Beyond The Bench

Beyond The Bench

By Todd Gordon
A podcast generated by three Iowa athletic directors for athletic directors. Each week we will talk about current program issues we are all dealing with as AD's, some hot topics and we will have some fun along the way talking about things happening with our family and friends. We'll talk with special guests inlcuding athletic directors currently doing the job, retired AD's and people we work with inside and outside of the school who help to make our programs successful. Join Todd Gordon, Scott Garvis, and Aaron Stecker for Beyond the Bench.
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BTB-Season 2 - Episode 21 - NFHS Guidance on Opening Up Athletics and Activities
In this episode we talk through a few of the newly released NFHS Guidelines and what it looks like as we move toward opening up our athletic and activity programs. BTB is proud to have HomeTown Ticketing (@hometowntix) as a sponsor of the podcast. Check out their website at www.hometownticketing.com. Follow them on their social media sites: Twitter: @hometowntix... Facebook: @hometownticketing...Instagram: hometownticketing BTB is also happy to have Gipper (@gogipper) as a sponsor of our podcast. Visit them on Twitter or at www.gogipper.com for a great custom graphics solution.
1:17:20
May 20, 2020
BTB-Season 2 - Episode 20 - Dr. Jarrod Spencer - Mind of the Athlete
Dr. Jarrod Spencer @Jarrod_Spencer Founder of @MindOfAthlete joins us in this very informative episode to talk about mental health and well being of our athletes and ourselves. Be sure to check out Mind of the Athlete website at www.mindoftheathlete.com. BTB is proud to have HomeTown Ticketing (@hometowntix) as a sponsor of the podcast. Check out their website at www.hometownticketing.com. Follow them on their social media sites: Twitter: @hometowntix... Facebook: @hometownticketing...Instagram: hometownticketing BTB is also happy to have Gipper (@gogipper) as a sponsor of our podcast. Visit them on Twitter or at www.gogipper.com for a great custom graphics solution.
1:13:30
May 13, 2020
Season 2 - Episode 19 - The Movie "Greater" and the Burlsworth Foundation
In this episode we talk with Marty and Vicki Burlsworth and Coach Tommy Tice about the movie "Greater" and the work that carries on through the Burlsworth Foundation in honor of the life lived by Brandon Burlsworth.  BTB is proud to have HomeTown Ticketing (@hometowntix) as a sponsor of the podcast. Check out their website at www.hometownticketing.com. Follow them on their social media sites: Twitter: @hometowntix... Facebook: @hometownticketing...Instagram: hometownticketing BTB is also happy to have Gipper (@gogipper) as a sponsor of our podcast. Visit them on Twitter or at www.gogipper.com for a great custom graphics solution.
1:06:27
May 7, 2020
BTB-Season 2 - Episode 18 - Phil Rison (NIAAA Associate Executive Director)
In this episode we talk with NIAAA Associate Executive Director Phil Rison (@philrison10). Phil offers some great insights into the NIAAA and leadership. It is an inspirational and challenging podcast as we talk with one of the best in our business. BTB is proud to have HomeTown Ticketing (@hometowntix) as a sponsor of the podcast. Check out their website at www.hometownticketing.com. Follow them on their social media sites: Twitter: @hometowntix... Facebook: @hometownticketing...Instagram: hometownticketing BTB is also happy to have Gipper (@gogipper) as a sponsor of our podcast. Visit them on Twitter or at www.gogipper.com for a great custom graphics solution.
1:22:50
April 28, 2020
BTB-Season 2 - Episode 17 - 2020 Spring Questions and 1x1 Coaches Mentoring Program.
In this episode we talk about some of the unique situations we are facing this spring. We then talk through Todd's 1x1 coaches mentoring program he started this year. BTB is proud to have HomeTown Ticketing (@hometowntix) as a sponsor of the podcast. Check out their website at www.hometownticketing.com. Follow them on their social media sites: Twitter: @hometowntix... Facebook: @hometownticketing...Instagram: hometownticketing BTB is also happy to have Gipper (@gogipper) as a sponsor of our podcast. Visit them on Twitter or at www.gogipper.com for a great custom graphics solution.
