Caryn Kadavy

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.

Caryn Kadavy

Represented the U.S. at 1988 Olympics in Figure Skating

Caryn currently coaches young skaters in Minneapolis and presents at clinics across the country. She is committed to developing the skills and character of her skaters on and off the ice.

Laury Hammel

President/Owner, The Longfellow Clubs

Longfellow Clubs are locally owned and independent tennis and health clubs committed to the health and well-being of the Boston community. Laury Hammel has coached nationally ranked tennis players for 44 years and remains an avid competitive player as well.

Mike Koleber

Nitro Swim Coach

Mike Koleber and his wife Tracy are the owners of Nitro Swimming in Austin, TX. They have two locations, and serve over 1800 competitive swimmers. Their competitive team has won 9 of the last 11 Texas Age Group Championships, and their older kids just came off of a 3nd place team finish at the United States Junior Nationals this past winter. In this interview Mike discusses the motivation issues that parents and athletes face.

Wendy Bruce Martin

Olympic Gymnast and 1992 Bronze Medalist

Wendy brings a unique blend of experience as an Olympian, a coach, a mental toughness trainer, and a parent of two athletes. In this interview she shares her observations about how parents can find a balance between over-involvement and complete detachment from their children’s activities. Wendy also provides some great strategies about how to have productive conversations with our kids about what they’re learning, and how to use every day activities to help build confidence.

Mary Lore

Author of "Managing Thought"

Mary Lore developed the step-by-step process called Managing Thought® and wrote the multiple award-winning book and audio book, also called Managing Thought. Through her interactions with corporate leaders, business and health care professionals, educators, spiritual teachers, parents, and teens, Mary has developed effective tools for improving self-awareness and changing how people think so they can attain true long-lasting success. In this interview with Mary Lore, author of Managing Thought, Mary sheds a new perspective on how athletes and parents can get more of what they want out of sports through a shared commitment to choosing powerful thoughts and words that work.

Jeff Deardorff

Scout for NY Yankees & former Pro Baseball Player

Jeff shares the story of his journey from Little League to Big League. It all started as a dream in Central Florida with a relationship with his dad that matured and evolved along the way.

Don Deluzio

Father of four athletes, plus legal guardian of five additional young athletes

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

Derek Wolfe

High School Athletic Director, co-author of "Coaching Revolution"

In this interview Coach Wolfe shares his creative techniques for creating a positive learning environment for athletes. His years of experience have also helped him create a climate in which the communication between coaches, parents, and athletes is constructive and appropriate for teaching personal responsibility to our children.

Nancy Cummings

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and former Department Chair at Florida Southern College

Nancy discusses the tricky business of helping our kids recover from injuries in terms of both the time required and the mindset that is most beneficial.

Kristen Butler

Former Professional Women's Softball Player & All Star at University of Florida

Currently Head Coach of the University of Toledo Softball Program, Kristen shares her story of chasing a dream from the early years in youth softball to highest levels of her sport.