Presented by Morgan’s Message, The Mental Matchup is a podcast focused on opening up dialogue about athlete mental health. Co-hosts Kat Zempolich and Schuyler DeBree are both former division one athletes who attended Duke University, and are passionate about making sure no one feels alone in their mental health challenges.
Episode 76 - 2022 Wrapped with Leeann Passaro of The Hidden Opponent
This week we have a special holiday podcast episode! Kat is joined by a close friend and mental health advocate Leeann Passaro. Leeann is the COO of The Hidden Opponent, a non-profit focused on breaking the stigma of mental health in athletics. During the episode, Kat and Leeann sit down to chat about different lessons they’ve learned throughout the past year and things they will take with them into 2023. Don’t forget to check out The Hidden Opponent’s instagram @thehiddenopponent. Thank you to everyone for your support this past year and cheers to the New Year!
Episode 75 - Emily Cole & The Player's Plate
In this week’s episode of The Mental Matchup, Kat is joined by Emily Cole. Emily is a collegiate athlete on the Duke University Cross Country team. Emily is candid about her own experience with food and how seemingly “health eating” can potentially be detrimental mentally and physically. As an athlete, it’s important to recognize the importance of prioritizing your health in order to optimize performance. As a female athlete, we are lucky to have Emily on the podcast to share her own story and continue a dialogue surrounding how your body performs versus how you look. Check out her book, The Player’s Plate, on Amazon!
Episode 74 - Tori Bates
In today’s episode of The Mental Matchup, Kat is joined by Tori Bates. Tori grew up in Maryland and played collegiate lacrosse at the University of Florida. Throughout the episode, Tori opens up about her experience as an athlete dealing with multiple injuries and the different side effects that many people can experience, like more restricted eating and depression. Tori and Kat also discuss the importance of focusing on the overall long-term health of herself both mentally and physically. After listening to the podcast, don’t forget to check out Tori’s story “More Than a Number” on the Morgan’s Message site under The Mental Matchup Podcast: Stories!
Episode 73 - Kristyna Bertolone
In this week’s episode of The Mental Matchup, we are joined by Kristyna Bertolone aka “Coach K”. Coach K is a former collegiate softball player and founded Game Changers, a platform that specializes in mental performance coaching. In the episode, Kat and Coach K cover many valuable topics such as controlling the controllables, reacting vs responding to a situation, and asking yourself important questions such as “who are you at your best” to optimize personal and sports performance. After listening to the episode, go check out Game Changers site and social media presence on Instagram and TikTok!
Episode 72 - Jillian Schumacher
In this week’s episode of The Mental Matchup, Kat speaks with Jillian Schumacher. After going through the recruiting process for lacrosse, Jillian ultimately decided not to play in college and attend Ohio State. Once she got to Ohio State, Jillian realized she should’ve pursued college lacrosse and transferred to UMass Lowell. Throughout the episode, Jillian opens up about her own recruiting process, transferring to go play lacrosse at a Division I program, and experiencing anxiety while playing. She also touches on the impact that a positive mindset can have on an individual's sports performance. Thank you for coming on and sharing your story, Jillian!
Episode 71 - Kaitlyn Coffman
In this week’s episode of The Mental Matchup, Kat is joined by Kaitlyn Coffman. Kaitlyn is from California and a senior on The Ohio State University softball team. Growing up, she dealt with softball being her entire identity, focusing on her performance over different relationships within her life. During the episode, Kaitlyn discusses her experience of finding a friend attempting suicide and also her own mental health struggles. She is also open about her therapy and medication and we are lucky to have her as a guest this week to share her story!
A must listen podcast
The stories these athletes share are so touching. It brings comfort to other athletes who are struggling or simply want to understand how to navigate college athletics. The entire conversation about athletes and mental health on this podcast is so important and also interesting to listen to.