1:09:46
April 21, 2020
BTB - Season 2 - Episode 16 - BTB with Chris Forman (Purdue University SID/Social Media Director)
In this episode we talk with Chris Forman (@forman) SID with @boilerball and @purduemensgolf.  Chris offers some great insights into what he has learned on his personal and professional journey, his time at the Naval Academy and Purdue University.  It's a fun and informative podcast with on the best Sports Information Director's in the business.   BTB is proud to have HomeTown Ticketing (@hometowntix) as a sponsor of the BTB podcast. Check out their website at www.hometownticketing.com. Follow them on their social media sites: Twitter: @hometowntix... Facebook: @hometownticketing...Instagram: hometownticketing. BTB is also happy to have Gipper (@gogipper) as a sponsor of our podcast. Visit them on Twitter or at www.gogipper.com for a great custom graphics solution.
1:08:41
April 14, 2020
BTB-Season 2 - Episode 15 - Beyond the Bench Welcomes the Wives
In this episode we are joined by our significant others. The ladies that help, support and encourage us as AD's. This is a light hearted episode that is also filled with real wisdom from our wives. Disclaimer: No marriages were harmed in the recording of this episode. 😁 BTB is proud to have HomeTown Ticketing (@hometowntix) as a sponsor of the BTB podcast. Check out their website at www.hometownticketing.com. Follow them on their social media sites: Twitter: @hometowntix... Facebook: @hometownticketing...Instagram: hometownticketing
1:00:08
April 7, 2020
BTB-Season 2 - Episode 14 Discussion of John Maxwell's "Leading Through Crisis" Summit.
In this episode we talk about last week's John Maxwell's webinar on Leading Through A Crisis. There is a lot to unpack but there are many useful leadership lessons and thoughts that we feel will be helpful for us all right now. BTB is proud to have HomeTown Ticketing (@hometowntix) as a sponsor of the BTB podcast. Check out their website at www.hometownticketing.com. Follow them on their social media sites: Twitter: @hometowntix... Facebook: @hometownticketing...Instagram: hometownticketing
1:08:08
March 31, 2020
BTB-Season 2 - Episode 13 - Katie Gearlds, Head Women's Basketball Coach - Marian (IN) University
We are thrilled to welcome Coach Katie Gearlds @katiegearlds4 of Marian University @marianunivwbb to the podcast as she talks about coaching, leadership and life. Don't miss this one with one of the best coaches in the nation. Grab a pen and paper and get locked in. BTB is proud to have HomeTown Ticketing (@hometowntix) as a sponsor of the BTB podcast. Check out their website at www.hometownticketing.com. Follow them on their social media sites: Twitter: @hometowntix... Facebook: @hometownticketing...Instagram: hometownticketing
1:09:54
March 22, 2020
BTB-Season 2 - Episode 12 - Coming Together During Uncertain Times (COVID 19 Response)
In this episode we talk about some things we have done and can do during this unprecedented time as we all deal with the fall out of COVID 19. BTB is proud to have HomeTown Ticketing (@hometowntix) as the official sponsor of the BTB podcast. Check out their website at www.hometownticketing.com. Follow them on their social media sites: Twitter: @hometowntix... Facebook: @hometownticketing...Instagram: hometownticketing
56:49
March 19, 2020
BTB-Season 2 - Episode 11 - Sportsmanship Survey Discussion
In this episode we talk through the results of the Sportsmanship Survey we put out last week. Thank You to the AD's who responded and contributed. BTB is proud to have HomeTown Ticketing (@hometowntix) as the official sponsor of the BTB podcast. Check out their website at www.hometownticketing.com. Follow them on their social media sites: Twitter: @hometowntix... Facebook: @hometownticketing...Instagram: hometownticketing
1:06:45
March 9, 2020
BTB-Season 2 - Episode 10 - IHSADA Convention Preview
