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Episode #47 w/ Dr. Phil Wagner - Sparta Science Founder & CEO


Episode #79 w/ Eric Cressey - New York Yankees
Eric Cressey is president and co-founder of Cressey Sports Performance, with facilities located in Hudson, MA and Palm Beach Gardens, FL. A highly sought-after coach for healthy and injured athletes alike, Eric has helped athletes at all levels - from youth sports to the professional and Olympic ranks - achieve their highest levels of performance in a variety of sports.   Behind Eric's expertise, Cressey Sports Performance has rapidly established itself as a go-to high performance facility among Boston athletes - and those that come from across the country and abroad to experience CSP's cutting-edge methods.   Eric is perhaps best known for his extensive work with baseball players, with more than 100 professional players traveling to train with him each off-season. In January of 2020, he joined the New York Yankees organization as Director of Player Health and Performance. Check out more about Eric at and @ERICCRESSEY! Enjoy the show! - - - - - - - - - - - Many thanks to POWER ATHLETE for sponsoring this episode of OAK PERFORMANCE RADIO! POWER ATHLETE is the premier resource for training athletes, educating coaches, and nutrition! POWER ATHLETE's goal is to provide world-class solutions for real-world athletes & coaches. POWER ATHLETE has worked with thousands of athletes around the globe and have taken them to the highest levels of performance! Check them out at: @powerathletehq
September 12, 2022
Episode #78 w/ Emily Hartong - LOVB Volleyball
Check out Emily Hartong of League One Volleyball on Episode 078 of OAK Performance Radio! Emily grew up playing a multitude of sports and eventually focused on volleyball earning a scholarship to the University of Hawaii. She was a four-year starter at Hawaii and was named the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year in 2010. She was a Second Team AVCA All-American as a sophomore and a First Team member as a junior and as a senior. In both her junior and senior seasons, Hartong was the Big West Player of the Year and ranked in the top 10 nationally in kills per set. Emily went on to play professional volleyball with her club Voléro Zürich she competed at the 2015 FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship. In 2015–16, she became a member of Hyundai-Hillstate volleyball club, and her team won the Korean Volleyball Pro League Championship. Emily is now retired from her professional career and serves as head of Marketing and Media for League One Volleyball. Check out more about League One Volleyball at and @leagueonevolleyball! Enjoy the show! - - - - - - - - - - - Many thanks to POWER ATHLETE for sponsoring this episode of OAK PERFORMANCE RADIO! POWER ATHLETE is the premier resource for training athletes, educating coaches, and nutrition! POWER ATHLETE's goal is to provide world-class solutions for real-world athletes & coaches. POWER ATHLETE has worked with thousands of athletes around the globe and have taken them to the highest levels of performance! Check them out at: @powerathletehq
August 29, 2022
Episode #77 w/ Jade Coffman- Millikin University
We just couldn't get enough of Jade! Coach Adam is sits down with Jade Coffman again and discuss her freshman experience at Millikin playing volleyball and taking accounting courses.  Good Luck next season Jade! Go Big Blue! Enjoy the Show!
July 29, 2022
Episode #76 w/ JD Danforth - Joe Buckets Training
What better place to do a basketball podcast in the middle of a basketball court. Coach Adam sits down with JD Danforth, CEO of Joe Buckets Training.  JD is originally from Rockford IL and played ball at Auburn high school and finished playing at Kentucky Wesleyan University. He got into training after he graduated from college; during his basketball career, he fell in love with training and helping athletes develop their skills and building confidence on and off the court. At Joe Buckets Training, they know what it takes to become an elite basketball player. The coaches use a targeted approach to help athletes of all ages hone their skills so they can gain the confidence needed to compete at the next level. Enjoy the Show!
July 17, 2022
Episode #75 w/ Nikos Xydakis - McKendree University Volleyball
Coach Adam sits down with McKendree University Volleyball Player Nikos Xydakis. Nikos started playing volleyball when he was a freshman in high school. During that time he learn how to play the game from amazing clubs and coaches. Nikos is a hard working athlete. He is dedicated to put in work in the gym and on the court. Enjoy the Show!
July 03, 2022
Episode #74 w/ Kylie Wilhelmi - Birmingham-Southern College
Coach Adam is joined by Rockford Lutheran graduate Kylie Wilhelmi. Kylie will be continuing her volleyball career at Birmingham-Southern College.  She has been one of the most dedicated athletes we have ever had the privilege of training at Oak. She has been training consistently for the past 3 years both in season and out of season and has seen some major improvements. To say that Kylie has gotten bigger, faster, and stronger would be an understatement! Enjoy the Show!
June 19, 2022
Episode #73 w/ Zach Even-Esh
Coach Adam sits down with Zach Even-Esh, Best Selling Author, The Encylopedia of Underground Strength & Conditioning Zach is the founder of The Underground Strength Gym (Manasquan, NJ) which started in 2002 out of my parents garage & backyard. He became one of the earliest pioneers in the warehouse gym business for strength & conditioning. Zach is the creator of The Underground Strength Coach Certification and The SSPC Certification (Strength & Sports Performance Coach) Zach consult with athletes & coaches from around the world, sharing his knowledge in training as well as business building for strength & conditioning coaches / performance coaches. For more information about Zach and The Underground Strength Gym Visit: Enjoy The Show!
June 06, 2022
Episode #72 w/ Hayley Montoya - University of Buffalo Volleyball
When we think of hard working athlete, Hayley Montoya comes to mind. Adam sits down with collegiate athlete Hayley Montoya and discuss what it is like being in the transfer portal and the dedication and hard work it take to be a college athlete. Hayley played her 2021 volleyball season at Canisius University. She enjoyed her time playing Canisius but she will be continuing her volleyball career at the University of Buffalo. Enjoy the Show!
May 21, 2022
Episode #71 w/ Martin Hyatte - Blue Bear OL/DL Academy
Coach Adam sits down with Martin Hyatte from Blue Bear Offensive and Defensive Academy. Blue Bear OL/DL Academy is collegiate level Offensive and Defensive line instruction for ages 10 and up! They teach OL/DL fundamentals and help with collegiate recruiting. They are located in Northern Illinois. Martin is very passionate about training not only small things to help the athlete dominate on the field but also to help them play safe. The academy has been strength training with our coaches since January 2022.  For more information about Blue Bear OL/DL Academy visit:  Enjoy the show!
