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Beyond The Whistle provides tips and advice about the business of sports and how sports professionals can advance in their careers. Hosted by Odell McCants of McCants Sports, the show includes interviews with coaches, sports administrators and front office executives discussing their journeys to success.

Latest Episodes

BTW 019: Build Your Personal Brand with a Podcast, with Jerod Morris

Start your own podcast as the foundation of your personal brand. With a podcast, you have your own coach’s show. Go deeper with your audience to share who you are beyond the Xs and Os. My guest is Jerod Morris of The Showrunner and The Assembly Call podcasts. Jerod is also a coach’s kid. My Podcasting Toolbox, a free guide to everything you need to get started. Work with Odell on your podcast idea.

51 MIN2018 NOV 7
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BTW 019: Build Your Personal Brand with a Podcast, with Jerod Morris

BTW 018: Why You Need a Personal Brand as a Coach, with Ron McKeefery

Ron McKeefery is an internationally recognized leader in strength coaching. In this episode, Ron shares: When he realized how vulnerable he was to losing his job How his personal brand liberated him from the pressures of coaching How your personal brand helps you to control your story and narrative Creating a "tribe" of followers who know, like and trust you The built in entrepreneurial advantage you have as a coach Getting through the transitions of a coaching career

40 MIN2018 OCT 11
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BTW 018: Why You Need a Personal Brand as a Coach, with Ron McKeefery

BTW 017: Kevin Sutton, Assistant Coach, University of Rhode Island

Kevin Sutton, Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at the University of Rhode Island. - Joining the staff of Rhode Island first year head coach David Cox - The lessons he took away from an 8-24 season - What a "WIN" means to him in his coaching career - How he spent his time between jobs - The importance of taking time to reconnect with family - Having the hard career conversations with your spouse - The importance of staying relevant in your career - Having a plan for your job search

34 MIN2018 JUL 11
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BTW 017: Kevin Sutton, Assistant Coach, University of Rhode Island

BTW 016: Tom McMillen, President & CEO of Lead1 Association

As a kid growing up in Washington, DC, Tom McMillen was someone I followed closely. Tom was an All-American at the University of Maryland, played 11 years in the NBA, and served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Today, Tom McMillen is President and CEO of Lead1 Association. As the business of college sports has grown, so have the challenges facing institutions, programs and athletic directors. College athletics is fortunate to have Tom as a leader.

43 MIN2018 JUN 29
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BTW 016: Tom McMillen, President & CEO of Lead1 Association

Journal to Coaching Career Success with Khadija Head, Associate Head Coach, Kennesaw State

One of my goals with the podcast is to bring coaches tools, resources and stories from other coaches that you can use in your own professional development. This episode of Beyond The Whistle accomplishes just that. This is an impactful episode with Khadija Head, Associate Head Coach of women’s basketball at Kennesaw State and creator of the Quarterly Career Journal.

38 MIN2018 JUN 6
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Journal to Coaching Career Success with Khadija Head, Associate Head Coach, Kennesaw State

Brittany Wagner of Netflix Last Chance U

Odell McCants conversation with Brittany Wagner of Netflix Last Chance U. We discuss: What she has been working on since the show Her personal career journey Advantages women have in working with male athletes How coaches can strengthen their relationships with faculty Questions college coaches asked when recruiting her players How JUCO programs can prepare their athletes for success Advantages of recruiting JUCO players

58 MIN2018 MAY 16
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Brittany Wagner of Netflix Last Chance U

Get Control of Your Recruiting Process Part Two with Dan Tudor - The Campus Visit

In this episode, Take Control of Your Recruiting Process with Dan Tudor Part Two - The Campus Visit, Dan shares advice on the campus visit phase of recruiting. What does your campus visit look like? How do you know if a visit is the next step your prospect is ready for? Listen and learn how to make your campus visit stand out and leaves your prospects ready to commit.

53 MIN2018 FEB 27
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Get Control of Your Recruiting Process Part Two with Dan Tudor - The Campus Visit

Beyond The Whistle - Romone Penny

I first met Romone Penny at the barbershop we both go to here in Washington, DC. At the time, Romone was a senior on the American University basketball team. His team had just come off an appearance in the 2008 NCAA tournament and Romone was doing great work giving back to his community in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. After graduating from American, Romone joined the global accounting firm Ernst & Young. Fast forward ten years (yes, hard to believe). Romone now heads Pursuit Sports Group, a strategic consulting firm based in Washington, DC. Pursuit Sports Group focuses on financial education and planning, reputation management and business development for professional athletes, teams, sports leagues and organizations. In this episode of Beyond The Whistle, Romone and I discuss: Romone's journey from college basketball player to accounting professional and entrepreneur Best ways for coaches to manage their personal finances working in what can be a nomadic and transient pr...

36 MIN2018 FEB 12
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Beyond The Whistle - Romone Penny

BTW 011: Do We Need a Signing Day?

Have you ever asked why do we have National Letter of Intent signing dates in college sports? What's so magical about these dates? What if we didn't have signing periods at all? What would that look like?

25 MIN2017 DEC 1
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BTW 011: Do We Need a Signing Day?

BTW 010: College basketball scandal. W.I.S.E. recruiting

College basketball scandal McCants Sports W.I.S.E. Recruiting Strategy

4 MIN2017 SEP 29
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BTW 010: College basketball scandal. W.I.S.E. recruiting

Latest Episodes

BTW 019: Build Your Personal Brand with a Podcast, with Jerod Morris

Start your own podcast as the foundation of your personal brand. With a podcast, you have your own coach’s show. Go deeper with your audience to share who you are beyond the Xs and Os. My guest is Jerod Morris of The Showrunner and The Assembly Call podcasts. Jerod is also a coach’s kid. My Podcasting Toolbox, a free guide to everything you need to get started. Work with Odell on your podcast idea.

51 MIN2018 NOV 7
Comments
BTW 019: Build Your Personal Brand with a Podcast, with Jerod Morris

BTW 018: Why You Need a Personal Brand as a Coach, with Ron McKeefery

Ron McKeefery is an internationally recognized leader in strength coaching. In this episode, Ron shares: When he realized how vulnerable he was to losing his job How his personal brand liberated him from the pressures of coaching How your personal brand helps you to control your story and narrative Creating a "tribe" of followers who know, like and trust you The built in entrepreneurial advantage you have as a coach Getting through the transitions of a coaching career

40 MIN2018 OCT 11
Comments
BTW 018: Why You Need a Personal Brand as a Coach, with Ron McKeefery

BTW 017: Kevin Sutton, Assistant Coach, University of Rhode Island

Kevin Sutton, Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at the University of Rhode Island. - Joining the staff of Rhode Island first year head coach David Cox - The lessons he took away from an 8-24 season - What a "WIN" means to him in his coaching career - How he spent his time between jobs - The importance of taking time to reconnect with family - Having the hard career conversations with your spouse - The importance of staying relevant in your career - Having a plan for your job search

34 MIN2018 JUL 11
Comments
BTW 017: Kevin Sutton, Assistant Coach, University of Rhode Island

BTW 016: Tom McMillen, President & CEO of Lead1 Association

As a kid growing up in Washington, DC, Tom McMillen was someone I followed closely. Tom was an All-American at the University of Maryland, played 11 years in the NBA, and served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Today, Tom McMillen is President and CEO of Lead1 Association. As the business of college sports has grown, so have the challenges facing institutions, programs and athletic directors. College athletics is fortunate to have Tom as a leader.

43 MIN2018 JUN 29
Comments
BTW 016: Tom McMillen, President & CEO of Lead1 Association

Journal to Coaching Career Success with Khadija Head, Associate Head Coach, Kennesaw State

One of my goals with the podcast is to bring coaches tools, resources and stories from other coaches that you can use in your own professional development. This episode of Beyond The Whistle accomplishes just that. This is an impactful episode with Khadija Head, Associate Head Coach of women’s basketball at Kennesaw State and creator of the Quarterly Career Journal.

38 MIN2018 JUN 6
Comments
Journal to Coaching Career Success with Khadija Head, Associate Head Coach, Kennesaw State

Brittany Wagner of Netflix Last Chance U

Odell McCants conversation with Brittany Wagner of Netflix Last Chance U. We discuss: What she has been working on since the show Her personal career journey Advantages women have in working with male athletes How coaches can strengthen their relationships with faculty Questions college coaches asked when recruiting her players How JUCO programs can prepare their athletes for success Advantages of recruiting JUCO players

58 MIN2018 MAY 16
Comments
Brittany Wagner of Netflix Last Chance U

Get Control of Your Recruiting Process Part Two with Dan Tudor - The Campus Visit

In this episode, Take Control of Your Recruiting Process with Dan Tudor Part Two - The Campus Visit, Dan shares advice on the campus visit phase of recruiting. What does your campus visit look like? How do you know if a visit is the next step your prospect is ready for? Listen and learn how to make your campus visit stand out and leaves your prospects ready to commit.

53 MIN2018 FEB 27
Comments
Get Control of Your Recruiting Process Part Two with Dan Tudor - The Campus Visit

Beyond The Whistle - Romone Penny

I first met Romone Penny at the barbershop we both go to here in Washington, DC. At the time, Romone was a senior on the American University basketball team. His team had just come off an appearance in the 2008 NCAA tournament and Romone was doing great work giving back to his community in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. After graduating from American, Romone joined the global accounting firm Ernst & Young. Fast forward ten years (yes, hard to believe). Romone now heads Pursuit Sports Group, a strategic consulting firm based in Washington, DC. Pursuit Sports Group focuses on financial education and planning, reputation management and business development for professional athletes, teams, sports leagues and organizations. In this episode of Beyond The Whistle, Romone and I discuss: Romone's journey from college basketball player to accounting professional and entrepreneur Best ways for coaches to manage their personal finances working in what can be a nomadic and transient pr...

36 MIN2018 FEB 12
Comments
Beyond The Whistle - Romone Penny

BTW 011: Do We Need a Signing Day?

Have you ever asked why do we have National Letter of Intent signing dates in college sports? What's so magical about these dates? What if we didn't have signing periods at all? What would that look like?

25 MIN2017 DEC 1
Comments
BTW 011: Do We Need a Signing Day?

BTW 010: College basketball scandal. W.I.S.E. recruiting

College basketball scandal McCants Sports W.I.S.E. Recruiting Strategy

4 MIN2017 SEP 29
Comments
BTW 010: College basketball scandal. W.I.S.E. recruiting
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