SportsEpreneur Podcast

Welcome to the SportsEpreneur Podcast! The podcast where sports and entrepreneurship collide!

SportsEpreneur is a sports content marketing and collaborative team. Our podcast is all about showcasing difference makers in and around the world of sports.

Coach Alan Major | Talking the Great Game of Basketball | SE Podcast

SE34 | Coach Alan Major | Talking the Great Game of Basketball

Let’s talk basketball. Today we speak with recurring podcast guest and basketball coach, Alan Major. In this episode, we discuss the length of basketball seasons, why a game matters, and the upcoming NCAA rule changes. 

With Coach Major taking a redshirt year, he was able to find time to come talk basketball with us. Coach Major is a former assistant at Ohio State, Xavier, and other schools. He is also the former head coach for UNC Charlotte.  

Eric had a lot of thoughts around basketball to talk through and who better to do this with than friend and former podcast guest, Alan Major. 

We are excited to feature Coach Alan Major on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

Derek Bylsma | Mental Health in Youth Sports | SE Podcast

SE33 | Derek Bylsma | Mental Health in Youth Sports

Controlling the mental health side of youth sports. Today we speak with Derek Bylsma, Executive Director of Millennium Counseling Center in Chicago, Illinois. In this episode, we discuss how important it is that parents help control the mental side of their young athletes.

With today’s tools, youth athletes are hearing the noise from all angles. Derek and Eric discuss avenues for you to help your young athlete succeed both on and off the field. 

With Derek’s athletic background and knowledge around mental health in sports, we are excited to have Derek back on our podcast to share his thoughts with you.  

As always, we are excited to feature Derek on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

Sean Farrell | From Running the Bases to Running a Successful Business

SE32 | Sean Farrell | From Running the Bases to Running a Successful Business

Getting dirty and doing the work on and off the field. In this episode, we chat with Sean Farrell, CEO of Quality Data Systems and former Minor League Baseball Player for the Oakland Athletics. We discuss the life of a minor leaguer, business lessons from sports, and doing the work.  

Sean learned from a young age that if he was going to make it on the field, he had to get dirty. He has taken those same lessons from the ball field and applied them to the business world.  

Sean proves that if you put in the work, you can knock it out of the park.  

If you are a fan of baseball, hustle, and leadership, you will enjoy this conversation. 

We are excited to feature Sean Farrell on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

Grant Wiley | A Hard-Hitting West Virginia Mountaineer Bouncing Back | SE

SE31 | Grant Wiley | A Hard-Hitting West Virginia Mountaineer Bouncing Back

Bouncing back after taking life’s biggest hits. In this episode, we chat with Grant Wiley, former West Virginia football player and Chief of Culture at Veepio. We discuss becoming a football All-American at West Virginia University, life’s realizations, and being present. All of this and more with Grant Wiley. 

Grant was an all American linebacker at West Virginia University in 2003. He hit hard on the football field, but he quickly found out that life can hit harder. Grant is proof that no matter how hard life hits, you can keep getting back up.  

If you are a fan of motivation, football, and leadership, you will enjoy this conversation. 

We are excited to feature Grant Wiley on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

Derek Bylsma | Awareness Around Mental Health | SE Podcast

SE30 | Derek Bylsma | Awareness Around Mental Health

One of the best things going on today is the awareness around mental health. Today we speak with Derek Bylsma, Executive Director of Millennium Counseling Center in Chicago, Illinois. In this episode, we discuss how important it is that mental health has come to the forefront of people’s lives. 

Derek specializes in recovery-related work, mental health disorders, and issues unique to athletic performance. He is enthusiastic about leading the sports division at his group as it marries two of his life-long passions; helping others and athletics. 

With Derek’s athletic background and knowledge around mental health in sports, we are excited to have Derek back on our podcast to share his thoughts with you.  

