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Sports Spectrum Podcast

Launched in 2017 and now with over 5 million downloads, Sports Spectrum's podcast features stories on the intersection of sports and faith. Hosted by former ESPN Senior Producer Jason Romano, new conversations drop multiple times each week.
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May 21, 2021

Scott Linebrink pitched for 12 seasons in the Major League with the Giants, Astros, Padres, Brewers, White Sox and Braves. He was selected in the 2nd round of the 1997 MLB Draft by the Giants out of Texas State University.

He made his MLB debut on April 15, 2000 and in 2004 and 2005, he was the setup pitcher for Trevor Hoffman in San Diego, where had a combined record of 15-4 and an E.R.A. of 2.14 in 2004 and 1.83 in 2005. 

Today, he serves as the Parnerships Director with Water Mission, a Christian engineering company that provides access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene solutions in developing countries and disaster areas. You can learn more and donate to Water Mission's cause at their website: WaterMission.org

Scott shares why he wanted to host a podcast, his passion to serve and give back, living out his faith through his work with Water Mission and how we can all get in the game and serve and give back to those in need.  

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If you enjoyed this conversation with Scott, we know you'll love these podcasts as well:

- Albert Pujols on Sports Spectrum's Get in the Game Podcast

- Scott Linebrink and Lance Berkman on the Great Commission

Receive our 10-day Sports Spectrum Devotional written by professional athletes for FREE when you sign up for our Sports Spectrum Weekly Email Newsletter. Sign up here

 

May 19, 2021

Colt McCoy is entering his 12th year in the NFL as a quarterback. He's currently with the Arizona Cardinals where he will be the backup to Kyler Murray. He was originally selected in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. 

In college, Colt was a decorated quarterback at the University of Texas where he led the Longhorns to the 2010 National Championship game and won dozens of awards including the Maxwell Award, the Davey O'Brien Award, the Manning Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. His No. 12 was retired by Texas in 2012. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Colt about his journey football, signing with the Cardinals, how his faith in Jesus directs him and how his definition of leadership has involved in his 12-year NFL career. 

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If you enjoyed this conversation with Colt, we know you'll love these podcasts as well:

- Sam and Emmanuel Acho

- Greg Davis - Former Texas Longhorns Offensive Coordinator

Receive our 10-day Sports Spectrum Devotional written by professional athletes for FREE when you sign up for our Sports Spectrum Weekly Email Newsletter. Sign up here

May 17, 2021

Kyle Mangas just finished his college basketball career after playing four seasons with Indiana Wesleyan University. His career saw numerous awards including back-to-back NAIA National Player of the Year honors in 2020 and 2021, as well as winning the Bevo Francis Award in 2020, recognizing the top small college basketball player in the United States for a given season.

The four-time NAIA All-American was a member of the 2018 Indiana Wesleyan squad that won the NAIA Division II championship. This past season, he led IWU to a 30-3 record and averaged an NAIA best 29.5 ppg.

On today's podcast, we talk to Kyle about his incredible college basketball career, what it means to be "third," how his faith in Christ has helped guide him and how he has grown into a leader during his time at IWU.

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If you enjoyed this conversation with Kyle, we know you'll love these podcasts as well:

- Greg Tonagel - Indiana Wesleyan Head Basketball Coach

- Jonathan Isaac - Orlando Magic Forward

For more stories on sports and faith, check out our website, SportsSpectrum.com

Receive our 10-day Sports Spectrum Devotional written by professional athletes for FREE when you sign up for our Sports Spectrum Weekly Email Newsletter. Sign up here

May 15, 2021

Vad Lee is the Director of Campus Ministry with Young Life at the University of Maryland. The former James Madison All-American QB joins us to talk about his desire to be a pastor and a football player, the lessons learned through adversity and how being injured opened a door from God for him to become a chaplain. 

You can order Vad's books "Purpose over Position" and "That's my Friend" here

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For more stories on sports and faith, check out our website, SportsSpectrum.com

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May 14, 2021

Rhett Lashlee leads the offense for the Miami Hurricanes. In 2020, the Hurricanes finished 8-3 and ranked in the top-25 and played in the 2020 Cheez-It Bowl. His previous coaching stops include Samford University, Arkansas State, Auburn, UCONN and SMU. 

In high school, Lashlee was a standout quarterback who won two state championships and broke many Arkansas high school passing records including passing yards, TD passes. 

Coach Lashlee shares on the podcast today how he trusts in God with his coaching moves, wins the first 5 minutes at home each day and how his faith helped him to forgive his father for leaving his family when he was 13. 