In this episode we walk through the 52nd IHSADA Convention coming up at the end of March. BTB is proud to have HomeTown Ticketing (@hometowntix) as a sponsor of the BTB podcast. Check out their website at www.hometownticketing.com. Follow them on their social media sites: Twitter: @hometowntix... Facebook: @hometownticketing...Instagram: hometownticketing
55:07
March 3, 2020
Beyond the Bench - Season-2 - Episode 9 - Opening - Who's Up/Who's Down
After a week away the boys are back in town (good tune). We don't make it to our main topic in this episode. We do talk about some spring time "tips and tricks", what's up/what's down, and Scott has a fantastic closing thought of encouragement. BTB is proud to have HomeTown Ticketing (@hometowntix) as a sponsor of the BTB podcast. Check out their website at www.hometownticketing.com. Follow them on their social media sites: Twitter: @hometowntix... Facebook: @hometownticketing...Instagram: hometownticketing
51:43
February 23, 2020
BTB-Season 2 - Episode 8 - Nate Nale from Hometown Ticketing
The BTB crew was happy to welcome the Founder and Co-CEO of HomeTown Ticketing Nate Nale. We had a great discussion with Nate wrapped around these questions. 1) Birth of HomeTown Ticketing 2) Effective characteristics of successful AD's 3) Leadership Keys 4) Organizational Evaluation and Improvement 5) Lessons from athletic experiences 6) Advice for a young Nate Nale. BTB is proud to have HomeTown Ticketing (@hometowntix) as a sponsor of the BTB podcast. Check out their website at www.hometownticketing.com. Follow them on their social media sites: Twitter: @hometowntix... Facebook: @hometownticketing...Instagram: hometownticketing
50:35
February 10, 2020
BTB-Season 2 - Episode 7 - Replay of podcast with 2019 Outback Bowl MVP Nick Easley
The BTB crew took the weekend off to enjoy the Super Bowl so this is a replay of Season 1 - Episode 12 we recorded with Nick Easley on February 26, 2019. Nick shared some great insight into the following: 1) What motivated him. 2) How he went from a 2nd team all state receiver to the Outback Bowl MVP. 3) Advice for coaches and AD's. 4) Advice for players with a dream and much more. Enjoy this replay. BTB is proud to have HomeTown Ticketing (@hometowntix) as a sponsor of the BTB podcast. Check out their website at www.hometownticketing.com. Follow them on their social media sites: Twitter: @hometowntix... Facebook: @hometownticketing...Instagram: hometownticketing
45:07
February 3, 2020
BTB-Season 2 - Episode 6 - Beyond the Bench Tribute to Kobe Bryant
In this reflective episode Todd, Scott and Aaron pay tribute to Kobe Bryant after learning of his tragic death on Sunday, January 26, 2020. We discuss his career, what made him a great player and discuss a few Kobe quotes. BTB is proud to have HomeTown Ticketing (@hometowntix) as a sponsor of the BTB podcast. Check out their website at www.hometownticketing.com. Follow them on their social media sites: Twitter: @hometowntix... Facebook: @hometownticketing...Instagram: hometownticketing
44:41
January 27, 2020
BTB-Season 2 - Episode 5 - 4 Questions From Fellow AD's!
In this episode Todd, Aaron and Scott talk through four questions from three listeners. Thank you to Chris Lancaster (Vincennes, IN/South Knox HS), Brent Buttjer (DC-G HS) and Jordan Reindl (Northwood-Kinsett HS) for submitting the following questions. 1) Event set up/management when you are going to be gone. 2) Office Department efficiency with use of technology. 3) Making the decision to postpone or cancel games at home and on the road. How about revenue events like show choir competitions?...Policies and procedures. 4) Best advice for a new AD starting in June?  BTB is proud to partner and have HomeTown Ticketing (@hometowntix) as a sponsor of the BTB podcast. Check out their website at www.hometownticketing.com. Follow them on their social media sites: Twitter: @hometowntix... Facebook: @hometownticketing...Instagram: hometownticketing
1:07:04
January 20, 2020
BTB-Season 2 - Episode 4 - Ira Childress (@Gulliver_AD) from Gulliver Schools in Miami, FL.
In this episode we had the privilege of speaking with Ira Childress from Gulliver Schools in Miami, FL.  Ira is a passionate and driven AD with a great background and story. You will be inspired as you listen to Ira share his experiences and vision as an Athletic Administrator. Ira is also a published author of the book "Beating the Odds-From Poverty to Prominence." Search for it and pick up a copy on Amazon. You can follow Ira on Twitter at @Gulliver_AD and connect with him on LinkedIn. BTB is also proud to announce our new partnership with HomeTown Ticketing (@hometowntix).  Check out their website at www.hometownticketing.com and follow them on their social media sites:  Twitter: @hometowntix Facebook: @hometownticketing Insta: @hometownticketing
1:05:55
January 15, 2020
BTB-Season-2 - Episode 3 - Scott, Aaron and Todd Kick Off 2020.
In this episode we talk through our experiences at NADC 2019 (21:40) and our One Word for 2020 (45:45). The numbers in parentheses represent the time in the podcast where we begin that discussion. Thank You for listening and joining us. Follow us on Twitter (@btbads) and email us at beyondthebenchgls@gmail.com if have any questions or comments. We would love to hear from you. Have a great start to 2020. #beblessed
1:04:31
January 5, 2020
BTB - Season 2 - Episode 2 -- Live from the 50th National Athletic Directors Conference
Enjoy conversations with Kevin Kalver (HS AD Network), Nick DeForest (Vienna, Austria), Dave Horner (Belgrade, Serbia), Steve Robinson (Rocky River, NC), Brad Rose (WDM Valley, IA), Darryl Nance (Greenville, SC), Duane Kramer (Retired, Cedar Rapids, IA), Georges Gilbert (Honolulu, HI). Thank You to Kevin Calver and the High School AD Network for hosting us. Find them at @hsad_network. Thank You to all of our AD friends who stopped by. #beblessed
54:41
December 16, 2019
BTB-Season 2 - Episode 1 - Adam DeJoode - Iowa and the 35 Second Shot Clock.
In this episode Todd talks with Adam DeJoode about his passion and the research he has done in regards to the implementation of the shot clock in Iowa. 1) We discuss his background and why that has led him to be so passionate about this topic. 2) His discussion with high school coaches and 3) The AD's opinion of the shot clock. If you are interested in reading Adam's article he wrote last January about this the link is here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1T9eMbF9dIwHfTdHp2dIKuz6Nz1o1TvoT/view You can reach Adam for discussion and questions at adam.dejoode@gmail.com and connect with him on Twitter @adamdejoode. Thank you for listening. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact us at beyondthebenchgls@gmail.com. #beblessed
34:34
December 9, 2019
BTB-Episode 40 - Dr. Chris Hobbs (CMAA) - The King's Academy, West Palm Beach, FL.
In Episode 40 of the podcast we are joined by Dr. Chris Hobbs and have a fantastic conversation. You will find Chris to be very energetic, intentional and inspiring. He leads an incredible program in Florida and we will all be better and have many takeaways from this podcast. Whether you listen in one sitting or break it down into a couple of smaller listening segments you will want to listen to the entire podcast. Social media links: Dr. Chris Hobbs - Twitter - @Dr_ChrisHobbs. LinkedIn - Dr. Chris Hobbs, C. M. A. A., The King's Academy on Twitter and Instagram - @tkalions
1:06:48
December 2, 2019
BTB-Episode 39-IGHSAU Executive Director Jean Berger
In this episode we had the privilege of speaking with the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Executive Director Jean Berger. She and her staff have done a tremendous job of elevating the Iowa Girl experience to an even higher level in recent years. This was a treat for the three of us as we visited with Jean at the Girls Union office in Des Moines. You will enjoy this episode. Contact us if you have any suggestions or comments at beyondthebenchgls@gmail.com.
46:24
November 26, 2019
BTB-Episode 38 - Dale Ludwig
This episode was recorded live at the WDM Marriott with Dale Ludwig from Clear Lake. We talk about 1) Sleep and how to manage it (or lack of it), The manager vs leader role, and mentoring young and new coaches. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact us at beyondthebenchgls@gmail.com.
1:00:39
November 19, 2019
BTB-Episode 37 - Fall Recap
In this episode the three of us talk about our fall. We talk about our favorite memory from the fall season and then discuss one thing we may look to do a bit differently next year or in the near future. Thank you for taking the time to listen to our most recent episode. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact us at beyondthebenchgls@gmail.com.
