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    For today’s episode, Jim sits down with Caroline Williams, the author of Move!: The New Science of Body Over Mind. Caroline is a UK-based science writer with over 20 years’ experience in magazine and radio journalism. She regularly writes for New Scientist Magazine and is also a feature editor working on neuroscience, health, and nature-based stories. Caroline is the author of two books: Move! And Override, and the editor of two New Scientist’s Instant Expert Guides. She also produced and presented radio programs and reports for BBC, across Science, Natural History, and Children’s Radio. Her passion is to learn new and exciting things, and share them in the most entertaining way possible.

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    For today’s episode, Jim sits down with Abby Seitz, an active-duty Marine. Abby is originally from the Midwest and grew up playing high school sports. With a love for fitness, language, and travel, she found military service to be a natural fit. She’s been an active-duty Marine for ten years and lives in Southern California with her husband and son. She speaks three languages and is currently pursuing a Batchelor’s Degree in Psychology.

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    For today’s episode, Jim and Joe discuss the early years of the Illinois High School Powerlifting Association (IHSPLA) while sharing their own experiences as a Youth Athlete in a quickly growing sport.

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    For today’s episode, Jim sits down with Dr. Matt Wiest, a chiropractor and the owner of The Center of Movement which has multiple locations throughout Minnesota. Matt grew up in Enchant, Alberta, Canada, a small farming community just east of the Rocky Mountains. After high school, Matt spent three years in Vancouver playing junior hockey before moving to Wisconsin to play college hockey at the University of Wisconsin – Superior where he earned his Bachelor of Exercise Science in Wellness and Fitness Management. During his time at the University of Wisconsin – Superior, Matt was on the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) All Academic Team as well as serving on the student government as Communications Director for the University representing the voice of the student body. Matt continued his education in Davenport, Iowa at Palmer College of Chiropractic where he earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree. It was through his experience in athletics that Matt’s passion for chiropractic grew. Through personal experience as well as witnessing first hand numerous teammates benefit from care on and off the field, Matt knew that this is what he was meant to do.

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    For today’s episode, Jim sits down with Eric McMahon, the Coaching and Sport Science Program Manager at the NSCA Headquarters in Colorado Springs. He joined the NSCA Staff in 2020 with over 15-years of coaching experience, including roles with the Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers, and the MLB Europe Programs. From 2009-19, McMahon was a Strength and Conditioning Coach in the Texas Rangers Organization. He served as the Assistant Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator from 2016-17, and was promoted to Major League Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach in 2018-19. McMahon began working in professional baseball with the Milwaukee Brewers as a Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coach from 2006-08. He holds the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinction (RSCC*D) designation from the NSCA. McMahon holds a masters in Exercise Science from Springfield College, where he served as an Anatomy and Physiology Instructor, and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach with baseball, football, golf, men's lacrosse, men's soccer, and women's volleyball from 2005-07. Prior to Springfield, in 2004-05, he was an Assistant Football / Strength and Conditioning Coach at Middlebury College in his home state of Vermont. As an undergraduate at St. Lawrence University, McMahon majored in biology while playing center for the football team.

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    For today’s episode, Jim sits down with Dr. Lauren Casella, Academic Program Director for the Catholic School Leadership Academy and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University. Before entering higher education, Dr. Casella served Catholic elementary schools within the Chicago Archdiocese for ten years as a teacher at St. John of the Cross Parish School in Western Springs IL and as a teacher, administrator, and Principal at The Frances Xavier Warde School in Chicago, IL. Prior to joining LMU as a full-time faculty member, Dr. Casella served as a faculty lecturer in SOE’s Elementary and Secondary Education Department. In the role, she taught courses on curriculum and instructional leadership and earned senior lecturer status. Dr. Casella holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from LMU, a master’s degree in Leadership and Supervision from Loyola University Chicago, and a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Teacher Education in Multicultural Societies from University of Southern California.

