Unity is Community

Unity is Community

By Matt Sulli
Matt Sulli, President & Co-Founder of California Canopy, interviews educators, coaches and athletic directors who are making a positive impact in their community. Matt is a former college athlete and sportscaster that brings a biased point of view to each episode.
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When is it time to Pivot w/ Garrett Shea
MUST WATCH FOR ALL THOSE CONSIDERING STARTING A BUSINESS! Matt Sulli Co-Founder at California Canopy recently spoke with Garrett Shea - founder of (SSEC) Sports, Sponsorships and Events Consulting, LLC and Rally Masks, LLC. They spoke about a variety of topics including Garrett's new venture, Rally-Masks.com, which is also a new Partner of California Canopy.   This episode (first video) went in many different directions including Chargers owner Dean Spanos creating the Corona Virus, Garrett getting his first car from Bill Walsh, working for Eddie Debartolo and playing D1 college football for his Father (Terry Shea), Covid, and taking a risk as an entrepreneur.  https://www.californiacanopy.com/  www.gosponsorship.com (SSEC – Biz Dev and Sponsorship Sales)   www.rally-masks.com (Rally Gear)   #rallymasks #calicanopy #unityiscommunitypodcast #entrepreneurship #californiacanopy #sdchargers #rutgersfootball #billwalsh #eddiedebartolo #deanspanoscreatedthecoronavirus #terryshea #ssec #sf49ers SHOW MORE
55:09
May 29, 2020
Business Badass w/ Stephanie Munoz
Stephanie Munoz is a business badass and we wanted to share her unique story of success, struggle, development and determination. She's the first of hopefully many female entrepreneurs that we would like on this program and making a significant impact in the world. "Being a female entrepreneur is definitely challenging at times, but my business partner (Shiela Locatelli Wallace) and I are both female, so it's a female owned and operated company and primarily all females that work there, so we're very proud of that." Stephanie Munoz - Co-Owner BTF Enterprises We discussed almost everything including Vegas trips, family insanity, entrepreneurship, kids, child birth and more. This episode was all over the place, but fun as hell!
1:16:17
May 13, 2020
"Making a Difference on the Front Lines" W/ Carolyn Solar and Shaun Brock
"We've helped 41,000 individuals, which is insane! Been serving by the thousands every single week, when before (the pandemic) it was 10-15 people (per week)." Carolyn Solar - Philanthropy Director - Feeding America Inland Empire Carolyn along w/ Shaun Brock, CO-GM of the Lake Elsinore Storm (SD Padres Hi-A Affiliate) joined me to discuss their amazing work and partnership on the front lines feeding SoCal residents and helping to facilitate COVID-19 tests. This episode was so informative regarding how to get tested for COVID (when and where), how get food (if needed) and is poverty worse than the disease? We also discussed baseball, provisions to reopen and when to expect to attend a ball game again. Plus, so much more! I could write an article about this conversation. @FeedingAmericaIE @FeedingIE @Calicanopy @Storm_Baseball @Storm_Baseball @matt.sulli3 #covid19 #povertykills #reopencalifornia #isitsafetoreopencalifornia #deanspanoscreatedthecoronavirus @Aztec_MBB #covid19testing #affordablecanopyact
52:02
April 30, 2020
Life's a Beach... Volleyball and College Eligibility w/ Randy Totorp
Randy Totorp is the Athletic Director at Saddleback College and is a product of the California JC System. I known Randy since 2015 and he definitely has a great deal of insight as it pertain college eligibility, coaching championship teams and volleyball. He went to Long Beach College and Earned a volleyball scholarship to San Diego State University (he's not happy the NCAA tournament was cancelled because San Diego State actually had a chance to win) We also talked a conspiracy theory about how Chargers owner Dean Spanos created the Corona Virus to prevent SDSU from winning a championship, and discussed Misty May Treanor (greatest female volleyball player ever), whom Randy hired when he was the AD at his alma mater LBCC. Plus, surprising, if not shocking top 5 movies and tv shows to watch during quarantine. #deanspanoscreatedthecoronavirus
