PREP Athletics Basketball Podcast

Cory Heitz

PREP Athletics is a company that helps basketball players find the right fitting prep schools to help them meet their goals. This podcast features PREP Athletics founder Cory Heitz's valuable expertise and vast connections to share insights and stories about the past, present, and future of prep school basketball. It also features in depth interviews with prep school basketball coaches from all competitive levels. Cory is a prep school alum, former D1 player, and Air Force veteran. Learn more about how PREP Athletics can help you by visiting www.prepathletics.com, and be sure to sign up for the newsletter. read less
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What Separates DME Academy From The Rest? feat. Mike Panaggio, Co-founder of DME
May 13 2024
What Separates DME Academy From The Rest? feat. Mike Panaggio, Co-founder of DME
Mike Panaggio discusses his experience at prep school, his career in the financial industry, and the founding of DME Academy. He emphasizes the importance of effort, excellence, and sacrifice in achieving success. He also shares his thoughts on the value of college education and the unique aspects of DME Academy, including its focus on character development and social fitness. Panaggio discusses the recruitment process for DME Academy and the success stories of top players who have come through the program. In this conversation, Mike Panaggio discusses the impact of cell phones on students and the importance of limiting overcommunication. He also shares his experience at Deerfield and how it influenced his approach at DME. Mike emphasizes the importance of speaking in absolutes and instilling a mindset of continuous improvement in students. He also talks about his personal interactions with DME students and the value of mentorship. Mike discusses the multiple teams at DME and the placement strategy for college-bound students. He shares his vision for DME, which includes stronger academics and more international showcases.Timestamps:00:00 Introduction and Background05:27 Discussion on Prep School Experience08:54 Transition to Financial Industry and Founding DME Academy11:29 DME Academy: Focus on College Marketing and Assistance16:13 DME Academy: Unique Approach and Special Sauce22:19 Finding Top Players and Success Stories25:43 Discussion on Top Players and Recruitment29:04 Fostering Social Fitness at DME Academy29:37 The Impact of Cell Phones on Students31:24 Speaking in Absolutes and Continuous Improvement32:50 Mentorship and Personal Interactions at DME38:28 The Multiple Teams and Placement Strategy at DME47:56 The Vision for DME: Stronger Academics and International ShowcasesConnect with Mike:Website | https://dmeacademy.com/Email | mjp@dmedelivers.comInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/dmesportsacademy/?hl=enTwitter | https://twitter.com/dmesportsacad?lang=enConnect with Cory: Website | https://www.prepathletics.com Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep.athletics/Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics Email | coryheitz@gmail.com Phone | 859-317-1166 Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast: iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4 Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ Amazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic
There Is No Crystal Ball in Prep School Basketball
May 7 2024
There Is No Crystal Ball in Prep School Basketball
In this bonus episode of the Prep Athletics Podcast, Cory Heitz discusses the lack of a crystal ball in prep school basketball and the importance of making the best decision possible. He emphasizes the role of the coach in choosing a prep school and advises families to do their due diligence and research. He also shares his own experience of attending a military academy's prep school and the positive outcomes that can come from taking a leap of faith. He encourages listeners to make the best choice they can, but reminds them that nothing is permanent and changes can be made if needed.Takeaways-There is no crystal ball in prep school basketball, so it's important to make the best decision possible.-The coach-player relationship is crucial in choosing a prep school, especially for a post-grad year.-Families should do their due diligence and research to find the best fit for their child.-Taking a leap of faith can lead to positive outcomes and personal growth.-While it's important to make the best choice the first time, it's also okay to make changes if needed.Chapters00:00 The Lack of a Crystal Ball in Prep School Basketball01:27 Choosing a Prep School Based on the Coach-Player Relationship03:49 Taking a Leap of Faith in the Prep School Experience05:10 Making the Best Choice the First Time, but Allowing for ChangesConnect with Cory: Website | https://www.prepathletics.com Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep.athletics/Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics Email | coryheitz@gmail.com Phone | 859-317-1166 Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast: iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4 Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ Amazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic
Prep School Basketball Summit: Strategies and Advice from Leading Coaches
Apr 22 2024
Prep School Basketball Summit: Strategies and Advice from Leading Coaches
In this episode, Coach Cory is joined by Coach Trey Morin of Phelps School, Coach John Zall of Vermont Academy, and Coach Lamar Reddicks of Milton Academy. They discuss current trends in the prep school world. They highlight the importance of prep school as an option for players, especially with colleges trending older and the need for advocates in the recruiting process. The coaches emphasize the exposure and connections they have to college coaches, which helps their players get placed in college. They also discuss the importance of finding the right fit for players and how prep schools prepare students for college both academically and personally. The coaches share their criteria for potential student-athletes, including a desire to be at the school, a willingness to work hard, and a commitment to improving as a basketball player. They also highlight the benefits of living on campus and having easy access to gym facilities. The coaches emphasize the importance of access to facilities and the opportunity to play with and against talented players. They highlight the benefits of AAU basketball for exposure and the value of the scholastic period in prep schools.Takeaways-Prep school is an important option for players, especially with colleges trending older and the need for advocates in the recruiting process.-Prep school coaches provide exposure and connections to college coaches, helping players get placed in college.-Finding the right fit is crucial, considering factors like academic reputation, location, and coaching staff.-Living on campus provides easy access to gym facilities, allowing players to work on their skills and improve.-Prep schools also prepare students for college life by teaching life skills and providing a supportive community. Quality over quantity is important in basketball training-AAU basketball provides opportunities for exposure and playing against good competition-Prep schools offer a unique experience and the chance to play against high-level competitionConnect with Coach Trey Morin:Email | tmorin@thephelpsschool.orgInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/phelpshoops/Twitter | https://twitter.com/treymorinhttps://twitter.com/phelpshoopsConnect with Coach John Zall:Twitter | https://twitter.com/VermontAcadHoopInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/vermontacadhoop/Email | jzall@vermontConnect with Cory: Website | https://www.prepathletics.com Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep.athletics/Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics Email | coryheitz@gmail.com Phone | 859-317-1166 Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast: iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4 Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ Amazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic
My Trip to The 2024 Final Four
Apr 15 2024
My Trip to The 2024 Final Four
SummaryIn this bonus episode of the Prep Athletics podcast, Coach Cory recaps his experience at the 2024 Final Four. He flew down to Phoenix to support his cousin Brad Miller, who played for Purdue. He describes the mix of fans from each school, with Purdue, NC State, UConn, and Alabama all showing strong support. Cory shares his experience at a packed Purdue bar, where Brad was treated like a celebrity. He also mentions celebrity sightings and the excitement of being in a stadium with a large crowd. Cory concludes by expressing his enjoyment of the event and his willingness to attend again in the future.TakeawaysAttending the Final Four is a fun and exciting experience, especially when you have a team to cheer for.The mix of fans from different schools adds to the atmosphere of the event.Celebrity sightings and being in a packed stadium contribute to the overall enjoyment.Despite the outcome, Cory is grateful for the opportunity to attend the Final Four and considers it a once-in-a-lifetime experience.Timestamps00:23 | Intro01:07 | The Mix of Fans from Each School01:42 | Going to a Purdue Bar02:24 | Getting to the Game03:23 | Celebrity Sightings03:57 | Prep School Connections04:34 | The National Championship Game05:37 | Main TakeawaysConnect with Cory: Website | https://www.prepathletics.com Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep.athletics/Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics Email | coryheitz@gmail.com Phone | 859-317-1166 Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast: iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4 Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ Amazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic
From Prep School Admissions to College Placement feat. Joe Busacca, Head Coach of Hotchkiss School
Apr 1 2024
From Prep School Admissions to College Placement feat. Joe Busacca, Head Coach of Hotchkiss School