As always, we are excited to feature Derek on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

Alex Roberts | Hockey Culture and Franchising | SportsEpreneur Podcast

SE29 | Alex Roberts | Hockey Culture and Franchising

It all starts with a hockey culture. In this episode, we chat with Alex Roberts, franchise executive for FranChoice and former professional hockey player and coach. We talk the life of a professional hockey player, coaching at an elite level, and franchising. All of this and more with baseball coach, Alex Roberts. 

Alex’s career as a hockey coach and now Franchise executive was built on his time playing NCAA and professional hockey. He was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks after leading the University of Michigan hockey team as a captain.  

Coaching and mentoring has always been a big part of Alex’s life. Prior to his career in franchising, Alex coached hockey at the professional level and spent time recruiting and developing elite-level high school hockey players as a coach with the U.S. National Team.  

If you are a fan of leadership, hockey, and business, you will enjoy this conversation. 

We are excited to feature Alex Roberts on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

David Ring | Growing a Baseball Business Through Instagram | SE

SE28 | David Ring | Growing a Baseball Business Through Instagram

If you have a passion for something, you can make a lifestyle out of it. In this episode, we chat with David Ring, Founder and Owner of Canyon Side Cages in San Diego, CA. We talk about teaching, a baseball life, and growing your business on Instagram. All of this and more with baseball coach, David Ring. 

Through passion, hard work, an opportunity, and a viable market, David went for it, building Canyon Side Cages to what it is today. Even more, David has built up his own personal brand through teaching, giving, sharing both in person and on social media. 

If you are a fan of sports, baseball, and business, you will enjoy this conversation. 

We are excited to feature David Ring on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

Jeff Attinella | Portland Timbers Goalkeeper Has Many Stories | SE

SE27 | Jeff Attinella | Portland Timbers Goalkeeper Has Many Stories

“Goalkeeping is 75 percent mental.” In this episode, we chat with Jeff Attinella, goalkeeper for the Portland Timbers of the MLS. We talk the mind of a soccer goalkeeper, the Portland Timbers, and an athlete creating content.  All of this and more with Portland goalkeeper, Jeff Attinella. 

Jeff led the Timbers’ team to the 2018 MLS Cup. He played college soccer in his home state at the University of South Florida. His junior season he was an All American and Big East goalkeeper of the year. In the MLS, besides playing for the Portland Timbers Attinella also played for Real Salt Lake and was a backup goalie during their MLS Cup run in 2013. 

Besides being a goalkeeper, Jeff is husband, father and a content creator. A creator in the sense that he is a podcast host and children’s book author. You can hear his podcast From J to Z on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. His children’s books can be found on his publishing platform, ItHadToBeTold.com or Amazon. You can see links to his books below. After you spend time listening to Jeff and learning about his story, you will absolutely be drawn to his content.  

One thing that really stood out in this chat is Jeff’s mindfulness. We believe you’ll come to understand what I mean after listening to this conversation.

We are excited to feature Jeff Attinella on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

James Cotton | A Buckeye Transitioning in Sports, Life, and Business | SE Podcast

SE26 | James Cotton | A Buckeye Transitioning in Sports, Life, and Business

Taking your game to the next level in sports, life, and business. In this episode, we chat with James Cotton, founder of Buck-Icon and former Buckeye football player. We talk Ohio State football, life transitions, and accountability. All of this and more with Buckeye great, James Cotton.  

Buck-Icon’s mission is to become a premier apparel and merchandise retailer and provide resources for former members of the Ohio State football program and all individuals to enhance their careers which will help them transition into professional life in Corporate America, athletics, society, and the community.  

James Cotton was a defensive lineman for the Ohio State Buckeyes. In 1998 he was a part of the Big 10 Championship team that went onto win the Sugar Bowl. 

Cotton was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 2000 NFL Draft. He also is a Canadian Football League Grey Cup Champion.  

If you need help navigating the transitions in your life, let this conversation be a resource as James brings experience both on and off the field, and it is clear early on in this chat that James is here to help. 

