Inside Athletics: July 24, 2012

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This week, Dave’s special guest is Ben Spotts, new head baseball coach.  Ben describes some of the elements of the success of the Bridgewater College baseball program where he has been involved for the pas 18 years as a player and coach.  He also discusses his ideas on what it takes to build a successful baseball program and lays out his plan for recruiting, a part of the program he was responsible for at Bridgewater.  Ben’s enthusiasm is demonstrated through his excitement when describing the local baseball scene and the types of players he intends to recruit.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

Inside Athletics: July 10, 2012

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Dave’s guest this week is Mike Downey, head athletic trainer, who provides an update on concussions, highlighting the baseline testing that is done as well as the treatment protocols.  They discuss the impact on academics and the results of limited educational programs about concussions in youth sports programs.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

Inside Athletics: June 29, 2012

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This week Dave introduces the new baseball coach Ben Spotts and reviews a newspaper column about the “lawn mower parent.”

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

Inside Athletics: June 22, 2012

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This week Dave focuses his thoughts on the summertime activities of many of the high school sports.  With many states giving unlimited privileges to coaches to work with their players during the out of season time, there seems to be a growth of individual and team camps along with clinics and showcases.  While these activities can be good fundraising activities for coaches and provide positive public relations for a university, they also adds to the issue of over-involvement on the part of high school coaches and players, increasing costs to parents and time away from family.  Dave encourages families to do their homework before selecting a camp, clinic or showcase for their son or daughter.  The ratio of instructors to campers, cost and facilities should all be taken into consideration when determining the types of summer involvement for their children.  Another consideration is the intensity level, particularly of the team camps.  If the coaches and parents are treating it like the regular season, the benefit to the player may be compromised.  The out-of-season activities can be a delicate path to navigate as you try to provide opportunities for your son or daughter to improve, while having a relaxed, enjoyable summer.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

Inside Athletics: June 15, 2012

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In today’s podcast, Dave introduces the new baseball coach Ben Spotts, and talks about the topic of funding the athletic program.  He introduces a new concept and program to provide funding for the future growth of the athletic department that is needed to help reach the goal of “impacting lives through athletics.”

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

Inside Athletics: June 8, 2012

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In this week’s report, Dave highlights the action items from the recent ODAC board meetings.  He also gives his personal reflections on the Integration Institute that was held after the board meetings.  The Integration Institute brought together higher level administrators from ODAC schools to talk about the issue of integrating athletics and academics.  Dave highlights the need for coaches to be stronger supporters of academics and for faculty to understand the value of the athletic experience.  The view should be both/and rather than either/or, but when a game and a lab conflict, it is real and something that everyone involved needs to work at together.  We should want our students to be the best athletes they can be as well as the best students and we need to join hands more often and in more ways to ensure that the student has a valuable educational experience.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

Inside Athletics: June 1, 2012

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This week Dave reports from the Old Dominion Athletic Conference board meetings being held at Wintergreen Resort.   Dave’s special guest is ODAC commissioner,  Brad Bankston. Together they review the actions and discussion of the three day board meetings.   Brad explains the ways the conference uses the funds provided by the NCAA for programming that benefits athletes,  schools and the conference. They finish the podcast by describing the upcoming Integration Institute in which Presidents,  Direct Reports,  AD’s and others will meet together to work at ways to integrate academics and athletics.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

Inside Athletics: May 25, 2012

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In this week’s “Inside Athletics,” Dave and James give the regular update on coaching hires and the search process.  With Dave heading off to ODAC meetings for most of next week, the topic changes to what he and the rest of the ADs will tackle.  James also talks about the ODAC website, and some of what the conference does with it.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

Inside Athletics: May 18, 2012

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In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, Dave and James are finally back together again.  They talk about the first SOAR weekend at EMU and when parents and students get hit with the reality of heading off to college.  They also talk about Jeff Tyson, the newest coaching hire, as well as giving an update on the other coaching searches.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

Inside Athletics: May 11, 2012

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In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, James fills in for Dave and tackles postseason awards.  He talks about the most recent All-ODAC teams, as well as the nomination and voting process for regional and state awards.  He also tries to answer the question of what a Sports Information Director does during the summer, and touches on the recent ODAC SID Meeting.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.