SquadLocker Releases 10th Episode of Youth Sports Leadership Podcast, On the Whistle

December 3, 2020

Tracy Wemett

Host and CEO of SquadLocker Gary Goldberg interviews coaches and mentors who share inspiring experiences of strength, leadership, and impact on the lives of youth

WARWICK, R.I. – Dec. 3, 2020 – SquadLocker, a leading provider of online tools and services for teams and organizations to manage custom apparel and equipment purchasing, released the 10th episode of its podcast, “On the Whistle,” hosted by Gary Goldberg, CEO of SquadLocker. The most recent episode features guest Digit Murphy who elevates the conversation around the role of women in sports. On the Whistle is sponsored by SportsEngine, an NBC Sports Group company and the leading provider of Sport Relationship Management software.

“It has been an honor and such fun to speak with some of the most loved coaches and mentors who are having an enormously positive impact on youth in sports programs across the U.S.,” said Gary Goldberg. “We are just getting started with my sports leadership podcast, and I look forward to celebrating and spotlighting more inspirational people who share their encouraging past experiences of resilience, leadership, and success, as well as their plans that promise an exciting future in youth sports for the benefit of young lives.”

In the most recent episode of On the Whistle, