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Pro Corner with Austin Surhoff

Pro Corner with Austin Surhoff

By Austin Surhoff
What does it mean to be pro?

Host Austin Surhoff talks with the highest achieving professionals in sports - athletes, coaches, executives, and more - about their immersion into the world of being a pro.

Being a pro isn't about the money. It's not about the medals. It's about giving yourself over to the relentless pursuit of excellence.

It's not what you do -- it's who you are.
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Aaron Peirsol Part Two: Swimming at Texas & Nike Sponsorship
Part One of Austin's conversation with Olympic Gold Medalist & World Record Holder Aaron Peirsol. Aaron is one of the most dominant swimmers in his events (backstroke) in the history of swimming. In the 2000's, you could count on one hand the number of times he lost a backstroke race in international competition. That level of consistent domination is almost unheard of in the world of sport. In Part Two, the guys discuss Aaron's time at the University of Texas. It was a shock initially: coming from a unique training group under Dave Salo in California, Aaron had to adjust big time to the Texas heat, the intense training, and the awesome feeling of swimming for something bigger like a close-knit college swim team. They also cover Aaron signing with Nike and going pro after 2 years at Texas. Estimated episode timeline: 0:00 - Austin introduces the episode 2:00 - Why Texas? 4:30 - How Aaron avoided common pitfalls people fall into in sports 11:30 - Agency to make his own decisions that he developed at a young age 16:30 - Big adjustments to the training at Texas...and the heat! 28:00 - The essential role Kris Kubik played as assistant coach for 3 decades 31:30 - Navigating times where Texas team culture was hurting 44:00 - Going Pro 53:00 - Sponsorship with Nike Swim 1:08:00 - Routines to tune out distractions at the Olympics Enjoyed the episode? Rate & Review to tell us what you think, and hit Subscribe to be notified of all new episodes! Follow us on Instagram @procornerpodcast for all episode updates Follow Austin @AustinSurhoff on Instagram and Twitter Use this homepage for all updates about Pro Corner: https://linktr.ee/austinsurhoff Thanks for listening!
01:16:32
June 28, 2021
Aaron Peirsol Part 1: Career Beginnings & Choosing College Over Going Pro
Part One of Austin's conversation with Olympic Gold Medalist & World Record Holder Aaron Peirsol. Aaron is one of the most dominant swimmers in his events (backstroke) in the history of swimming. In the 2000's, you could count on one hand the number of times he lost a backstroke race in international competition. That level of consistent domination is almost unheard of in the world of sport. In Part One of our conversation, the guys discuss Aaron's career beginnings - his incredible training environment growing up in Southern California, the heroes and mentors he had early in his career, and his big decision to go to college instead of turning pro after winning a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics. That decision required a level of wisdom not usual found in high school kids. Estimated episode timeline: 0:00 - Austin introduces the episode 4:10 - Choosing to help out the Texas college team by volunteer coaching for them in his final year as a pro from 2009-2010 13:10 - Why did he decide to help out? 17:40 - His place as one of swimmings biggest stars, and what it means to him to use it to contribute to the swimming family 24:00 - Growing up in a swim Mecca like Southern California - heroes, mentors, great coaches 28:30 - The community that swimming provides 32:00 - The importance of irreverence and silliness when pursuing such high pressure goals like Olympic medals 41:15 - When did he know he wanted to be a pro athlete 46:00 - Choosing college over going pro at age 17 51:00 - How did he have such outsized wisdom and perspective as a high school kid? 60:00 - the importance of sport as teaching tool Enjoyed the episode? Rate & Review to tell us what you think, and hit Subscribe to be notified of all new episodes! Follow us on Instagram @procornerpodcast for all episode updates Follow Austin @AustinSurhoff on Instagram and Twitter Use this homepage for all updates about Pro Corner: https://linktr.ee/austinsurhoff Thanks for listening!
01:08:02
May 19, 2021
Cal Ripken Jr. Part 2: Playing Through Injury and Changing Positions to Help the Team...plus: the '98 Orioles/Yankees Brawl!
