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Unlock the world of track and field coaches with The Gill Connections Podcast. Former high school and college track coach Mike Cunningham brings you closer to the heart of the sport, exploring the unique journeys of coaches worldwide. Engage with inspiring stories, uncover strategies that define success, and dive into the experiences that shape the track and field world. Subscribe for a fresh, insightful episode every Monday morning, connecting you with the authentic stories behind the coaches. Your weekly dose of inspiration and knowledge in track and field coaching is here!

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    • 4.9 • 70 Ratings

Unlock the world of track and field coaches with The Gill Connections Podcast. Former high school and college track coach Mike Cunningham brings you closer to the heart of the sport, exploring the unique journeys of coaches worldwide. Engage with inspiring stories, uncover strategies that define success, and dive into the experiences that shape the track and field world. Subscribe for a fresh, insightful episode every Monday morning, connecting you with the authentic stories behind the coaches. Your weekly dose of inspiration and knowledge in track and field coaching is here!

    #268: Linh Nguyen-Emory University

    #268: Linh Nguyen-Emory University

    🎙️ Gill Connections Podcast Episode: Unveiling Coaching Wisdom with Linh Nguyen! 🎙️

    Get ready to dive deep into the world of track and field coaching with our esteemed guest, Linh Nguyen, the head coach of Emory University! 🦅✨ This episode is packed with valuable insights, heartfelt tributes, and inspiring stories that will leave you motivated and informed. 🌟

    In this episode:

    A heartfelt tribute to Brooks Johnson, a legendary coach whose impact resonates deeply within the coaching community. Hear about his legacy and the incredible influence he had on young athletes and fellow coaches. 🏅❤️

    Linh Nguyen shares his coaching philosophy and the journey that led him to Emory University. Discover the wisdom behind his statement: "You can't teach an assistant coach character, integrity, loyalty, etc, but you can teach them workouts, philosophy, etc." 📚🤝

    An exploration of Linh's early encounters with Brooks Johnson and how those moments shaped his coaching career. Learn about the lessons he took from Brooks and how they continue to influence his approach to coaching. 🌱👟

    Insights into the challenges and rewards of transitioning from being a coach at a smaller program to leading a prestigious team like Emory's. Linh's journey is a testament to perseverance, adaptability, and the pursuit of excellence. 💪🏆

    Join us for an episode filled with emotional reflections, practical advice, and a celebration of the coaching profession. Whether you're a coach, an athlete, or someone passionate about sports, this conversation will provide you with a deeper understanding of what it takes to excel in the world of track and field. 🥇🎧

    Tune in and be inspired by the stories, lessons, and experiences shared by Linh Nguyen, a coach who embodies the true spirit of mentorship and dedication. 🌟👥



    🌟 Explore Our Archive: Dive into over 200 episodes featuring insights from coaching legends like Sean Carlson of Univ of Tennessee, Dave Smith of Oklahoma State, Kyle Rutledge of Pitt State, and many more! Find us on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more for your listening pleasure.



    📲 Stay Connected: Want to get in touch with our host, Mike Cunningham? Follow him on Twitter (@MikeCunningham), shoot him an email at mcunningham@gillathletics.com, or send a text to 217-898-3038. We love hearing from our listeners! 🎧👍

    • 1 hr 58 min
    #267: David Self-Sam Houston State University

    #267: David Self-Sam Houston State University

    In this episode, we dive into the inspiring journey of David Self, the head coach of Sam Houston State University's track and field program. From the challenges of summer ☀️ to his deep connections in the sport 🏆, David's story is one of resilience, passion, and dedication.



    Join us as David shares his incredible journey, including his early days 👶, the transformative experiences at Garden City Community College 🏫, and his return to Texas 🏠. David opens up about the pivotal moments that shaped his career, the importance of mentorship 👨‍🏫, and the values he instills in his athletes 💪.



    Highlight Quote:

    "Coaching is not just about the wins and losses; it's about developing young men and women who will go on to be successful in life 🌟. It's about the impact we make beyond the track." - David Self



    Tune in for an episode filled with insights 💡, personal stories 📖, and a deep appreciation for the sport of track and field. Whether you're a coach, athlete, or fan, David's journey will inspire and motivate you.



    🌟 Explore Our Archive: Dive into over 200 episodes featuring insights from coaching legends like Sean Carlson of Univ of Tennessee, Dave Smith of Oklahoma State, Kyle Rutledge of Pitt State, and many more! Find us on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more for your listening pleasure.