SummaryIn this episode of the Prep Athletics Podcast, host Cory Heitz interviews Joe Busacca, the head coach of Hotchkiss School. They discuss the unique aspects of Hotchkiss as a high academic prep school, including its location, boarding program, and extensive facilities. Busacca emphasizes the importance of building personal connections with his players and helping them improve their skills. He also talks about the college placement process and the role of essays and interviews in the admissions process. Busacca shares his approach to recruiting and developing players, as well as the benefits of having a smaller team. In this conversation, Joe Busacca discusses his journey as a basketball player and coach. He shares how he transformed himself from a poor shooter to a skilled player through hard work and dedication. He also talks about the challenges he faced as a college coach and the importance of developing a winning culture. Joe emphasizes the qualities of a successful point guard and the level of competition in Division III basketball. He concludes by advising student-athletes to find the right fit in a college program and to ask important questions during the recruiting process.Chapters00:00 | Introduction and What Makes Hotchkiss Special02:09 | Recruiting and College Placement04:43 | College Placement and Differences in Game Length08:15 | Admissions Tips for Applying to Prep Schools12:40 | Coaching Career and Transition to Hotchkiss22:49 | Transition to Amherst College25:08 | Coaching at Amherst and Differences from Curry College29:25 | Coaching at the D1 Level and Qualities of a Point Guard34:07 | Best Player Played Against and Coached Against35:49 | Favorite Movie and Hobbies36:20 | Final Thoughts and Advice for RecruitsConnect with Joe Twitter | https://twitter.com/joebusacca2Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/joebusacca2/Follow Hotchkiss HoopsTwitter | https://twitter.com/HotchkissHoopsInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/hotchkisshoops/Connect with Cory: Website | https://www.prepathletics.com Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep.athletics/Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics Email | coryheitz@gmail.com Phone | 859-317-1166 Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast: iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4 Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ Amazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic
NIL Deals: How the Landscape is Changing feat. Tom Bower of Athlete Advantage
Mar 18 2024
NIL Deals: How the Landscape is Changing feat. Tom Bower of Athlete Advantage
In this conversation with Tom Bower, President of Athlete Advantage, we cover the changes in the NIL landscape,  including mistakes and risks, finding an attorney for deals, donor fatigue, the employee model for college athletes, and NIL in the Ivy League. On top of that, we discuss hiring an agent for NIL deals, capitalizing on marketability, creative fundraising for college athletes, discussing NIL during recruitment, and locker room issues involving NIL. We also go into NIL for high school and prep school players, compliance and transparency in NIL deals, setting up an online store for NIL, the percentage of profits for athletes, and the best and worst case scenarios for NIL. This conversation explores the importance of building a brand as a student-athlete and how it can lead to business partnerships. It also discusses the role of NIL (Name, Image, and Likeness) as an added tool in sports.Chapters00:00 | Introduction and Overview00:36 | Changes in the NIL Landscape04:03 | Mistakes and Risks in NIL Deals06:07 | Finding an Attorney for NIL Deals08:24 | Donor Fatigue in NIL Deals11:19 | Employee Model for College Athletes13:23 | NIL in the Ivy League14:04 | Hiring an Agent for NIL Deals17:00 | Choosing the Right Agent22:26 | Capitalizing on Marketability24:46 | Creative Fundraising for College Athletes29:49 | Discussing NIL during Recruitment32:49 | Locker Room Issues and NIL35:05 | NIL for High School and Prep School Players36:09 | Compliance and Transparency in NIL Deals38:24 | Setting Up an Online Store for NIL41:06 | Percentage of Profits for Athletes44:25 | Best and Worst Case Scenarios for NIL47:21 | Final Thoughts48:29 | Building a Brand for Business Partnerships50:39 | Building a Brand as a Student Athlete52:35 | NIL as an Added Tool to SportsConnect with Tom:Website | https://athleteadvantage.com/Twitter | https://twitter.com/TomBowerIILinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-bower-b5541149/Connect with Cory: Website | https://www.prepathletics.com Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep.athletics/Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics Email | coryheitz@gmail.com Phone | 859-317-1166 Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast: iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4 Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ Amazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic
Training Kobe and Other NBA Legends feat. Former Lakers Head Strength Coach Dr. Tim DiFrancesco
Mar 4 2024
Training Kobe and Other NBA Legends feat. Former Lakers Head Strength Coach Dr. Tim DiFrancesco