With that, we are excited to feature James Cotton on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

Thomas Wilcher | Leadership from Cass Tech High School Football Coach

SE25 | Thomas Wilcher | Leadership from HOF Cass Tech High School Football Coach

A no-nonsense approach to leadership. In this episode, we chat with one of the top high school football coaches in the country. We talk leadership, growing up, and being great. All of this and more with high school football coach, Thomas Wilcher

Thomas Wilcher is the head football coach at Cass Tech High School in Detroit, Michigan. Thomas is an NCAA Division 1 Track and Field National Champion in the indoor 55-meter hurdles and a three-time All-American in track and field for the University of Michigan.   

Wilcher was also a running back for the Michigan Wolverines football team from 1983–1986. Thomas is a member of Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. 

During this chat, Thomas was driving to practice. His schedule is non-stop so we weren’t going to let audio quality get in the way of a great conversation.  

With that, we are excited to feature Thomas Wilcher on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

The Good and Bad in Sports Media | The Gametime Guru & the SE Team

SE24 | The Good and Bad in Sports Media | The Gametime Guru & The SE Team

Sports media wants your clicks. As sports fans it’s often hard to be unbiased. Being real and genuine goes a long way, and often, sports media is not real or genuine.  

With today’s tools, there are ways to find (or create) the platform you want to see. We talk about the good and the bad in sports media.   

We had Shane Larson, the host of The Gametime Guru Podcast, share his thoughts on this topic in this episode. 

Audible Style Blog | There’s A Lot of Self-Talk in SportsEpreneur Articles

SE23 | Audible Style Blog | There’s A Lot of Self-Talk in SportsEpreneur Articles

This is an audible style blog post on the SportsEpreneur platform. This article is titled, “I Have To Admit– There’s A Lot of Self-Talk in SportsEpreneur Articles” 

A lot of what we write on SportsEpreneur is self-talk. Not all of it, but a lot of it. It’s accountability. We all should have it. We all need it.

Read the full article on the SportsEpreneur blog.

Marques Sullivan | The Pride of Being a Buffalo Bill | SE Podcast

SE22 | Marques Sullivan | The Pride of Being a Buffalo Bill

Providing insight into the positives of playing for the Buffalo Bills. In this episode, we discuss Buffalo, New York, an NFL career, and building a business that helps high school athletes reach their dreams. All of this and more with former Illinois and Buffalo Bills offensive lineman, Marques Sullivan.

Marques and Eric met on Twitter after Marques made his thoughts felt about someone hating on Buffalo, NY.  Marques wasn’t having any of that. As someone who was born and raised in Buffalo, Eric was drawn to his commentary. From that, he’s come to learn about all the amazing things Marques is doing. So it’s an honor to chat with Marques on this podcast. 

With that, we are excited to feature Marques Sullivan on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

John Priore and Eric Kasimov | Bringing Energy to a Team | SE Pod

SE21 | John Priore and Eric Kasimov | Bringing Energy to a Team

Do you bring a positive spark to your team? In this episode, we discuss bringing energy to a team—in sports and business. 

Positive energy can bring everyone up around you. On all levels of teams, you see athletes join new teams and provide that spark. That kind of spark may be the push that team needed.  

On the other end of it, having toxic individuals on your team can bring everyone down.  

Can these toxic individuals handle losing? Can they fight through the tough times?  

We discuss our experiences with both positive and negative people on our teams.

With the importance of energy in sports and business, we are excited to feature this story on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

John Priore and Eric Kasimov | The Patrick Mahomes Method | SE Pod

SE20 | John Priore and Eric Kasimov | The Patrick Mahomes Method

Applying the Patrick Mahomes method as a rookie in business. In this episode, we discuss the Patrick Mahomes method and taking the leap. 

Learning from those around you, applying those methods, and taking the leap has proven to be a successful model for one’s career. 

As a rookie in business, John Priore, a content marketer at KazSource chose this method. 

We see the Patrick Mahomes method as an extreme example of this playing out. John followed it and it allowed him to ready himself to take the field. John talks about his experience in following this method. 

While there is no guaranteed path for success, the takeaway is if you can put yourself in a position to learn from the leaders around you, then apply it, and then take the leap, you give yourself an incredible opportunity. 