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    For today’s episode, Jim sits down with Dr. Timothy Dohrer, director of the Master of Science in Education program at Northwestern University. He is the former principal of New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, Illinois. In a career spanning more than 25 years, Dohrer has taught middle school, high school and college students in rural, urban, and suburban settings and served as a long-term New Trier administrator and teacher. He first became an instructor in the Master of Science in Education program in 2004 while he was teaching English at the Northfield campus of New Trier High School. Since then, Dohrer worked in the areas of curriculum and instruction as well as research and academic services at New Trier. As New Trier principal, Dohrer led one of the largest and most successful schools in the country, supervising a staff of 450 employees and a student population of 3,100 sophomores, juniors, and seniors. His current areas of research include teacher education, teacher leadership, curriculum & instruction, assessment, literacy, school climate, and social & emotional learning. Dr. Dohrer earned his BA in English and Journalism from Indiana University, his MA in English from Northwestern University, and his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State University.

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    For Today's episode, Jim is joined by Molly Gosline, Coordinator of Social Emotional Learning at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois. In her role at Stevenson, she works within the professional learning community to build an SEL culture. She is the Executive Director of SEL4IL and the founder of SEL School Consulting. Molly earned an Ed.M. in the risk & prevention division of the human development and psychology program from The Harvard Graduate School of Education and is currently a doctoral student in the Mid-Career Education Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

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    For today’s episode, Jim is joined by Dr. Robert Higgins, Director of the Department of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Higgins is the leading authority in heart and lung transplantation, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, and mechanical circulatory support. His scientific interests include the mechanisms of cell injury in failing hearts, health economics and policy, racial disparities in post-transplant outcomes, access to care and improving outcomes among heart failure and cardiac surgery patients. Before his role at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Higgins served at The Ohio State University, where he was professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery, as well as surgeon-in-chief and director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center at Wexner Medical Center.

    Dr. Higgins obtained his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and went on to earn his medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine, followed by a master’s degree in health services administration at Virginia Commonwealth University. He completed a residency in general surgery and served as chief resident at the University Hospitals of Pittsburgh. He was a Winchester Scholar and fellow in cardiothoracic surgery at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Higgins served as a senior registrar in transplantation at the renowned Papworth Hospital, the U.K.’s largest cardiothoracic surgical program and its main heart-lung transplant center. He also served as a Major in the United States Army Reserve Medical Corps.

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    For today’s episode, Jim is joined by Dan Calandro, Chief Principal Advisor at RefQuest+. Dan has over 35 years of experience in sports at the collegiate level. He worked at the NCAA National Office in a multitude of different departments, including Enforcement, Championships, Governance and Membership Affairs. His last role with the NCAA was as the Director of Playing Rules and Officiating, a role which he filled from 2014-2020. In addition to his time at the NCAA, he also served as the Director of Athletics at his alma mater, Knox College, from 2000-2005.

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    For today’s episode, Jim sits down with Director of Strength & Conditioning at Purdue University, Jason Pullara. Coach Pullara returned to the Boilermakers from Northwestern, where he worked for 18 years. Coach Pullara served as the sports performance coach for the Northwestern women’s lacrosse program during all seven of its NCAA championships from 2005 to 2012. He was also the sports performance coach for the softball program, which earned NCAA Tournament bids in seven of his seasons with the program, finishing among the top 16 teams in the country in 2005 and 2008 while placing second at the Women's College World Series in 2006 and third in 2007. Coach Pullara is Master Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise & fitness and a minor in psychology from Purdue in 2001. He earned a master’s degree in sports administration from Northwestern in 2011. As an undergraduate, Pullara played rugby. A two-year team captain, he was a three-time all-conference selection and team Most Valuable Player and two-time All-Midwest Regional pick.

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    For today’s episode, Jim is joined by Lewis Caralla, Head Football Strength & Conditioning Coach at Georgia Tech. Coach Caralla has 13 years of experience as a strength and conditioning coach. He has previously served as the head strength and conditioning coach for three different NCAA Division I FBS programs and is in his third season as head football strength and conditioning coach at Georgia Tech. Prior to his current role, Coach Caralla spent the 2018 season as the head strength and conditioning coach at Buffalo, where he was named Football Scoop’s Strength Coach of the Year. Before his time at Buffalo, Caralla was director of strength and conditioning at Louisiana-Lafayette (2016-17) and North Texas (2015). His career also includes stints as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Michigan (2012-14), Mississippi State (2011) and Georgia Tech (2010-11), a graduate assistant at Mississippi State (2009-10) and an intern at Virginia (2008) and South Florida (2007). As an athlete, Coach Caralla was a two-time all-conference running back at Defiance (Ohio) College, where he also earned academic all-conference accolades twice and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in wellness and corporate fitness in 2008. He earned a master’s degree in kinesiology from Mississippi State in 2010.

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    For today’s episode, Jim is joined by Alex and Rijad to talk about their experiences in high school strength and conditioning both as athletes and as coaches. Additionally, they discuss the Good Athlete Project’s new initiative to bring high quality strength & conditioning to more high schools across the nation.

    To learn more about how you can partner with The Good Athlete Project to bring strength and conditioning to your school, reach out through our Website or Social Media.

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    For today’s episode Jim is joined by strength coach, physical therapist, and Founder of The Movement System, Matt Castero. The Movement System is an educational platform with the mission to “Make The World Stronger”. Matt received his bachelor’s and his doctorate of physical therapy from Ohio State University and has worked in high school strength and conditioning, corporate fitness, and personal training.

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    For today’s episode, Jim and Rijad debrief the 2021 IHSPLA State Championship Meet. Then, Jim is joined by John Beerbower, Assistant Divisional Chair and Director of Strength & Conditioning at McHenry High School, to talk about his experience as a member and coach in the IHSPLA.

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    For today’s episode, Jim sits down with science journalist, editor, and author, Caroline Williams. A consultant for and regular contributor to New Scientist, her written work has also appeared in The Guardian, The Boston Globe, BBC Future, and BBC Earth, among others. She has worked as a radio producer and reporter for BBC Radio, and was the regular co-host of the New Scientist podcast from 2006 to 2010. She is the author of two books: “My Plastic Brain: One Woman's Yearlong Journey to Discover If Science Can Improve Her Mind”, and the upcoming, “Move! The new science of body over mind”. She was also editor of the “New Scientist Instant Expert Guide to the Brain”. She holds a BSc in biological sciences from Exeter University and an MSc (Distinction) in Science Communication from Imperial College London.

    To see more of Caroline’s work, visit her website: carolinewilliams.net and follow her on Instagram: @CarolineWilliams_Science and Twitter: @ScienceCaroline

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    For today’s episode, Jim is joined key members of the Good Athlete Project family – Rijad Pekmez, Rob Miner, and Matt Klem. They discuss the upcoming 2021 IHSPLA State Championship happening on May 29th, as well as their own experiences competing and coaching in the sport of powerlifting.

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    For today’s episode Jim is joined by Matt Johnson, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Chicago Bulls. Coach Johnson has been with the Bulls organization since 2012, starting as a Strength and Conditioning Intern. He was promoted to Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach in 2013 and served in that role for 3 years before being named to his current position in 2016. Coach Johnson received both his bachelor’s and master’s from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

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    For today’s episode, Jim is joined by Michelle Di Benedetto, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago. Michelle leads the department responsible for fund development, communications, marketing, outreach and community relations. Before coming to IWS, she was the Programs and Development Director for the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance, where she was responsible for the fund development program and shared responsibility for programs, including a national initiative supporting community level gatherings on equity and healing. She has a MA in Human Rights and Global Health from the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies and a BA in International Studies with minors in Commercial Italian and French.

    To learn more about the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, visit them at their website: infantwelfaresociety.org

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    For today’s episode, Jim is joined by Coach CJ White, Director of Strength and Conditioning and Head Football Strength Coach for Jackson State University. Prior to his time at JSU, Coach White had roles on the strength and conditioning staff at Arkansas State, SMU, and his alma mater, Mary-Hardin Baylor. While at Mary-Hardin Baylor, CJ played Outside Linebacker and Defensive End from 2014-2016. He has been a part of three American Southwest Conference Championships and one Division III National Championship. Coach White graduated from Mary-Hardin Baylor in 2018 with a degree in Exercise Physiology and went on to earn a Master of Science in Sport Administration from Arkansas State University in 2020.

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