    📲 Stay Connected: Want to get in touch with our host, Mike Cunningham? Follow him on Twitter (@MikeCunningham), shoot him an email at mcunningham@gillathletics.com, or send a text to 217-898-3038. We love hearing from our listeners! 🎧👍

    • 2 hr 3 min
    #266: June Villers-Waxahachie (TX) High School

    #266: June Villers-Waxahachie (TX) High School

    In this thrilling episode of the Gill Athletics Connections Podcast, we're recording on the cusp of the 2024 Olympic Trials, buzzing with excitement for the track-filled summer ahead. Join us as we dive into a vibrant conversation with the remarkable June Villers, head coach at Waxahachie High School in Texas. June's journey from a shy seventh grader to a revered track coach is nothing short of inspiring.



    We discuss her roots, moving frequently as a child before landing in Texas where her passion for track was ignited. Pam DeBoard, her middle school PE teacher, and Brent Jones, her high school coach, played pivotal roles in her development. Their mentorship not only shaped her as an athlete but also inspired her to pursue coaching.



    June shares invaluable insights from her early coaching days at Palmer, emphasizing the importance of learning all event disciplines and the necessity of effective time management. We explore her transition to North Mesquite and then back to her alma mater, DeSoto, where she assisted her former high school coach before eventually stepping into the head coach role. Her story is one of perseverance, adaptability, and a continuous quest for improvement.



    Tune in to hear about her strategies for handling the pressures of head coaching, fostering a positive team culture, and her take on the evolving landscape of college recruiting. Whether you're a seasoned coach, an aspiring athlete, or a track and field enthusiast, June's experiences and wisdom are sure to inspire and enlighten. Don't miss this exciting episode filled with passion, dedication, and the love for the sport!



    🌟 Explore Our Archive: Dive into over 200 episodes featuring insights from coaching legends like Sean Carlson of Univ of Tennessee, Dave Smith of Oklahoma State, Kyle Rutledge of Pitt State, and many more! Find us on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more for your listening pleasure.



    📲 Stay Connected: Want to get in touch with our host, Mike Cunningham? Follow him on Twitter (@MikeCunningham), shoot him an email at mcunningham@gillathletics.com, or send a text to 217-898-3038. We love hearing from our listeners! 🎧👍

    • 1 hr 52 min
    BONUS: Hey Dude! What's Up Man?

    BONUS: Hey Dude! What's Up Man?

    We love to bring you new track and field podcasts that are being published. This week we feature Julia Abell and Wendell McCraven from Texas A&M as they begin their podcasting journey. After listening, give them a subscribe (and 5 star rating and review!)

    • 42 min
    #265: Greg Skipper-Elite Athlete Inc

    #265: Greg Skipper-Elite Athlete Inc

    In this episode of the Gill Athletics Connections Podcast, host Mike Cunningham 🎙️ sits down with Greg Skipper, owner and vice president of Skipper's Elite Athlete 🏆, an authorized dealer of Gill Athletics track and field equipment. Greg shares his journey in track and field, from his early days in Oregon City 🏙️ to becoming a hammer thrower 🥇 at the University of Oregon 🦆. He reflects on his collegiate experiences, balancing academics 📚 and athletics 🏋️‍♂️, and learning from legendary coaches like Lance Deal and Stuart Togher.



    Greg discusses the origins of Skipper's Elite Athlete and how they navigated the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic 🌐. He emphasizes the importance of building strong relationships with coaches 🤝 and providing exceptional service, highlighted in his quote, "We provide a service to coaches from coaches." 🗣️



    Tune in to hear Greg's insights on the evolving landscape of track and field, the significance of team culture 💪, and the future of Skipper's Elite Athlete 🚀. Whether you're a coach, athlete, or track and field enthusiast, this episode offers valuable perspectives on the sport and the business behind it.



    🌟 Explore Our Archive: Dive into over 200 episodes featuring insights from coaching legends like Sean Carlson of Univ of Tennessee, Dave Smith of Oklahoma State, Kyle Rutledge of Pitt State, and many more! Find us on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more for your listening pleasure.



    📲 Stay Connected: Want to get in touch with our host, Mike Cunningham? Follow him on Twitter (@MikeCunningham), shoot him an email at mcunningham@gillathletics.com, or send a text to 217-898-3038. We love hearing from our listeners! 🎧👍

    • 1 hr 33 min
    BONUS: Manufacturer's Mindset podcast interviews Mike Cunningham

    BONUS: Manufacturer's Mindset podcast interviews Mike Cunningham

    National Business Development Manager Mike Cunningham recently was invite to the Manufacturer's Mindset podcast to talk about his work as a Biz Dev Manager in a US based manufacturer. He gives a behind the curtain look at some of the functions and benefits of being a sporting goods manufacturer as well as speaks on track coach and dealer network's value to the Gill brand.

    • 29 min

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State Meet Qualifying Podcast Series!

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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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