what makes them successful. If you want to connect with and learn more about the story behind the coach, this podcast is for you. The Gill Connections Podcast publishes a new unique interview each Monday morning.

    Bonus: Athletics LLC S3 E40 'I said what I said' January 20, 2023

    Bonus: Athletics LLC S3 E40 'I said what I said' January 20, 2023

    Straight from the mouth of the tiles, the show goes up, down, back, and forth with the phrase "I said what I said".  Starting off with the NFL play off weekend picks, the tiles are standing by what they pick for the weekend...which one is making an unruly prediction???  Next, going thru the variety of indoor facilities and now outright acknowledging  that there are facilities that are producing better marks...does the descending order have merit?  Lastly, with mention of marks...there are a WHOLE  faction of marks that are missing from the World Athletics rankings.  The NCAA marks, by-in-large, will not be accounted for.  What do the tiles say about that???  Sit back and enjoy!

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    Connect with us:
    Host Mike Cunningham on Twitter: @mikecunningham
    Email: sales@gillathletics.com
    Phone: 800-637-3090
    Twitter: @GillAthletics
    Instagram: @GillAthletics1918
    Facebook: facebook.com/gillathletics
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/gillathletics/

    • 1 hr 22 min
    #192: Erik Jenkins-University of South Florida

    #192: Erik Jenkins-University of South Florida

    You're not going to want to miss this one! While we get a great look into Erik's background as a Hilltopper of Western Kentucky University and his new role as the head coach of the University of South Florida, we dig really deep into conversations around coaching salaries, personal responsibilities versus professional, and more. We bust the myth of 'cleaning house' when you take over a new program and why keeping a member of the former staff might just end up being the best hire you'll make. And we get to learn the power and influence of mentors to Erik's journey in this great profession. ENJOY!

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    Want to have an exploratory conversation about YOUR track equipment needs?
    Connect with us:
    Host Mike Cunningham on Twitter: @mikecunningham
    Email: sales@gillathletics.com
    Phone: 800-637-3090
    Twitter: @GillAthletics
    Instagram: @GillAthletics1918
    Facebook: facebook.com/gillathletics
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/gillathletics/

    • 1 hr 53 min
    BONUS: Sammy Dabbs-High School Coach vs Club Coach debate

    BONUS: Sammy Dabbs-High School Coach vs Club Coach debate

    Sammy Dabbs is a highly successful track coach who's achieved outstanding results in the high school, college and professional ranks. Recently he held an Instagram Live event espousing his opinions and suggestions for high school coaches and club coaches to work together for the betterment of the program and athletes. While Sammy is very Texas specific in his examples, there is a lot of great information for all coaches of all levels to soak up and consider. We think there is merit to this discussion and therefore asked for and received permission to replay his talk on the Gill Connections podcast as a bonus episode.  At Gill Athletics, we believe all coaches who invest in communication, education, and equipment have longer healthier careers producing life long track athletes and fans that go on to become the next generation of coaches. You can follow along and communicate with Coach Dabbs on Instagram and Twitter @hurcoachdabb.

    Want to have an exploratory conversation about YOUR track equipment needs?
    Connect with us:
    Host Mike Cunningham on Twitter: @mikecunningham
    Email: sales@gillathletics.com
    Phone: 800-637-3090
    Twitter: @GillAthletics
    Instagram: @GillAthletics1918
    Facebook: facebook.com/gillathletics
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/gillathletics/

    • 57 min
    Bonus: Athletics LLC S3 E39 'Goals' January 13, 2023

    Bonus: Athletics LLC S3 E39 'Goals' January 13, 2023

    What are some goals that are being brought up this week?  Relay selection is up to the plate first: the tiles address what THEY THINK is the goal of the selection process?  Next, the NCAA has passed legislation doing away with the "volunteer coach" position and now allowing for an additional coach for baseball and softball.  What would be the goal for collegiate programs with another permissible coaching position that can now recruit? Lastly, the NFL...what teams do we think are going to get to their goals of moving out of the wild card weekend?    It's a fun one, this week!  See you in a few clicks!

    Want to have an exploratory conversation about YOUR track equipment needs?
    Connect with us:
    Host Mike Cunningham on Twitter: @mikecunningham
    Email: sales@gillathletics.com
    Phone: 800-637-3090
    Twitter: @GillAthletics
    Instagram: @GillAthletics1918
    Facebook: facebook.com/gillathletics
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/gillathletics/

    • 1 hr
    #191: Kibwe Johnson-Spire Institute

    #191: Kibwe Johnson-Spire Institute

    Director of Track and Filed of the Spire Academy, Kibwe Johnson joins us to talk some track. We get a fresh look at his athletic career that culminated in becoming an Olympian. This was a dream instilled into him by his grandparents who were Olympics super fans! We then explore his roles as the throws coach of IMG Academy and now as head of the Spire Academy, two unique institutions immersed in sports and academics. We round out the interview getting his thoughts and feelings around the Tao of Hammer. 

    WATCH ON YOUTUBE

    Want to have an exploratory conversation about YOUR track equipment needs?
    Connect with us:
    Host Mike Cunningham on Twitter: @mikecunningham
    Email: sales@gillathletics.com
    Phone: 800-637-3090
    Twitter: @GillAthletics
    Instagram: @GillAthletics1918
    Facebook: facebook.com/gillathletics
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/gillathletics/

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Bonus: Athletics LLC S3 E38 'Some more P's for the list' January 6, 2023

    Bonus: Athletics LLC S3 E38 'Some more P's for the list' January 6, 2023

    Sir FWP aka Sir Lucious has gotten a rep for dropping knowledge and they are tending to be words that start with the letter P.  Well this week, not only does Sir Lucious drop some valuable Ps...Clyde, The Governor, and Lamar throw a couple too!

    Want to have an exploratory conversation about YOUR track equipment needs?
    Connect with us:
    Host Mike Cunningham on Twitter: @mikecunningham
    Email: sales@gillathletics.com
    Phone: 800-637-3090
    Twitter: @GillAthletics
    Instagram: @GillAthletics1918
    Facebook: facebook.com/gillathletics
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/gillathletics/

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

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Our Stories!

Great podcast highlighting our stories as track and field and cross country coaches! It's awesome to hear other coaches stories and see how similar so many of our experiences are as coaches but also hear those differences in our paths. It's uplifting to know so many of us are on similar journeys together!

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Opens the door!

Mike nails it!
This podcast gives an amazing insight to the world of track and field through great and insightful conversations with the great minds of track and field from the local club AAU coach to the the coaches of the biggest D1 programs.

As a parent of a young upcoming thrower listening to Mike and his coaches/guests, this podcast makes me a better track parents with a growing passion for the sport each week a new episode is released.

I highly recommend this podcast for both the seasoned athlete and up and coming athlete or just a fan of the sport.

This podcast has influenced me so much that I have even committed to help coaching my son youth team next year and beyond.

100% a 5 star program

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Awesome guests and hosts

Mike does an great job getting awesome guests to come on the show. I like how we get to hear stories of how coaches got their starts. A must listen for track and field coaches and fans.

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