April 25, 2022
Episode #70 w/ Will Waterman- Proteus Motion
Coach Adam Sits down and talks with Will Waterman, Head of Human Performance and Sports Science of Proteus Motion. Proteus Motion’s patented technology is the only way to measure strength and power for every human movement.   To date, it has only been possible to measure physical strength and power for movements in a straight line, like a squat or a bench press. However, less than 5% of human movement is in a straight line.  Proteus Motion’s patented technology measures strength and power for 100% of human movements, creating an entirely new standard for personalized fitness and physical rehabilitation.   Strength is the ability to move against resistance. To measure strength accurately, that resistance must not change. But unless you are moving in a straight line, the resistance from existing equipment like cables and free weights changes unpredictably throughout each movement. The only way to overcome this is through constant resistance, no matter what direction you move.   Proteus Motion solved this by inventing 3D Resistance™. By providing constant resistance in all directions, 3D Resistance™ is the first-ever way to accurately measure strength and power for every movement humans can perform. For more information on Proteus Motion visit: Enjoy the Show!
April 10, 2022
Episode #69 w/ Nick Roman - Rockford Raptors
Coach Adam is joined today by Rockford Raptors Club Director, Nick Roman. Nick also helps coach the goalies and a couple of the clubs teams.  Adam and Nick discuss how important being a well rounded athlete is for a decrease in sport injury, having fun and avoiding burnout during the seasons.  Rockford Raptors established in 1994, since then they have sent over 300 athletes to go and play soccer at the college level, 3 players currently play in the MLS, 2x National Champions, National runner up in 2004 and 2005, and 5x regional champs.  Enjoy the Show!
March 24, 2022
Episode #68 w/ Keira Shannon and Ella Jensen
Coach Adam sits down with Hononegah seniors Keira Shannon and Ella Jensen. Both girls are currently playing volleyball for the 182 team at VC- United. They will be continue their volleyball career in college. Keira will be attending Marietta College- Ohio (DIII) and Ella will be attending UW- Whitewater (DIII).  Keira puts in the time on the court and in the gym and has made huge strides through the years. She understands that playing collegiate volleyball is not easy and is putting in all the hard work to make a big impact. Ella has proven herself to be one of the hardest workers in the the gym. Her commitment to lifting and training has helped keep her healthy and one of the biggest jumpers in the gym.  Enjoy the show!
March 14, 2022
Episode #67 w/ Mackenzie Long - Director of Operations of Madtown Juniors
Come join Coach Adam as he sits down with Coach Mackenzie Long - Director of Operations of the new volleyball club, Madtown Juniors, in Sun Prairie, WI. Mackenzie was recently an Assistant Coach at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Long joined the Badger volleyball staff as the team’s volunteer assistant coach during the summer of 2020. A native of Walworth, Wisconsin, Long comes to Wisconsin after serving as an assistant coach at Missouri S&T the last two seasons.In her two seasons at Missouri S&T, Long aided the Miners to a 36-25 record, including a 21-10 mark in 2019 to qualify for the Great Lakes Volleyball Conference tournament. S&T had one All-GLVC first-team honoree and two second-team all-conference selections during her tenure.Prior to joining the Miners, Long was a member of the coaching staff at High Performance STL Volleyball Club in St. Louis, since 2015. She served as an assistant coach from 2015-17 before being promoted to head coach prior to the start of the 2017-18 season, leading her Illinois High Performance 18 Elite team to a third-place national tournament finish. A libero, Long was a four-year starter at Saint Louis University. She was selected to the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament All-Championship Team in 2016.  Long was also a two-time A10 Defensive Player of the Week, and concluded her Billiken career ranking among the program's top 20 career leaders in service aces with 130 and in digs with 1,441. She earned her bachelor's degree in sports business from SLU in 2018. Long was a two-time all-state honorable mention honoree at Big Foot High School. She was a two-time Rock Valley Conference Player of the Year and two-time team most valuable player. A three-time first-team all-conference selection, Long was also a two-time letter winner in basketball and member of the National Honor Society. She competed for Club Fusion and helped lead her club team to consecutive AAU national championships in 2012 and 2013. Enjoy the show!
February 27, 2022
Episode #66 w/ Amber Rolfzen - 2x All-American Nebraska Volleyball
Coach Adam and Coach Trace sit down and talk to Amber Rolfzen, 2x All-American Nebraska Volleyball and the newest addition to the VC- United Family. Rolfzen started her volleyball career at University of Nebraska- Lincoln between 2013-2016.  As a senior at Nebraska, Rolfzen took home AVCA Third-Team All-America honors; hitting .319 and averaging 1.38 blocks per set.  The Huskers reached the NCAA Final Four each of her final two seasons and she was an All-Big Ten pick both her junior and senior seasons.  Rolfzen finished her career with 500 block assists to rank fifth in Nebraska history in the category.  During her collegiate career, she started 129 of the 130 matches she appeared in and the Huskers posted a combined 112-24 record, reaching at least the NCAA Regional Finals in all four years.  Named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team as a junior, Rolfzen received AVCA Second-Team All-America honors following a junior season in which she hit .358 and averaged a career-best 1.58 blocks per set.  Her 1.58 blocks-per-set average ranked fourth nationally and was the best season average at Nebraska dating back to 2005.  A 2016 graduate with a degree in businesss administration, Rolfzen was a two-time AVCA all-region selection and a four-time Academic All-Big Ten performer.  She was a two-time Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year at Papillion-La Vista South, where she helped her high school team to three consecutive state titles. Following her colligate career, Rolfzen started her professional career in Europe for four years, making stops in Germany, France, and Italy.  After her professional career she landed an assisstant coaching job at Bradley Volleyball.  Enjoy the show!