1:14:13
April 22, 2020
Keeping Our Sanity w/ Dave Kuhn and Matt Gilson of the SCPGA
This is probably our most controversial podcast to date with rants about the corona virus, the ridiculousness of replay in Major League Baseball, the sissification of football and that golf needs to be more Happy Gilmore. We discussed those topics along with things that actually have to do with golf, like... the state of the game of golf. When can we play again? When is the PGA tour going to start back up. In addition, we talked about the SCPGA's ClubsForYouth Program, where they give away new Wilson Golf Club Sets to Boys and Girls High School Golf Teams in under-served areas. California Canopy is partnered with the SCPGA and we have donated custom canopies to a handful of these schools. It's great conversation, very informative, opinionated and borderline ridiculous (thanks to me). Dave and Matt have many interesting takes/opinions as well, and we all share our top 5 best 80's movies of all time! @scpga @scpgajrtour @scpgafoundation @mattsulli3 @calicanopy @wilsongolf @affordablecanopyact @clubsforyouth @80smovies @mlb @nfl @pgatour @pga @highschoolgolf
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April 19, 2020
What's Next w/ Andrew Larkin
We were joined by PGA Professional and Men's Assistant Golf Coach at UCLA, Andrew Larkin (@andrewlarkin07) to discuss "Next Steps" regarding the game of golf, recruiting, eligibility and tips and tricks to keep your golf game at a high level while in quarantine. Also, the importance and value of playing for your school (not just a club or travel team), team pride, playing multiple sports to develop your athleticism and being fortunate enough to caddie for one his players (Devin Bling) at the 2019 Masters.
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April 14, 2020
The Business of High School Athletics w/ Ron Nocetti
Had a great conversation with Ron Nocetti, Executive Director of the CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) to discuss the effects the pandemic is having on high school athletics in California. What the cancellation of the spring sports season means for the student athletes on the bubble and still looking to play at the next level? Cheerleading as a sanctioned CIF sport, along with the rise of E-Sports, as well as the evolving business models of high school athletics. Why high school governing bodies are adopting "Managed Rights/Brands" model similar to those at the collegiate level? What's the purpose? Is there additional sponsorship revenue and who benefits? Are the section and state championships better events, more competitive? Is this new approach helping each section, school, coach, team and athlete? Find out...
42:33
April 7, 2020
Leadership w/ Don Skaggs
Learn how to change the culture at your school from activities to athletics through effective Leadership Programs in three simple steps. Don Skaggs, Activities Director at Great Oak High School in Temecula, CA walks us through the amazing world of affecting positive change with America's youth. In addition, he discusses the importance of building a team, inclusion, delegation, responsibility and more!
53:35
April 1, 2020
Coaching Boys into Men w/ Jerry Dunlap
What's the importance of treating women the right way? Jerry Dunlap, athletic director at Napa Valley College recently implemented a program called Storm Against Violence which teaches his student athletes how to appropriately communicate with women. The results have been profound! Jerry discusses their approach, and how this can implemented at any institution. In addition, he addresses some of the concerns around the impact the corona virus is having on student athletes ability to transfer. Will the NCAA grant another year of eligibility, and what does this potentially mean for high school seniors? Will they get another year?
42:45
March 24, 2020
Legacy w/ Coley Candaele Part 2
Part 2: Matt Sulli had the opportunity of speaking with the Track & Field Head Coach at Vista Murrieta High School (VMHS) about legacy. A lot people know Coley Candaele as a head football coach for 19-seasons, (13) at Vista Murrieta and (6) Carpinteria (Alma mater). These two episodes focus on the Legacy of an All-CIF Championship athlete, CIF Championship head coach and father. Coach Candaele has a fascinating story with a track record of success as an all-CIF athlete in football, where he won (3) CIF Section Championships as the quarterback at Carpinteria High School (Hall of Famer), as well as being one of the top rated track & field runners in the country. Coley’s ability to dominate as a track athlete (running a 4:06 mile) led to an athletic scholarship to the University of Oregon. Coach Candaele has multiple CIF Track & Field Champions as an athlete and coach. Following the 2015 season he retired as the head football coach at VMHS to focus on coaching his two daughters (with his wife Karen as the assistant coach) in track and cross country (Qualifying for the Nike Nationals in 2018). Note: Coley was a head football coach for 19 seasons reaching the CIF Section Finals (9) times (7 consecutive at VMHS) with 2-section champions. Almost 50% his teams qualified for a section championship game appearance. Amazing! Additionally, 100% of the players that received a Division 1 scholarship (47 out 47) reached the field in a college game (the national average is 40%). However, not everything was easy for Coley, and he had to reevaluate everything he was doing as a college athlete and coach following some major setbacks. https://www.californiacanopy.com/
1:02:17
March 18, 2020
Legacy w/ Coley Candaele Part 1
Listen to Parts 1 and 2 of "Legacy w/ Coley Candaele" on the Unity is Community Podcast w/ Matt Sulli.  Why listen? Because it's a break from reality and you get to learn about how an extremely successful high school and college athlete became one of the best HS football, track and cross country coaches in California.  (9) CIF Championship game appearances (7) consecutive, (2) titles and 100% of his D1 players reached the field in college (national ave. is 40%). Coach Candaele's motto: #keepthemainthingthemainthing https://www.californiacanopy.com/
47:36
March 18, 2020
Strategic Planning for Athletic Directors - Part 2 (Best Practices) w/ Jim McClowry
PART 2 - Best Practices - Jim McClowry is an athletic director at Appleton West High School in Wisconsin. We (California Canopy)met Jim at the National AD Conference in December and followed up with him in January to discuss product branding solutions for his school. Jim and I (Matt Sulli) began discussing his consulting practice called "Credible Coach" where he assists athletic directors and school districts develop strategic plans. He teaches other AD's how run an athletic department like a business, mapping out a 3-5 year plan, execution of the plan, creating a mission statement, understanding the purpose, coach retention and much more. There is so much good information that we had break this up into 2-episodes. Part one is about Setting high standards, leadership, accountability, overcoming underachievement, player and parent buy-in and measuring success. However the biggest takeaway in my opinion is how Jim managed a bit of a drug and alcohol issue with many of the student athletes and how he received the player and parent buy-in. The parents were so committed to Jim's plan that they gave up drinking in front of their kids and would host dry parties. What was the impact of eliminating drugs and alcohol on and off the field and how did everyone react to this drastic change? Let’s find out… in part one of strategic planning w/ Jim Mclowry…
28:33
February 28, 2020
Strategic Planning for Athletic Directors - Part 1 w/ Jim McClowry
Jim McClowry is an athletic director at Appleton West High School in Wisconsin. We (California Canopy)met Jim at the National AD Conference in December and followed up with him in January to discuss product branding solutions for his school. Jim and I (Matt Sulli) began discussing his consulting practice called "Credible Coach" where he assists athletic directors and school districts develop strategic plans. He teaches other AD's how run an athletic department like a business, mapping out a 3-5 year plan, execution of the plan, creating a mission statement, understanding the purpose, coach retention and much more. There is so much good information that we had break this up into 2-episodes. Part one is about Setting high standards, leadership, accountability, overcoming underachievement, player and parent buy-in and measuring success. However the biggest takeaway in my opinion is how Jim managed a bit of a drug and alcohol issue with many of the student athletes and how he received the player and parent buy-in. The parents were so committed to Jim's plan that they gave up drinking in front of their kids and would host dry parties. What was the impact of eliminating drugs and alcohol on and off the field and how did everyone react to this drastic change? Let’s find out… in part one of strategic planning w/ Jim Mclowry…
36:03
February 27, 2020