56:24
November 4, 2019
BTB-Episode 36 - Jay Hammes - Safe Sport Zone
In this episode we are joined by Jay Hammes of Safe Sport Zone. We talk about the development of Safe Sport Zone, current trends and Jay offers an abundance of thought provoking tips and suggestions to help keep our venues and activities safe for everyone involved and attending. This could possibly be the single most important podcast we have done. You can contact Jay through his website (safesportzone.com). Great resources there as well. Follow them on Twitter (@SafeSportZone). Thank you for listening. Contact us with thoughts, comments and questions at beyondthebenchgls@gmail.com.
1:09:21
October 27, 2019
BTB-Episode 35 - Wes Simmons from 3D Coaching
In this episode we talk with Wes Simmons (@WesleyCSimmons), CEO and national presenter for 3Dimensional Coaching (@3DCoaches). It's a powerful and impactful conversation that we believe will be a tremendous encouragement and challenge to all AD's, coaches and administrators. It was to us. Thank you for listening. You can reach us at beyondthebenchgls@gmail.com if you have questions, suggestions or comments. #beblessed
1:06:18
October 21, 2019
BTB-Episode 34 - Rob Seymour from Fishers, Indiana
In this episode we talk with Rob Seymour (@robseymour71), Athletic Director in Fishers, Indiana (@FHSTigers). We learn about Rob, some of the good work he is doing at Fishers High School and talk about leadership. It is a very good conversation with a fellow AD who is making a difference. Thank you for listening. You can reach us at beyondthebenchgls@gmail.com if you have any suggestions, comments, or questions. #beblessed
56:17
October 10, 2019
BTB-Episode 33 - 8 Questions with Aaron, Scott and Todd!
In this episode we talk through eight different questions, have some fun and learn some more about each other. 1-Favorite movie? 2-Glass half full or half empty? 3-Go to music? 4-Favorite thing about your job? 5-Ever have a nickname? 6-Introvert or extrovert? 7- Favorite family recipe? 8-Favorite teacher or coach? We had fun recording the episode and hope you enjoy it too. Thank You for listening. Contact us at beyondthebenchgls@gmail.com with questions, comments or suggestions.
51:58
September 30, 2019
BTB-Episode 32 - Dealing with a New Superintendent
In this episode we talk about how to deal with a new boss. Thanks to Josh Porter from Clarinda for the question and we have a leadership discussion on a new podcast Aaron found.  Links  Greene County Play Doh Drive  https://whotv.com/2019/09/20/greene-county-brings-the-play-doh-to-football-friday/ Mitch Matthew's Big Dream Gathering  https://mitchmatthews.com/  The Focus 3 Podcast.  https://www.focus3.com/podcast Email is your favorite resources or questions to beyondthebenchgls@gmail.com.  Thanks for listening.  Be Blessed!
52:38
September 23, 2019
BTB - Episode 31 - Erin Kirtley - Panorama (IA) High School
In this episode we talk with Erin Kirtley (@AD_Kirtley) from Panorama High School in Panora, IA.  Erin is in her 7th year as the Activities Director at her alma mater.  Erin is active in the Iowa High School Athletic Directors and is a leader in her conference and in the state organization.  We talk with Erin about who has inspired her to do what she does every day, her biggest challenges and proudest moments, her thoughts as a female activities director and what state leadership can do to be encouraging and accepting of female activity directors.  It's a great conversation and Erin offers some very good perspective for all of us.  We are better because of our conversation with her and I know you will be too.  Thank You for joining us for this weeks episode.  If you have any thoughts or comments you can reach us at beyondthebenchgls@gmail.com. 
1:10:57
September 16, 2019
BTB - Episode 30 - How To Create a Championship Team.
In this episode Aaron and Todd review and recap a podcast done by Jon Gordon, on his Positive U Podcast, with Nick Nurse, coach of the NBA Champion Toronto Raptors. The podcast can be heard here: https://castbox.fm/vb/165311379 If you have any questions, ideas or comments you would like us to discuss please reach out to one of us or email us at beyondthebenchgls@gmail.com. Thanks for listening. Be Blessed!