Part two of our conversation with legendary baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.  In the episode, the guys discuss Cal's role as a veteran leader on the great Baltimore Orioles teams of 1996 & 1997. Cal talks about playing through serious injury - what motivated him to keep playing through pain (hint: helping the team).  He also talks about his move to third base in 1997 after already having a Hall of Fame career as baseball's best shortstop, in order to help firm up the team's defense. Why did he put aside ego and make the move? (hint: to help the team) The guys also dig into the lighter side of things with Cal's POV of an infamous 1998 brawl between the Orioles and the Yankees. The storylines involved sound straight out of the WWE! Estimated timeline: 0:00 - Austin Introduces the episode 5:15 - Cal's leadership on the Orioles' 1997 "Wire to Wire" team 10:00 - Playing through excruciating pain to make sure the Orioles stayed in the playoff race 13:30 - What makes someone a "player's manager?" Cal's analysis of what made Davey Johnson a great manager 22:30 - The infamous Orioles/Yankees brawl in 1998 - what lead to it happening? What's happening on the field during a brawl? 30:30 - Cal's decision to move to third base after a storied career at shortstop Enjoyed the episode? Rate & Review to tell us what you think, and hit Subscribe to be notified of all new episodes! Follow us on Instagram @procornerpodcast for all episode updates Follow Austin @AustinSurhoff on Instagram and Twitter Use this homepage for all updates about Pro Corner: https://linktr.ee/austinsurhoff Thanks for listening!
35:45
May 5, 2021
MLB Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., Part 1: Playing Another 500 Straight Games AFTER Setting the Record...plus: Pickup Basketball Stories!
This week's episode is Part One of our interview with Baltimore Orioles legend, the Iron Man, Cal Ripken Jr.  Cal is an MLB Hall of Famer, and by many counts the greatest shortstop in modern baseball history (don't @ me Jeter fans). He revolutionized the position because of his size (6'5") and ability to hit for power - an anomaly for a position normally populated by smaller players that contribute more with their glove than their bat. Oh yeah, and there's that consecutive game streak - 2,632 games in a row without a day off. 501 of those games came AFTER he broke Lou Gehrig's record of 2130. How did he continue that level of consistency after reaching what many of us see as a crowning achievement? In part one of our conversation, we get serious about the streak and the aftermath, and not-so-serious about the legendary pickup basketball games Cal would host during his playing career. He gives a scouting report on who could actually ball on the Orioles and the Ravens, and even NBA players that would stop by. Estimated Episode Timeline: 0:00 - Austin introduces the episode 6:00 - The aftermath of breaking Lou Gehrig's legendary consecutive game streak record 16:30 - Pickup basketball stories - who could ball on the Orioles and Ravens?? 24:30 - Why'd he keep his streak going after setting the record? Tune in next week for Part 2! Enjoyed the episode? Rate & Review to tell us what you think, and hit Subscribe to be notified of all new episodes! Follow us on Instagram @procornerpodcast for all episode updates Follow Austin @AustinSurhoff on Instagram and Twitter Use this homepage for all updates about Pro Corner: https://linktr.ee/austinsurhoff Thanks for listening!
39:01
April 28, 2021
Trey Mancini Part 2: Veteran Leadership for a Rebuilding MLB Franchise
Part 2 of our conversation with Baltimore Orioles star Trey Mancini! In this episode, Trey talks about his MLB career up to this point. Specifically, the guys cover Trey's evolution from exciting rookie prospect to steady veteran presence for the team. Along the way he learned just how much focus it takes to achieve at a high level for an entire 162 game MLB season, and what it actually means to be a leader in the locker room. This episode covers his career path up to making the major leagues. Part 2 will cover his MLB experience. Estimated Timeline of topics: 0:00 - Austin Introduces the Episode 3:45 - Getting called up to the Majors for the first time 5:45 - Remembering his first MLB game (including his first home run) 9:00 - What he learned from Orioles veterans and Buck Showalter during their 2016 playoff run 14:30 - The electric atmosphere of a sold-out stadium playoff game 17:00 - His first full season in the big leagues in 2017 19:30 - A deep dive into his game-day routine 29:30 - Excitement about changing team culture under new leadership Enjoyed the episode? Rate & Review to tell us what you think, and hit Subscribe to be notified of all new episodes! Follow us on Instagram @procornerpodcast for all episode updates Follow Austin @AustinSurhoff on Instagram and Twitter Use this homepage for all updates about Pro Corner: https://linktr.ee/austinsurhoff Thanks for listening!
36:24
April 21, 2021
Trey Mancini Part 1: A 25% Chance of Making the MLB
Baltimore Orioles Star Trey Mancini stops by Pro Corner to talk about his path from falling in love with baseball as a 5 year old to becoming an MLB player.  Along the way, Trey was an 8th round draft pick by the Baltimore Orioles. After being told that players drafted in that round only have a 25% chance of making it to the Show, Trey resolved himself to beat those odds, and consistently improved himself and adapted his game in the minor leagues in order to do so. Now, he's a star for the Orioles and a veteran leader on the team. This episode covers his career path up to making the major leagues. Part 2 will cover his MLB experience. Estimated Timeline of topics: 0:00 - Austin Introduces the Episode 4:00 - Trey's funny story about getting tossed from a minor league game 6:45 - Beating colon cancer & getting back to playing shape this offseason 10:00 - Falling in love with baseball as a 5 year old kid at Cleveland Indians spring training games 12:45 - Taking his game to the next level as a high school athlete 16:15 - How mentors made an impact on him 22:15 - The most valuable things he learned at Notre Dame 26:00 - Deciding to turn pro 32:00 - First impressions of the minors 33:15 - How he transformed his game to prepare for the big leagues 40:30 - How to dictate an at-bat 43:15 - How he became a big league outfielder after having ZERO experience at the position Enjoyed the episode? Rate & Review to tell us what you think, and hit Subscribe to be notified of all new episodes! Follow us on Instagram @procornerpodcast Follow Austin @AustinSurhoff on Instagram and Twitter Use this homepage for all updates about Pro Corner: https://linktr.ee/austinsurhoff Thanks for listening!
50:58
April 14, 2021
Elizabeth Beisel Part Two: Stardom Beyond Swimming
In part two of our conversation with Elizabeth Beisel, Austin steers the conversation to her career post swimming as swimmings biggest crossover media personality. Broadcasting, TV appearances, writing a book...Elizabeth has put together all of the pieces to keep growing in the industry for years to come.  But even though the work is exciting, and makes her famous, and comes with all of the fun parts of being "known" in the world...it's still work. And Elizabeth got her start the same as most people in their jobs: dreams as a kid, studying the subject in college, taking unpaid jobs after college, and constantly working her ass off to improve. She even watches film to analyze her performance on camera -- just like swimmers analyzing film of their stroke. Relentless pursuit of perfection: the mark of a pro. Estimated Timeline of topics: 0:00 - Austin Introduces the Episode 2:45 - Beisel's early attraction to performance, including theater & violin classes as a kid 8:45 - What she learned from her first experiences with commentating 11:45 - Mentors & Idols she learned from in broadcasting, and how they helped her improve 23:00 - Her experience appearing on Family Feud, and what she learned from Steve Harvey 36:15 - The importance of genuine rapport in the broadcasting booth 39:45 - Writing her book Silver Linings after having zero previous experience & never thinking she'd write a book 45:30 - How much work she put into the book AFTER she wrote it: editing, design, promotion Enjoyed the episode? Rate & Review to tell us what you think, and hit Subscribe to be notified of all new episodes! Follow us on Instagram @procornerpodcast Follow Austin @AustinSurhoff on Instagram and Twitter Use this homepage for all updates about Pro Corner: https://linktr.ee/austinsurhoff Thanks for listening!
49:47
March 4, 2021
Elizabeth Beisel Part One: Reframing Olympic Success & Taking Ownership of Your Pro Career
Elizabeth Beisel is one of the toughest swimmers in the history of the US Olympic Team. A 3x Olympian in arguably the hardest event in swimming (the 400IM), she gave herself over to some of the hardest training on the planet to achieve her goals for over a decade.  What's most impressive about Elizabeth is her ability to have an impact outside the pool -- she is incredibly outgoing and postive, and always thinks of how to help her teammates succeed as much as herself. A true pro, and a true teammate.  Estimated Timeline of topics:  0:00 - Austin Introduces the Episode  4:15 - What Elizabeth is up to nowadays as a retired Olympic swimmer  11:30 - Pro Career Beginnings  14:55 - How Her Idols Positively Impacted her Path to Being an Olympian  21:50 - How Her Preparation Process Evolved As A Pro  29:00 - The Intensity and Positivity of Her All-Male Pro Training Group at Florida  29:50 - How She Put Together a "Job" From Pro Swimming  37:10 - Reframing Goals Going Into Her Last Olympics  45:50 - Her Choice to Contribute as a Leader in the Wake of Personal Disappointment  50:30 - 400 IMers are NUTS! Austin and Elizabeth discuss....  58:15 - Austin Solo Outro  Enjoyed the episode? Rate & Review to tell us what you think, and hit Subscribe to be notified of all new episodes!  Follow us on Instagram @procornerpodcast  Follow Austin @AustinSurhoff on Instagram and Twitter  Use this homepage for all updates about Pro Corner: https://linktr.ee/austinsurhoff  Thanks for listening!
