Another Season in the Books
Angie Bjorklund

Angie Bjorklund

April 25, 2021

In today's world it can be hard to find people who are not only humble but who are active listeners and willing to give of their time.  Angie Bjorklund checked off all three boxes.  The University of Tennessee and a little ole coach by the name of Pat Summitt offered Angie a scholarship when she was in the 9th grade.  Angie started 30 out of 38 games as a freshman, was part of a National Championship team, went on to play professionally (WNBA, Israel, France, Italy, Spain), got her masters, worked as a DOBO and  continues to play professionally.  She asked me questions, she laughed at herself and I only got mad on one occasion during the pod.  "Do you know who John Stockton is?"  Do I what?!  Come on Angie, who do you take me for?! :) Listen in, this talk is worth a listen.  

Natalia Rodriguez Dominguez

Natalia Rodriguez Dominguez

April 20, 2021

Desde las Islas Canarias a Ferrol, los últimos 4 años para Natalia Rodriguez le han servido de mucho, dentro y fuera de las canchas de baloncesto.  De hecho, hace tan solo dos semanas la media Gallega estaba metiendo 4 de 5 en triples para ayudar a su gran equipo, Baxi Ferrol, a subir desde la Liga Femenina 2 a la Liga Femenina Endesa.  Además, Natalia está a punto de graduarse en podología y tiene toda una vida por delante para seguir creciendo dentro y fuera de las pistas.  Si quieres saber más de como le fue en la Fase puedes ir a iVoox y buscar el programa de "Duck on a Rock", ahí tendrás otra entrevista con ella.    

Batouly Camara

Batouly Camara

April 2, 2021

Coach used to say to us, "How you do one thing is how you do everything."  And that's how Batouly Camara has been living her life ever since, paying attention to detail and putting her best foot forward in all aspects of her life.  Day after day she is conscientiously becoming the person she wants to be and after just 24 years on this earth she has started her own foundation in W.A.K.E (Women and Kids Empowerment), written a children's book, given a TedX talk, been an honorary Espy award winner and selected to be on Forbes 30 under 30.  Batouly is making a positive and tangible impact on the world through sport and it's worth a listen. 

Marina Lizarazu

Marina Lizarazu

March 24, 2021

Una conversación divertida, genuina e interesante.  Marina Lizarazu nos cuenta como han sido sus caminos académicos y deportivos, en España y en los EEUU.  Entre risas y profundidades hablamos de todo un poco; como las dificultades de estar lejos de casa en un ambiente no tan acogedor, los kilitos de más que se suele ganar estando en USA, el gran cambio a Iona College, lo feliz que puede estar una cuando encaja bien en un lugar y entre otras tantas cosas (la humildad, la psicología, sus carreras etc)  Con mucha cercanía y poca timidez, mi conversación con Marina fue enriquecedora.  

Amy Okonkwo

Amy Okonkwo

March 11, 2021

Today's episode is with Rancho Cucamonga native, Amy Okonkwo.  We cover the whole gamut of topics, three of which stand out in my mind.  1.) What's the college transfer process like and what was important to you the second time around.  2.) The process of getting a work visa to play overseas and 3.) The importance of finding joy while playing and living in a different country, far away from friends and family.  Amy keeps it real, opens her heart and shares where her athletic and academic journeys have taken her.  From being the rambunctious child in her youth to getting college paid for and now to being a professional athlete.  Listen in! 

Aitor (ShooB) Zubizarreta

Aitor (ShooB) Zubizarreta

March 2, 2021

Esta semana tenemos a un invitado que pasó cuatro años estudiando y jugando en los EEUU donde comía muchas hamburguesas de pavo e iba a ver a Victor Claver y los Portland Trailblazers.  Aitor Zubizarreta  lleva una vida entera sumergido en el mundo de basket, pero siempre ha estado compaginando su pasión por el deporte con los estudios y su interés en el diseño gráfico.  ShooB nos cuenta un poco de todo, y lo que está claro es que con solo 25 años el base de Azpetia desprende muchísima madurez que sin duda le ha ayudado a superar y afrontar los obstáculos que la vida le ha puesto. 

Adaora Elonu

Adaora Elonu

February 21, 2021

NCAA Champion, Spanish League Champion, Copa de la Reina Champion, MVP of various games and tournaments, future Olympian and more than likely future PHd. candidate and Doctor.  Adaora Elonu has a decorated past but she doesn't dwell too much about what she's done, she's more concerned about what she can do in the present and how that will help her in the future.  Humble, focused, centered, grounded, positive, calm, consistent, shall I go on?  AD is a professional on and off the court, giving her all academically and athletically.  Her quiet confidence is captivating and motivating.  Listen in!

Brittany Brown Follow Up

Brittany Brown Follow Up

February 15, 2021

A few follow up questions for last week's guest.  What advice does Brittany have for future professional athletes who want to play overseas?  What kind of mentality will help you to be successful?  How will you stay fit? How might you get an agent?  Where can you go to get noticed?  Who should you look to for advice?  Brittany shares just a little bit more with all of us on what she thinks it takes to succeed overseas.  

Brittany Brown

Brittany Brown

February 7, 2021

She's an older sister, daughter, granddaughter, teammate, friend, world traveler, peanut butter lover and basketball aficionada.  Brittany Brown says she started taking basketball seriously when she was just six years old, and I believe her.  As a little girl she was already attending basketball camps provided by Florida and Florida State, the beginning of what would be some long lasting friendships.  Fast forward 15 years or so and Miss. Brown is strutting across the stage at Florida State on graduation day.  She had a glimpse at the WNBA and is now in her 4th year as a professional playing overseas.  Full of wisdom and laughs, Brit takes us through her two journeys both academically and athletically.     

Irene Gari

Irene Gari

January 21, 2021

Desde Oliva a Barcelona a Texas a Georgia a Madrid a Valencia y ahora a Ferrol, Irene Gari ha viajado, jugado, vivido y estudiado en muchos lugares.  Desde pequeña lo tenía claro, ella quería ver el mundo, tener nuevas experiencias y disfrutar de gran oportunidades que le ayudaría a crecer y a aprender.  Abierta, inteligente, honesta, trabajadora, son solo unas de las palabras que usaría para describir a Irene.  Y lo que más me gusto de nuestra conversación fue aprender de su experiencia con su psicóloga y lo que esta aprendiendo sobre si misma y como manejar emociones y situaciones que surgen en su día a día.  Espero que esta conversación te sirva tanto como me sirvió a mi.   

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