49:45
September 9, 2019
BTB - Episode 29 - Greatest Hits 1
Enjoy a look back at a few of our previous episodes. Segment 1-Dealing with the Unexpected; Segment 2-Mitch Osborn; Segment 3-Nick Easley; Segment 4-Brent Buttjer; Segment 5-Coach and Parent Balance. Have an idea? Contact us at beyondthebenchgls@gmail.com or reach out to any of us on our social media platforms. Thanks for listening. Be Blessed!
43:38
August 27, 2019
BTB-Episode 28-Dealing with Beginning of the Year Responsibilities.
In this episode Scott, Aaron and Todd talk about the start of the year and the many responsibilities and things we have to do to get ready for the start of the year.
58:46
August 21, 2019
BTB-Episode 27-Having Multi Sport Athletes vs Burning Them Out!
In this episode we have our first show with two guests. We are joined by Bellevue, IA AD Dave Wright and Lewie Curtis from the IHSAA. We have a great discussion about our desire, and need, for having multi sport and activity students and the balance of not burning them out. We talk about some ideas to help eleviate this and how to help everyone succeed. It is a great discussion. Thank You for listening. If you have any suggestions or comments please email us at beyondthebenchgls@gmail.com.
1:06:18
August 13, 2019
BTB - Episode 26 - Jeremy Christiansen
In this episode Todd and Scott sit down with current IHSADA President Jeremy Christiansen in Omaha. We talk about leadership, balancing responsibilities, staff recruitment and retention and a few other things along the way.
48:45
August 6, 2019
BTB - Episode 25 - Reliving The First 24
Welcome to Episode 25 of Beyond The Bench. It's a milestone so the three AD's from Iowa talk about the guests they have had on (all have been terrific) and talk about some of the take aways we have had from them. We also talk about our favorite topics and discussions and then close out the podcast talking about what we have learned along the way. THANK YOU to all of you who have listened. We appreciate the support. Let us know if you have any ideas or questions by emailing us at beyondthebenchgls@gmail.com. #beblessed
1:03:41
July 10, 2019
BTB - Episode 24 - Brandon Hurley - Jefferson Herald Sports Editor
In this episode we talk with local sports editor Brandon Hurley who has been covering the NBA Finals and was on the Nick Nurse beat. We talk about his experiences in Toronto, the things that make Nick Nurse a great coach and then transition to talk about local sports coverage and his work with the Jefferson Herald. It's a fun conversation. Thanks for listening.
1:03:23
June 22, 2019
BTB - Episode 23 - Lewie Curtis
In this special episode Aaron and Todd are joined by Lewis Curtis, the Director of Officials and Wrestling Administrator for the Iowa High School Athletic Association. Lewie is a former successful teacher, coach and AD at Underwood. He offers some great insights and words of wisdom. Hint: Listen all the way to the end of the podcast where he offers great advice on what we should all try to do and promote next year with our programs.
1:25:27
June 12, 2019
Episode 21 - 1 x 1 with Spencer AD Taylor Chapman
In this episode Todd goes one on one with Taylor Chapman from Spencer, IA. Taylor is completing his first year as a high school AD and talks about the experience he's had in his first year back in his hometown. Taylor shares some great insight that is good for everyone to hear and be reminded of. Have a comment, question or suggestion? Email us at beyondthebenchgls@gmail.com. Thanks for listening.
1:02:17
May 29, 2019
Episode 20 - Coach/ Parent Balance
After a two week break for a Gordon vacation the boys are back in town. In this episode our main topic is Coach/Parent Balance and how we can help it and what our role could and should be in it. We end the podcast with a discussion about multiplying leaders and what that looks like. Thanks for listening and joining us. Have a comment or idea? Email us at beyondthebenchgls@gmail.com.