59:35
February 24, 2021
Rowdy Gaines Part Two: The Voice of Swimming
Part Two of our conversation with Rowdy Gaines!  Rowdy has been the voice of swimming for over 30 years. In part two of the episode, the guys cover Rowdy's broadcasting beginnings, his process for preparing for the Olympic broadcast, and just how much he loves telling the stories of the athletes he covers.  Here's an approximate timeline of the episode:  0:00 - Austin's Solo Spiel with Key Takeaways to look for 6:30 - Growing up with a dad who was a director and the path it put him on towards being in media  11:30 - What his mentors John Nabor and Dan Hicks taught him when he first got started 16:30 - How he has developed his "persona" on air  20:30 - Passion matters more to the Olympic Audience than technical details  23:30 - The "Uncle Dave" strategy he uses to broadcast the olympics 26:10 - A deep-dive into the production side of Olympic broadcasting 36:30 - A quick take on the ISL finals (this was taped before the Cali Condors eventually won) Enjoyed the episode? Rate & Review to tell us what you think, and hit Subscribe to be notified of all new episodes!  Follow us on Instagram @procornerpodcast  Follow Austin @AustinSurhoff on Instagram and Twitter  Use this homepage for all updates about Pro Corner: https://linktr.ee/austinsurhoff Thanks for listening!
46:29
February 17, 2021
Rowdy Gaines Part One: The First Pro Swimmer
The voice of swimming and legendary Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines stops by Pro Corner for a chat. This is part one of two, specifically focused on his professional swimming career & a quick rundown of his experience with the ISL. Part Two will focus more on his broadcasting career after swimming. In the episode, the guys discuss (time-stamps are approximate): 3:00 - His experience with the ISL so far, including life in the Budapest Bubble last fall  12:00 - The beginnings of his Pro Swimming career, and how that term didn't really exist in his time 17:00 - following coaching greats Eddie Reese & Richard Quick to Austin Texas to train professionally 27:00 - Goal setting processes  30:00 - Supporting his swimming career by working as a night hotel clerk in Austin, Texas  39:00 - Winning the 100 Free Gold in 1984 in LA, including the significance of the win and his race day strategy  Enjoyed the episode? Rate & Review to tell us what you think, and hit Subscribe to be notified of all new episodes! Follow us on instagram @procornerpodcast Thanks for listening!
52:05
February 10, 2021
Laura Sogar: From National Champion Swimmer to Stand-Up Comedian
"What's you're deal?"  (you'll get it when you listen)  This week, Laura Sogar stops by Pro Corner. Laura is an NYC-based stand-up comedian with Now & Then Comedy, and a host of the "She Does Stand Up Too?" podcast.   The conversation begins after a solo intro from Austin. Scroll to 5:40 if you'd like to skip straight to Laura!  As an athlete, Laura swam for Texas, both as a collegiate swimmer and a professional until her retirement after the 2016 Olympic Trials. During her career, Laura was an NCAA champion, US National Champion, World Championships Silver Medalist, and a perennial member of the US National Team.   During her pro swimming career, she also found time to have a full-time job and take improv comedy classes - laying the groundwork to eventually be a stand-up comedian.  . In the podcast, Laura & Austin discuss:  What life is like for an up & coming stand-up comedian in New York  How swimming prepared her for stand-up comedy  The work ethic she developed swimming for Bluefish Swim Club, one of the most intense club swim teams in the country  Outdoor comedy is hard -- why?  Advice for recruited athletes -- culture matters!  Having the world's best teammates at Texas Improv is fun, and scarier than swimming for Team USA  Pro Corner Patreon Subscribers get access to exclusive bonus content with Laura - we do a deep dive on her process of improving her stand-up, complete with some casual neurological explanations for how it works. Sign up today! https://www.patreon.com/procorner  Connect with Laura:  Instagram: @LauraSogar Instagram: @NowAndThenComedy  She Does Stand Up Too? Podcast  Connect with Pro Corner:  Instagram: @ProCornerPodcast  Facebook: @ProCornerPodcast  Email: austin@procornerpodcast.com  Connect with Austin  Instagram: @austinsurhoff  Twitter: @austinsurhoff  .  Like what you heard? Rate, Review, and Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts!
01:59:04
December 16, 2020
James Fike: How to Disrupt an Industry & Swim Best Times at Age 39
This week, Fike Swim Founder & University of Texas Swimming & Diving Alum James Fike stops by Pro Corner. James is the first Pro Corner guest from the business side of the professional swimming industry. He's also still swimming, and at 39 years old is still going personal best times.   . After the solo introduction with Austin, the conversation starts at the 7:43 mark!  . Fike Swim is one of the swimming industries disruptive young companies. On the product side, the company's motto of "Swim Different" is channeled through training tools like the Brick kickboard that aim to improve on designs assumed to be the "norm."  . On the side of athlete sponsorship, Fike Swim finds ways to help their sponsored athletes like Aly Tetzloff & Maddy Banic grow their brand (along with putting some money in the pocket) by collaborating with them to design signature suits - exactly like Nike or Adidas designing signature shoes for basketball players.  .  In the podcast, the guys discuss:  How to hit personal bests at 39 years old  Founding Fike Swim after trying out "corporate America" and wanting to strike out on his own  Fike Swim's disruptive approach to sponsoring their athletes The collaborative process behind designing Fike Swim athletes' signature suits  What makes a program like Texas Swimming & Diving Special  The process of creating a successful product like the Brick kickboard - from inventing the design, to negotiating with the Chinese factories, all the way to marketing the finished product  Nutrition's role in his continued swimming improvement  Connect with James & Fike Swim  Instagram: @FikeSwim  Online: https://www.fikeswim.com  Email: fikeswimproducts@gmail.com (he responds to everything)  Connect with Pro Corner:  Instagram: @ProCornerPodcast  Facebook: @ProCornerPodcast  Email: austin@procornerpodcast.com  Connect with Austin  Instagram: @austinsurhoff  Twitter: @austinsurhoff  .  Like what you heard? Rate, Review, and Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts!
01:29:39
December 9, 2020
Jason Lezak: Coaching Himself to Gold as an Athlete & Building a Champion as a GM
For a very special 10th episode of the podcast, 4x Olympian & the GM of the ISL Champion Cali Condors Jason Lezak stops by Pro Corner (4:37).    .  Jason is one of the greatest sprinters in history - a 4-time Olympic Gold Medalist, a World Record Holder, and still to this day the owner of the fastest relay split in the history of swimming - 46.0, which he performed to win the famous 2008 4x100 freestyle relay at the Beijing Olympics.    . The two most notable facets of Jason's accomplishments are that he coached himself for the last six years of his career - from 2006 to 2012 -  making two Olympic teams in that time, and that he was 32 years old when he reached his apex in 2008. Both fly in the face of common swimming wisdom. By doing what he did, Jason showed a whole generation of swimmers that you can pave your own path to your goals, and there's never an expiration date on improvement.  . Now, Jason is the GM of the ISL's Cali Condors. This episode was recorded mid-season, and since we recorded, the Condors went on to win the 2020 ISL Championship. He is now a champion in the pool and out of the pool.   .  In the episode, the guys discuss:   His day-to-day role as GM of the Condors   How he built an eventual champion the right way   The shifting professional swimming landscape   The impact of seeing the 1984 Olympics in person on his own dreams   How he improved and refocused his goals after each Olympic team he made   A rocky start to coaching himself, and the improvements he had to make to his training   Choosing to compete at the Maccabiah Games in 2009, and seeing the impact he had on the next generation of Jewish athletes   .  Pro Corner has a Patreon Page! Check it out to support the pod, and gain access to exclusive bonus content.  https://www.patreon.com/procorner   .  Connect with Jason:   Instagram: @Jason.Lezak   Twitter: @JasonLezak   .  Connect with the Cali Condors:   Instagram: @calicondors_isl   Twitter: @calicondors_isl   .  Connect with Austin:   Instagram: @AustinSurhoff   Facebook: @AustinSurhoff  Twitter:  @AustinSurhoff   .  Connect with Pro Corner:   Instagram: @ProCornerPodcast   Facebook: @ProCornerPodcast   .  Like what you heard? Rate, Review, and Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts!
01:31:59
December 4, 2020
Madisyn Cox: Using the Mind to Conquer Adversity & Win Gold
In the intro: a reminder from Austin about the upcoming Pro Corner Patreon Page, launching December 2nd. He also reveals a live show with Madisyn scheduled for next week - keep an eye out for the exact day and time being announced very soon! If you wanna skip the intro, scroll to timestamp 5:52! Today's Guest: Texas Pro & World Championships Gold Medalist Madisyn Cox stops by Pro Corner to talk about her life as a professional swimmer so far. Overcoming setbacks has been Madisyn's most important skill she developed these last few years. She has done so in stunning fashion, and has become one of America's best Individual Medley swimmers.  In 2016, she experienced the deep disappointment of narrowly missing the Olympic team. She used that to fuel her best year of swimming ever - all the way to scoring an individual Bronze in the 200 IM and a Gold in the 4x200 freestyle relay at the 2017 World Championships. She discusses the incredible joy she felt when she got her hand on the wall to win bronze, and everything she did to prepare herself for that moment. Hint: hard work matters, but the mind matters the most. In 2018, she tested positive for a banned substance, and for months had to navigate the process of finding out what tainted substance had triggered the positive & mounting an appeal. She was vindicated when an independent court of sport supported with her case that she had unknowingly taken tainted vitamins. What got her through this harrowing time? As she puts it, she never wavered on this mantra: "I did not do anything wrong. I'm not a cheater." Easy to say, harder to believe about yourself in hard times. Once again, the mind matters the most. Madisyn also discusses: - Her powerful use of visualization techniques (google images is a big help)  - Her income as a professional athlete, including a sponsorship deal with Arena - Mentors that showed her how to be a pro - The importance of consistency and family in her success. Connect with Madisyn: Instagram: @Mad_Cox Connect with Austin: Instagram: @AustinSurhoff Facebook: @AustinSurhoff Twitter: @AustinSurhoff Connect with Pro Corner: Instagram: @ProCornerPodcast Facebook: @ProCornerPodcast Like what you heard? Rate, Review, and Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts! Wanna chat? Have questions? Leave a comment below, drop a line on Instagram @procornerpodcast, or via email at austin@procornerpodcast.com.  The best questions will be answered in a live in a mailbag episode!
01:25:25
November 25, 2020
Jack Conger: Winning Gold Through Adaptation & Betting On Himself
In the solo opener: Austin announces the Pro Corner Patreon page, launching on December 2nd to celebrate the 10th episode of Pro Corner. The page will contain access to exclusive premium content like bonus footage with podcast guests, performance advice from experts in the sports industry, and an inside look into Austin & other pros' training regimens. All for the purpose of finding an edge in high pressure situations - sports or otherwise. 11:10 - Today's Guest: Austin's old pal and fellow Texas alum Jack Conger stops by Pro Corner to talk about taking his training to the next level & moving to Cavalier Aquatics to train with Todd Desorbo. The guys also talk about Jack betting on himself, winning Gold at the Olympics, and getting the world's craziest lesson in PR (if you know you know). Jack is one of the greatest swimmers in the history of the University of Texas: Olympic Gold Medalist, World Champion, American Record Holder, & over a dozen NCAA titles. More importantly, Jack is a loyal friend who never welches on his principles. Easy guy to root for. Connect with Jack: . Instagram: @jack_conger . Connect with Austin: . Instagram: @AustinSurhoff . Facebook: @AustinSurhoff . Twitter: @AustinSurhoff . Connect with Pro Corner: . Instagram: @ProCornerPodcast . Facebook: @ProCornerPodcast . Like what you heard? . Rate, Review, and Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts! . Wanna chat? Have questions? . Drop a line on Instagram @procornerpodcast, or via email at austin@procornerpodcast.com.  The best questions will be answered by Tate Jackson and I in a live in a mailbag episode!
01:11:14
November 18, 2020
Aly Tetzloff: Structuring Your Life for Success
Aly Tetzloff of the ISL's LA Current stops by Pro Corner to talk to host Austin Surhoff about her first two seasons as a professional swimmer, and everything she learned from the experience so far (5:55).   The two discuss:  - the choice to move from her college town of Auburn to a true "pro group" at Wolfpack Elite   - how she puts together her income as a pro swimmer, including a nanny job she adores   - being a FikeSwim ambassador   - her love for the sport being tested by COVID lockdowns - and renewed resolve afterward   - her visualization and goal-setting process   - Fitter Faster Faves: Her favorite question she gets at swim clinics with the Fitter Faster Tour . Connect with Aly:   Instagram: @AlyTetzloff    . Connect with Austin:   Instagram: @AustinSurhoff   Facebook: @AustinSurhoff   Twitter: @AustinSurhoff    . Connect with Pro Corner:   Instagram: @ProCornerPodcast   Facebook: @ProCornerPodcast  .   Like what you heard?  Rate, Review, and Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts!       Wanna chat? Have questions?  Leave a comment below, drop a line on Instagram @procornerpodcast, or via email at austin@procornerpodcast.com.  The best questions will be answered in a live in a mailbag episode!
01:17:56
November 4, 2020
Tate Jackson: Being a Pro in a Sports Bubble & Living His Childhood Dream
NCAA Champion & Cali Condors Pro Swimmer Tate Jackson stops by Pro Corner to chat with host Austin Surhoff about his experience as a professional swimmer.  . The guys cover:  - A day in the life of an ISL Swimmer on Margaret Island in Budapest, including training accommodations, the 90 minute outside rule, strange eating schedules, and COVID Marshals.  .  - How he adapted his training plan to the #BudapestBubble, with input from legendary coaches like Jonty Skinner and Eddie Reese.  .  - The excitement of being signed as a free agent to the Condors in 2019 by his childhood hero, team GM Jason Lezak.  .  - Having zero concept of short course meters times (the ISL pool format) and how much he enjoys having no clue what his times mean.  .  - His income sources as a professional swimmer  .  - fun times in Las Vegas after last year's Championship match  . Connect with Tate:  Instagram: @brotateo  .  Connect with Austin:  Instagram: @AustinSurhoff  Facebook: @AustinSurhoff  Twitter: @AustinSurhoff  . Connect with Pro Corner:  Instagram: @ProCornerPodcast  Facebook: @ProCornerPodcast .  Like what you heard? Rate, Review, and Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts! . We're on YouTube!  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFrDPZ3c2U6YlA4ikM0FdaQ/  .  Wanna chat? Have questions? Drop a line on Instagram @procornerpodcast, or via email at austin@procornerpodcast.com.  The best questions will be answered by Tate and I in a live in a mailbag episode!
01:02:53
October 28, 2020
Shane Ryan: Creative Explosiveness & Using Success to Build Something New
Shane Ryan joins Pro Corner to talk with Austin about what it means to be a professional swimmer that represents both Ireland on the international swimming stage, and the ISL expansion team Toronto Titans in their inaugural season. . We were able to catch Shane just before he left for the ISL season in Budapest. (Starting at timestamp 7:28). The guys discuss: - Developing the explosiveness in the water that helped him become one of the world's best sprinters. - The little details that go into the job of being a swimming pro - most notably how he puts together his income. - The incredible support system in place for him in Ireland, and what it's like to train for a government-run national team. - His experience at the Rio Olympics in 2016 as a rookie. - What it means to now be Ireland's most visible swimming star. - Growing the sport in Ireland and creating more opportunities for future swimmers. - Joining an ISL expansion team as a free agent after a successful first season in the league. - "Fitter Faster Faves:" his favorite question he gets when he runs clinics with the Fitter Faster Tour. . Shane is an Irish swimmer that represented Team Ireland at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He won also Bronze for Ireland at the 2019 World Championships in the 50m backstroke, and is one of the world's fastest backstrokers both in the 50m and the 100m races. He is also a member of the ISL Toronto Titans. . Connect with Shane: Instagram: @shaneryanoly . Connect with Austin: Instagram: @AustinSurhoff Facebook: @AustinSurhoff Twitter: @AustinSurhoff . Connect with Pro Corner: Instagram: @ProCornerPodcast Facebook: @ProCornerPodcast . Like what you heard? Rate, Review, and Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts! . We're on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFrDPZ3c2U6YlA4ikM0FdaQ/ . Wanna chat? Have questions? Drop a line on Instagram @procornerpodcast, or via email at austin@procornerpodcast.com.  The best questions will be answered with a special guest in a live in a mailbag episode! 
01:09:41
October 22, 2020
Brett Hawke: The Emotion of Excellence & Revolutionizing Professional Swimming
#ISLMode is fully engaged at Pro Corner. To kick off our ISL Series, we start with Austin's conversation with Fitter Faster Head of Development & former LA Current coach Brett Hawke (4:45). The guys discuss: . - Coaching emotion in sprinting - Reshaping the economic prospects of pro swimmers - Managing the two fastest sprinters in the world in the same training group - A call to action for elite US Swimmers to get 100% behind the ISL . The guys finish with "Fitter Faster Faves," Brett's favorite question he gets at swim clinics. . Brett Hawke is one of the world's greatest sprint coaches, and ran the world's fastest group of collegiate and pro sprinters when he was at Auburn University in the late 2000's and early 2010's. Gold medals, world records, and NCAA titles were won in spades by his athletes. Before coaching, Brett was also an Olympian for Australia, in 2000 and 2004, and their former national record holder in the 50m freestyle. Last year, Brett was a member of the LA Current coaching staff in the inaugural International Swim League season. Brett is also the creator and host of Inside with Brett Hawke, an awesome swimming podcast where Brett talks with the world's greatest athletes and coaches in swimming. . Connect with Brett: Instagram: @hawkebr Fitter & Faster: https://fitterandfaster.com/swim-clinics/with/brett-hawke/ Inside with Brett Hawke Podcast: http://youtube.com/channel/UCUnIPHpA60QccvbkmCa4kzw . Like what you heard? Rate, Review, and Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts! . We're on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFrDPZ3c2U6YlA4ikM0FdaQ/ . Wanna chat? Have questions? Drop a line on Instagram @procornerpodcast, or via email at austin@procornerpodcast.com.  The best questions will be answered soon in a mailbag episode!
