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N22: Dr. Kevin McGinniss - 40+ Years of Life Lessons Through Athletics

N22: Dr. Kevin McGinniss - 40+ Years of Life Lessons Through Athletics

May 20, 2022

Today we are joined by Dr. Kevin McGinniss on Episode 22 of The Hawkin Podcast.

 

Dr. McGinniss is currently an Assistant Professor, Graduate Coordinator, and Director of Sport Management at Southern Connecticut State University.  His previous responsibilities include President & CEO of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), while also holding positions as Director of Athletics for the University of Rhode Island (URI), Mercy College, Quinnipiac University, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and Lehman College over a 21-year span. With more than 40 years of professional experience as an educator, author, coach, and athletic administrator, Dr. McGinniss is able to give insight on how to grow within the field. While also enlightening us on his experiences throughout his career and lending advice to the younger generation of professionals emerging into the ever-changing world of athletics.

 

Timestamps for this episode:

  • 00:00:06 Introduction to today's episode
  • 00:00:30 Who is Dr. Kevin McGinniss?
  • 00:05:11 The state of performance
  • 00:15:30 What does the changing path of success look like?
  • 00:20:46 The future of the performance field
  • 00:25:32 The advantage of being a people person
  • 00:28:30 Life lessons learned through sports
  • 00:35:38 How technology has shaped the physical culture of athletics
  • 00:38:25 What is an emotional bank account?
  • 00:41:10 It is okay to make mistakes
  • 00:43:50 The importance of opportunity
  • 00:46:38 Dr. Kevin McGinniss's contact info

If you are interested in learning more about Dr. McGinniss, he can be found on LinkedIn here, and reached by email at kmcginniss1@southernct.edu.

Hawkin Dynamics is an industry leader in force plates, education, and support. Check out www.HawkinDynamics.com to learn more, or request a quote.

N21: Teofe Ziemnicki - Guru of Building a Data-Driven Training Program

N21: Teofe Ziemnicki - Guru of Building a Data-Driven Training Program

May 6, 2022

Today we are joined by Teofe Ziemnicki on Episode 21 of The Hawkin Podcast.

 

Teofe is currently the Head of Sports Science at Teambuildr, the leading software for strength and conditioning coaches. He has previously worked as the Director of Sports Science and Analytics / Assistant Strength Coach at Yale University where he was responsible for tracking progression among athletes. Additionally working as the Head Strength Coach for 6 varsity teams at the university, as well as the Sports Performance Assistant with the football team. Teofe obtained his Master’s Degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Health and Physical Education/Fitness. Teofe’s research is focused on innovating the process in which strength and conditioning coaches are able to break down data and easily implement it into workout plans to help athletes reach their highest potential.

Timestamps for this episode:

  • 00:00:06 Who is Teofe Ziemnicki?
  • 00:05:47 How to apply data to S&C
  • 00:15:07 Presenting data that is easy to consume
  • 00:21:15 Explaining what the slicer (Excel/Google Sheets) is
  • 00:27:34 What is the recruiting calculator?
  • 00:32:15 How does data analysis help recruiting?
  • 00:38:51 Knowing the context behind the numbers
  • 00:45:32 What is the prototyping profile report?
  • 00:50:47 How to attain athlete buy-in
  • 00:59:41 What is a training program auditor?
  • 01:08:18 Lifting key - AKA a readiness score
  • 01:19:57 How has data changed Teofe as a coach?
  • 01:21:56 Transition from College setting (Yale) to the private sector (Teambuildr)
  • 01:28:33 Teofe contact & socials

If you are interested in learning more about Teofe, he can be found on LinkedIn here, and on Instagram here

Hawkin Dynamics is an industry leader in force plates, education, and support. Check out www.HawkinDynamics.com to learn more, or request a free quote here.

N20: Guy Hornsby - The Paradigm of S&C and Sport Science

N20: Guy Hornsby - The Paradigm of S&C and Sport Science

April 29, 2022

We are joined in Episode 20 of The Hawkin Podcast by Guy Hornsby.

 

Guy Hornsby is currently the Assistant Professor of Coaching and Performance Science and is also the Head Coach of West Virginia Weightlifting for WVU. He graduated from East Tennessee State University (ETSU) with his Ph.D. in Sports Physiology & Performance. Additional responsibilities include Coaching Science Coordinator at the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, Human Performance Innovation Center, and West Virginia State Director of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. With a Ph.D. in Sports Physiology and Performance, Dr. Hornsby’s research is centered around optimizing the training process for strength power-based athletes.