1:01:24
May 21, 2019
Episode 19 - Evaluation Process and More
After a week off for Easter we talk about what's happened with a former guest and the Drake Relays. We debut a new segment and then dive into a lively discussion about upping our game in the evaluation process and growing leaders. We had fun and hope you will have some fun and learn a little bit as well. Thank You for listening. Want to offer some insight or have a suggestion? Email us at beyondthebenchgls@gmail.com. #beblessed
59:26
April 30, 2019
Episode 18 - I'm Still In
In this week's episode we celebrate the beauty of sport and some of the best moments of the past week. It leads us to say "I'm Still In". Aaron talks about Kennedy's All School pep rally; we talk about the Duane Wade tribute video, Nick Collison and his speech and comments at his jersey retirement, Tigers win at the Masters and Tony Bennett's one sentence power quote on adversity. Thanks for taking time to listen. Comments or suggestions? Email is at beyondthebenchgls@gmail.com
51:12
April 15, 2019
Episode 17 - Youth Sports w/Dale Otte (Pella)
In this episode we are joined by Pella AD Dale Otte. We talk about youth sports structure, what we have seen work and share some thoughts on helping to promote a positive relationship with youth programs and coaches. Thanks to Ryan Sweeney from Bondurant-Farrar for the discussion topic. We open up talking about a book Todd is reading called 100X Leader and wrap up discussion around National Student Athlete Day. Thanks for listening and supporting the Beyond the Bench podcast.
1:01:34
April 8, 2019
Episode 16 - Preseason Coaches Meetings
In this episode our main focus is talking about preseason coaches meetings. What format is used and what are some "must haves". We wrap up the podcast talking about the "reality check" we get walking back into school after experiencing the state convention and how we deal with that. Thanks for listening.
51:31
April 1, 2019
BTB - Episode 15 - Brent Buttjer
After a week off the guys are back live from the IHSADA Convention. We are pleased to have Brent Buttjer from Ankeny High School join us. We talk about his journey, what makes effective coaches and administrators and then talk about what his "A-ha" moment was and much more. You'll enjoy this podcast with the current AD at Ankeny High School.
55:07
March 26, 2019
Episode 14 - Favorite Quotes
In this episode Aaron, Scott and Todd talk about some of the favorite quotes from a few of our listeners and one of their own as well. We'll look to make this a regular segment because we have a few we didn't get to in this episode. Thank You to Dave Huepel, Andy Umthun, Jeff Bissen, Nate Thies, Matt Eichhorn, Bryce Conway and Brent Buttjer for contributing to this week's show. If we didn't get to you in today's show we will in the near future. Thank You all for your encouragement and support. #bebetter #beblessed
1:07:25
March 13, 2019
Episode 13 - Character Driven Coaching and Leadership
In this episode of Beyond the Bench we unpack a lot on the subject of Character Driven Coaching and Leadership.  We discuss parts of two different articles and a video (audio) clip.  The titles and links are listed below.  Give us a listen and then share your thoughts with us at beyondthebenchgls@gmail.com.  1) "8  Coaching Mistakes I Wish I Never Made" by John O'Sullivan of Changing the Game  Project.  https://changingthegameproject.com/8-coaching-mistakes-wish-never-made/ 2) "Why Character Beats Results in the Long Run" by Amy Manson of Positive Coaching Alliance.  https://devzone.positivecoach.org/resource/article/why-character-beats-results-long-run 3) "Heather Petri on the Meaning of Character from Positive Coaching Alliance."  https://devzone.positivecoach.org/resource/video/heather-petri-meaning-character Thanks for listening.  Please let us know what you think.  #beblessed
56:29
March 5, 2019
Episode 12 - Nick Easley
You won't want to miss this weeks guest is Nick Easley. From Newton HS to IWCC to preferred walk on at the University of Iowa and the 2019 Outback Bowl MVP. Nick shares some great insight into the following: 1) What has motivated him? 2) How he went from a 2nd team all state receiver to the Outback Bowl MVP. 3) Advice for coaches and AD's. 4) Advice for players with a dream and much more. You'll enjoy and learn from this podcast. I know we did.
43:59
February 26, 2019
Episode 11 - Jason L. Parker
In this week's episode we are joined by Jason L. Parker, AD from Sapulpa, OK. Jason has a wonderful story, is passionate about leadership and developing leaders. You won't want to miss this episode as we talk with Jason about how he develops leadership in the coaches, students and himself.
