David Benzel

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

David Benzel

On his book "From Chump to Champ" - Part 1

In this series of four interviews with author David Benzel you will learn how to teach your children a life achievement formula to achieve success in sports, school, relationships, and business. The four-step process works for children and adults in any endeavor.

Here David shares the Dream Big step he used as an athlete to go “from good to great”, and describes how this initial phase can be used by anyone who desires to improve any area of their life.

Kevin Sutton

Basketball Coach

Coach Sutton has 26 years of coaching experience. During those years he has been a college assistant five years at James Madison University, Old Dominion University, George Washington University and Georgetown. In addition, Sutton coached at five nationally ranked high school programs, including Montverde Academy. Sutton was selected to coach for USA Basketball on three different occasions. Sutton has amassed an overall coaching record of 475-115.

Nancy Cummings

Dr. Nancy Cummings – Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and Department Chair at Florida Southern College. Dr. Cummings discusses the role parents play in understanding injuries and guiding athletes through the recovery process.

Dr. Rick Jensen

Dr. Jensen is a nationally-known sport psychologist and author of Drive to the Top. His clients include more than 50 touring pros on the PGA, LPGA and Champions tours. In tennis he has trained winners of all four Grand Slam championships. Dr. Jensen reveals the most common traps and best solutions for dealing with athletic fears, concentration issues, and parental performance pressures.

Barry Roderick

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

Kevin developed his baseball skills in South Florida and then played his collegiate career at Rollins College (Winter Park, FL) where he earned All-American honors as a catcher. He was drafted into the Houston Astro organization where he played seven years. In this interview 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 Kelli

Jerri Kelly was a two-sport collegiate athlete and today is a unique blend of high school athletic director and parent of three collegiate student/athletes. Her perspective on administrating sports in a highly competitive high school environment and balancing her parenting duties of her own ambitious athletes at the same time will entertain and educate you. Listen as Jerri discusses the trends she has seen in youth sports over the last few years.

Vicki Morin

Vicki is the mother of a top junior tennis player, plus three other athletic children. Vicki shares her experiences and observations about the differences she discovered by having a child in an individual sport and other children competing in team sports. Her candid testimony about the lessons she learned from her children will inspire you and help you discover your own “Aha” moments in your family.

Mandy McLane

Growing up, Mandy always participated in a wide variety of activities. Her involvement with sports began with competitive swimming at age five. Her interest in athletics continued throughout high school, which led to a track/field scholarship at Clemson University. At Clemson Mandy excelled as a pole-vaulter and heptathlete, and at the end of her college career was an Olympic hopeful until a serious injury took her out of the game. A highly energetic and motivated woman, not only does Mandy dedicate her time and energy to pro-level triathlons, in 2004 she founded Freedom of Speech LLC – a speech and language therapy business.

Sal Lombardo

Coach Sal shares the strategies he has used over a 34 year career coaching youth sports. His baseball program, which includes twelve teams, has produced thousands of collegiate players and has helped hundreds reach the professional level. Most notable is his approach which focuses on improving the belief system of each young player for achieving higher levels of confidence in life, not just sports. He also describes the “best practices” of positive parents.