 

Time Stamps for this episode:

  • 0:10 Introduction to today's episode
  • 0:52 Who is Guy Hornsby?
  • 5:36 How technology & data is affecting strength & conditioning
  • 14:08 Developing Athletes
  • 26:40 Over Training and Physical Over Reaching
  • 28:22 Relative VS Absolute Intensity
  • 34:59 Force Plate Data in a team setting
  • 45:40 Can monitoring athletes become dangerous?
  • 49:44 Importance of Athlete Buy-In
  • 50:58 Proper Set-Up of an isometric Mid Thigh Pull
  • 1:00:39 Paradigm of Strength & Conditioning
  • 1:11:42 Consistency from the start
  • 1:16:22 How can science adapt to the new evolution of quick turnover in strength & conditioning
  • 1:22:24 Gaining Respect from a Sports Coach as a Sports Scientist
  • 1:41:19 Guy Hornsby outro

If you are interested in learning more about Guy, he can be found on LinkedIn here, and on Twitter here

 

Hawkin Dynamics is an industry leader in force plates, education, and support. Check out www.HawkinDynamics.com to learn more, or request a quote.

N19: Trey Hall - Director of Football Strength and Conditioning University of Maine

N19: Trey Hall - Director of Football Strength and Conditioning University of Maine

April 6, 2022

Trey Hall is the head football sports performance coach. Hall joined the Black Bears after spending a season as the assistant football strength and conditioning coach at Yale University. While with the Bulldogs, he played a key role in conducting weight room and on-field warm-ups while advancing Yale Athletics to the next level through the utilization of leading sports science technology.  Prior to his stint at Yale, he served as a strength and conditioning assistant at Delaware State University where he worked primarily with women's soccer, women's tennis, women's golf, women's equestrian while assisting with the men's and women's basketball programs and the football team.  Hall also developed key knowledge in the field through internships at Yale, Gannon University, and Edinboro University where he worked with former Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins strength and conditioning coach, Ryan Grove.

N18: James Mcfarland - High School Strength Coach of the Year

N18: James Mcfarland - High School Strength Coach of the Year

March 30, 2022

James McFarland is a Teacher of Health and Physical Education and Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Hillsborough High School, NJ. He was the National High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year 2018, and Hillsborough High Schools Teacher of the Year in 2008. Jim has been responsible for the health and physical education planning and implementation of Hillsborough High School’s Strength and Conditioning Program since he began in 1997. In 1999 he was given the charge of coordinating the year round afterschool strength and conditioning program for students in grades 9-12, and given permission to begin the intermediate school and middle school year-round co-curricular programs. While continuing these programs, James has been involved with 8 collaborative research studies in youth exercise science with The College of New Jersey and has over 20 published works. He has been a speaker for the NSCA since his start as a certified strength and conditioning specialist in 2001, and has been an adjunct professor for The College of New Jersey’s practical exercise science course for 4 years. His practical experience is fortified with his USAW Senior Level Certification, and extensive experience in youth competitive Olympic weightlifting and powerlifting. James holds in high regard his professional relationship with Yale Strength and conditioning for football, lacrosse, field hockey and soccer, as well as the New Balance sponsored Northeast Kingdom Running Camp. Twitter: @Raider_SC

N17: Pat Dixon - Director of Applied Sports Science at Momentous

N17: Pat Dixon - Director of Applied Sports Science at Momentous

March 23, 2022
 
Dixon began his career in exercise science at the University of Connecticut while pursuing a Master’s Degree and also working in athletics as a strength and conditioning coach. Previous publications, online and in print, have focused on athlete development with a focus on improving power production and performance. He spent 18 years working with college athletes at UConn, Cal-Berkeley, St John’s University and Loyola Marymount University with a focus on improving performance and decreasing the incidence of injury. While working with athletes, Dixon’s efforts helped shape multiple NCAA tournament appearances and Sweet Sixteen finishes in Women’s Basketball, Soccer and Volleyball.

While coaching, Dixon was a consultant and advisor to multiple biotechnology companies (Fitgenetix, Dyve Biosciences, Masimo Medical Technology). Efforts focused on developing products that better support physiological development and improve objective feedback leading to more efficient training protocols. Since leaving collegiate athletics, his work with Momentous has been focused on improving adaptation to training through nutrient intervention, specifically focused on bioavailability and timing of nutrient administration. 

 
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N16: DJ Dolan - Pushing Your Performance Into The Next Frontier, A Mindset From a High Level Operator

N16: DJ Dolan - Pushing Your Performance Into The Next Frontier, A Mindset From a High Level Operator

February 2, 2022

DJ Dolan describes himself as an Athlete, Leader, & Teammate.  

As an Athlete, DJ was a former collegiate football player (at Merrimack College), and professional boxer for All-American Heavyweight (in California). 

As a Teammate and Leader, and shortly after his athletic career, he joined the US Army as both an enlisted and commissioned officer. Post Army, he joined the Massachusetts State Police working primarily on two teams. The first as a detective with the violent fugitive apprehension section attached to the US Marshals fugitive task force, as detective he was responsible for planning and carrying out hundreds of operations with the mission of locating and apprehend fugitives who are wanted for violent offense as well as safely locating victims of human trafficking and kidnapping. The second as a member of the statewide full-service Special Tactical Operations Team as a breacher. 