January 30, 2022
Episode #65 w/ Coach Trevor Weiskircher - Penn University
Come join Coach Adam as he sits down with Penn University Assisstant Womens Volleyball Coach, Trevor Weiskircher, and hear all about how Penn University was the birth place for Sparta Science and how they still use it today in their volleyball program.  Trevor Weiskircher was hired as an assistant coach with the women's volleyball program in July 2021. His first season on Penn's staff started with three straight wins, the Quakers winning their own Sheraton University City Invitational, and ended with the program's first true sweep of an Ivy League weekend since the 2012 season as Penn beat both Cornell and Columbia by 3-0 scores at The Palestra. Junior outside hitter Autumn Leak earned second-team All-Ivy honors as the Red and Blue exceeded preseason expectations. Weiskircher came to Penn from the University of Alabama, where he was a volunteer assistant coach with the Crimson Tide’s women’s volleyball programs in 2020. Prior to his stint at Alabama, Weiskircher was the graduate assistant and director of operations for Northern Illinois University’s women’s volleyball program during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Weiskircher played men’s volleyball collegiately at Lewis University from 2015-17 and was part of the Flyers’ run to the national championship match in 2015 against Loyola-Chicago. He was a member of the Academic All-MIVA team all three seasons and earned All-MIVA honorable mention in 2016. After graduation, Weiskircher played professionally in Greece for GAS Pamvohaikos where his team finished fourth in the A1 Ethniki Volleyball League. Weiskircher earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Physics from Lewis in 2017 and a Master of Science in Sport Management from Northern Illinois University in 2020. Enjoy the show!
January 16, 2022
Episode #64 w/ Jackie Kirchner - @FUELBETTER.RUNFASTER
Adam sits down with Jackie Kirchner of Jackie Kirchner Nutrition and discusses working with runners and all things nutrition for runners! Jackie is a registered dietitian who works with enthusiastic, dedicated distance runners who want to fuel their bodies better so they can improve endurance and fitness, increase energy, recover faster, and run better than ever. As both a successful distance runner herself (having run dozens of road races and qualifying for the Boston Marathon 4 times!) and an expert in sports nutrition (with over 8 years of experience as a dietitian), Jackie is taking all her knowledge and experience on all things nutrition science and endurance athletics to bring YOU the tools you need to feel, fuel, and perform at your best. Runners and endurance athletes who work with Jackie learn a process that will help them become the best athlete they can be. Chase a new distance. Get a new Personal Record. Heck, even go for a run and have the energy to walk the dog later in the day! For more information about Jackie visit- Enjoy the show! *Available on Apple and Spotify podcast* Jackie Kirchner Nutrition
December 30, 2021
Episode #63 w/ Alex Gibson, CEO of APG Strength and Conditioning
Coach Adam sits down with Coach Alex Gibson, CEO of APG Strength, and talks about coaching athletes to be strong but mostly why coaching female athletes to be strong is very important. Alex has been coaching youth athletes and adults since 2014. She has a passion for helping others unlock their potential mentally and physically.  Good coaching is an encompassing process that involves so much more than just coaching movement! Alex believes in coaching the whole person to help them achieve results they never thought possible. If Alex is not coaching, you can likely find her outside hiking, trail running or mountain biking with her husband. Check out APG Strength and Conditioning @ Enjoy the show!
December 17, 2021
Episode #62 w/ Luke Summers of KidStrong
Adam sits down with Luke Summers of KidStrong! Luke is the Director of Programming for this booming start up!!! KidStrong is a child development training center focused on brain, physical  & character development for ages walking through 11 years old. They offer a science-based curriculum that is parent-focused and taught by professionals.  KidStrong uses the latest research to help kids develop resilience, independence, and self-worth. They use our "whole child" curriculum and affirmation to help empower kids to be the hero of their own story. Check out all the awesomeness that Luke and the rest of the KidStrong crew are doing at! Enjoy the show!
November 23, 2021
Episode #61 w/ Katlyn Gao - CEO/ Co-Founder of League One Volleyball
Come join Coach Adam as he is joined by Katlyn Gao, CEO/Co-founder of League One Volleyball. Adam and Katlyn talk how League one started, what it is, and the new direction VC United is taking by partnering with League One.  League One Volleyball (LOVB, pronounced “love”) is a first-of-its-kind community re-imagining the future of volleyball.  We are launching our professional league from the grassroots up – each pro team built from a foundation of ambitious junior volleyball clubs located across the country. Gao is an alum of Northwestern, Harvard Business School, Bain & Company, Coach, Sephora, and Lululemon, Katlyn contributes her experience leading iconic female centric consumer brands and her passion for female advancement. Thanks for listening and enjoy the show!
November 12, 2021
Episode #60 w/ Coach Eric Schulze - Executive Director of VC United
VC United Director Eric Schulze sits down with Coach Adam and discusses the awesome new opportunity by joining with League One Volleyball. League One Volleyball (LOVB, pronounced “love”) is a first-of-its-kind community re-imagining the future of volleyball. We are launching our professional league from the grassroots up – each pro team built from a foundation of ambitious junior volleyball clubs located across the country. By joining the LOVB family, junior volleyball clubs around the country expand opportunities for their athletes, including: Holistic athlete training resources covering mind, body, and craft, as well as life skill development support beyond the sport Scholarships to significantly increase player access to the sport National-level recruiting platform that empowers athletes to choose their perfect college home based on their personal educational and athletic goals New pathway to career opportunities at the Pro level in the US Access to expert pro league coaches and unique mentorship, networking with pro players A lifelong LOVB community with resources to support each other in volleyball and in life Eric spent 17 years with Club Fusion Volleyball where he served as the General Manager as well as the Director of Coaching & Player Development at the club's Marengo location. He began his career in 1997 at Sky High Volleyball in Crystal Lake. With ten top 5 finishes in the 18 Open division, Schulze has coached over 180 Division I athletes in his career. He is currently in his 3rd season as the Varsity coach at Woodstock North High School and has stints at Johnsburg, Prairie Ridge (Crystal Lake), and Huntley. He lives in Wonder Lake, IL with his wife, Katie, and two daughters, Kylie (14) and Devynn (12) who are both aspiring volleyball players. Enjoy the Show!