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If you enjoyed this podcast with Rhett Lashlee, we know you'll love these conversations as well:

- Mark Richt - Former College Football Coach

- Jamey Chadwell - Coastal Carolina Head Football Coach 

For more stories on sports and faith, check out our website, SportsSpectrum.com

Receive our 10-day Sports Spectrum Devotional written by professional athletes for FREE when you sign up for our Sports Spectrum Weekly Email Newsletter. Sign up here

May 12, 2021

Brooke Wycoff has been a big part of the Florida State women's basketball program for over two decades. She is currently the Associate Head Coach for the Seminoles and coming off a season where she served as the Interim Head Cocah while regular head coach Sue Semrau took a leave of absence to care for her mother. 

Brooke is an FSU All-American who played her college hoops from 1997-2001. She began coaching with the Seminoles in 2011 after finishing a decade-long career as a professional player in the WNBA and overseas in Spain. 

In 2014, Brooke co-founded an organization called Moms in Coaching, a support group for mothers who coach basketball.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Brooke about balancing motherhood and coaching, seizing the 2020-21 opportunity of being an interim head coach, how her faith in Christ guides her and why her purpose in coaching is bigger than basketball. 

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May 10, 2021

Duke Preston is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Director of Player Engagement. He joined Tampa prior to the 2015 season and his role focuses on the personal and professional growth of players through guidance and support. He also serves as the team chaplain of the team. 

Prior to working with Tampa, Preston was with the University of Notre Dame in a variety of roles in including player and spiritual development. The former NFL offensive lineman played five seasons with the Bills, Packers and Cowboys and retired in 2010 at the age of 28. He earned his Master's Degree in Christian Education from the Dallas Theological Seminary. 

On today's podcast, Duke Preston shares about his role with the Buccaneers, the importance of Christ in his life, the journey of 2020 and winning a Super Bowl, and what discipleship looked like this season. 

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If you enjoyed this conversation with Duke, we know you'll love these podcasts as well:

- Clyde Christensen, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Coach
- Casey Phillips, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Reporter

For more stories on sports and faith, check out our website, SportsSpectrum.com

Receive our 10-day Sports Spectrum Devotional written by professional athletes for FREE when you sign up for our Sports Spectrum Weekly Email Newsletter. Sign up here

May 9, 2021

On this Mother's Day weekend, former NFL tight end Benjamin Watson shares on the impact his mother made in his life and how he's supported his wife Kirsten in their journey as parents of seven kids. 

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If you enjoyed this conversation with Benjamin, we know you'll love these podcasts as well:

- Benjamin Watson, Eric Boles and Jon Kitna on Reconciliation

- Emmanuel Acho – Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

Receive our 10-day Sports Spectrum Devotional written by professional athletes for FREE when you sign up for our Sports Spectrum Weekly Email Newsletter. Sign up here

May 7, 2021

Chris Mortensen is an award-winning journalist and one of the most respected and accomplished reporters covering the National Football League today. A senior NFL Insider, Mortensen joined ESPN in 1991. He regularly appears on “NFL Live,” “Sunday NFL Countdown,” “Monday Night Countdown,” “SportsCenter” and other programs. Mortensen also contributes to ESPN’s annual Super Bowl week and NFL Draft coverage, and his work regularly appears on ESPN.com.

Honored by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA) in 2016 with the prestigious Dick McCann Award for his long and distinguished contribution to pro football, Mortensen has covered every Super Bowl since 1985 with the exception of Super Bowl 50, when he was forced to take a leave of absence after being diagnosed with Stage 4 throat cancer. Even while undergoing treatment, Mortensen broke one of the biggest news stories of the NFL offseason when his report in March 2016 confirmed that future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning would retire after 18 NFL seasons.

Today on the podcast, Jade McCarthy talks with Mort about covering the 2021 NFL Draft and shares incredible stories from those he's covered in the NFL the past 30 years who have lived lives of faith in Jesus. You'll hear Mort's recollections in covering people like Joe Gibbs, Reggie White, Deion Sanders, Tony Dungy, Jim Kelly and others. 

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If you enjoyed this podcast with Chris Mortensen, we know you'll love these conversations as well:

- Chris Mortensen's journey of faith from 2019

- Sam Ponder, ESPN NFL Host

Receive our 10-day Sports Spectrum Devotional written by professional athletes for FREE when you sign up for our Sports Spectrum Weekly Email Newsletter. Sign up here

May 6, 2021

Bradley Pinion is a Super Bowl champion and the punter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Bradley about how his life has changed since winning a Super Bowl, the coolest thing he experienced after winning the big game and why God guided him to be a part of the great work Convoy of Hope is doing.