Expanding on his Leadership experience gained from the MA State Police and US Army, Dolan now serves as a social impact entrepreneur who empowers leaders, high performers, and organizations to help elevate HUMANITY. DJ is involved with multiple companies and missions. He is the founder and lead coach at EMPWR Coaching & Consulting where he specialized in helping leaders, teams, and organizations to discover their full potential to create a lasting impact on the world. He believes that this can be accomplished as a byproduct of living and leading authenticity and creating relationship-based systems aimed to enhance & nurture engagement, meaning, performance, well-being, and resilience. Additionally, DJ is the founder of One Tribe, which is a non-profit mentorship service with the mission of building purposeful relationships between servant leaders and youth leaders from at-risk communities guided with a curriculum from positive psychology, health science, Neuroscience and leadership development. DJ serves as a leadership instructor with a company named The Program working collegiate, professional athletic teams and corporations across North America. 

DJ is a lifelong learner working toward a doctorate in neuropsychology and human performance as well as competing at Brazilian Jui Juitsu. Most importantly, DJ serves as the co-captain of “Team Dolan” with his wife Jenn and three little teammates, Savannah, Jack, & Charlie. Team Dolan resides north of Boston, MA. 

We think you’ll enjoy this episode! Brought to you by Thomas Newman.

N15: Joe Staub ⎯ Mastering Goals in Performance & Business

N15: Joe Staub ⎯ Mastering Goals in Performance & Business

December 20, 2021

Joe Staub joins us in Episode 15 of The Hawkin Podcast! Joe is currently the Executive Director at The Zenta Group. The Zenta Group is a Business & Management consulting group that has a focus on Management and Leadership. Previously, Joe ran Track & Field at the University of Connecticut during his undergraduate program. During this time, Joe also worked as an intern for the strength and conditioning department. Joe continued his education at UConn for this graduate program in Kinesiology, before moving to Kansas under Andrea Hudy for 2.5 years.

Staub later on became the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Hofstra University for 5-years, and also obtained his MBA before transitioning out of Strength & Conditioning into the Business World.

In this episode we cover:

  • Integrated Strength & Conditioning Departments at UConn
  • Auditing Programs in S&C and also Business
  • Using the knowledge and skills from strength and conditioning, and applying them to business.
  • Staub’s intake on failing.
  • Weight room techniques that aren’t “popularized”.
  • Strategies to implement into programming.
  • And much more….

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N14: Beau Bartone - From College to Tech

N14: Beau Bartone - From College to Tech

December 13, 2021

Beau Bartone joins us in Episode 14 of The Hawkin Podcast! Beau is currently a Performance Coach at Future. Future offers one-on-one digital training with fitness coaches at home, the gym, or on-the-go. Learn more about Future at www.future.co.

 

Beau starting his coaching career as a student-assistant football coach at Southern Connecticut State University before interning with Yale University Football & Lacrosse in the summer of 2017. Shortly after, Beau entered the private sector at Competitive Edge Sports Performance in Milford, Connecticut. A year later he rejoined Yale University as the Assistant Director of Football Performance where he worked for nearly 3-years before joining Future.

 

In this episode, Beau & Thomas talk about:

  • The things not talked about in strength & conditioning
  • Attacking the lowest hanging fruits first
  • Auditing your strength programs
  • How they both ran and organized training at Yale
  • And much more...

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N13: Dr. Larry Wilen & Vince Wilczynski - Idea to Working Solution, Learning From Yale University Center for Engineering Innovation & Design

N13: Dr. Larry Wilen & Vince Wilczynski - Idea to Working Solution, Learning From Yale University Center for Engineering Innovation & Design

October 20, 2021

In Episode 13 of The Hawkin Podcast we are joined by Dr. Larry Wilen & Vince Wilczynski from Yale University Center for Engineering Innovation & Design (CEID).

 

Since 2012, the 8,700 square foot CEID design lab serves as a hub for collaborative design and interdisciplinary activity at Yale University. Its goal is to enable the design, development, and actualization of ideas, from the whiteboard to the real world. It is a "Maker Space" and a one of a kind resource for Yale students, staff, and faculty to take ideas to the next level.

 

Vince is the CEID Director and Deputy Dean for the School of Engineering & Applied Science. Dr. Wilen serves as a Senior Research Scientist and Design Mentor for CEID. Our host, Thomas Newman has direct experience in the "Maker Space" at Yale CEID with both Vince and Dr. Wilen. In this episode, they discuss inventions that were made during Thomas' time at Yale to track & train athletic performance. 

 

Key topics from this episode include:

  • History of Yale Engineering (since 1852)
  • What is CEID?
  • From idea to working product
  • Working with athletics to engineers solutions
  • Failure as part of the design process
  • And much more

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Learn more about Yale University CEID at: http://ceid.yale.edu

 

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