Expert Interview – Don Deluzio

David Benzel – founder of Growing Champions for Life – shares his podcasts here on  Each podcast is an interview with new people to get different perspectives on parenting a young athlete.

Expert Interview – Don Deluzio

Hear the fascinating true story of a family that made a loving commitment to nine athletes, and the lessons everyone learned in the process.

Interview with Tarah Mikacich

The view from behind a boat has never lost its appeal for Tarah Mikacich. At the age of seven, she began competing in water skiing events and built up a remarkable career. Then at 21, she decided to venture into the world of wakeboarding and quickly rose to the top on an international level.

Here, she and her Dad reminisce about being an athlete in the Benzel home.

How to Build a Rock-Solid Relationship With Your Child

Get ready to take a deep-dive into a pivotal parenting issue—how much control to exert when raising children.

Based on two of his favorite books, Choice Theory and Parenting With Love and Logic, David delivers a framework that parents can use as they help their kids learn to make good choices.

You’ll learn about:
* Three areas that make up a child’s “quality world”
* Two primary approaches that parents take to resolve situations
* When children should have the freedom to choose and what should be non-negotiable

Athletes Breaking Bad – Interview With Dr. John Lamothe

In this episode of The Sports Family Corner, David has a lively conversation with professor, author, soccer coach, and sports parent, Dr. John Lamothe. They dive into several of the implications of “bad boys” in sports, which is the topic of Dr. Lamothe’s most recent work, Athletes Breaking Bad.

David and John dig into what behaviors are defined as crossing lines, and how the narrative surrounding an athlete’s activities and lifestyle change depending on the sport, gender, culture, and media attention.

John also transparently shares personal stories from his experiences as a youth soccer coach and sports parent.

Whether you’re an avid fan of professional athletes or you’re trying to point young athletes toward principled mentors, this episode is rich with insight, encouragement, and practical wisdom.

Suzanna Narducci -co-founder of

You’ll enjoy this interview with a mom who is dedicated to bringing parents important information to help you be the best Tween Parent you can be!

Julie Learner – 5 Secrets to an Athletic Quantum Leap

Get ready for a step-by-step process, parents and athletes can use to approach athletic life, and beyond.

David and sports therapist, Julie Learner, share 5 proven secrets that when applied, can propel an athlete forward.

As they talk through each of these 5 key steps they’ll give you a reflection point for your athlete, and the action steps that will help to “cement” the learning moment.

If you’ve ever dreamed about making a quantum leap in your sport then you don’t want to miss this practical and inspiring episode.

To learn more about Julie, please visit

Dr. Rick Jensen, Sport Psychologist and author of Drive to the Top

Dr. Jensen reveals the most common traps and best solutions for dealing with athletic fears, concentration issues, and parental performance pressures.

Barry Roderick – father of an elite collegiate volleyball athlete.

Barry talks about how his approach to the role of sport parent was affected by his own career as a professional athlete. You’ll find this interview especially helpful as a parent if you also played sports at any level.

Kevin Davidson – All-American and former professional baseball player

Kevin shares his views on handling the performance pressures of competitive sports and how to help kids form the right mindset for the journey.

Jerri Kelly – Athletic Director, Lake Brantley High School, Altamonte Springs, FL.

Jerri discusses the trends she has seen in youth sports over the last few years.