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Learn more about Convoy of Hope by going to ConvoyNation.com.

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Listen to Bradley's previous conversation where he shares his incredible story of faith on Sports Spectrum here

May 5, 2021

A.J. Ellis is a former MLB catcher with the Dodgers, Phillies, Marlins and Padres. He was selected in the 18th round of the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft by Los Angeles. He played his college baseball at Austin Peay, where he became the all-time leader in hits. 

Ellis made his MLB debut on September 15, 2008 with the Dodgers and played 9 seasons in LA before being traded to the Phillies. He would play two more seasons with the Marlins (2017) and Padres (2018), before retiring and joining San Diego's front office as a Special Assistant to the General Manager

Today on the podcast, A.J. Ellis shares amazing stories from his time as an MLB catcher working with players like Clayton Kershaw and Greg Maddux and playing for managers Joe Torre and Don Mattingly. Ellis also discusses what it was like to be on the cover of Sports Spectrum's 2015 Summer Magazine. 

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If you enjoyed this podcast, we know you'll love these conversations as well:

- James McCann, Mets Catcher
- Erik Kratz, Former MLB Catcher

For more stories on sports and faith, check out our website SportsSpectrum.com 

May 3, 2021

Shane Williamson is the President and CEO for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. A native of Loris, S.C., Williamson became a Christ follower while attending an FCA Camp in Black Mountain, N.C., in 1986. Following that life-changing experience, his high school head football coach, Tim Renfrow, discipled him and became his encourager, mentor and role model. This enduring impact of a coach influenced Williamson to make his own commitment to the power of transformational coaching in the world of sports.

Williamson attended Wofford College (S.C.) earning a B.S. in Biology while playing football for coach Mike Ayers. He remained active in the FCA Huddle throughout his years including serving as an officer. He then attended Converse College (S.C.) earning a Master’s degree in Secondary Education.

Bringing understanding and experience as a coach and athlete, Williamson joined the FCA movement as a staff member in 2002 as the Upstate South Carolina Director. He then became the Multi-Area Director for Metro Atlanta FCA from 2005-2011. His roles in FCA continued to expand as he went on to serve as the Vice President of Field Ministry for the Carolinas from 2012-2014, and followed by leading all of FCA’s U.S. Field Ministry as the Executive Director from 2014-2016.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Shane about his journey to Christ, the role FCA has played in his life since he was a kid, the keys to being a great leader, and why sports is such a great space to share the Gospel.

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If you enjoyed this podcast with Shane, we know you'll love these conversations as well:

- Sarah Roberts - FCA Area Director

Kent Chevalier, Steelers Chaplain

For more stories on sports and faith, check out our website SportsSpectrum.com.

May 1, 2021

The legendary Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels shares his story of baseball, Jesus and serving others on today's episode. 

This interview originally aired on Sports Spectrum's Get in the Game Podcast with Scott Linebrink. You can sign up and listen to the podcast here.

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If you enjoyed this podcast with Albert, we know you'll love these conversations as well:

- Dave Roberts, Dodgers Manager

- Adam Wainwright and Francis Chan

Apr 30, 2021

Bryant Young played 14 seasons in the NFL with the 49ers. He was selected by San Francisco in the first round of the 1994 NFL Draft (7th overall) and would play his entire career with the Niners winning a Super Bowl and being named to four Pro Bowls. 

In college, he was a standout defensive player at Notre Dame and after coming to the NFL, he would dominate for many seasons on a defensive line that saw him be named First-Team All-Pro in 1996 and Second-Team All-Pro in 1998, 1999 and 2001. He was a member of the 1990's All-Decade Team and was named as a member of the San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame in 2020. 

Today on the podcast, Bryant Young shares his story of football and faith, being named to the 49ers Hall of Fame, growing up in Chicago as a Bears fan and facing his former team, the importance of playing his entire career with one team and how God has worked in his life following the death of his 15-year old son Colby in 2016. 

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If you enjoyed this podcast with Bryant Young, we know you'll love these conversations as well:

Earl Smith - 49ers Team Chaplain

Josh McCown - NFL Quarterback

For more stories on sports and faith, visit our website SportsSpectrum.com 

Apr 28, 2021

C.J. Ham is currently the starting fullback for the Minnesota Vikings. In college at Augustana University (Division II), he helped his team advance to the NCAA playoffs, and led the Northern Sun Conference in rushing yards and touchdowns. 

