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"The ADvantage Point"

"The ADvantage Point"

By Jim Wright
High School Sports Talk featuring Information, Interviews, and Interactions with ADs, Student-Athletes, and Administrators
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"The ADvantage Point"

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"The ADvantage Point" is BACK with Grace Weigele. Cross-Country and Track Star
Grace talks about her life as a distance runner and her mental approach to running during COVID.  
27:26
January 29, 2021
"The ADvantage Point" Talks About the Fall and Upcoming Winter Seasons
Jim defends ADs and tries to refocus parents on what the real problem is and why we should play sooner than later.
22:31
November 1, 2020
"The ADvantage Point" Brings Back the Doctor to the Bunker
Take a listen as Jim brings us up to speed on the current state of Athletics in NY
28:48
August 28, 2020
"The ADvantage Point" Brings Back the Doctor from the Abyss
Jim gets back on the air to talk about the lay of the land and what the future may look like going forward....or backward.
20:55
June 16, 2020
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Peter Nicolino, senior student-athlete from Walt Whitman
Peter talks about "The Rock" and the effect that Principal Murphy had on him and the senior class.  He also talks about losing his final season and the impact the virus has had on the community as a whole.
29:60
May 28, 2020
"The ADvantage Point" Friday Opinion on Saturday With Dr. Jim Wright
I decided to stay away from computers yesterday, so here's today's opinion on the CDC and NFHS guidelines for return to school and play.
26:42
May 23, 2020
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Mark Koski, CEO of the NFHS Network
Mark talks about the NFHS Network and the value it has brought to high school sports with its unique streaming service.  He brings us up to speed on how the system can generate funds for schools and offer opportunities for students and faculty in the area f broadcast television.
29:60
May 19, 2020
"The ADvantage Point" Opinion Friday with Dr. Jim Wright
With budget approvals looming, Jim discusses the need for us to advocate for more aid to NY.  It's not political at all, it's common sense, but if opening schools demands unfunded mandates, where does the money come from?
23:41
May 15, 2020
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Jackie Pasquerella, Head Softball Coach from Bay Shore
Jackie is an exceptional coach that has done wonderful things with her team during the crisis and shares that with us.  She is also one of the best players in the history of NYS Softball and her accomplishments are legendary in the sport.  A great interview with a great coach and role model.
29:60
May 14, 2020
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Section V Executive Director, Kathy Hoyt
Kathy speaks about her background in athletics and discusses her position as the only current female Executive Director in New York.  Kathy also shares her feelings on what it takes to manage a diverse section and offers advice to aspiring athletic directors.  A great interview with a real professional.
29:60
May 12, 2020
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews the Legendary Pat Pizzarelli, Executive Director of Section VIII of the NYSPHSAA
Always with an opinion, Pat shares his thoughts on the current situation, NYS Football Playoffs and rules, and the good or bad within them.  A great interview from someone that is definitely not shy.
29:31
May 8, 2020
"The ADvantage Point" Friday is Thursday with Dr. Jim Wright
Jim talks about how the navigation of your program during cutbacks should be defended by you as an Athletic Director.  The EFA becomes your bible for justifying athletics in the face of contingency.
26:05
May 7, 2020
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Phil Rison, CMAA and Associate Executive Director of the NIAAA
Phil offers a fantastic interview and speaks to us about what is going on at the National and how the country can adjust to the new paradigm.  His down-home demeanor adds to a great discussion.
29:54
May 6, 2020
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Doug Killgore, CMAA the "Bow Tie AD"
Doug Killgore, CMAA speaks to us about his background, the importance of using the Educational Framework for Athletics, and its effect on today's AD.  He also shares his experiences and fills us in on upcoming professional development opportunities from the NIAAA and where the Bow Ties came from.
29:60
May 5, 2020
"The ADvantage Point" Weekend Solo with Dr. Jim Wright
Jim keeps the discussion going on what's happening and what the landscape can look like, should we get the ok to come back.
24:31
May 4, 2020
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Dr. Robert Zayas, Executive Director of the NYSPHSAA
Dr. Zayas talks about the decision to cancel the Spring State Tournament and the impact the shutdown has had on athletics in general.  Additionally, he discusses the need to remain calm and not react until we get proper direction from the State.
29:60
April 30, 2020
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Coach Stefan Henn, Head Lacrosse Coach from Amherst Central HS
Coach Henn is one of the top Lacrosse coaches in the State and his experiences as an educator on the field and off is the reason for his success.  Coach Henn speaks about the importance of diversification n sport and playing for fun as the primary goal every athlete should strive for.
29:60
April 29, 2020
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Kevin Martin, senior track star from Walt Whitman HS
Kevin talks about the past, the present, and his future as a runner for Sacred Heart University.  He also shares his thoughts on what's important now and what advice to give to younger athletes.
