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September 16, 2019  

Kelsey Brinson - Being the Best

Former Florida Gator and the nation's best softball player in 2011, Kelsey Brinson talks athlete transition, a winner's mentality and building again. 


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August 28, 2019  

Life After Sports Highlight Reel - Our First 12 Guests

🎉 We're 12 episodes old! Party time! 🎉

In honor of 12 successful episodes, we decided to do something special for #13: a highlight reel of our guests' answers to one question: "What is the one skill that you learned as an athlete that has been most valuable to you in life after sports?"

If you've missed an episode, this is a great chance to preview our early shows. If you're new to Life After Sports, this is a great place to start! Here are a few of the high points of this Greatest Hits episode:

  • How to make yourself unforgettable in interviews and internships...and then get the job!
  • How spending time on hobbies and the arts can actually unlock your career interests.
  • Why athletes make some of the best entrepreneurs, computer programmers, and broadcasters.

Plus, we've got some exciting news about what's next for the Life After Sports podcast. Stick around to the end for that. 😉

August 13, 2019  

Devan Kline: Answering the Most Important Questions after Sports

My guest is Devan Kline, former CMU and SF Giants baseball, and current CEO and founder of a fitness community sweeping the nation, Burn Boot Camp. Devan is all about helping the members of his gyms discover the values, passions, and causes that will motivate them to health, wealth, and peak performance. But like Devan says, in order to inspire people, you've gotta be inspired. So I grilled Devan on how to find that inspiration and how to connect the dots between a career as an athlete and whatever's next. Along the way, Devan spills some great insights for athletes in transition:


In today's show, you'll hear:


  • The 1 key skill that Devan learned pitching with the San Francisco Giants that has shaped his business aspirations.
  • The moment Devon knew that he couldn't work for someone else and had to start his own company.
  • How to align your career plans with your built-in, unique-to-you standards.
  • Why you have to love yourself now in order to pursue a better life tomorrow.


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July 30, 2019  

Court Whitman: Becoming a Peak Performer in Life After Sports

Court Whitman has spent most of his professional life leading– in his career in the Army's elite Special Forces, in companies, and now in his own leadership coaching company. And in today's episode, Court shares how playing football in many ways prepared him for a career in leadership. Court and I have an in-depth, no-holds-barred conversation about goals and what makes elite performers elite. Truly inspiring.


In today's episode:

  • Ever question the value of setting goals when you don't know what you want to do? Me, too. Court clears the air.
  • Discover how Court uses "deliberate discomfort" to grow trust in teams and companies.
  • Absorb the tactic court uses to pitch athletes' value to employers – no internships required.


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July 16, 2019  

Kovi Konowiecki: Unleashing Your Creativity

My guest is Kovi Konowiecki, a professional photographer who is also a former Wake Forest University and professional soccer player. At one point in this episode, we joke about starting a club for former athletes that are now artists... and how small that club might be. It's true! But in today's episode, Kovi presents a truly compelling argument for athletes in the arts. Essentially, intentionally challenging ourselves to be creative and to explore hobbies can help us unlock our deepest professional interests and passions.


In today's episode:

  • Learn how creatives like Kovi balance their passion projects with the need for, um, food.
  • Discover how to sharpen your internal intuition to help you make difficult decisions.
  • See how "distractions" from your sport may actually propel you toward a career.


Connect with Kovi

Instagram @kovi.konowiecki


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Twitter @Parallelco

Instagram @ParallelPlatform


July 1, 2019  

Jack McNamara: Authenticity in Entrepreneurship

My guest is Jack McNamara, a former Colgate University and professional hockey player who is the founder of a growing energy drink company, DrinkTru. It is rare you can get an entrepreneur to speak so honestly about the struggles of building a they're going through it. But as you'll see: honesty is not just central to Jack's success and drive, it's essential to the DrinkTru brand. A rare, behind the scenes look at the day-to-day life of a company on the brink of being the next big thing.


In Today's Episode:

  • Learn how Jack creates viral video content that authentically propel's his companies brand
  • See why Jack quit a job just after two weeks...and why he thinks it's one of the wisest business decisions he's ever made
  • Discover Jack's reliable strategy for leveraging your "celebrity" as an athlete to find internships, mentorships and career opportunities


Connect with Jack

  • Twitter: @drinktru and @_jackmcnamara
  • Instaram: @drinktru
  • YouTube: DrinkTru


Connect with Us:

  • Twitter: @parallelco
  • Instagram: @parallelplatform


June 18, 2019  

Bill Mayew: Why Athletes Often Make the Best Teachers and Coaches

My guest is Bill Mayew, a former UNC-Wilmington basketball standout who is now Professor of Accounting at Duke's Fuqua School of Business. Bill's story is especially powerful for two reasons: (1) He did something that most athletes don't do - he pursued an advanced degree and works in the most rigorous academic research; and (2) He says that sports prepared him for that path.


In Today's Episode:

  • See a day in the life of a university professor - see what it's like to get paid to research topics you're passionate about.
  • Discover how to communicate the value of "stress-testedness" to future employers.
  • Learn why former athletes so often make excellent teachers and coaches.


Show Notes


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Recommend A Former Athlete

Know a former athlete who's doing big things in life after sports? If so, email us at and let's chat about having them on the show.

June 3, 2019  

Sebastian Little: Finding Your Perfect Career Match In Months, Not Years

My guest is Sebastian Little, a former Yale football player who is now an associate with the McChrystal Group, a world-renowned leadership and performance consulting company.

Seb found his career niche FAST after college. It can take college athletes years to find careers that they enjoy. Within just a few months of leaving Yale, he had secured an entry-level role in a field he was passionate about. How'd he do it? By focusing on everything but that thing in college. Through intentionally diversifying in college, Seb identified exactly what he wanted to do after college. And it has paid off big time.

In Today's Episode:

  • Why sometimes, the best thing for the team is for you to be 100% you.
  • How thinking outside the typical "student-athlete" box multiplied Sebs opportunities at Yale.
  • How to turn LinkedIn contacts requests into interviews, internships and jobs.
  • How to craft compelling interview stories that get you remembered...and hired.


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May 20, 2019  

Chris Spatola: Transitioning Well When It’s All On The Line

My guest is Chris Spatola, sports writer, commentator, and host of the SiriusXM show, "ACC Today."

And that's just the most recent of Chris's transitions to fast-paced, high-pressure environments. Since he graduated from the US Military Academy in 2002, each of his career stops have been more intense than the last-- from serving in Iraq, to serving as an assistant coach on the Duke Men's basketball team... Chris Spatola knows how to transition well when it counts.

In Today's Episode:

  • One thing that can save you from alienating everyone around you after a tough transition.
  • Practical tips for landing your first job in broadcasting.
  • The Army Ranger mentality that Chris uses to continue performing at the top level.


Show Notes


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May 6, 2019  

Karlie Smith: Working to Success in Sports Media

In this episode, we talk with Karlie Smith, a former East Carolina softball player who has hit the ground running since graduating in May 2018. In less than a year, she's become a rising star in sports media broadcasting. She's an SEC Digital Network color commentator, and she works in digital production at the University of Georgia.
In today's episode:
1. What it is like to talk sports in front of a live tv audience
2. The formula Karlie used to land internships with local TV, radio and sports media companies
3. How Karlie was able to get broadcasting experience well before she ever went live on TV
Show Notes
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