SummaryIn this conversation, Tim DiFrancesco, former head strength coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, shares insights and experiences from his time in the NBA. He talks about working with Kobe, Pau, Steve Nash, Metta Sandiford-Artest, and other NBA legends. He emphasizes the importance of a growth mindset and open-mindedness in achieving success. Tim discusses the challenges of building trust with players and managing different training approaches. He also highlights the significance of recovery methods, such as float tanks, and the common training mistakes basketball players make. Tim shares his favorite lifts, his favorite Lakers player to work with, and his hobbies.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Background00:25 The Importance of a Growth Mindset03:22 Building Trust with Players06:01 Working with Players' Personal Trainers09:41 Challenges of Managing Different Training Approaches10:03 Kobe Bryant's Work Ethic and Recovery14:55 Recovery Methods in the NBA15:54 The Benefits of Float Tanks18:32 Players' Work Ethic and Mindset21:20 Focus on Injury Prevention and Durability24:26 Best and Worst Parts of Working with the Lakers27:00 Impressive Non-Star Players28:24 Changes in Training Basketball Players30:49 Common Training Mistakes32:45 Changes in Nutrition Approach34:05 Recommended Supplements35:29 Favorite Lifts36:44 Favorite Lakers Player Worked With37:27 Coolest Celebrity Interaction38:59 Favorite Movie of All Time39:25 Hobbies Outside of Work40:10 The Basketball Strong Podcast44:49 Where to Find Tim DiFrancescoConnect with Tim:Website | https://www.tdathletesedge.com/Twitter | https://twitter.com/tdathletesedge?lang=enInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/tdathletesedge/?hl=enLinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/tim-difrancesco-29502710Connect with Cory: Website | https://www.prepathletics.com Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep.athletics/Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics Email | coryheitz@gmail.com Phone | 859-317-1166 Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast: iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4 Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ Amazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic
From Prep School to Division I with Hollman Smith
Feb 19 2024
From Prep School to Division I with Hollman Smith
Description:In this podcast episode, Cory interviews Hollman, a former prep school basketball player who is now a walk-on at James Madison University. They discuss Hollman's decision to do a post-graduate year, his experience at Tilton School, the benefits and challenges of prep school basketball, dealing with homesickness, and how prep school prepared him for Division I basketball. They also talk about the importance of choosing the right coach, Hollman's decision to attend James Madison, his experience as a walk-on, and the unseen pressures in Division I basketball. Hollman shares advice for kids considering a post-graduate year and offers insights into his career and personal life. The episode concludes with a discussion on Hollman's favorite movie and hobbies, as well as final thoughts and advice for listeners.Timestamps: 00:00 | Introduction and Post-Grad Year Decision01:12 | Choosing Tilton School02:10 | Benefits and Challenges of Prep School Basketball03:27 | Dealing with Homesickness04:18 | Surprises and Preparation for Division I Basketball05:36 | Advice for Kids Considering a Post-Graduate Year06:28 | Importance of Choosing the Right Coach07:25 | Choosing James Madison University08:10 | Experience as a Walk-On09:34 | Best and Most Challenging Parts of Being a Walk-On11:38 | Impact of James Madison's Top 25 Ranking12:37 | Unseen Pressures in Division I Basketball13:38 | Advice for Hollman's Brother and Others14:52 | Best Wins and Toughest Opponents16:57 | Favorite Movie and Hobbies17:38 | Final Thoughts and Advice18:31 | Social Media and ConclusionConnect with Hollman: Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/_hollman_/ Twitter | https://twitter.com/H_smith25Connect with Cory: Website | https://www.prepathletics.com Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep.athletics/Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics Email | coryheitz@gmail.com Phone | 859-317-1166 Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast: iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4 Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ Amazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic
Legendary Oak Hill Coach Steve Smith Talks National Championships, Building a Powerhouse + Coach Pros Such as Durant and Carmelo
Feb 5 2024
Legendary Oak Hill Coach Steve Smith Talks National Championships, Building a Powerhouse + Coach Pros Such as Durant and Carmelo
