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Brook Cupps is a classroom leadership teacher and a head boys basketball coach in Centerville High School. His mantras are: "The strength of the wolf is the pack, and the strength of the pack is the wolf." and Chop Wood; When things are going well, get to work. When things are bad, get to work. The connection is always back to work." He wrote the b…
 
Tom Morris is the Senior Assistant Athletic Director of Athletic Performance at Indiana University, and Keynote Speaker. He uses his story to teach others about never giving up, keeping fighting, and being resilient. After his bicycle accident, he has worked tirelessly at the Frazier Rehab Institute in Louisville. He regained use of his arms, chest…
 
Chris Singleton is a former minor league baseball player drafted by the Chicago Cubs. He became a nationally-renowned speaker with a message of resilience, forgiveness and unity following the loss of his mother in the 2015 Mother Emanuel Church Tragedy in Charleston, SC. Chris now shares his message with over 60 organizations annually and his clien…
 
Two years and over 100 guests, Calvin is stepping down from The Underdog Podcast to pursue a career in coaching. In this episode Kyle and Calvin share some of their favorite moments over the past couple years, as well as their favorite guests and of course crack a few jokes at each other, one last time! Please leave a comment and let us know how lo…
 
When Matt Painter completed his playing career at Purdue University, he knew he wanted to be a basketball coach. Like many coaches, the journey begins at the bottom and you have to grind your way. While coaching at a small D3 college, Coach Painter had to humble himself to make ends meet and drive a forklift as a second job.…
 
When Twany Beckham received the devastating news that his collegiate basketball career was over due to a back injury. This National Champion had already began to work on his future. As a senior at Kentucky in 2013, he was writing his first book. Fast forward to today he's written multiple books, produced a short film, he's a sports agent and has be…
 
After 17 years as an assistant coach Jack Owens finally got the opportunity to lead his own program. However right before he began his head coaching journey, he lost his father, the man who had been cheering him on his whole life. Coach Owens has went on to turn Miami University basketball around.By Kyle Decker & Calvin Blackmon
 
Traditional or Untraditional. Coach Jedd Fisch decided as a young boy that he wanted to be a football coach. Growing up a star tennis player and never playing organized football, this would seem unlikely. Through persistence and pure grit, he landed a graveyard shift job with the Florida Gators while in undergrad. The rest is history!…
 
Chris Creighton constantly reminds himself why he still coaches after 31 years. Transformational rather than Transactional coaching has been the key to his success. When his players understand that 90% of his love is tough love and they embrace who they are, the results speak for themselves.By Kyle Decker & Calvin Blackmon
 
There's only a few people in our lives when they ask you to do something no matter what it is, you're going to do it. After 25 years at the same mid major college and on a leap of faith Dan Dalrymple joined the New Orleans Saints with Sean Peyton the season following Hurricane Katrina. He's now a Super Bowl Champion and was 2018 NFL Strength and Co…
 
When his father told him at a young age "someone is always praying for you" those words stuck. In order to play 13 years in the NFL you must be intentional when it comes to a growth mindset, and it didn't happen naturally for Frostee, this is something he had to figure out during some of the most adverse moments of his career.…
 
Coach Heard joins the UDP to talk about some of the adverse moments in her career. From turning around Kentucky State as a young head coach to understanding her process to develop relationships. They keys to her success lie in building a foundation from the day she steps on campus.By Kyle Decker & Calvin Blackmon
 
As a little girl in the 1960s Tara VanDerveer loved playing basketball. However there were no organized sports for girls at the time. After a stellar college playing career, Tara became 2x Coach of the year at Ohio State in the early 80s. Fast forward to 2021 her Stanford Cardinals won their 3rd National Championship (90' & 92'). Coach VanDerveer i…
 
