Beyond the Ball

Hoop Heads Podcast Network

Welcome to the “Beyond the Ball” podcast with Coach Eric Klumpp and Coach Justin Gerstung, two basketball coaches here to celebrate the game of basketball, and all sport, with real discussions, with real coaches from all levels, that use their platform to serve others while finding balance off the court in their faith, with their families, and in their communities. Join us in celebrating the way YOU serve, love, and care.

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Lance Westberg - Houghton College Men's Basketball Head Coach
Jul 9 2021
Lance Westberg - Houghton College Men's Basketball Head Coach
Lance Westberg was named the head coach for the Houghton College men's basketball program in July 2019. Westberg is the 10th coach in program history.  Prior to coming to Houghton, Westberg served five years as an assistant at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he helped guide the Falcons to a record of 83-53. During his time at UW-River Falls, the team advanced to three WIAC championship games. The 2016-17 team finished 25-4, won the conference title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III National Tournament. That team was also honored as the WIAC Coaching Staff of the Year. Westberg was actively involved with the Falcon recruiting efforts, perimeter player development, scouting, and organizing and monitoring student-athlete academic progress. He helped develop nine all-conference players and one Third Team NABC All-American. He also directs the Falcon summer basketball camps.  As a recruiter, he earned commitments from 20 top-100 and six top-50 recruits from Minnesota and Wisconsin. In addition to his basketball responsibilities, Westberg also served as the head coach of the UW-River Falls women's golf team for five seasons. During his time at the helm, he increased the team roster size from six to 13, boosted the team GPA from 2.9 to 3.67, and was named WIAC Coach of the Year in 2018. Prior to joining UW-River Falls, Westberg spent a season as an assistant coach at River Falls High School and also spent three seasons as the head coach and director of the Minnesota-based Triple Threat Club team, elevating the U15-U17 team to a ranking in the Northstar Hoops Report. Westberg played for four years at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul where he was a part of three regular season UMAC championships, three conference tournament championships, three NCAA National Tournament appearances from 2010-13, and an NCCAA National Championship in 2010.  Individually, he earned honorable mention to the All-UMAC team during the 2012-13 season along with being named the conference championship MVP, and the UMAC Individual Sportsmanship Award. Twitter (@CoachWestberg) (@Houghton_MBB)
Lance Westberg - Houghton College Men's Basketball Head Coach
Jul 9 2021
Lance Westberg - Houghton College Men's Basketball Head Coach
Lance Westberg was named the head coach for the Houghton College men's basketball program in July 2019. Westberg is the 10th coach in program history.  Prior to coming to Houghton, Westberg served five years as an assistant at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he helped guide the Falcons to a record of 83-53. During his time at UW-River Falls, the team advanced to three WIAC championship games. The 2016-17 team finished 25-4, won the conference title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III National Tournament. That team was also honored as the WIAC Coaching Staff of the Year. Westberg was actively involved with the Falcon recruiting efforts, perimeter player development, scouting, and organizing and monitoring student-athlete academic progress. He helped develop nine all-conference players and one Third Team NABC All-American. He also directs the Falcon summer basketball camps.  As a recruiter, he earned commitments from 20 top-100 and six top-50 recruits from Minnesota and Wisconsin. In addition to his basketball responsibilities, Westberg also served as the head coach of the UW-River Falls women's golf team for five seasons. During his time at the helm, he increased the team roster size from six to 13, boosted the team GPA from 2.9 to 3.67, and was named WIAC Coach of the Year in 2018. Prior to joining UW-River Falls, Westberg spent a season as an assistant coach at River Falls High School and also spent three seasons as the head coach and director of the Minnesota-based Triple Threat Club team, elevating the U15-U17 team to a ranking in the Northstar Hoops Report. Westberg played for four years at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul where he was a part of three regular season UMAC championships, three conference tournament championships, three NCAA National Tournament appearances from 2010-13, and an NCCAA National Championship in 2010.  Individually, he earned honorable mention to the All-UMAC team during the 2012-13 season along with being named the conference championship MVP, and the UMAC Individual Sportsmanship Award. Twitter (@CoachWestberg) (@Houghton_MBB)
Adam Gordon - Co-Founder & CEO of Rising Coaches
Jun 10 2021
Adam Gordon - Co-Founder & CEO of Rising Coaches
Adam Gordon is the Co-Founder & CEO of Rising Coaches, a membership based community for coaches that connects, develops and facilitates career advancement for its members. Gordon previously spent 16 years working in college basketball serving in various roles at the High Major D1, DII, and JUCO levels. In 2019 Adam stepped away from coaching to put all his focus on building Rising Coaches. Gordon was an assistant and associate head coach at Southeast Missouri from 2015-2019. Before joining Southeast Missouri, he worked for three years as director of operations on Rick Ray’s staff at Mississippi State. Gordon was in charge of travel, camps, scheduling, on-campus recruiting and academic compliance during his stint with the Bulldogs. A native of Los Angeles, California, Gordon also spent time at Northern Colorado and was a graduate assistant at Clemson for three years. A 2006 graduate of Tampa who studied Youth Development and Leadership at Clemson, Gordon was an assistant coach at Central Florida Community College in Ocala, Florida, from 2006-08 before going to Clemson. There, Gordon was responsible for recruiting, player development, opponent scouting, video editing and exchange, and academic counseling. Prior to Central Florida CC, Gordon was head manager and student assistant at the University of Tampa from 2002-06. Email – adam@risingcoaches.com Twitter – (@coachadamgordon) (@RisingCoaches) Website – (risingcoaches.com)