With our love of business, sports, and stories, we are excited to feature this story on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

Chimdi Chekwa | Ohio State Buckeye For Real | SportsEpreneur Podcast

SE19 | Chimdi Chekwa | Ohio State Buckeye For Real

Ohio State Buckeye great gets real on being a Buckeye and becoming an entrepreneur. In this episode, we chat with Chimdi Chekwa, a current NFL free agent and entrepreneur. The discussion focuses in on life in the NFL, sports and business, and the Ohio State Buckeyes culture.

Chimdi is a former Ohio State Buckeyes football player and current entrepreneur as a co-owner of The Pit BBQ Grille in Columbus, Ohio. He also has his hands in other ventures that we touch on in this chat. 

You may remember Chimdi from his days with the Ohio State Buckeyes, where he was a first-team All American cornerback. After college, Chimdi was drafted in the fourth round by the Oakland Raiders in the 2011 NFL Draft.  

Through much perseverance and motivation, Chimdi gives us insight around why he is so passionate about sports and entrepreneurship. And of course, we discuss all things Buckeyes and college football.

With our love of business and sports (and Eric’s deep-rooted Buckeye background), we are obviously excited to feature Chimdi Chekwa on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

Brady Murray | Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome | SE Podcast

SE18 | Brady Murray | Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome

If you allow yourself to get caught up in a cause that is bigger than yourself, you will witness miracles. Today we speak with Brady Murray, CEO of Mass Mutual Intermountain West and Founder of RODS Racing. In this episode, we discuss Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome (RODS). 

Brady carries on his incredible journey with his ultimate cause: finding homes for orphans with down syndrome. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife and 5 children. 

Brady brings perspective of an incredible leader with the ultimate positive mindset. His story is one for the ages and any entrepreneur, racer, or individual can learn from Brady. 

With Brady’s inspiration and leadership traits, we are excited to have him on our podcast to share his thoughts with you.  

We are excited to feature Brady Murray on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

Alan Major | Loving the Game of Basketball | SE Podcast

SE17 | Alan Major | Loving the Game of Basketball

Former Ohio State Buckeyes college basketball coach leads, inspires, and story-tells. Today we speak with Alan Major, college basketball coach, speaker, and author. In this episode, we discuss loving the game and building a foundation for success. 

Alan has coached at UNC Charlotte, The Ohio State University, Xavier University, University of the Pacific, and California Lutheran University. Coach Major currently lives in Indianapolis and is seeking a new coaching gig.  

Alan Major, a veteran leader both on and off the court, has played a key role in successful programs for over two decades. His philosophy is based on empowerment, professionalism, and motivation, and he has helped shape scores of young men and colleagues alike toward personal and collective victories. 

Whether as a coach, a speaker or a leader, one thing remains unchanged: his relentless drive and clarity of vision. With Alan’s experience on the court, he loves sharing his story, journey, and life lessons from the game of basketball. 

With Alan’s drive and knowledge around the game of basketball, we are excited to have Alan on our podcast to share his thoughts with you.  

We are excited to feature Alan on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

Derek Bylsma | Overcoming Mental Health Struggles | SE Podcast

SE16 | Derek Bylsma | Overcoming Mental Health Struggles

Sometimes you just have to talk it out. Today we speak with Derek Bylsma, Executive Director of Millennium Counseling Center in Chicago, Illinois. In this episode, we discuss mental health in sports and specifically, overcoming mental health struggles. 

Derek specializes in recovery-related work, mental health disorders, and issues unique to athletic performance. He is enthusiastic about leading the sports division at his group as it marries two of his life-long passions; helping others and athletics. 

With Derek’s athletic background and knowledge around mental health in sports, we are excited to have Derek back on our podcast to share his thoughts with you.  

As always, we are excited to feature Derek on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

The State of Major League Baseball with John Priore & Eric Kasimov | Coors Field

SE15 | The State of Major League Baseball with John Priore and Eric Kasimov

America’s Pastime. But is baseball just that, a past time? In this episode, we discuss the state of major league baseball.  

While financially, the MLB is growing… there seem to be some issues with the sport.  

As we look ahead, we discuss some of the issues we believe are going on with Major League Baseball. And look at some ways baseball could get back to being that past time so many love 

I am sure the house is divided on the state of Major League Baseball. Regardless of your opinion, we are fascinated by all of it. Do let us know your thoughts and we can feature them on a future episode. 

Stu Stone | Jack of All Trades | SportsEpreneur Podcast

SE14 | Stu Stone | Jack of All Trades

Taking you back to the baseball card era. Today we speak with Stu Stone, Director of the sports documentary, Jack of All Trades. In this episode, we discuss baseball cards, authenticity, and Jack of All Trades  

Stu Stone is an actor and writer from Ontario, Canada. He is best known for his work on Donnie Darko, The Boys Club, and Jack of All Trades.   

Jack of All Trades is a documentary that gives an investigative look into the baseball card scandal during the 1990’s. This documentary, of course, has a major left turn. 

Stu provides behind the scenes stories from his time directing and creating the documentary to his story growing up in the card collecting era.

Stu’s success on and off the screen has us excited to feature him on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

Derek Bylsma | Mental Health In Sports | SE Podcast

SE13 | Derek Bylsma | Mental Health and Sports

Raising awareness around mental health in sports. Today we speak with Derek Bylsma, Executive Director of Millennium Counseling Center in Chicago, Illinois. In this episode, we discuss mental health in sports. Derek specializes in recovery-related work, mental health disorders, and issues unique to athletic performance. He is enthusiastic about leading the sports division at his group as it marries two of his life-long passions; helping others and athletics. With Derek’s athletic background and knowledge around mental health in sports, we are excited to have Derek back on our podcast to share his thoughts with you.  As always we are excited to feature Derek on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

Eric Kasimov | Business Lessons from Youth Sports

SE12 | Youth Sports Lessons for Business | Eric Kasimov

As a business leader, you can take business lessons from just about anything. In this episode, we discuss youth sports.  ——We are super intrigued by youth sports today. Both the good and the bad. So in this short podcast, we discuss the good and the bad of youth sports and how it applies to the business world. I am sure the house is divided on this topic. Regardless of your opinion, we are fascinated by all of it. Let us know your thoughts and we can feature them on a future episode. 

Bruce Snell | Fundamentals in Sports and Business | SE Podcast

SE11 | Bruce Snell | Fundamentals in Sports and Business

Getting back to the fundamentals. Today we speak with Bruce Snell, President of BSG International. In this episode, we discuss breaking through the barrier with fundamentals in sports and business. ——Bruce Snell is a business operations consultant and author of the book, Breaking Through the Four Barriers of Quality. He learned all about overcoming obstacles by playing football in Alabama—100 years ago as he likes to say. His business lessons are a must listen for any entrepreneur. Especially one that has a thing for sports. Bruce’s essential thoughts in business and his lessons learned in the sports world has us excited to feature him on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

Ann Lademann | Kids In Seats | SportsEpreneur Podcast

SE10 | Ann Lademann | Kids In Seats

Changing lives one ticket at a time. Today we speak with Ann Lademann, Executive Director of Kids In Seats. In this episode, we discuss attending sporting events, storytelling, and Kids In Seats. We hosted Ann in the office and instead of a typical podcast chat, we recorded our meeting. It’s not the best sound quality as it’s a documentary style podcast instead of an arranged podcast. We hope you enjoy it!——Kids In Seats is a non-profit organization that promotes achievement in disadvantaged youth by using event experiences as motivational tools to recognize and reward their academic achievement and positive social behavior. Ann’s desire and passion to reach more at-risk children led her to form Kids In Seats in March 2017 with Rae Anne McLaughlin.At SportsEpreneur, we are partnering with Kids In Seats because we believe in their cause and we are excited to share their story with you.  Ann’s success in and out of the business world has us excited to feature him on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

Ty Biegerl | The Importance of Esports Gaming | SportsEpreneur Podcast

SE09 | The Importance of Esports Gaming with Ty Biegerl

Bigger than just video games. Today we speak with Ty Biegerl, founder of Queen City Gaming. In this episode we discuss eSports, repping your city, and how gaming can save lives.  ——Queen City Gaming is a community where people with a passion for video games can come and share their experiences, stories, and meet others with the same passion for video games.  Ty shares stories from his time playing college football at the University of Nebraska and Gardner Webb and also shares the story about how gaming saved his life.   eSports has been on a fast rise of late and is only getting bigger. Ty is a great example of the good in the eSports world. And as you will hear from Ty, his gaming company, Queen City Gaming came about because of his work ethic and passion.  Ty’s success on and off the screen has us excited to feature him on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

Tom Murphy | Learn Work Ethic from a Professional Catcher | SE Podcast

SE08 | Tom Murphy | Catcher for the Seattle Mariners

Born from hard work and great effort. Today we speak with Tom Murphy, Catcher for the Seattle Mariners. In this episode, we discuss the Major League Baseball Journey, The Seattle Mariners, and youth baseball. —— Last season, Tom played for the Colorado Rockies. Before his time in professional baseball, Tom played collegiate ball at the University of Buffalo. Tom shares stories from his time playing little league baseball in Upstate, New York to becoming a major leaguer to moving this past offseason from the Rockies to the Giants to the Mariners. We always talk about finding the positive and Tom showcases his positive mindset in this conversation. And as you will hear from Tom, it’s born from hard work and great effort. Tom’s success on and off the field has us excited to feature him on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

Derek Bylsma | Dealing with Pressure as an Athlete | SE Podcast

SE07 | Derek Bylsma | Dealing with Pressure as an Athlete

Dealing with pressure is something every athlete must be able to do. Today we speak with Derek Bylsma, Executive Director of Millennium Counseling Center in Chicago, Illinois. In this episode, we discuss dealing with pressure as an athlete. ——Derek specializes in recovery-related work, mental health disorders, and issues unique to athletic performance. He is enthusiastic about leading the sports division at his group as it marries two of his life-long passions; helping others and athletics.  With Derek’s athletic background and knowledge around mental health in sports, we are excited to share Derek’s thoughts with you.  Derek’s success in the counseling world and his involvement in the mental side of athletics have us excited to feature him on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

Marcus Fizer | A Basketball Journey | SE Podcast | Iowa State Basketball

SE06 | Marcus Fizer | A Basketball Journey

Take a walk in a basketball star’s shoes. Our guest today is Marcus Fizer, former basketball player for Iowa State University and the Chicago Bulls. In this episode, we discuss a basketball career and the journey of an NBA player. ——Marcus is a former McDonald’s High School All American, an Iowa State Cyclone legend, the number 4 pick in the 2000 NBA Draft, and a former Chicago Bull. He shares many stories from his playing days at Iowa State, his time in the NBA with the Bulls, and his life after playing professional basketball. Marcus gets very real with us in this chat and we are excited to bring this to you. Marcus’s success on and off the court have us excited to feature him on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

Eric Kasimov | The Future of Soccer in the United States | SE Podcast

SE05 | Eric Kasimov | The Future of Soccer in the United States

Soccer is here to stay whether you buy it or not. In this episode, we discuss the 7 reasons why I’m a big-time buyer in the future of soccer in the United States. 
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Internationally, soccer is the biggest sport. It’s just that in the US it’s not. While it has grown over the years, it’s not there…Yet. But as I look ahead, I see an incredible future for soccer in the United States. After thinking, reading, studying, and asking, I have 7 reasons why I believe soccer has an enormous future in the US. 

The 7 reasons why I believe soccer has an enormous future in the United States: 
0:38 | Length of games
3:28 | Branding
6:03 | Amount of leagues and tournaments
8:15 | Television rights 
10:22 | Recognizable Players
12:15 | The potential in the United States market
14:15 | Football is at its peak