In 2016, he was signed as an undrafted free-agent by the Vikings and after being cut, was signed to the team's practice squad just before the start of the season. In December of 2016, Ham would sign to the active roster and make his NFL debut.

Three seasons later, in 2019, Ham made the Pro Bowl and signed a contract extension in early 2020. 

Today on the podcast, C.J. Ham shares about the roller coaster of emotions he's been dealing with the past 15 months, losing his mother to cancer, his wife giving birth to their third child, playing through an NFL season during Covid-19 and trusting in the Lord through it all.

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If you enjoyed this podcast with C.J. Ham, we know you'll love these conversations as well:

- Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings QB

- Dave and Ann Wilson - No Perfect Parents

For more stories on sports and faith, check out our website SportsSpectrum.com 

Apr 27, 2021

Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney joins us today to talk about his former QB Trevor Lawrence and what the Jaguars can expect when they draft him. We also hear how Dabo leads from the inside out and the role his faith in Jesus plays in his life. 

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You can watch the entire Sports Spectrum Draft Special hosted by Brock Huard and featuring this interview with coach Dabo at our Facebook and YouTube channels as well as at our website SportsSpectrum.com

Apr 26, 2021

George Gregory is the team chaplain of the Los Angeles Chargers. For more than twenty years he and his wife Tondra have been marriage and relationship coaches to thousands of couples around the world. They have worked with many current and retired couples throughout the National Football League. Together, they lead a ministry called Journey for Life Now

George has written and co-authored multiple books including the new release “Imperfect Dads: One Perfect Father," which is available in June of 2021. 

Today on the podcast, George shares the crazy story of becoming the Chargers team chaplain, what it was like ministering to players and coaches during the pandemic season of 2020, the role his father played in shaping him spiritually and why his heart in serving with his wife is to help restore and strengthen marriages. 

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If you enjoyed this podcast with George, you'll love these conversations as well:

- Marcellus Casey - Kansas Chiefs Team Chaplain

- Kent Chevalier - Pittsburgh Steelers Team Chaplain

For more stories of sports and faith, check out our website SportsSpectrum.com

Apr 24, 2021

Marty Lamb has been scouting baseball players for the Los Angeles Dodgers since 1999. Of the 10 first round picks for the Dodgers since 2015, Lamb was the area scout for six of them including Walker Buehler, Will Smith, Matt Beaty and Caleb Ferguson. 

Lamb also serves on the Board of Directors for Refuge for Women, a nonprofit, faith-based organization providing specialized long-term care for women who have escaped human trafficking or sexual exploitation. 

Today on the podcast, Marty Lamb tell us about his unique role behind the scenes as a scout for the Dodgers, coming to faith during his time in grad school at Mississippi State, and why he's passionate about helping women who have been caught in the perils of human trafficking. 

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If you enjoyed this podcast with Marty, we know you'll love these conversations as well:

- Kevin Burrell - White Sox Area Scouting Supervisor

- Sal Giardina – Pro Baseball Player

For more stories on sports and faith, check out our website SportsSpectrum.com 

Apr 21, 2021

Bart Millard is the lead singer of the legendary Christian rock band MercyMe. The band, founded in 1994, has released eight studio albums and had 13 consecutive top-five singles on the Billboard Christian Songs chart.

Millard’s life was depicted in the movie “I Can Only Imagine,” in which actor Dennis Quaid starred as his father who struggled with addiction and violence before coming to faith before his death from cancer. MercyMe's new album INHALE/EXHALE releases everywhere April 30, 2021. 

On today’s episode of the podcast, we talk to Millard about his 2 hour meeting with one of his music heroes, the satisfaction of having baseball back, the release of MercyMe's new album INHALE/EXHALE and the unique opportunity to produce a song with his son Sam.

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If you enjoyed this podcast with Bart Millard, we know you'll love these conversations as well:

Bart Millard 2020 Conversation 

Matthew West – Singer/Songwriter

For more stories of sports and faith, please check out our website SportsSpectrum.com

Apr 19, 2021

Kerry McCoy is currently the Executive Director and head coach at the California Olympic Regional Training Center (RTC). Prior to that, he was the head wrestling coach for the University of Maryland from 2008-2019 where he led the Terps to three conference championships and was a three-time coach of the year. He also had coaching stints at Stanford University and Lehigh University. 

As a wrestler at Penn State, McCoy was a three-time NCAA All-American and a two-time National Champion. He competed at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, won a Gold Medal at the 2003 Pan American Games and a Silver Medal at the 2003 World Championships. 