Micah Mills - Wilmington College Men's Basketball Associate Head Coach
May 13 2021
Micah Mills - Wilmington College Men's Basketball Associate Head Coach
Micah Mills is in his sixth season with the Wilmington College men's basketball program in 2020-21. He spent three seasons as the program's top assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2018-19 campaign. The Fightin' Quakers have improved each year of the first four years Mills has been on staff including a double-digit wins campaing in 2017-18 and 2018-19 along with trips to the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Tournament. Additionally, eight individuals have earned All-OAC honors under Mills' guidance including two-time All-OAC honorees Christian Jones and DaeShawn Jackson. In 2018-19, he helped guide Wilmington to within a game of the program's first ever OAC regular season championship. The Quakers were ranked in the region for the majority of the season and finished 17-8 overall. He came to Wilmington after spending three seasons as a graduate assistant at fellow OAC member Otterbein University. Mills served as the freshman boys coach and varsity assistant at Parkersburg High School during the 2011-12 season, and also works as a lead instructor for Point Guard College (PGC) Basketball Training in Stafford, Texas and at other sites around the country. He attended Ohio Valley University in West Virginia, where he earned a bachelor's degree in education while becoming a four-year letterman for the Fighting Scots basketball team. A three-time captain, he finished his career as the program's all-time leader in assists and free-throw percentage. Mills also has teaching experience in history and sociology at Parkesburg High School, as well as history at Van Devender Middle School. In addition, he has volunteered with Special Olympics, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Dover Football and Basketball Camps. Twitter (@Coachm_m)
Jamy Bechler - Professional Speaker, Leadership Coach, Author, & Podcast Host
Apr 29 2021
Jamy Bechler - Professional Speaker, Leadership Coach, Author, & Podcast Host
Jamy Bechler is a professional speaker, leadership coach, author, and podcast host based out of Akron, Ohio. He is also a John Maxwell certified leadership coach. Before going into full-time leadership work, Jamy served for 20 years as a college basketball coach and high school athletic director. When he left his last college to become an athletic director, he was the winningest coach in program history. His 2014 team earned the national "Champions of Character" award. As an athletic director, he transformed the athletic department, instituting budgeting processes, student-athlete leadership training, and innovative marketing strategies that were featured in Athletic Management magazine. He supervised the 5th largest high school gymnasium in the country and oversaw the boys basketball team winning their 8th state championship (most in Indiana history). Through his experiences as an athletic director, college coach, and leadership consultant, he has created TheLeadershipPlaybook.com, which is a membership site helping athletic departments develop better teammates, more positive leaders, and stronger cultures. Jamy also is the host of the "Success is a Choice" podcast, which interviews people from various walks of life, and is the author of three books, including "The Bus Trip". He currently works with high-level organizations, teams, athletes, and coaches to help them maximize their potential in the area of leadership, culture, and teamwork. You can learn more about him by visiting  (JamyBechler.com) or on Twitter  (@CoachBechler) (Linkedin.com/in/jamybechler) (Twitter.com/CoachBechler) (Facebook.com/JamyBechlerLeadership) (Instagram.com/CoachBechler) (JamyBechler.com) (official website) (SuccessIsAChoicePodcast.com) (podcast link) (TheLeadershipPlaybook.com) (online leadership program) TheBusTripBook.com (The Bus Trip book website)
Anthony Pugh - Founder & Head Skills Trainer at Clockwork Athletics
Apr 22 2021
Anthony Pugh - Founder & Head Skills Trainer at Clockwork Athletics
Anthony Pugh is the founder of Clockwork Athletics. The game of basketball has been Anthony’s passion since the day he was born. He grew up a coach’s son and was in the gym constantly. He attended McDonald High School in Ohio and played varsity basketball for 4 years. During his 4 year career at McDonald, Anthony scored 1,000+ career points, accounted for 300+ career assists and is currently still top 5 in program wins. After being recruited by several D2 and D3 programs, Anthony was given the opportunity to be a walk on at Robert Morris University. He knew that his eventual basketball goal was to coach, so the opportunity to be a part of a Division 1 program would be very beneficial in the long run. During his freshman season, he appeared in 4 games and became very close to junior starting point guard, Kavon Stewart. They would work out regularly before and after games/practices. This lit a spark in Anthony and is when he realized that skill development was his real passion. After his freshman season concluded, he made the toughest decision of his life and decided to stop playing and dedicate his full attention to skill development. Clockwork Athletics was born on April 20, 2016 in his dorm room. Anthony graduated from Robert Morris University in May 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Sport psychology. Clockwork Athletics continues to grow as one of the best skill development training companies in Ohio. Anthony works with players of all ages and skill levels from kids just learning how to play, all the way up to professionals. Anthony's passion and love for the game is what separates him from everyone else. During all of his training sessions, he focuses heavily on the smallest of details to ensure that the players who work with him get the most out of every training session and leave the gym better than they came. Email - anthony.pugh222@gmail.com Twitter - (@Anthony_Pugh2 )  (@ClockWorkSkills) YouTube - (
Nate Beutel - Niagara Community College Women's Basketball Head Coach
Apr 15 2021
Nate Beutel - Niagara Community College Women's Basketball Head Coach
Nate Beutel, NCCC's Sports Information Director, Athletic Scheduling Coordinator and Head Softball Coach, is in his ninth season in charge of the women's basketball program at the school. Beutel's teams have advanced to nine consecutive Region III Div. II Final Fours with the last three years culminating in the only three regional titles in school history. The prior three seasons, NCCC finished as runners-up. The four-time Region III Div. II Coach of the Year (2020-21, 2018-19, 2015-16 & 2013-14) was instrumental in the development of four NJCAA Div. II All-Americans (Paige Emborsky, 2019-20; Kenetria Redfern, 2018-19; Taliyah Hopkins, 2016-17; Jaclyn Welch, 2013-14), five Region III Div. II Players of the Year (Alaina Forbes, 2020-21; Paige Emborsky, 2019-20; Kenetria Redfern, 2018-19; Jaclyn Welch, 2013-14; Kristine Ripson, 2012-13) and 33 All-Region players. He's also helped move more than two dozen players on to four-year programs in that time with more than half of them earning athletic scholarships, including five at the NCAA Div. I level (Cierra Harrison, Detroit; Nickelle O'Neil, Saint Peter's; Aubrey Halloran, Niagara; Paige Emborsky, Abilene Christian; Kenetria Redfern, Maryland-Eastern Shore).  Beutel came to NCCC after spending two seasons as the head boys varsity basketball coach at Grand Island High School. Beutel also spent time coaching at Medaille College and Wilson High School. He is also the head softball coach at NCCC and an assistant varsity football coach at nearby Starpoint High School. He previously spent two seasons as the head women's lacrosse coach for the Thunderwolves and has taught as an adjunct professor of both sport management and physical education at NCCC. The Sanborn native and former three-sport standout at Starpoint High School earned a bachelor's degree in sport management and a master's degree in elementary education from Medaille College. He currently resides with his wife Annmarie in North Tonawanda. Twitter (@CoachBeutel)
Marke Freeman - PGC Basketball Director
Feb 18 2021
Marke Freeman - PGC Basketball Director
Marke Freeman is a full time course director for PGC, a public speaker, former D1 athlete, tv analyst, and author. During her senior year with the Northern Illinois Huskies, Freeman led the team in scoring at 18.8 points, five rebounds, four assists, and 2.5 steals per game. After graduating from NIU, Freeman went on to play professionally with Tecza of Leszno, Poland, where she had an opportunity to compete against some of the best professional women’s basketball players in the world. At just 5’5”, she averaged 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals, earning her Rookie of the Year honors and a spot on the PLKK All-Star team. Following her successful professional career, Marke joined the University of Missouri – Kansas City division I women’s basketball program, honing her coaching skills under the tutelage of her college coach. Marke was able to pass on her knowledge to the entire UMKC roster in charge of operations and player development. Marke now serves as a core director for PGC and continues to pass on her knowledge of the game and the release of her book Champions Creed marks another notch in her drive to transform lives. We are very humbled that Marke would take the time to join us- one of the most insightful conversations we have had! Thanks Coach! Coaching Motto: “Success is not measured by where you are. It is measured by how far you have come and those you help along the way.” Facebook: (Marke Freeman) Twitter: (@markefree) Instagram: (@markefree) LinkedIn: (Marke Freeman)
Lance Loya - Founder & Ceo of the Good Teammate Factory
Feb 4 2021
Lance Loya - Founder & Ceo of the Good Teammate Factory
Lance Loya is the founder and CEO of The Good Teammate Factory. As a leading authority on the good teammate mindset, he specializes in getting individuals to shift into the We Gear and change their focus from me to we. Other experts concentrate on improving teamwork, but Lance concentrates on improving the teammate. Lance’s method works! A college basketball coach turned author, blogger, and professional speaker, he is known for his enthusiastic personality and his passion for transforming teambusters into teammates. He is a rare two-time recipient of the prestigious Schoenfeld Award for Sportsmanship, Character, and Ethics, as presented by the Collegiate Basketball Officials Association. For more than 20 years, he operated youth sports camps. Hundreds of kids attended his wildly popular “Be A Good Teammate” basketball camp every summer, where they were taught daily that good teammates care, share, and listen. As a former intercollegiate student-athlete, Lance was an academic All-American. He holds an undergraduate degree in theatre and a master’s degree in sports management. Prior to becoming a coach, he honed his speaking skills as a radio morning show disc jockey. Lance believes everybody is part of a team in some capacity, and every affliction facing our society comes down to people not being good teammates. He has inspired readers and audiences around the globe with this impactful message through his books, keynotes, and seminars. Website ( (@coachlanceloya)