25:24
April 29, 2020
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Denny Fries, NYSAAA and NIAAA Hall of Famer
Denny talks about his long and illustrious career in education and his time spent in making our professional organizations better.
29:60
April 28, 2020
"The ADvantage Point" Sunday Sermon with Dr. Jim Wright
Jim Speaks about unifying Atheltic Directors in dealing with what could become the new paradigm for sports in NY
16:24
April 26, 2020
"The ADvantage Point" Friday Opinion with Dr. Jim Wright
Jim offers his perspectives on the recent statements made by the governor and talks about the potential look of high school sports should this continue.
28:26
April 24, 2020
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Tom Combs, Section XI Executive Director
Tom brings us up to speed on the decision to cancel spring sports in Section XI and the subsequent cancellation by Section VIII.  The process and the discussion that occurred in the meeting is brought to light as well as what the future could look like.
28:15
April 23, 2020
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Gregg Sarra, Sports Editor for Newsday.
Gregg gives his perspective on how the current landscape has changed and what the future looks like.  Gregg has spent 36 years on the HS sports scene and is one of the greatest cheerleaders for kids and sports in the country.
29:60
April 22, 2020
"The ADvantage Point" Remembers Coach Vin Altebrando
Coaches and teachers reminisce about the life of Coach Vin Altebrando on the 2nd anniversary of his passing.
29:60
April 20, 2020
"The ADvantage Point", Opinion Friday with Dr. Jim Wright
Jim offers his perspectives on the recent rash of shutdowns throughout the country and reminds us to consider the mental health of our HS athletes.
27:45
April 17, 2020
"The ADvantage Point " Interviews Timm Slade, CMAA Section VI Executive Director
Timm shares what Section Vi is all about and how they manage the various problems that arise in the daily operation of the Section.  Timm also speaks to his role as a promoter of professional development through the NIAAA and NYSAAA.
29:60
April 16, 2020
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Dr. Curt Miller, District AD from Georgia
Curt talks about the NIAAA, his work in Henry County and his future position as well as the current state of affairs with High School Sports in Georgia.
29:60
April 15, 2020
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Section XI Executive Director Tom Combs
Tom brings us up to speed on the inner workings of Section XI and his relationship with the NYSPHSAA.  
29:60
April 14, 2020
The ADvantage Point with Updates and Opinions on the State of HS Sports
This week's focus is on the reality of continuing to deal with the thought of no return to play and why.
21:54
April 13, 2020
The ADvantage Point Interviews Kal Lewis, 5x State Champion from Shelter Island HS
Kal talks about life on the Island and how he won 3 Cross-Country Championships and the 1600m indoor and outdoor NYS Championships.  It's some great insight into another fine senior student-athlete.
29:60
April 10, 2020
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Brett Banker, NYSAAA President and Ken-Ton AD
Brett offers us insight into his current position as President for a second year and how his area is handling the current situation.
29:60
April 9, 2020
"The ADvantge Point" Interviews Pete Shambo, AD from Penfield HS
Pete talks about his career and the influences that inspired him to volunteer with the NYSAAA and NIAAA.  He also fills us in on his plans to walk the AT.
29:60
April 8, 2020
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Isabelle Smith, NIAAA Section 1 Essay Winner from Westhampton Beach HS
Belle talks about her essay and the experiences she had in Tanzania.  She also tells us how sports have impacted her life.  It's a great listen to an exceptional student-athlete.
29:60
April 7, 2020
"The ADvantage" talks about No Regents Exams and the Potential to Restart
It's a solo show today with comments and opinions on a myriad of current events including Regents cancelations, can we start up again, and the responsibilities we face during this time.
17:51
April 6, 2020
"The ADvantage" Interviews Mr. John Murphy, Principal of Walt Whitman HS
Mr. Murphy talks about his experiences at Walt Whitman, his love for this job, and shares the stories of his life with us.  A great listen.
29:60
April 3, 2020
"The ADvantage" Interviews Andrew Ledbetter, Senior 3-Sport Athlete from WW
Andrew fills us in on the current situation and provides us with his perspectives on how he's dealing with losing some of the season.  You'll be surprised by his take.
22:01
April 2, 2020
The ADvantage Interviews Todd Nelson, Associate Director of the NYSPHSAA
Todd talks about his role in the position, Unified Sports and why he jumped off a 30' platform at the State Swimming/Diving Meet
27:51
March 31, 2020
The ADvantage Interviews Ralph Milazzo, Teacher/Coach
Ralph tells us what it's like to teach under these conditions and shares his experiences as a coach for Walt Whitman.  
29:52
March 29, 2020
The ADvantage Interviews Priya Katwala, Girls Track Captain
Priya Katwala speaks about the current events and how she's handling it at home.  Priya also talks about her senior year and how she tries to continue to be a good captain and leader.
11:07
March 27, 2020
NYSAAA Premiere Podcast
30 minutes with the Executive Director of the NYSAAA, Alan Mallanda.  Alan discusses the beginnings of the NYSAAA and those that were a part of the creation of the association.
27:43
March 26, 2020
Pilot Podcast
Just some general information and running a test on this platform.
06:36
March 23, 2020