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Unifying the college athlete community one story at a time. D1on1's mission is to empower athletes to own their voice by sharing their stories. College athletes have some of the most inspiring stories. D1on1 gives us a platform to share our authentic stories because there is #StrengthInStories. Hosted by Andrew Cooper, a Master's student-athlete on the track & cross country team at Berkeley. D1on1 features guests like 4x NCAA Champion Maggie Ewen (ASU Throws), Canadian HS Basketball National Player of the Year Joel Brown (Cal Basketball), and Team Captain Cam Bynum (Cal Football).

Latest Episodes

4.10 Program Cuts, Season Cancellations, and Olympic Dreams w/ Asad Jooma - Cal Gymnastics

Recent graduate from the UC Berkeley Men’s Gymnastics team Asad Jooma tells his story of growing up playing a not-so-traditional sport and competing for his country. He began his NCAA career at the University of Illinois at Chicago, but transferred to Cal after receiving the devastating news that his program was to be cut after his junior season. At Cal, his time competing was cut short due to covid-19, and he describes losing his senior season as very similar to that of having his program be cut. In this episode, hear his journey and how he remains positive despite the bad luck.

31 minJUN 25
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4.10 Program Cuts, Season Cancellations, and Olympic Dreams w/ Asad Jooma - Cal Gymnastics

4.9 Faith, Family, Race, & Sports w/ Elijah Mason – University of Washington Track & Field

Elijah Mason, a thrower at the University of Washington, finished 7th at nationals as a freshman. In D1on1’s first virtual conversation, Elijah discusses his experience growing up without a father figure, the role coaches play in athletes’ lives, the recruiting process, his faith, and his experience as a black athlete on a predominantly white campus.

39 minJUN 11
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4.9 Faith, Family, Race, & Sports w/ Elijah Mason – University of Washington Track & Field

4.8 Balancing Ambition, Athletics, and Academics w/ Jacob Brueckman - Colorado State XC/Track

Colorado State distance runner and businessman, Jacob Brueckman sits down with D1on1 Founder Andrew Cooper to discuss how latching onto running while his family faced a divorce was his key to consistency. While divorce is unfortunately a common obstacle athletes in our community face, Jacob walks us through how leaning into passions and finding consistency in midst of chaos can lead you to brighter days.

41 minMAY 24
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4.8 Balancing Ambition, Athletics, and Academics w/ Jacob Brueckman - Colorado State XC/Track

4.7 Life after Track: Seeking Identity through Newfound Passions w/ Mitch Hechsel

Former Minnesota 2x Track and Field All American runner, Mitch Hechsel, sits down with D1on1 Founder, Andrew Cooper to discuss the beauty in the struggle of not knowing what’s next. He gives our community an insight on how the challenges he faced finding his identity in the process of hanging up the jersey, allowed him to seek what truly fueled his happiness. Mitch’s story is about the transformation from being known as the athletic kid in high school into a Big 10 Champion and receiving offers for a professional running career. This ultimately pushed him to trust his real passion within videography.

26 minMAY 14
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4.7 Life after Track: Seeking Identity through Newfound Passions w/ Mitch Hechsel

4.6 - Athletics, Academics, and Changing the Narrative w/ Mike Neal - UW Football

Mike Neal, a recently graduate football player from the University of Washington, started his career as an athlete playing into the jock stereotype. After battling injuries and being told he would never play a snap, he rewrote the narrative by excelling academically and professionally. He represented his athlete peers as a leader in the student-athlete advisory committee (SAAC), graduated from the honors college at UW, and earned an internship with Amazon AWS. He hopes his story will inspire others to know that they can succeed no matter the circumstances because we’re all capable of achieving and doing more than we thought possible.

30 minMAY 8
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4.6 - Athletics, Academics, and Changing the Narrative w/ Mike Neal - UW Football

4.5 Exploring Identity and the Misconceptions of Networking - Cal Track Captain Adam Saleh

Adam Saleh (Cal track) sits down with D1on1 Founder Andrew Cooper to discuss the various identities that ambitious athletes grapple between and the misconceptions and strategies athletes should use when networking. Adam is a captain and a short sprinter focusing on the 200m and 400m at Cal where he studies cognitive science with a focus on mechanical design.

31 minAPR 24
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4.5 Exploring Identity and the Misconceptions of Networking - Cal Track Captain Adam Saleh

4.4 Honoring Kobe with his NFL Dream - Cal Football Captain Cam Bynum

Cal Football Captain Cam Bynum sits down with D1on1 Founder Andrew Cooper to discuss his framework for success, which is rooted in hard work and clarity of vision – how he hopes to use his platform with sport to inspire others – his perspective on leadership as a team captain – and the deep and lasting impact Kobe Bryant had on his life. Learn more about Cam's story at D1on1.com/Bynum. D1on1 Podcast available on Apple & Spotify Follow D1on1 on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn @D1on1Stories

33 minAPR 16
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4.4 Honoring Kobe with his NFL Dream - Cal Football Captain Cam Bynum

4.3 How Leaders Build Winning Cultures of Accountability with Jake Curhan - Cal Football Captain

Jake Curhan, a bay area native, didn’t start playing football until his junior year of high school. At the time, only one other athlete from his area became a division I football player. Jake had nearly no guidance on how to compete and attach sport at the highest level, so when he earned a scholarship to attend the University of California, Berkeley, he graduated high school a semester early to get a head start on his career as a college athlete. Jake enrolled early at Berkeley—but he came in anxious and afraid of what the future held. He lacked the confidence necessary to stay afloat in a Division I college football organization. By sacrificing his last semester of high school, he gave himself a shot. After a year and a half of training with 0 playing time, he successfully executed the transition between high school and college. Jake went on to start 38 games, becoming a captain and leader of the team. As a captain, Jake effortlessly seems to uphold a heavy standard of excellenc...

26 minMAR 26
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4.3 How Leaders Build Winning Cultures of Accountability with Jake Curhan - Cal Football Captain

4.2 - Embracing Tragedy as Opportunity w/ Joel Brown - Canadian Player of the Year & Cal Basketball

Joel Brown, the 2019 Canadian National Player of the Year and a member of the Cal Men’s Basketball team, sits down with Andrew Cooper in Berkeley, CA to discuss his story, the impact of Kobe Bryant & LeBron James, and the death of his brother. Though a freshman in college, Brown holds wisdom beyond his years as he learned how to embrace the adversity of death to preserve and grow. Brown, a Toronto native, spent his entire high school basketball career away from home to chase his dreams. He started his freshman year of high school in Phoenix until the program moved to Kansas, at which point he transferred to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.Entering his Junior year at Brewster, his team was ranked #1 in the country. Midway through the season, as the team prepared to play their rival, Brown’s brother passes away suddenly. Brown and his team go on to win the national championship. Following the victory, Brown was awarded the 2019 Canadian National Player of the Year award, which was...

30 minMAR 18
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4.2 - Embracing Tragedy as Opportunity w/ Joel Brown - Canadian Player of the Year & Cal Basketball

4.1 - Destigmatizing Mental Health w/ Christina Chenault - UCLA Athlete & Top Five Media Co-Founder

Christina Chenault & Andrew Cooper sit down on campus at UCLA to share her story, destigmatize mental health, and address the misconceptions of being a college athlete. Christina is a visionary entrepreneur unafraid to stand up for what is right, especially for those who need it most. While competing as a Division I college athlete, studying both psychology and African-American studies, Christina founded Top Five Media to reclaim the narrative of college sports. She also founded the UCLA undergraduate Sports Business Association to foster a community of students interested in pursuing a career in the sports industry. Christina hopes to leverage her passion for storytelling to create unity, social change, and equity through the world of sport.

27 minMAR 3
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4.1 - Destigmatizing Mental Health w/ Christina Chenault - UCLA Athlete & Top Five Media Co-Founder

Latest Episodes

4.10 Program Cuts, Season Cancellations, and Olympic Dreams w/ Asad Jooma - Cal Gymnastics

Recent graduate from the UC Berkeley Men’s Gymnastics team Asad Jooma tells his story of growing up playing a not-so-traditional sport and competing for his country. He began his NCAA career at the University of Illinois at Chicago, but transferred to Cal after receiving the devastating news that his program was to be cut after his junior season. At Cal, his time competing was cut short due to covid-19, and he describes losing his senior season as very similar to that of having his program be cut. In this episode, hear his journey and how he remains positive despite the bad luck.

31 minJUN 25
Comments
4.10 Program Cuts, Season Cancellations, and Olympic Dreams w/ Asad Jooma - Cal Gymnastics

4.9 Faith, Family, Race, & Sports w/ Elijah Mason – University of Washington Track & Field

Elijah Mason, a thrower at the University of Washington, finished 7th at nationals as a freshman. In D1on1’s first virtual conversation, Elijah discusses his experience growing up without a father figure, the role coaches play in athletes’ lives, the recruiting process, his faith, and his experience as a black athlete on a predominantly white campus.

39 minJUN 11
Comments
4.9 Faith, Family, Race, & Sports w/ Elijah Mason – University of Washington Track & Field

4.8 Balancing Ambition, Athletics, and Academics w/ Jacob Brueckman - Colorado State XC/Track

Colorado State distance runner and businessman, Jacob Brueckman sits down with D1on1 Founder Andrew Cooper to discuss how latching onto running while his family faced a divorce was his key to consistency. While divorce is unfortunately a common obstacle athletes in our community face, Jacob walks us through how leaning into passions and finding consistency in midst of chaos can lead you to brighter days.

41 minMAY 24
Comments
4.8 Balancing Ambition, Athletics, and Academics w/ Jacob Brueckman - Colorado State XC/Track

4.7 Life after Track: Seeking Identity through Newfound Passions w/ Mitch Hechsel

Former Minnesota 2x Track and Field All American runner, Mitch Hechsel, sits down with D1on1 Founder, Andrew Cooper to discuss the beauty in the struggle of not knowing what’s next. He gives our community an insight on how the challenges he faced finding his identity in the process of hanging up the jersey, allowed him to seek what truly fueled his happiness. Mitch’s story is about the transformation from being known as the athletic kid in high school into a Big 10 Champion and receiving offers for a professional running career. This ultimately pushed him to trust his real passion within videography.

26 minMAY 14
Comments
4.7 Life after Track: Seeking Identity through Newfound Passions w/ Mitch Hechsel

4.6 - Athletics, Academics, and Changing the Narrative w/ Mike Neal - UW Football

Mike Neal, a recently graduate football player from the University of Washington, started his career as an athlete playing into the jock stereotype. After battling injuries and being told he would never play a snap, he rewrote the narrative by excelling academically and professionally. He represented his athlete peers as a leader in the student-athlete advisory committee (SAAC), graduated from the honors college at UW, and earned an internship with Amazon AWS. He hopes his story will inspire others to know that they can succeed no matter the circumstances because we’re all capable of achieving and doing more than we thought possible.

30 minMAY 8
Comments
4.6 - Athletics, Academics, and Changing the Narrative w/ Mike Neal - UW Football

4.5 Exploring Identity and the Misconceptions of Networking - Cal Track Captain Adam Saleh

Adam Saleh (Cal track) sits down with D1on1 Founder Andrew Cooper to discuss the various identities that ambitious athletes grapple between and the misconceptions and strategies athletes should use when networking. Adam is a captain and a short sprinter focusing on the 200m and 400m at Cal where he studies cognitive science with a focus on mechanical design.

31 minAPR 24
Comments
4.5 Exploring Identity and the Misconceptions of Networking - Cal Track Captain Adam Saleh

4.4 Honoring Kobe with his NFL Dream - Cal Football Captain Cam Bynum

Cal Football Captain Cam Bynum sits down with D1on1 Founder Andrew Cooper to discuss his framework for success, which is rooted in hard work and clarity of vision – how he hopes to use his platform with sport to inspire others – his perspective on leadership as a team captain – and the deep and lasting impact Kobe Bryant had on his life. Learn more about Cam's story at D1on1.com/Bynum. D1on1 Podcast available on Apple & Spotify Follow D1on1 on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn @D1on1Stories

33 minAPR 16
Comments
4.4 Honoring Kobe with his NFL Dream - Cal Football Captain Cam Bynum

4.3 How Leaders Build Winning Cultures of Accountability with Jake Curhan - Cal Football Captain

Jake Curhan, a bay area native, didn’t start playing football until his junior year of high school. At the time, only one other athlete from his area became a division I football player. Jake had nearly no guidance on how to compete and attach sport at the highest level, so when he earned a scholarship to attend the University of California, Berkeley, he graduated high school a semester early to get a head start on his career as a college athlete. Jake enrolled early at Berkeley—but he came in anxious and afraid of what the future held. He lacked the confidence necessary to stay afloat in a Division I college football organization. By sacrificing his last semester of high school, he gave himself a shot. After a year and a half of training with 0 playing time, he successfully executed the transition between high school and college. Jake went on to start 38 games, becoming a captain and leader of the team. As a captain, Jake effortlessly seems to uphold a heavy standard of excellenc...

26 minMAR 26
Comments
4.3 How Leaders Build Winning Cultures of Accountability with Jake Curhan - Cal Football Captain

4.2 - Embracing Tragedy as Opportunity w/ Joel Brown - Canadian Player of the Year & Cal Basketball

Joel Brown, the 2019 Canadian National Player of the Year and a member of the Cal Men’s Basketball team, sits down with Andrew Cooper in Berkeley, CA to discuss his story, the impact of Kobe Bryant & LeBron James, and the death of his brother. Though a freshman in college, Brown holds wisdom beyond his years as he learned how to embrace the adversity of death to preserve and grow. Brown, a Toronto native, spent his entire high school basketball career away from home to chase his dreams. He started his freshman year of high school in Phoenix until the program moved to Kansas, at which point he transferred to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.Entering his Junior year at Brewster, his team was ranked #1 in the country. Midway through the season, as the team prepared to play their rival, Brown’s brother passes away suddenly. Brown and his team go on to win the national championship. Following the victory, Brown was awarded the 2019 Canadian National Player of the Year award, which was...

30 minMAR 18
Comments
4.2 - Embracing Tragedy as Opportunity w/ Joel Brown - Canadian Player of the Year & Cal Basketball

4.1 - Destigmatizing Mental Health w/ Christina Chenault - UCLA Athlete & Top Five Media Co-Founder

Christina Chenault & Andrew Cooper sit down on campus at UCLA to share her story, destigmatize mental health, and address the misconceptions of being a college athlete. Christina is a visionary entrepreneur unafraid to stand up for what is right, especially for those who need it most. While competing as a Division I college athlete, studying both psychology and African-American studies, Christina founded Top Five Media to reclaim the narrative of college sports. She also founded the UCLA undergraduate Sports Business Association to foster a community of students interested in pursuing a career in the sports industry. Christina hopes to leverage her passion for storytelling to create unity, social change, and equity through the world of sport.

27 minMAR 3
Comments
4.1 - Destigmatizing Mental Health w/ Christina Chenault - UCLA Athlete & Top Five Media Co-Founder
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