Today on the podcast, Kerry shares his story of faith and wrestling and how God guided him through a journey that saw him participate in two Olympics as a wrestler and now the greater impact he hopes to have as a coach and mentor. 

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If you enjoyed this podcast with Kerry, we know you'll love these conversations as well:

- Tom Ryan - Ohio State Wrestling Coach

- Jose Campo - USA Wrestling Team Chaplain

For more stories on sports and faith, check out our website SportsSpectrum.com 

Apr 17, 2021

Amy Downs was one of the last survivors to be pulled from the rubble of the April 19, 1995 Oklahoma City bombing in which a total of 168 people were killed including 18 of her 33 co-workers. 

At the time of the bombing, Downs was a credit card loan officer who flunked out of college and weighed more than 350 pounds. In the last few years, Amy would not only lose 200 pounds, but she became a triathlete and even competed in an Ironman Triathlon. 

Today on the podcast, Amy shares in detail, what it was like to be trapped and thinking her life was over after the OKC bombing and how God allowed her to not only survive, but thrive as a CEO, triathlete and author

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If you enjoyed this podcast with Amy Downs, we know you'll love these conversation as well:

- The Incredible story of Katie Lentz 

- Chris Norton – The Seven Longest Yards

For more stories on sports and faith, check out our website SportsSpectrum.com

Order Amy's new book "Hope is a Verb" here

Apr 16, 2021

Larry Foote is currently the linebackers coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For 13 seasons, he was an NFL player with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals. 

In college, Larry was a 2-time First Team All Big Ten selection and and a First-Team All-American during his time at the University of Michigan.

Larry has been a part of three Super Bowl championship teams, two as a player with the Steelers in 2005 and 2008 and one as a coach with the Buccaneers in 2020. 

On today's podcast, we talk to Larry Foote about the 2020 season, being a Super Bowl champion as a coach, growing up in the inner city of Detroit, how his faith became real to him in college at Michigan and why it is important for him to be the light to those he's around as a coach in the NFL

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If you enjoyed this podcast with Larry, we know you'll love these conversations as well:

- Kent Chevalier, Steelers Chaplain

- Clyde Christensen, Buccaneers QB Coach 

For more stories on sports and faith, check out our website SportsSpectrum.com

Apr 14, 2021

Kyle Stark is a former MLB executive having worked with the front offices with the Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates from 2004-2019. 

He was a front office assistant with the Indians for four seasons and then was hired as Director of Player Personnel with the Pirates in 2007. A few years later, in 2012, he was promoted to Assistant General Manager with the Pirates and helped lead Pittsburgh to three straight playoff appearances. 

He currently is consulting coaches and leaders and has a passion to see others grow in their leadership and joins us on the podcast today to share what he learned during his many years in Major League Baseball, the door that he broke down to make it into Major League Baseball and why it is important for us James 1:2 and embrace the suck.  

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If you enjoyed this podcast with Kyle Stark, we know you'll love these conversations as well:

Clint Hurdle - Former MLB Manager

Jon Gordon, Power of a Positive Team

For more stories on sports and faith, check out our website SportsSpectrum.com 

Apr 12, 2021

Dave Wilson was the Detroit Lions team chaplain for 33 seasons. He and his wife Ann co-founded Kensington Community Church and now co-host the nationally syndicated radio show FamilyLife Today. 

Their first book "Vertical Marriage" released in 2019. Today on the podcast, we talk to them about their latest release, "No Perfect Parents" as they share fun and relevant stories on football, faith, pastoring, marriage and parenting. 

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If you enjoyed this podcast with Dave and Ann, we know you'll love these conversations as well:

- Dave and Ann Wilson on marriage from 2019

- Dan Orlovsky, ESPN NFL Analyst 

For more stories on sports and faith, check out our website SportsSpectrum.com 

 

Apr 10, 2021

Nick Graham is regarded as one of the top basketball player development specialists in the country. He grew up around college basketball and credited his dad, Paul's tenure as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State for developing him as a basketball teacher.

Nick would go on to play Division one college basketball at Washington State and now as a coach, has contributed to the development of thousands of players worldwide most notably, Jimmer Fredette, Trae Young, among other NBA and Division one college players.

Nick is also the author of "God x Basketball," a devotional aimed at character development. You can learn more about Nick by checking his website GodxBasketball.com.

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If you enjoyed this podcast with Nick, we know you'll love these conversations as well:

- Jimmy Dykes, ESPN College Basketball Analyst

- King McClure – ESPN Analyst, Former Baylor Basketball Player

For more stories on sports and faith, check out our website SportsSpectrum.com

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