Tony Pike was 6th on the depth chart as a junior and didn't know what the future held going into camp. After a talk with his dad and a fair chance from Coach Brian Kelly, Tony became the starter a few weeks into that same season. Although injuries followed, he was still able to help lead the University of Cincinnati to it's largest Bowl Appearance …
 
Coach Wes Miller was a walk-on at North Carolina after spending his freshman year at James Madison. Only a few years after graduating he found himself as a 27 year old head coach. Finding success through core values and hard work at UNCG, he's bringing that same mentality to the Cincinnati Bearcats!By Kyle Decker & Calvin Blackmon
 
In 2002 Bob Huggins's life stopped when he suffered a heart attack in the Pittsburgh Airport. Whether it's realness or tough love, Coach Huggins doesn't take for granted the emotional and genuine relationships he's developed with his players over his 35+ year career!By Kyle Decker & Calvin Blackmon
 
In 2012 Coach Jack was relieved of her duties as Indiana University Women's Head Basketball Coach. Nobody would hire her, not even as an assistant. From Power 5 to smaller schools, no one would call her back. Then she got her break with the University of Buffalo and has made 3 NCAA Appearances with a Mid Major. As Coach Jack says Winning is easy, b…
 
When Tom Allen was 23 years old he was thrust into his first head coaching job at the high school level, during the middle of the season. His infectious connection with his players and understanding how important L.E.O. was critical early on. 8 out of the 11 places he's coached over the past 30 years all had losing records when his staff arrived. N…
 
John Harbaugh struggled to find his path up the coaching ranks. With stops at many schools across the country, he always felt like God was going to lead him to where he was supposed to be. As a Special Teams coach in the NFL, he finally got the call and for the last 14 years has taken full advantage of his opportunity as a leader of The Baltimore R…
 
When Joe lost his brother at the age of 19, he began to question the meaning of sports. As he began to evaluate the Coaches he had throughout his life, he began to see the differences in transformational vs transactional coaches. This ultimately lead Joe to his life's work!By Kyle Decker & Calvin Blackmon
 
In 2002 Coach Johnson was almost out of coaching after a controversial call on the field. However he was blessed enough to be given a second chance by then Head Coach, the late Terry Hoeppner. After many stops including the Cleveland Browns, The Ohio State University, Arkansas, Purdue, he's now an assistant coach for the Las Vegas Raiders!…
 
From bulimia, to her dad committing suicide, to a life threatening car accident, The journey of finding her identity was a rollercoaster ride of ups and a lot downs. It wasn’t until Mo Aiken found Christ that led her to her true purpose in life Her new book - Fully KnownBy Kyle Decker & Calvin Blackmon
 
David Shaw is the Head Football Coach for the Stanford Cardinals. He is also the older brother of Eric Shaw who was suffering from a rare form of skin cancer. When doctors were nearly out of options, David volunteered for the blood transfusion that could save Eric's life.By Kyle Decker & Calvin Blackmon
 
He was the #1 overall pick in the 1983 MLB Draft. He was the Rookie of the Year and a 4x World Series Champion. Despite all these accolades, his pain led him to his greatness, but his greatness led him to his destructive behavior. From drugs, alcohol and sex addition, to also beating cancer twice, Darryl Strawberry shares how he's found the New Inn…
 
Although he was a standout high school basketball player, Wally Szczerbiak did what many of our guest have done and that's BET ON HIMSELF. By choosing to go to a smaller college to get a quality education, and be a part of an up and coming basketball program and the overall college experience, Wally's World was created! As the 6th overall pick in t…
 
In his 22nd season on television Judge Mathis is still changing lives! As a young boy growing up in Detroit, kicked out of school on several occasions, sent to jail multiple times and was involved with the Errol Flynn's, a well known gang at the time. He made a promise to his mom in her final days on earth that would forever change his life!…
 
Shortly after 911 and the Pentagon attack where her father had worked, Jackie Carson had to make a decision to give up playing basketball and transition into a career in coaching. A trendsetter and breaking down barriers, Coach Carson is on the verge of ELITE status!By Kyle Decker & Calvin Blackmon
 
In 2012 after failing his 3rd drug test Cam F Awesome was no longer the front runner for Olympic boxing. Suspended, broke and 50lbs overweight – he was given a one way ticket back to Kansas City. Add alcohol addiction on top of everything else – he eventually changed his name and found a new identity.…
 
When the ball goes flat, there are only two things that will stay with you for the rest of your life: 1. Who you become & 2. Who you impact As UCLA Head Women's Basketball Coach, Coach Close's core belief is the profound life long impact she has on young women through basketball. Her leadership style and passion for growth are just a few of the rea…
 
It took nearly two decades and what Ed Latimore calls living four lives before he began to understand the concept of purpose. After overcoming addictions to alcohol and pornography, this former heavyweight boxer turned author and influencer is sharing stoic street smarts on how to control your mind, body and emotions.…
 
After his college playing career was over and not wanting to coach basketball, he reluctantly took the head girls JV basketball job in Cincinnati OH. Fast forward 20 years and a very successful career at his alma mater Xavier University, Chris Mack is now looking to lead the Louisville Cardinals to a National Championship!…
 
Legendary player and coach Bill Curry played for Vince Lombardi and Don Shula, he also played with Bart Starr and Johnny Unitis. In 1965 Bill Curry entered his first NFL huddle with the Green Bay Packers. This was also the first time he had an African American teammate in the same huddle while segregation was at an all time high, and it changed his…
 
Current UCLA Head Men's Basketball Coach Mick Cronin sits down with Kyle and Calvin to discuss his Underdog start in the coaching profession, his 2014 health scare, the importance of his daughter and family, and so much more. Also how he has grown from from his days of not knowing how to use a VCR to now, nine straight NCAA Tournament Appearances!…
 
Elite athletes have doubts, but they also have extreme confidence and belief. Doug Costin has proven that it's not about the path you're given, rather, it's the path you choose. With no major college scholarship offers, Doug has defied the odds as he is now the rookie starting Defensive Tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars.…
 
After getting his teeth knocked out as a walk-on basketball player at Michigan State University. Erik Qualman aka Equalman is now a 5x Best Selling Author, Keynote Speaker who's performed in over 55 countries on topics like Digital Leadership, Focus, Socialnomics and so much more!By Kyle Decker & Calvin Blackmon
 
Like many people, Jay Bilas was trying to find his way after college. After playing professionally overseas, and taking on an assistant coach role at Duke, he knew he would need a "job to pay the bills" so he began practicing law full time and broadcasting on the side for $200 a game. He eventually saw a future in broadcasting and the rest is histo…
 
As the Founder and CEO of Focus 3, Tim Kight has helped individuals and organizations build better leaders for over 30 years. He’s helped people like Urban Meyer and organizations like the 2014 Ohio State Football National Championship team. In the fight for his life during 2020, Tim Kight has fought the 3 C’s, Covid, Cancer, and Chemo. E+R=O is a …
 
For 20+ years Coach Charlie Turner Thorne has been leading the ASU Women’s basketball program. Coach talks about her WHY and the impact she has on young women. Also about being a teacher and playing the game the right way. Growing up in Los Angeles, her parents lived paycheck to paycheck, so Coach learned early on that grit and determination was th…
 
Orphaned at the age of 12 and almost separated from his 3 brothers, Coach Herb Magee’s life journey could have ended up completely different. Fifty-Four years at the same University, second all times in wins in Men’s basketball history, a 2011 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Member, listen as “The Shot Doctor” gets us well!…
 
In 2015 Coach Jen Welter became the first woman to coach in the NFL. Through football, her goal is to change the world. She believes it’s vital to be the first and not be the last to set up the future for women. Coach Welter is also a doctor in sports psychology and talks about how to sustain excellence and overcome fear and anxiety. Don’t let her …
 
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