Life After Sports

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July 1, 2019  

Jack McNamara (Former Colgate University Hockey): 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 business...as 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

 

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  • Twitter: @parallelco
  • Instagram: @parallelplatform

 

Recommend An Athlete

Know a former athlete who is crushing it in life after sports? Email us at podcast@parallelplatform.com and let us know why you think they would be a great guest.

June 18, 2019  

Bill Mayew (Former UNC-Wilmington Basketball): Why Athletes Often Make the Best Teachers, Professors, 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

https://blog.parallelplatform.com/ep8-bill-mayew/

 

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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 podcast@parallelplatform.com and let's chat about having them on the show.

June 3, 2019  

Sebastian Little (Former Yale Football): 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.

 

Connect with Seb

Twitter 

Instagram 

Facebook 

 

Show Notes

https://blog.parallelplatform.com/

 

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Athlete Story?

Know an athlete with a great life after sports story? Please let us know at podcast@parallelplatform.com

 

May 20, 2019  

Chris Spatola (Former Army Basketball): 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

https://blog.parallelplatform.com/ep6-chris-spatola-transitioning-well/

 

Connect with Chris

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May 6, 2019  

Karlie Smith (Former ECU Softball): 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:
  • What it's like to talk sports in front of a live tv audience
  • The formula she used to land internships in local TV, radio and with sports media companies
  • How she was able to get broadcasting reps well before she ever went live on tv
 
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April 22, 2019  

Zach Maurides (Former Duke Football): Perseverance Pays Off

My guest is Zach Maurides, who is the founder and CEO of Teamworks, the leading software provider of operations software to athletic organizations world wide. 

The phrase "a glutton for punishment" comes to mind when listening to Zach explain his football career. When Zach talks about his 9 orthopedic surgeries during his college football career at Duke, there isn't the slightest invitation for sympathy. Instead, he tells the story with a sense of genuine accomplishment. After all, not quitting after your 2nd surgery is impressive, but 9 is just insane. And that pain tolerance (i.e. perseverance) is what Zach attributes as the primary reason for his success with Teamworks. In this episode, Zach shares what he's learned in growing a software startup from 4 guys with a dream to the 100 person machine it is today. If you're an athlete, you'll especially appreciate the unique perspective that Zach provides on how to get started in life after sports.

Show Notes

Website

 

Connect with Parallel

► Twitter: https://twitter.com/parallelco

► Blog: https://blog.parallelplatform.com/

► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/parallelpla

 

Connect with Zach

► Twitter: https://twitter.com/zmaurides

 

Connect with Tyler

► Twitter: https://twitter.com/tylerwbaker

 

 

 

April 8, 2019  

Thomas Sanders (Former Gardner Webb & Pro Basketball): Building a Photo Booth Company

There is a lot of talk about the transferable skills athletes develop while playing sports. Society praises the work ethic, teamwork, and perseverance it takes to compete at the highest levels in sports. However, the talk is often nothing more than general platitudes lacking specificity on how these transferable skills play out in the real world. In this episode, former Atlantic Sun Player of the Year, Thomas Sanders, takes us step by step through the ups and downs of his pro basketball career. He shares how his experiences as an athlete prepared him to start and grow a thriving Photo Booth company that is currently worth over one million dollars. He shares how pro basketball shaped his perspective and prepared him for life after sports.

 

Show Notes

► Web: https://blog.parallelplatform.com/ep3-pro-basketball-to-business-owner-thomas-sanders/

 

Connect with Parallel

► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/parallelpla

► Twitter: https://twitter.com/parallelco

 

Connect with Tyler

► Twitter: https://twitter.com/tylerwbaker

 

Whether you're and athlete who's currently playing, recently retired or perhaps just a friend, Life After Sports by Parallel is designed to help you learn from others just like you. To learn about other elite athletes who have transitioned into their post playing careers and are now crushing it in Life After Sports, visit: https://blog.parallelplatform.com/

March 25, 2019  

Johnny Stephene (Former Liberty & Pro Basketball): Handling Life with 1.5M Followers

To some degree, we are all a product of our environment. But it's the choices we make that ultimately determine where we end up.

Fortunately for Johnny, he was able to escape the troubling environment of his youth and choose basketball as a path towards a much brighter future. Today, Johnny is widely known by his Instagram handle @dribble2much and is the founder of HandleLife, a lifestyle brand with over 1.5 million followers across platforms.

Creativity, skill and perhaps perfect timing propelled his personal brand into one of the most recognizable names in professional basketball training. Johnny has trained a number of NBA superstars such as Glibert Arenas, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and Demar Derozan. He shares is perspective on why following your passion is actually good advice.

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Show Notes

https://blog.parallelplatform.com/johnny-stephene/  

 

Connect with Parallel

For mind-expanding content on Life After Sports follow us on Twitter @parallelco

Find Parallel on Instagram @parallelplatform

 

Connect with Johnny

Find Johnny on Instagram @dribble2much

Find HandleLife on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/HandleLife 

Visit HandleLife on the web: https://handlelife.com/ 

 

Connect with Tyler

Find Tyler on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tylerwbaker

 

Promote an Athlete

Know a former athlete who's doing something interesting in Life After Sports who you think would be a good guest for the show? If so, please let us know by emailing podcast@parallelplatform.com

March 11, 2019  

Tim Layer (Former Liberty Basketball): Poker to Code to Exit

Like many classic technology stories, Tim's ventures outside of basketball started in a college dorm room. However, it's probably not what you're thinking. In 2008, Tim started playing online poker and quickly worked his way to earning over $100,000 a year. Realizing poker isn't what he wanted for his life, he gives it up and accepts a tech support role at Liberty University. It's here, Tim's curiosity and drive shifts to computer programming and a new journey begins. In a few years, Tim goes from complete novice to full stack developer. During this time, he and co-founder Tyler Baker, grow a software company called TeamSynced from zero to over 350 customers in the college and pro athletic space until ultimately exiting for multiple seven figures. Tim shares his perspective on why the "programming culture" needs the "athletic culture" and how anyone with determination and patience can learn to code.

 

Show Notes

https://blog.parallelplatform.com/tim-layer/

 

Connect with Tim

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Connect with Tyler

 

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Recommend A Former Athlete

Know a former athlete who is doing big things in life after sports? If so, email us at podcast@parallelplatform.com -- we'd love to talk about having them on the show.

February 26, 2019  

Introducing Life After Sports

Competing in sports prepares elite athletes for ANY professional challenge.

Coming this March, Life After Sports is a bold new podcast from Parallel that tells explores the stories, ideas , strategies and methods elite athletes are using to transition from playign sports to their next career.

Host and former Division I athlete Tyler Baker digs into guests’ playing careers, their exits, and how they used the lessons of elite athletics to reinvent themselves after sports. Hear how they became top creators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and more.

If you’re a current college athlete, a recent graduate, or anyone struggling to move from sports to the next chapter-- this show is for you. As you explore the mindsets, practices, and strategies of other top athletes, you’ll uncover your own superpowers as a former athlete. And you’ll be ready to crush it in your next chapter: life after sports.