SummaryFormer Oak Hill Academy coach, Steve Smith, discusses his experiences coaching NBA players, the importance of work ethic and desire, the impact of specialization in sports, changes in the game, recruiting and placing players, and the opportunities he had as a college coach. He also discusses his career decisions, coaching against LeBron James, his biggest win, his favorite movie, and his connection to Al Pruitt and Henry Clay. Coach Smith reflects on his decision to stay at Oak Hill despite other opportunities, including an assistant job at Louisville, and dives into winning the Geico National Tournament in 2016.00:00 Introduction and Background01:16 Coaching NBA Players02:16 Work Ethic and Desire03:16 Specialization in Sports04:41 Injuries and Training07:33 Changes in the Game08:32 Strength and Conditioning10:25 Surprising Players11:50 Building a National Powerhouse15:10 Recruiting and Placing Players19:53 Changes in College Recruiting23:13 Transfers in High School and College25:04 Building a Team at Oak Hill29:27 Recruiting Process at Oak Hill34:15 Choosing College Programs39:05 What it Takes to Play at the D1 Level43:20 Opportunities as a College Coach44:46 Career Decisions and Staying at Oak Hill47:08 Coaching Against LeBron James50:18 Biggest Win of Steve Smith's Career52:40 Favorite Movie of All Time: Hoosiers54:58 Connection to Al Pruitt and Henry Clay58:48 Closing RemarksConnect with Steve:Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/ohacoachsmith/Twitter | https://twitter.com/OHACoachSmithConnect with Cory: Website | https://www.prepathletics.com Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep.athletics/Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics Email | coryheitz@gmail.com Phone | 859-317-1166 Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast: iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4 Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ Amazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic
The Differences Between Boys and Girls in Prep School Basketball w/ Coach Thomas Adams-Wall
Jan 22 2024
The Differences Between Boys and Girls in Prep School Basketball w/ Coach Thomas Adams-Wall
SummaryIn this episode of the Prep Athletics Podcast, host Cory Heitz interviews Coach Thomas Adams-Wall from Western Reserve Academy. They discuss various topics, including growing up on a prep school campus, the benefits of playing multiple sports, choosing the College of Wooster, coaching at Western Reserve Academy, recruiting and college exposure, admissions for student-athletes, coaching McDonald's All-American Chris Livingston, the challenges of placing girls in prep schools, placing boys and girls in college, admissions criteria for student-athletes, and more. Coach Adams-Wall shares his insights and experiences as both a coach and an admission officer at Western Reserve Academy.Timestamps:00:00 Introduction and Background02:02 Growing Up on a Prep School Campus03:24 Playing Multiple Sports vs. Specializing04:20 Choosing the College of Worcester07:14 Coaching and Working at Western Reserve Academy10:01 Recruiting and College Exposure13:19 Admissions and Student-Athletes16:33 Coaching Chris Livingston and Girls vs. Boys Basketball20:22 Challenges of Placing Girls in Prep Schools21:48 Placing Boys and Girls in College23:38 Admissions Criteria for Student-Athletes25:33 Quick Hitters28:15 Favorite Movie and Hobbies29:38 Final Thoughts and Contact InformationConnect with Thomas:Email | adamswallt@wra.netWebsite | https://www.wra.net/athletics/our-teams/girls-basketball-varsity Twitter | https://twitter.com/TAdams_WallConnect with Cory: Website | https://www.prepathletics.com Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep.athletics/Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics Email | coryheitz@gmail.com Phone | 859-317-1166 Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast: iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4 Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ Amazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic
Oprah Recommend Author + Former Irish Hooper Níall Ó Murchú Talks Breathing + The Cold
Nov 27 2023
Oprah Recommend Author + Former Irish Hooper Níall Ó Murchú Talks Breathing + The Cold
This week we welcome author Níall Ó Murchú.  Níall and I connected in Poland in early 2020 at the Wim Hof  retreat in Southern Poland.  Níall was my group leader and he spent the week teaching us the power of breath and how you incorporate it with the cold.  Níall and I are both former hoopers who have wives named Josie!  In this conversation we discuss how he got introduced to the cold and Wim Hof, his record setting performance in the European U19 basketball games, tips for young athletes on how to incorporate these modalities and much more.  Hear us talk about climbing a mountain with just shorts and boots on while it was 17 degrees out.  I was trying to survive while Níall was profusely sweating.  And learn more about spending ten long minutes in a snowmelt creek.  I loved talking to Níall again and hope you enjoy it.  His books can be purchased in the linktree below.  Not too shabby that Oprah suggested a passage from his latest book, "The Power of Cold."  Connect with Niall:https://linktr.ee/breathewithniallConnect with Cory: Website | https://www.prepathletics.com Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep.athletics/Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics Email | coryheitz@gmail.com Phone | 859-317-1166 Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast: iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4 Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ Amazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic
Colonel Lawrence Yazzie's Inspiring Story: From Navajo Reservation to Division 1 Basketball
Oct 30 2023
Colonel Lawrence Yazzie's Inspiring Story: From Navajo Reservation to Division 1 Basketball
In this podcast I am proud to have my prep school roommate joining us. Colonel Lawrence Yazzie and I met on the first day of basic training at the United States Air Force Academy Prep School back in July of 1995. We stayed up too long that first night w/ me asking Yaz about growing up on a reservation. He was just as enthralled w/ me being a Catholic from Kentucky. We have been tight friends ever since. Yaz (as he is called by his friends) was one of the first native americans to play Division 1 basketball. In our conversation he tells us how he got good at basketball while growing up in the Arizonan desert. He talks about why he chose Air Force and the challenges of playing there. Yaz was a 3 point sniper and he talks about coming off the bench cold at the end of games to try and bring his team back. We also touch on him playing with his brother in college and the time he infamously made Sportscenter. Yaz works in cybersecurity at a national level and gives tips to all the listeners on how to practice online hygiene. Connect with Cory: Website | https://www.prepathletics.com Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep.athletics/Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics Email | coryheitz@gmail.com Phone | 859-317-1166 Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast: iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4 Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ Amazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic
Hear From A Division 1 Referee Who Is Also A Parent To A Prep School Athlete feat. Jason Bradwell
Sep 4 2023
Hear From A Division 1 Referee Who Is Also A Parent To A Prep School Athlete feat. Jason Bradwell
In this week’s episode we welcome Jason Bradwell. Jason is a former college football player who is now a Division 1 basketball referee. We discuss why he got into this job, the differences in levels and tips for players, coaches, and parents. Jason also has two sons who played basketball at prep schools. He shares how they initially found schools and ultimately their process on choosing each one. Jason's older son went on to play D1 at Penn and his younger son is currently at Winchendon School under Coach Kevin Kehoe. Jason also runs the Northeast Prep School Showcase where high school basketball players can showcase themselves in front of prep school coaches. This event also has a forum to educate parents and answer their questions. Enjoy the interview! Connect w/ Jason: showcase.events.llc@gmail.com http://www.showcaseeventsllc.com https://twitter.com/showcaseevents_ Connect with Cory: Website | https://www.prepathletics.com Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep.athletics/Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics Email | coryheitz@gmail.com Phone | 859-317-1166 Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast: iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4 Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ Amazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic
JUCO, D3, D1, NBA, Prep Schools + more w/ Andrews Osborne Academy Basketball Coach Eli Gore
Aug 21 2023
JUCO, D3, D1, NBA, Prep Schools + more w/ Andrews Osborne Academy Basketball Coach Eli Gore
In this week's episode we welcome Andrew Osborne Academy Head Basketball Coach, Eli Gore. Eli has been around the game. He started his college career at a JUCO before transferring to D3 Salisbury to play for eventual D3 National Championship Coach Josh Merkel. After being an assistant at Salisbury he then went to Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. From here he went from low major to high major at UCONN. After a stint with the NBA's Portland Trailblazers he joined friend of the podcast Raphael Chillious's team at South Kent School. Eli offers a great perspective on all of the different levels he has coached and played at. Valuable for those trying to figure out the best fitting level to play at in college. Connect w/ Eli:https://www.instagram.com/coacheligore/?hl=en https://www.andrewsosborne.org/athletics/teams/boys-prep-basketball https://www.linkedin.com/in/eli-gore-174451100tw https://twitter.com/CoachEliGore Connect with Cory: Website | https://www.prepathletics.com Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep.athletics/Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics Email | coryheitz@gmail.com Phone | 859-317-1166 Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast: iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4 Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ Amazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic