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Hosted by former ESPN Senior Producer Jason Romano, and now with over 3.6 million downloads, Sports Spectrum's podcast features stories on the intersection of sports and faith.
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Now displaying: April, 2022
Apr 29, 2022

Lane Kiffin is the head football coach with the Ole Miss Rebels. He was named to his current position in December 2019 and led his team in 2021 to a 10-3 record and a berth in the 2022 Sugar Bowl. 

Prior to his arrival in Mississippi, Kiffin led Florida Atlantic to two bowl berths and 26 career wins. His previous stops include Alabama, USC, Tennessee and the NFL's Oakland Raiders. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Lane Kiffin about the satisfaction he gets in seeing his players get drafted into the NFL, the growth in his faith, being humbled as a younger coach and why he's coaching for a greater purpose now. 


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Apr 27, 2022

Aqeel Glass is a former Alabama A&M quarterback who is a 2-time Deacon Jones Trophy winner and a 2-time SWAC Offensive Player of the Year. During his time with Alabama A&M, he passed for 12,136 yards and 109 touchdowns. 

In 2021, Glass was there SWAC Offensive Player of the Year and passed for 3,568 yards and 36 touchdowns in leading his team to a 7-3 record. After his college football career finished, Glass played in the 2022 NFLPA Bowl All-Star Game and the HBCU Legacy Bowl. He is currently preparing for an opportunity in the NFL.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Aqeel Glass about his faith in Jesus and how it guides him as a person and a football player. We also talk through his desire to play in the NFL and why he believes he can make an impact on the next level. 


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Apr 25, 2022
Daniel Jeremiah is an analyst with NFL Media. He will be a part of the NFL Network's Draft coverage on Thursday Night April 28 at 8 p.m. ET.

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Daniel Jeremiah about preparing to cover the 2022 NFL Draft, reminiscing about the first NFL Draft he ever attended, what time with the Lord looks like during a busy season of work, and how he's grown and evolved as a follower of Christ.


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Apr 24, 2022
Michael Phillips is the founder of LifePrep and currently serves as the chief engagement and fulfillment officer for the T.D. Jakes Foundation. His powerful story and message of collateral hope has transformed many lives and helped to revitalize communities

Phillips' new book “Wrong Lanes Have Right Turns: A Pardoned Man’s Escape from the School-to-Prison Pipeline and what we can do to dismantle it is available now. 


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Apr 22, 2022

T.J. Storment is a former college football offensive lineman, who played 38 games at the FBS level with Texas Tech, TCU, Colorado State, Fullerton College and Old Dominion. In 2021, he earned Honorable Mention All Big-12 honors. In 2020, he earned All Big-12 honors with TCU. 

In high school, Storment attended Statesville High School in Statesville, NC where he played football but also served with his parents with their ministry "Power Cross," where he led Bible studies and small groups. 

Today on the podcast, T.J. Storment discusses his preparation for the NFL and his desire to play professional football. He also shares about the importance of faith in his life and why his desire is to use the platform of football to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others. 


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Apr 20, 2022

Derek Orndorff is a senior outfielder with Liberty University's baseball program. He is a grad transfer from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania. He began his collegiate career at Penn State for two years. 

Gray Betts is a junior catcher with Liberty University's baseball program. In 2021, he was a member of the Atlantic Sun All-Conference first team and a member of the NCAA Knoxville All-Regional team that same season. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Gray and Derek about their desire to glorify God in the game of baseball, their faith journeys, the unique culture that exists at Liberty and why they're trusting in God to direct their steps. 


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Apr 18, 2022

Ian Heinisch is a professional mixed martial arts fighter with the UFC. He began his MMA pro career in 2015 and made his UFC debut in November of 2018. He has a career record of 14-5 (five wins by knockout) and signed a new four-year contract with UFC in 2020. 

Prior to his MMA career, Ian was a high school wrestling champion who's live took a downward spiral when he was arrested for selling illegal drugs and drug trafficking. After spending time in prison and coming to faith in Christ, Ian was able to turn his life around and focus on a professional fighting career.

Today on the podcast, Ian shares his powerful testimony and candidly talks through his valleys and going from drinking and drugs and prison to living a life of obedience in Jesus Christ and how he lives out his faith as a UFC fighter. 


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Apr 17, 2022
Carter Coughlin is a linebacker with the New York Giants. He was selected in the 7th round of the 2020 NFL Draft and made the active roster in both 2020 and 2021 with the Giants. 

On the podcast today, Carter talks about sharing his Jesus story and openly talks about the tempatations he faced during his rookie year in the NFL with money, women and drugs. 


Carter will be presenting at "Arise with the Guys," a men's conference hosted by Tony Dungy on Saturday April 23, 2022 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. CT at Grace Church in Minneapolis. For more information, check out ArisewiththeGuys.com

Apr 15, 2022

Trent Dilfer is a former NFL quarterback who played 14 seasons and was a member of the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XXXV championship team. After a long post-playing career as an ESPN broadcaster, Trent is now the head football coach for Lipscomb Academy in Tennessee.

