The Unique Journey with Hernando Planells, Associate Head Coach with Duke University Women’s Basketball

June 6, 2017

Today we go beyond the surface with Hernando Planells. Hernando is the associate head coach with Duke University's women's baskebtall team. Hernando's journey is anything but linear. Basketball has taken him all over the world and his entrepreneurial spirit can be heard throughout our conversation. Hernando is not just a coach. He also has a company that puts on workshops to develop leadership, communication, and culture, predominantly by using improv. You can also check out his podcast here. Lastly, he's a great follow on Twitter @hernandojr.

Planells has one of the most diverse backgrounds in basketball in both coaching and player development. He has coached at every level including a stint with the Maine Red Claws from 2010-11 of the NBA Development League. As an assistant coach, he was in charge of player development, scouting and did on-court coaching. He helped develop Boston Celtics No. 1 draft pick Avery Bradley and NBA D-League Rookie of the Year DeShawn Sims. Planells has also spoken at coaching clinics and conducts player development camps all over the United States and in countries such as Japan, Philippines, Australia, Switzerland and Taiwan. In 2011, he founded ELITE athlete training, which specialized in personal training and consulting services for athletes. Through his work with ELITE, he trained and assisted over 100 athletes reach their goal of gaining a college scholarship or playing professionally.

From 2005-10, Planells served as a scout for Marty Blake, who is the Director of Scouting for the NBA. In his role as a scout, Planells put together scouting reports evaluating NBA prospects which were circulated to every NBA general manager and player personnel director.

In 2008, Planells returned to the United States after serving as head coach of the Ryukyu Golden Kings, an expansion team that is a part of the BJ League (Basketball Japan). For the 2006-07 season, he served as the head basketball coach for The Hollywood Fame, a team that participated in the American Basketball Association (ABA).

In 2005, Planells was named the first head coach of the Wyoming Golden Eagles out of the All-American Professional Basketball League. At that time, the 28-year-old was the youngest professional basketball coach in the country.

From 2003-05, Planells served as the assistant coach in charge of offense for Citrus College, one of the top community colleges in the state of California. Other coaching stops include a stint as the head varsity coach at Los Angeles High School (1998-2000), Immaculate Heart High School (1996-97) in Tucson, Ariz., and as an assistant at Monrovia High School (1995-96).

Thanks to Hernando for coming on the podcast.


Being Irregular with Coach Jessica Kern, Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Tennessee State University

May 30, 2017

Today we go beyond the surface with Coach Jessica Kern.  Coach Kern is the head women's basketball coach at Tennessee State University. Coach Kern has a terrific way with words, is super engaging, and has an incredible and irregular story. She will discuss her path to coaching, what it was like to growing up around basketball, and how sport psychology helped her excel as a college track athlete and in the future as a pro basketball player.

Before taking the job at Tennessee State she was the head coach at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU).

Prior to taking over the program at MVSU, Kern was an assistant coach at Furman University following a four-year stretch as head coach at NCAA Division II Lincoln (Pa.) University.

In 2014-15, she was named Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Coach of the Year after leading her squad to a 22-9 mark and a share of the CIAA Northern Division title. 

Taking over a Lincoln program in 2011 that had won just three games the previous season, Kern coached the Lady Lions to seven wins in her first season, 10 victories the following year, and to a 12-16 mark in 2013-14 before posting a 22-9 record in her final season.

The 22 wins was a school record and carried Lincoln to a CIAA Tournament championship game appearance. She also guided Lincoln to the program's first win over a Division I opponent, a 94-86 triumph over Morgan State.

Before accepting the head coaching position at Lincoln, she served as an assistant coach and media specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, immediately following a two-year period (2008-10) as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Thanks to Coach Kern for coming on the podcast! You can give her a follow on twitter: @Coach_Jkern.


Developing Performers with Basketball Performance Coach, Alan Stein, Jr.

May 23, 2017

Today I go beyond the surface with Alan Stein, Jr.  Alan is a basketball performance coach, corporate speaker, and podcast host. He is currently the director of basketball for pure sweat.  We discuss how passion and purpose drive motivation, the pitfalls of grinding, how to be fearless without being complacent, and many more concepts.  As you will hear in the podcast, Alan and I have similar thoughts on how to maximize a human's ability to perform!

Alan has over 15 years of experience working with elite high school, college and NBA players including work for the Nike Skills Academies, McDonald’s All-American game, Jordan Brand Classic, NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp and the CP3 Elite Guard Camp.

As you will hear in our conversation, Alan has developed a passion for delivering high-energy keynote performances to develop genuine leadership, authentic team cohesion and true mental toughness.

You can check out Alan's podcast here, his website here, and give him a follow on twitter here.

Thanks to Alan for being so generous with his time!


Taking Action with Professional Football Player, Cameron Lynch

May 16, 2017

On today's podcast I chat with Cam Lynch.  Cam is a professional football player with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Cam starred at Syracuse University and also excelled in track and field in high school.  Cam will talk about his mindset for performance and how that has been cultivated throughout his life.  Thank you Cam for coming on the show and make sure to follow Cam on Twitter @CameronLynch50. 


Finding Purpose with Stanford Head Tennis Coach (and former pro tennis player), Paul Goldstein

May 9, 2017

In today's podcast I chat with Paul Goldstein.  Paul is the Taube Family Director of Men's tennis at Stanford University.  Paul also had a successful playing career where he at one point was ranked the 58th best tennis player in the world.  Paul played professionally for 10 years and before that had a tremendously successful career while playing at Stanford.  Additionally, Paul also spend significant time in the corporate world after his playing days.  For all of those reasons, and many more, Paul made a fantastic guest on the podcast. 

Thanks to Paul for coming on the podcast.  If you want to see how his team is doing, you can give Stanford Men's tennis a follow on Twitter: @StanfordTennis. 


On My Feet with Professional Runner, Heather Kampf

May 2, 2017

Today I go Beyond the Surface with professional runner, Heather Kampf.  Heather talks about her mindset for performance and how she prepares for the day of a meet.  Heather also talks about her run in 2008 where she fell in the middle of the race, got up, and won the race.

Heather is an American middle-distance runner and four-time United States National Champion in the 1 mile road race

While at the University of Minnesota Kampf became the schools most decorated women's track and field athlete in history earning All-American honors eight-times, holding ten school records and becoming the only Golden Gopher to compete in every NCAA championship in cross country, indoor and outdoor track during her time at the university.

As a freshman in 2006 Kampf was the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Champion in the 800 meter race. In 2008 Kampf won the University of Minnesota's Golden Goldy female athlete of the year award.

You can follow Heather on Twitter @HeatherRaeKampf and check out her website:



Fearless Running with Professional Football Player, Bishop Sankey

April 25, 2017

Today I go Beyond the Surface with professional football player, Bishop Sankey.  Bishop was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.  Before the NFL, Bishop played collegiately at the University of Washington. He carried the ball 644 times for 3,496 yards (third-most in Huskies’ history) and scored 37 touchdowns on the ground, while also adding 567 yards and one more score on 67 receptions (8.46 ypc) and 134 yards on seven kickoff returns (19.14 avg) for a total of 4,197 all-purpose yards (110.45 ypg). In 2013, with a 200-yard game against Washington State in the Apple Cup, he finished the game and the regular season with 1,775 yards for the season, breaking Corey Dillon’s 1996 record of 1,695 yards. On the same play on which he passed Dillon, a seven-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, he also broke Napoleon Kaufman’s school career rushing touchdowns record, with his 35th.

Last year Bishop was a member of the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots and he is now on the Minnesota Vikings.

Give Bishop a follow on Twitter @BishopSankey.  


Creating an Agency with NFL Sports Agent, Blake Baratz

April 19, 2017

Blake Baratz is an NFL agent and the founder of the Institute for Athletes.  Blake represents a number of prominent NFL players and represents Jonathan Allen from the University of Alabama, who will most likely be a top 5 pick in next week's NFL draft.

In our conversation, Blake talks about his childhood and how sports played a major role in his identity.  He reminisces about being a collegiate tennis player and the lessons he learned from competing at a high level.  And we discuss his mindset on creating a company from scratch and how he has built a company to represent his values. 

Blake is an incredible Twtter follow so I recommend you check him out there as well @BlakeBaratz.



Dream Chasing with Professional Football Kicker, Brad Craddock

April 12, 2017

Today I go beyond the surface with professional kicker, Brad Craddock.  Brad is an accomplished football kicker.  He set records at the University of Maryland for most consecutive made field goals (24) and longest made field goal (57 yards).  During his Junior year he won the Lou Groza award, which is awarded to the nation's best collegiate placekicker. 

Brad is currently pursuing a career as an NFL kicker.  You can follow him on Twitter @BradCrad.

Thanks to Brad for coming on the podcast!


Quiet Confidence with Professional Basketball Player, Jon Wallace

April 5, 2017

Today I go Beyond the Surface with Jon Wallace.  Jon ended up starting every game of his career (136), was part of four teams that went to the postseason, including three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, won back-to-back BIG EAST Regular Season titles (2006-07, 2007-08) and a BIG EAST Tournament Championship (2006-07). He ranks third all-timee in career starts at Georgetown and the Hoyas won 100 games during his four-year career.  

For his career, Wallace averaged 9.2 points and 2.8 assists and hit 240 3-point field goals, the latter mark which stood as the school record until the 2015-16 season. He ranks No. 24 all-time in scoring (1,256 points), third in 3-point field goal percentage (43.4%), fifth in free throw percentage (82.1%) and ninth all-time in assists (378).

Jon went on to play professional basketball for 8 years, where he played in the NBA D-League and all over the world.

Thanks so much to Jon for coming on the podcast!