October 29, 2021
Episode #59 w/ Joe & Robert Bennie - BENNIE BASEBALL
EDUCATE. TRAIN. INSPIRE. Listen to Coach Adam Lane talk with the founders of Bennie Baseball Joe & Robert Bennie about everything youth sports performance! Joe & Robert are former pro baseball players who started Bennie Baseball in 2018 and it has been growing since. The Bennie brothers do great things with each athlete that walks through their door. They believe in the athlete and bring out the best in them. Whether you want to learn more about baseball or become better at softball, these guys are hands down the best in the Stateline. Enjoy the show! Check out
October 14, 2021
Episode #58 w/ Coach Samantha Flaherty - POWER ATHLETE NUTRITION
Coach Samantha Flaherty is a Power Athlete Nutrition Coach and a Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist. Adam and Coach Sam discuss the importance of nutrition, rest, and recovery in competitive athletes and how they can maximize their performance on the court, field, and track. Samantha's passion for strength and conditioning started at a young age. She grew up as a competitive gymnast and learned the values of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. These values have stuck with her throughout life, and guide how she train my clients. The physical and mental process of bettering yourself fascinates her. She love watching individuals push the envelope and achieve their goals. Sam believes that nutrition and recovery are the base of any athletic pyramid and need to be prioritize! Enjoy the show!
September 30, 2021
Episode #57 w/ Coach Mike Olim - AP2T Training
Mike Olim is the Founder and Director of Operations of Advanced Physical and Technical Training (AP2T). Mike originally started the company in 2008 and over the past 12 years has helped build it into one of the largest soccer specific athletic performance and technical training companies in the country. Mike has been responsible for the training protocol for thousands of athletes through his tenure as owner and director of AP2T and many have gone on to play at the highest levels of the game.  This includes the World Cup, Olympics, NWSL, MLS, Serie A, and numerous other professional leagues.  Most recently Mike served as the Strength and Conditioning coach for the Rutgers University Women's Soccer team (NCAA Division I, Big 10 Conference).  During his tenure at Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights reached a top 15 NCAA National Ranking, finished 2nd in the Big 10 regular season, and earned a top 5 sectional seed in the NCAA Tournament. Mike and the AP2T staff have been responsible for the club wide strength and conditioning programming for some of the best male and female soccer programs in the country.  These include PDA (Zarephath and Hibernian), Cedar Stars Academy Monmouth, and PSA. An accomplished youth soccer coach, Olim worked alongside Coach Jeff Josell for the Metuchen Rover Juniors (boys) and SPF United (girls).  The Metuchen Rover Juniors won 2 State Cup, 1 Regional, and 1 National Championship and ranked as high as number 5 in the country.  SPF United reached similar heights, capturing 1 State Cup and ranked as high as number 8 in the country.  Additionally, Olim and Josell have coached both men’s and women’s summer teams that compete in the EDP Super League. Enjoy the show! 
September 15, 2021
Episode #56 w/ Coach Zack Nagle - TrueForm Running
Coach Zach Nagle teaches athletes of all ability levels how to run! Zack utilizes the TrueForm Runner treadmill technology to help athletes run efficiently and pain-free! Zack is also a Power Athlete Block One Coach and gets his athletes stronger as he gets them faster! There is more to running than just a good pair of running shoes. Check out TrueForm at Check out Zack on IG @zack_nagle
September 02, 2021
Episode #55 w/ Carl Case - Power Athlete Staff, Coach & Author
Owner and CFO Carl Case has been CrossFitting for a decade and specializes in strength and conditioning coaching for sports. "I am passionate about empowering athletes on field performance, coaching and playing rugby, learning more about business, and the strength and conditioning world. What I love most about coaching is helping an athlete or general population member take themselves to a place that they didn't know they could get to." Growing up, Carl played just about every sport: Baseball, football, track, wrestling, basketball, and rugby. "I focused on rugby and football in high school," he says. "I continued to play rugby throughout and after college." Awards include: 3rd, 4th, and 5th national place finishes in high school rugby; Men’s D3 National Runner Up; Collegiate Michigan All-star Team; Collegiate Midwest All-star Team; Men’s Michigan All-star Team; and Men’s Midwest All-star Team. His interest in CrossFit began in 2007 after one of the guys that he played rugby with told him about this gym he was going to,how hard and intense the workouts were, and that he should come give them a try. "I did and fell in love with it right away," he says. "I threw away the program I was doing from and after about a year of being in it, I noticed that I was able to pick the movements well but also was able to help other members understand them. The owner of the gym asked me if I had any interest in coaching." In 2009, he got his Level 1. "When I finished college in 2010, I was trying to decided what path I wanted to take, and the answer was right in front of me. I joined Brandon in 2011, and that has been one of the best decisions of my life." When he’s not in the gym, Carl enjoys coaching high school rugby, spending time with his fiancé and friends, and writing and traveling the country teaching seminars for Power Athlete. His favorite inspirational saying: "Kill the snake of doubt in your soul, crush the worms of fear in your heart, and mountains will move out of your way."
August 14, 2021
Episode #54 w/ Adam Lane - Oak Performance CEO
Coach Adam dives into what and why strength coaches should be doing to help athletes improve. Everything works but nothing works forever.
August 07, 2021
Episode #53 w/ Amy Angelos - Director of Madtown Juniors
No stranger to the Big Ten, the Waukegan, Illinois, native spent a year as the volunteer assistant coach at Michigan prior to NIU. While in Ann Arbor, Angelos helped the Wolverines to their sixth regional semifinal appearance and their highest NCAA tournament seed (No. 12) in program history. Angelos came to Ann Arbor by way of William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri, where she served as an assistant coach from 2014-16. While there, she was selected as the 2015 AVCA Coaches 4 Coaches Award recipient for her work in helping propel the Owls to a 22-win season. Angelos played volleyball at Bradley, where she received a second-team All-Missouri Valley Conference nod as a senior to become the program’s first all-conference performer in six years. Closing out her collegiate career with 1,124 kills, Angelos checked in at No. 8 in the program record books as a middle blocker. Graduating with a degree in Hospitality Leadership in 2014 from Bradley, Angelos went on to earn a master degree in Athletic and Activities Administration in 2016 from William Woods.
August 01, 2021
Episode #52 w/ John Welbourn - Power Athlete Founder and 10 Year NFL Veteran
John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move, as well as the creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL and was a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007, and appeared in 3 NFC Championship games. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. After retiring from the NFL, John got involved with CrossFit and eventually developed the CrossFit Football program, but we’ll let him explain how that all went down. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes as well as the Military, and he currently travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete.
July 24, 2021
Episode #51 w/ Jayden Flynn & Rachel Scott - SFA & UW- Milwaukee Commits
Jayden and Rachel have endured a long recruiting process during 2020-21. But both have persevered and have landed fantastic schools that love and value them as athletes. Moral of the story - No recruiting process is the same and PATIENCE is truly a virtue! Thanks for listening and enjoy the show!
July 17, 2021
Episode #50 w/ Coach Courtney Slinko - VC United Technical Director & Michigan State Alum
Courtney DeBolt Slinko was an All-State and All-American volleyball player at Stevenson High School. She continued her volleyball career at Michigan State University, where she was a 4-year letter winner (1992-1995). In 1995, she received All-Big Ten and All American honors, as MSU advanced to the NCAA Final Four. A setter, she ranked 2nd in Spartans’ history with 3,773 assists and 176 service aces. In her senior year, she registered the school’s 2nd highest single-season assist total with 1,450. She served as Team Captain in 1994 and 1995 and received the Chester L. Brewer Leadership Award, given to 1 MSU athlete/year. Also, she was the Vice President of the Varsity “S” Club, comprised of MSU varsity letter winners, coached at Haslett High School and had her own segment of a local TV show called “Courtside with Courtney”. Following her collegiate career, Courtney played professionally in the Netherlands in 1997. In 1998, she trained with the U.S National Volleyball Team in Colorado Springs, but an injury prevented her from playing in the 2000 Olympics. From there, she went on to be an Assistant Volleyball Coach at Marquette University (1999-2001), and then returned to the Chicago area in 2002 to play for the Chicago Thunder Team in the U.S. Professional Volleyball League, where she earned the Community Service Award and became the league’s spokesperson. Later that year, Courtney was the Color Commentator of the 2002 IHSA State Volleyball Tournament. In May 2003, she played in the USA Adult Open Indoor Championships where her team became National Champions. From 2003-2006, Courtney coached the Boys and Girls Volleyball Teams at Buffalo Grove H.S., where in 2006, the Boys’ Team finished 4th in the IHSA State Finals. From 2006-2009, she was the Girls’ Varsity Assistant Coach at Cary-Grove H.S., as the squad won the IHSA State Championship in 2009. In 2013, Courtney was inducted into the Lake County High Schools Sports Hall of Fame. She spent 2 years as a Head Coach at Michio Chicago Volleyball Academy from 2015-2017 where her 16 National Team finished 9th in the 16 Open Division of AAU Nationals before she accepted her position here at VC United. Courtney resides in Woodstock with her husband, Rich and their 2 children, Jade and Derek.
July 10, 2021
Episode #49 w/ Matt Mulvenna & Katie Popanz - OAK PERFORMANCE COACHES
Matt, Katie & Adam sit down and discuss the how and why for training athletes at Oak Performance! Enjoy the show!
July 04, 2021
Episode #48 w/ Coach Scott Kitzman - Stateline Aquatic Team
Scott Kitzman is a native of Rockford, IL and currently resides in Roscoe, IL with his wife Sheila and kids, Elena and Jack. Scott started his swimming career at the age of 6 and swam with the Rockford Marlins in the 1980’s. While with the Marlins, Scott was a Junior National finalist in numerous events.  Scott attended Jefferson High School in Rockford where he was a four-year state finalist. Scott culminated his competitive swimming career at Columbia University in New York City. While at Columbia, Scott was team captain and was awarded All-Ivy and Academic All-Ivy awards. After college, Scott returned to the family building supply business where he worked until it closed in 2011.  Scott is currently a stay-at-home parent which affords him the time to be our head coach.  Scott is still swimming competitively at US Masters competitions. Enjoy the show!
June 25, 2021
Episode #47 w/ Dr. Phil Wagner - Sparta Science Founder & CEO
Dr. Phil Wagner is founder-CEO of Sparta Science, a physician, and a strength coach whose own athletic career as a football and rugby player was cut short by a series of avoidable training injuries.  Dr. Wagner’s commitment to data-driven coaching and athlete development began as a strength coach for U.C. Berkeley and UCLA and as a professional rugby coach in New Zealand and Australia. Frustrated by the lack of evidence-based approaches to athletic performance and injury prevention within professional sports, Phil received his medical degree from USC focused on biomechanics.  Phil’s passion for protecting athlete health and longevity through injury resilience coupled with his medically-oriented human performance mindset inspired him to found Sparta Science, a movement technology and data science company focused on improving musculoskeletal health. Enjoy the show!
June 18, 2021
Episode #46 w/ Hayley Montoya - Canisius University
Hayley Montoya is a DEDICATED athlete. #understatement There are few that work as hard as she does on the court and in the weight room. Hayley, like many in 2020, had a tough freshmen year and decided to transfer. There were many highs and lows but when it was all said and done, Hayley found a team and home that she is excited about. Check out Hayley's story about volleyball, training, moving, transferring, and enduring 2020/21. Enjoy the show!
June 13, 2021
Episode #45 w/ Kaylee Kidd & Kenzie Kidd - Waldorf University
Kaylee Kidd & Kenzie Kidd are sophomores on the Waldorf University Volleyball team. Even though these twins have played together for years, they have both blazed their own trail that has led to their individual successes on the court! Sisters, roommates, teammates.  Enjoy the show!
June 05, 2021
Episode #44 w/ Coach Dan John - Author, Speaker, & Lifelong Coach
Dan John has spent his life with one foot in the world of lifting and throwing, and the other foot in academia. An All-American discus thrower, Dan has also competed at the highest levels of Olympic lifting, Highland Games and the Weight Pentathlon, an event in which he holds the American record. Dan spends his work life blending weekly workshops and lectures with full-time writing, and is also an online religious studies instructor for Columbia College of Missouri. As a Fulbright Scholar, he toured the Middle East exploring the foundations of religious education systems. Dan is also a Senior Lecturer for St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London. His books, on weightlifting, include Intervention, Never Let Go, Mass Made Simple and Easy Strength, written with Pavel Tsatsouline as well as From Dad, To Grad. He and Josh Hillis co-authored “Fat Loss Happens on Monday.” In 2015, Dan wrote Can You Go? on his approach to assessments and basic training. In addition, Before We Go, another compilation akin to Never Let Go became an Amazon Bestseller. In early 2017, Dan’s book, Now What?, his approach to Performance and dealing with “life,” became a Bestseller on Amazon. Hardstyle Kettlebell Challenge, published also in 2017, focused on the keys to the kettlebell. His most recent book, Attempts, is a collection of short essays for both the professional coach and trainer and the “rest of us.” He is currently working on a new edition of “Easy Strength” with Pavel.
May 29, 2021
Episode #43 w/ Coach Brent Mason - All In Athletics
Brent grew up in Indiana where he participated in high school basketball all four years, leading West Lafayette Harrison High to the Sweet Sixteen in 1997, back when every school in the state played one state championship. Inducted into the high school hall of fame in 2014- being the only player in the high schools' history to be in the top 10 for points, rebounds, assists, and steals.  He went on to play collegiate basketball at DII St. Josephs College in Indiana. There he made All-Freshman Honors and continued his success in becoming All-Conference player Junior and Senior year while also being named a DII All-American. After college, he continued his love of basketball and teaching in Indiana before moving to Chicago to further grow his basketball circle.  Here he began as Director of Player Development at Illinois Spotlite and helped coach with Larry Butler and the famous Illinois Warriors. After, he joined Full Package Athletics as Director of Player Development, where he met Billy Welcome. He has worked with players in all levels-elementary, high school, college, and professional. As the Director of ALL IN Chicago, Brent will be responsible for the oversight of training programs, leagues, and travel teams for the ALL IN Chicago program. He will be focusing on building the programs and player development for the city of Chicago.
May 24, 2021
Episode #42 w/ Coach Jordan Haverly Robison - IU Alum & Associate Director of VC United
Jordan (Haverly) Robison is a Cherry Valley native who excelled on the volleyball court from a young age. She led Keith Country Day HS to the beginnings of a volleyball dynasty which open the door for her collegiate recruitment to the BIG 10 at Indiana University.  Jordan excelled as an outside for the Hoosiers but a nasty knee injury in the spring of her sophomore year led to her missing her junior year. Jordan had to undergo numerous knee surgeries and physical therapy to get her back on the court.  Now in a coaching and administrative role, Jordan aspires to bring her passion and experience to the athletes of the VC United program. 
May 14, 2021
Episode #41 w/ Lizzy Danelski & Kaitlyn Bingham - Quinnipiac & SW Minnesota State Commits
Check out Lizzy Danelski & Kaitlyn Bingham on Episode 041 on OAK PERFORMANCE RADIO! Lizzy and Kaitlyn have endured some tough times over 2020-21 but they carry some of the most positive attitudes that are infectious to their teammates. During a time when it would be easy for them to feel sorry for themselves, Lizzy & Kaitlyn persevered, got recruited, committed to their respective schools, and now are closing out a fantastic club season. Enjoy the show!
May 06, 2021
Episode #40 w/ Coach Tex McQuilkin - Director of Training @ Power Athlete
Check out Coach Tex McQuilkin on episode 040 of OAK PERFORMANCE RADIO! Tex is currently the Director of Training Power Athlete and has been working with John Welbourn since 2012. Tex is a former collegiate lacrosse defensive midfielder and 3-year team captain for Marymount University. Coached S&C collegiately with Georgetown University as well as interned at the University of Texas at Austin's football program. Apprenticed under Raphael Ruiz studying the proper implementation of science-based, performance-driven training systems for swimmers, fighters, and field & court sport athletes. Tex and Adam dive into ideal and optimal ways to train up the next Dwayne Johnson and what parents need to look for in strength & conditioning for their athlete. (SPOILER - NOT ALL GYMS ARE THE SAME!) Click the link in our bio and enjoy the show! (OR FIND IT ON iTUNES & SPOTIFY!) #podcast #athlete #power #strength #speed
May 03, 2021
Episode #39 w/ Coach Jason Warner - Rockford Elite Basketball
Adam sits down with Coach Jason Warner of Rockford Elite Basketball. Coach Warner details what it takes to keep athletes engaged and working hard through a "long" career and what holds too many local athletes back from the Division 1 universities. Enjoy the show!
April 19, 2021
Episode #38 w/ Matt Long - Anaheim Angels, Milwaukee Brewers & Sparta Science
Adam sits down with Matt Long - Director of Product Marketing for Sparta Science - and former MLB centerfielder & second baseman. Matt details how a position change completely altered how he trained in the off-season to keep him healthy through the grind of baseball. Enjoy the show!
April 14, 2021
Episode #37 w/ Coach Dennis Kehrer - Midwest Future Prospects Founder
Coach Kehrer is the owner of Midwest Future Prospects and has been coaching baseball all over northern Illinois! Adam and Dennis discuss player development, consistency in 2020/21, and how strength training is pivotal for long-term success in baseball. Enjoy the show!
April 05, 2021
Episode #36 w/ Maleah Howe - Troy University Recruit
Meleah is strong in her training, volleyball, and faith! Adam and Meleah discuss the recruitment process in 2020/21, why Meleah drives out of state to train, and why she is able to keep such a level head and positive attitude in a tough time.  Enjoy the show!
March 31, 2021
Episode #35 w/ Marcus Posley - Professional Basketball Athlete
Adam & Trace sit down with professional basketball athlete Marcus Posley! Marcus played at St. Bonaventure, the NBA G-League, and overseas in Europe. Marcus has excelled at taking care of his body - lifting, conditioning & recovering!  Marcus has also become part owner and runs the marketing for a new startup company called Cultivated Remedies. Enjoy the show!
March 22, 2021
Episode #34 w/ Chad McGehee - Director of Meditation of University of Wisconsin
Check out Chad McGehee from the University of Wisconsin on Episode 034 OAK Performance Radio! Chad is the Director of Meditation Training for Badger Athletics! Adam and Chad dive into why it’s not only important in which to train your body but to train your mind when competing at a high-level.
March 15, 2021
Episode #33 w/ Coach Scotty Smith - CEO of Synergy Sports Performance
Adam sits down with Scotty Smith, owner of Synergy Sports Performance in Green Bay, WI - and discuss the athletes' journey, smart training, and the mental health of athletes in 2021. Enjoy the show! Check out Synergy Sports Performance at
March 12, 2021
Episode #32 w/ Payton Corpus - Cleveland State Lacrosse
Adam sits down with Payton Corpus and discusses his recent commitment to Cleveland State!
March 01, 2021
Episode #31 w/ Coach Wayne King - Championship Coach
Adam & Trace sit down with Coach Wayne King. Wayne started Club Fusion Volleyball back in the late 1990's and has numerous collegiate & club volleyball championships to his name! Enjoy the show!
February 22, 2021
Episode #30 w/ Coach David McKercher - Owner of Train 608
Adam and Andrew sit down with Coach Dave from Train 608 in Madison WI! Enjoy the show!
February 16, 2021
Episode #29 w/ Jade Coffman - Millikin University Commit
Coach Adam sits down with Jade Coffman, Millikin University commit, and discusses Jade's obsession of sports & math! Enjoy the show!!
February 09, 2021
Episode #28 w/ J Anderson - Kansas Baseball
Coach Adam and Coach Matt sit down with Kansas baseball walk on J Anderson and discuss all the fun times of walking on to a Division 1 Big 12 baseball program in the middle of a pandemic. Enjoy the show!
February 02, 2021
Episode #27 w/ Tabytha Toelke & Abi Schlueter - Dakota (and Memphis!) Star Athletes
Coach Adam and Coach Trace sit down with Dakota High School star athletes Tabytha Toelke & Abi Schlueter! Enjoy the show!
January 27, 2021
Episode #26 w/ Will Ta'ufo'ou - Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguar & Sparta Science
Adam and Trace sit down with former Chicago Bear & Jacksonville Jaguar fullback Will Ta'ufo'ou.
January 23, 2021
Episode #25 w/ Jordan Smith - Mount Mercy Recruit
Trace and Adam sit down with Jordan Smith and discuss strength, vertical & hard work! Enjoy the show!
January 13, 2021
Episode #24 w/ Jazzy Oates, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS
Adam and Jazzy discuss everything mental health in 2020/21 for adults and young athletes! Enjoy the show! Jazzy's Bio: Hello! I’m Jazzy and I am a mental performance coach that serves athletes and performers of all categories to maximize their full potential. Just like a conditioning coach teaches techniques to strengthen muscles, I teach techniques to strengthen the mind. Performances rely a lot on our mind, so when it comes to mental performance, I am referring to the psychological components of these tasks. Components like motivation, goal setting, attention control, energy management, and effective self-talk can help increase performance and consistency when leveraged correctly. I aim to meet the client's needs by creating a supportive environment that provides them with the necessary tools to thrive not only as athletes but most importantly as individuals. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Lincoln Memorial University where I also played varsity volleyball. I then obtained a Master’s degree in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology from Barry University. Throughout both degrees I have research and applied experience in the field of sport, performance, and exercise psychology working with individuals and teams at the collegiate and youth levels. Currently, I am coaching mental skills to the military population. My style includes person-centered therapy with a mix of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I specialize in collegiate and high school athletes, mental performance in sport, performance anxiety, sport injury, sport transitions, and routine adherence. I am originally from Franklin, Tennessee and currently reside in Temple, Texas. In my free time, I enjoy going to the lake, trying new food, volleyball, and watching documentaries.
January 06, 2021
Episode #23 w/ Paige Kaufman, Raeann Bergman & Ava Vitale - MVC Volleyball "Friends"
Full house on the podcast today! Paige (Loyola), Rae (Bradley) and Ava (Northern Iowa) were all teammates in high school and now compete against each other in the Missouri Valley Conference. Enjoy the show!
December 28, 2020
Episode #22 w/ Karina Simatos & Trysta Foster - Bradley & Arkansas Tech Commits
Coach Trace & Coach Adam discuss MENTAL HEALTH with college commits Karina & Trysta!
December 22, 2020
Episode #21 w/ Lauren Hansen - Founder of My Recruiting Assistant
Adam and Trace sit down with Lauren Hansen, Founder of My Recruiting Assistant. Check out My Recruiting Assistant at
December 17, 2020
Episode #20 w/ Emma Schroeder & Savanah Brandt - Kent State & Belmont Commits
NCAA D1 commitments Emma Schroeder (Kent State University) & Savanah Brandt (Belmont University) sit down and discuss comebacks from injury, playing multiple sports, recruiting, parent roles, best coaches, and favorite players.
December 11, 2020
Episode #19 w/ Coach Darren Hansen - CEO at Hansen Athletics
Coach Adam sits down with Coach Darren Hansen of Hansen Athletics.
December 04, 2020
Episode #18 - Brian Buck - Director of Sports at Sparta Science
Adam sits down with Brian Buck of Sparta Science and they discuss everything Tech, AI, strength & conditioning!
November 12, 2020
Episode #17 - Zach Vosberg & Aidan Peters - Hononegah Football
Coach Adam jams with Zach Vosberg and Aidan Peters discussing leadership on the football field.
November 12, 2020
Episode #16 w/ Coach Bryanna Weiskircher - Penn State Volleyball Alum
Penn State Alum Bryanna Weiskircher sits down with Adam and Trace and discusses everything from youth sports to professional athletics!
November 03, 2020
Episode #15 w/ Gillian & Jacob DePauw - Morningside Volleyball
Coach Adam sits down with twin brother/sister setter duo Gillian & Jacob DePauw!
September 11, 2020
Episode #14 w/ Coach Jamison Fausett - Rockford Lutheran Strength & Conditioning
Coach Adam sits down with Rockford Lutheran Strength & Conditioning Coach Jamison Fausett! Enjoy the show!
September 01, 2020
Episode #13 w/ Kaylee Parsons - Minnesota State Moorhead Soccer
Coach Adam and Coach Matt jam with Minnesota State Moorhead soccer defender Kaylee Parsons!
August 25, 2020
Episode #12 w/ Coach CJ Wellington - CEO of Tactic Performance
Coach Adam & Coach Trace sit down (virtually) with Coach CJ Wellington of Tactic Performance in LA.  Coach CJ trains high-level athletes utilizing Sparta Science AI force plate technology.
August 18, 2020
Episode #11 w/ Coach Eric Schulze - Executive Director of VC United
Coach Adam & Coach Trace talk with Coach Eric Schulze - Executive Director/Owner of VC United. They discuss Schulze's beginnings into volleyball, motivation to continue to drive through the tough times, and the exciting things coming to Netlynx Sports. Enjoy the show! Schulze spent 17 years with Club Fusion Volleyball where he served as the General Manager as well as the Director of Coaching & Player Development at the club's Marengo location. He began his career in 1997 at Sky High Volleyball in Crystal Lake. With ten top 5 finishes in the 18 Open division, Schulze has coached over 180 Division I athletes in his career. He is currently in his 3rd season as the Varsity coach at Woodstock North High School and has stints at Johnsburg, Prairie Ridge (Crystal Lake), and Huntley. He lives in Wonder Lake, IL with his wife, Katie, and two daughters, Kylie (14) and Devynn (12) who are both aspiring volleyball players.
August 11, 2020
Episode #10 w/ Adrienne Kisting - University of Wisconsin Rowing
Coach Adam & Coach Trace sit down with Adrienne Kisting of the University of Wisconsin women's rowing team. Adrienne is an EXTREMELY HARD WORKING & DRIVEN ATHLETE THAT DOES NOT QUIT....because her parents did not let her:) Enjoy the show!
August 07, 2020
Episode #9 w/ Kam Olson - Central Michigan Volleyball
Coach Adam and Coach Trace jam with Kam Olson of Central Michigan about leadership, hard work & STING PONG. Kam comes from a long line of competitive athletes - which has made her a very focused, driven, and intense leader on the court! Enjoy the show!
August 04, 2020
Episode #8 w/ J. Anderson - Kansas Baseball
Coach Adam and Coach Trace jam with J. Anderson about every baseball, steroids, dedication, hard work, and discipline. J is heading out to Kansas to play J Hawk baseball as a walk-on and he understands how hard he is going to have to work! Enjoy the show!
July 31, 2020
Episode #7 w/ Tori Hagg - Lewis University Track & Field
Tori is a triple & long jumper at Lewis University (DII). Tori has trained at Oak Strength Performace for 6 years and has consistently improved her jumping! Tori LOVES track & field and LOVES being a part of the Lewis track & field team! Enjoy!
July 24, 2020
Episode #6 w/ Jayden Flynn, Ella Holmstrom & Kaitlin Leider
Coach Adam & Coach Trace sit down with this trio of volleyball standouts! Jayden, Ella & Kaitlin are no stranger to hard work on the court or in the weight room! Jayden is a 2022 setter at Belvidere North HS and sets for the VC United 161 Elite team. Ella is a 2022 outside at Guilford HS, plays outside for the VC United 161 Elite team and has committed to play volleyball at Indiana University. Kaitlin is a 2022 outside at Belvidere North HS, plays outside for the VC United 161 Elite team and has committed to play volleyball at Bradley University. Enjoy the show!!!
July 21, 2020
Episode #5 w/ Lauren Hyser - Owner of RXTN Nutrition
Lauren is the Founder and Owner of RXTN Nutrition. Lauren creates personalized programs that transform bodies and minds helping you achieve the 'impossible' through nutrition education, consistent habit formation, and genuine support. From the RXTN Nutrition website: As a coach, my goal is to ensure anyone that works with me can achieve their performance and aesthetic goals. Sifting through information about wellness and nutrition is confusing, overwhelming, contradicting, and isolating. We all feel like we are swimming in an ocean of questions unable to make the first move. If we do muster the strength to make the first move, we are often unable to stick to it and achieve our goals. I can help. I take the science and apply it to fit your lifestyle so that you can achieve sustainable goals. I educate you on the why of the process so you can move forward without worry. I will be a consistent supporter of you reaching your fullest potential. It is time to take action. Let me create a plan designed to help you discover a breakthrough in life, training, and nutrition (they all go hand in hand).
July 17, 2020
Episode #4 w/ Emma Sinclair & Lexi Lewis - Dartmouth & Memphis Commits
Coach Adam & Coach Trace sit down and talk all things volleyball, college, recruiting, training and life with Emma Sinclair & Lexi Lewis Emma is a volleyball outside hitter committed to Dartmouth and Lexi is a volleyball middle committed to Memphis. Enjoy!
July 09, 2020
Episode #3 w/ Coach Ryan McDowell - CEO of Maxmead Fitness
Ryan brings a true passion to coaching and teaching. Specializing in building better athletes by improved movement, Ryan combines this unique focus with knowledge and experience in movement assessment, strength training, and corrective exercise. Ryan has 22 years experience with over 14,000 hours as a personal trainer, strength coach and instructor of small and large groups. In addition to training, Ryan has conducted over 225 presentations for corporate, civic, athletic, and philanthropic organizations. He spent 3 years working with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Badger football, soccer, and wrestling teams. A lifelong athlete, Ryan spent 12 years as a D1 college and Senior Men's club Rugby player. He lives in Hopkins with his wife and 4 children. Ryan enjoys spending time with his family, working out with sandbags, and coaching rugby.
June 24, 2020
Episode #2 w/ Coach Trace Noack - Director of Operations for VC United
Coach Noack breaks down everything coaching & good food!
June 17, 2020
Episode #1 w/ Sophie Brunner - Professional Basketball Athlete
You may remember Sophie from her state champion days at Freeport Aquin or career in the Pac 12 at Arizona State. . Since then, Sophie has played professionally in Italy with @geasbasket and like so many had to cut her season short. . We are beyond thrilled to have Coach Sophie on the OAK STRENGTH PERFORMANCE RADIO
June 08, 2020