Tori Dilfer is Trent's daughter and a professional volleyball player with Athletes Unlimited and a former college volleyball setter with the University of Louisville. In the fall of 2021, she was a part of the Louisville Cardinal team that finished 32-1 and reached the NCAA National Semifinals. Tori was the MVP of the All-Louisville Regional team, the East Region Player of the Year and the ACC Setter of the Year.

Today on the podcast, Jade McCarthy talks to Trent and Tori about their father/daughter relationship, Trent separating coach from dad, Tori separating athlete from daughter and the importance of keeping Jesus at the center of their relationship.


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Apr 13, 2022

David Hess is a professional baseball pitcher with the Tampa Bay Rays organization. 

In October of 2021, Hess was diagnosed with cancer after tests revealed a cantaloupe-sized tumor pressing on his heart and lungs. Following months of chemo, David has been told by doctors that he is cured can resume baseball activities with the hope is that he will return to the pitching mound very soon.

Today on the podcast, we talk to David Hess about his cancer diagnosis, trusting in God upon hearing the news, the role his wife played in his recovery and his desire to return and pitch in a baseball game very soon.


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Apr 11, 2022

Scott Satterfield is the head football coach at the University of Louisville. He came to the Cardinal football team in 2019 and has led Louisville to two bowl game appearances in his three seasons.

Prior to Louisville, he was the head coach at his alma mater, Appalachian State, where he led the program to a 51-24 record in six seasons and four straight bowl appearances.  Satterfield played quarterback for Orange High School, located in Hillsborough, North Carolina, from 1989 to 1991.

He attended Appalachian State from 1991 to 1996 and started 27 games at quarterback from 1992–95. In his senior season, Satterfield led the Mountaineers to an undefeated regular season and the quarter final of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. 

Today on the podcast, Louisville head football coach Scott Satterfield shares how he lives his faith out as a division one head football coach. He also talks about leadership and developing a winning culture within the Cardinal football team.


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Apr 10, 2022

Scott Harrison is the CEO of Charity Water, a non-profit with the mission of bringing clean water to every person on the planet. 

Harrison has been recognized in Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 list, the Forbes Magazine Impact 30 list and was recently #10 in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business issue.

You can read Scott’s story in his new book Thirst.


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Apr 8, 2022

Matthew Orzech is the long snapper for the Los Angeles Rams. He was a member of the 2021 Super Bowl Champion Rams team that beat the Bengals to win the NFL title. 

Orzech attended Azusa Pacific college where played his college football. After going undrafted in 2019, he signed with the Baltimore Ravens. He also spent time in 2019 with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In 2020, he was with the Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans before signing with the Rams in May of 2021. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Matthew Orzech about his long and strange NFL journey, winning Super Bowl LVI, his love for Jesus and trusting in God to guide his steps in an uncertain pro football career. 


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Apr 6, 2022
Betsy King is a former professional golfer for 28 years from 1977-2005. She is the winner of six LPGA Major Championships including the U.S. Women's Open in 1989 and 1990 and the Women's PGA Championship in 1992. She was named the LPGA Tour Player of the Year three times (1984, 1989, 1993) and inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1995. 

After retirement, King took a trip to Africa in 2006 that changed her life forever and formed Golf Fore Africa in 2007, a non-profit that partners with World Vision to bring help and hope to women and children in communities throughout Africa. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Betsy about her illustrious golf career, being a follower of Christ on the golf course, her favorite moment as a golfer and her desire in retirement to serve and help those overseas with Golf Fore Africa. 


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Apr 4, 2022

Kevin Seitzer is a former MLB player and current hitting coach with the Atlanta Braves. He was a member of the 2021 Braves team that would go and win the World Series. During his playing days, he was a two-time All-Star with the Kansas City Royals and Milwaukee Brewers. 

Originally selected in the 11th round of the 1983 MLB Amateur Draft, Seitzer would make his MLB debut in September of 1986 and finished the 1987 season second in the AL Rookie of the Year voting behind Mark McGwire after hitting .323 and tying the MLB record with 207 hits by a rookie.  He would go on to play 12 MLB seasons with Kansas City, Milwaukee, Oakland and Cleveland. After retiring in 1997, Seitzer would go into coaching and has had stops with the Diamondbacks, Royals and Blue Jays before arriving in Atlanta in October 2014. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Kevin Seitzer about the 2021 season, what it meant to win a World Series, how he came to faith in Christ, his love for coaching and how he lives that faith out when things don't go well. 


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Apr 3, 2022

Kari Kampakis is the author of “More than a Mom” and host of the Girl Mom Podcast with Kari Kampakis. 


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Apr 1, 2022

Rhett Lashlee was named the head coach of SMU on November 30, 2021. This is his first head coaching job after serving as an offensive assistant and coordinator for many years with programs like Miami (FL), Auburn and Conneticut. 

In 2018 and 2019, he was SMU's offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Rhett Lashlee about his decision to return to SMU, the importance of culture, trusting in God's guidance and how he's grown as a coach the past few years. 


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

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