01:14:19
October 19, 2020
Wyatt Collins: The Power of Equity for Athletes, and the Role of the Assistant in a Dynasty
Texas Men's Swimming and Diving is the most successful program in the history of college swimming. 14 NCAA Team Championships, 40 Big 12 Championships, countless individual NCAA Champions, and dozens of Olympic Gold Medalists. It's a dynasty that has spanned 4 decades, and from 1986 to 2016 was run by the same two legendary coaches: Head Coach Eddie Reese, and Associate Head Coach Kris Kubik.  . Wyatt Collins has been with the program for 9 years, starting as a junior transfer from Boston University in 2011. After graduating in 2013, Wyatt became the volunteer assistant, learning from Kubik for 3 years before succeeding him upon his retirement in 2016, the same year the program claimed a second straight NCAA title and sent 3 athletes to the Olympics. Taking over for a legend at the age of 26 carries a ton of pressure, but the transition was seamless, to the tune of 2 more consecutive titles.   . On the pod, Wyatt discusses:  - the enormity of succeeding a mentor  - the balance necessary to achieve greatness in a healthy way  - his role in running the nations best collegiate swim team He also recommends a career path for Austin in writing greeting cards.  . The conversation ebbs and flows naturally and the guys have fun chatting, like they always do. . Connect with Wyatt: Instagram: @wyatt.collins and @sxswyatt . Like what you heard? Rate, Review, and Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts! . We're on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFrDPZ3c2U6YlA4ikM0FdaQ/ . Wanna chat? Have questions? Drop a line on Instagram @procornerpodcast, or via email at austin@procornerpodcast.com.  The best questions will be answered soon in a mailbag episode!
01:51:29
October 15, 2020
Marina Spadoni: The Meaning of Being a Pro & Visualization for Racing....PLUS: "Wanna Know Something Cool?"
Austin has a conversation with Fitter Faster Swim Clinic teammate Marina Spadoni (3:13). Marina is a professional swimmer based in West Palm Beach who swam collegiately at Arizona State University.   . Marina and Austin dig into what it truly means to be a pro in swimming, meditation and visualization techniques, finding your purpose in sport, and Icelandic horns.  Later, they wrap with "Fitter Faster Faves," Marina's favorite question she gets at swim clinics.   . Austin then calls up his buddy Matt Hoyland for the first segment of "Wanna Know Something Cool?" (1:29:11) They discuss the Mandela Effect. Minds are stretched, perspectives are shifted.   . Connect with Marina:   Instagram: @MarinaKealani   . Like what you heard?   Rate, Review, and Subscribe!   . We're on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFrDPZ3c2U6YlA4ikM0FdaQ/ . Have a question for Austin?  Drop a line on Instagram @procornerpodcast, or via email at austin@procornerpodcast.com.  The best questions will be answered in a future mailbag episode!
01:42:49
October 13, 2020
Elvis Burrows: Making the Olympics, Elevating His Training, & Leaning Into Balding
For the inaugural Pro Corner episode, Austin has a conversation with longtime friend and Fitter Faster Swim Clinic teammate Elvis Burrows. Elvis is a Bahamian swimmer who was a two-time All-American at the University of Kentucky, and a member of the Bahamian Olympic Swim Team.   . Elvis and Austin catch up about the weather, how Elvis made the Olympics, and the impact the Olympic experience had on his collegiate career. They also talk a weird amount about the fun side of being bald...  . Later, the guys finish up with "Fitter Faster Faves" - Elvis's favorite question he gets from young athletes at his Fitter Faster Swim clinics (there's a fun one and a serious one).  . Connect with Elvis:  Instagram: @ElvisVB   Twitter: @ElvisVB   .  Like what you heard?    Rate, Review, and Subscribe!  . We're on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFrDPZ3c2U6YlA4ikM0FdaQ/ . Have a question for Austin? Drop a line on Instagram @procornerpodcast, or via email at austin@procornerpodcast.com.  The best questions will be answered in a future mailbag episode!
01:21:43
October 13, 2020