52:49
February 20, 2019
Episode 10 - Sportsmanship
In this episode our main topic is sportsmanship. Join us as we peel a layer off and talk about the different roles and responsibilities we all play in promoting good sportsmanship. We would love to hear your thoughts. Email us at beyondthebenchgls@gmail.com
49:03
February 13, 2019
Beyond the Bench - Coach and Student Leadership Programs
In this weeks episode we give some thoughts on the Super Bowl and some thoughts on multi sport athletes. Then, we talk about exciting coaches professional development opportunities in Ankeny and outstanding student leadership programming at Kennedy. You won't want to miss this.
46:26
February 8, 2019
Episode 8 - JR Ogden from the Cedar Rapids Gazette
In this episode Aaron, Scott and Todd talk with sports editor J.R. Ogden from the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Hear his fascinating story and hear insights as we talk about the following: 1) His journey to where he's at now. 2) Some of his favorite memories/stories over the years. 3) Why and how the Gazette has kept a focus on high school coverage. 4) His perspective on the strengths of HS sports and some concerning trends. 5) His work with developing sportswriters at the high school level.
42:11
January 29, 2019
Episode 7 - BTB Welcomes Mitch Osborn
In this special episode Aaron and Todd are joined by one of Iowa's all time best. Basketball coach and Athletic Director Mitch Osborn from Harlan, Iowa. We talk with Mitch about his 35 year journey, what has helped Harlan Community become one of the most successful and consistent overall programs in the state and the keys to being a successful Athletic and Activities Administrator. You won't want to miss this one.
47:00
January 22, 2019
Episode 6 - Beyond the Bench - Coaching Expectations
In this episode Scott, Aaron and Todd talk about a recent cake auction that Scott just did in Ankeny (Yum!). We then talk about our expectations of our coaches and ways we can support them. We then wrap up talking about some leadership principles learned from Dabo Swinney.
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January 14, 2019
Episode 5 - BTB - Are We Managers or Leaders?
Thanks for joining us. Today we meet Todd Gordon and learn about his 34 year journey in education and then talk about if our role of an Athletic Director is one of a manager or a leader.
47:50
January 8, 2019
Episode 4 - Christmas Eve Memories
Todd flies solo in this episode and talks about: 1) Christmas Eve Memories and 2) How long would Santa survive on the North Pole? Merry Christmas from Aaron, Scott, Todd and our families and have a great Christmas break.
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December 24, 2018
Episode 3 - Beyond the Bench
LIVE FROM SAN ANTONIO AND THE 49TH NATIONAL ATHLETIC DIRECTORS CONVENTION. In this episode we talk about the first 24 hours of the convention including: 1) Opening speaker Dr Rick Rigsby. 2) Scott's attending of a session on mentoring coaches for professional growth. 3) Aaron's attending a session on training coaches for excellence and significance. 4) We also talk about if it's OK to talk about winning.
43:29
December 17, 2018
BTB - Episode 2 - Meet Scott Garvis
Welcome to Episode 2 of Beyond the Bench. Three AD's talking about their week, their job, the challenges and the joys of what we do. In this episode we talk about: 1) The highlights of this past week and the lessons learned from them. 2) We meet on of our hosts, Scott Garvis of Ankeny Centennial High School and learn about his journey to where he is now. 3) We wrap it up talking about the challenge of being gone as we all three prepare to leave this week for the National Athletic Directors Conference in San Antonio. Next week we will be recording live from San Antonio. Thanks for joining us for this episode. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us at: beyondthebench@gmail.com Be Better and Be Blessed this week.
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December 10, 2018
Beyond The Bench - Episode 1
Welcome to the initial episode of Beyond The Bench. Three AD's talking about their week, their job, the challenges and the joys of what we do. In today's episode Aaron and Todd Talk about: 1) The winter season and some of the prep work that we do before the season begins. 2) We meet one of our hosts, Aaron Stecker of Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School and his journey to where he is now. 3) We wrap it up talking about our challenge this week - When the Unexpected Happens. Todd's is minor; Aaron's is a bit heavier. Thanks for joining us on this first episode. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us at beyondthebench@gmail.com. Be Better and Be Blessed this week.
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December 3, 2018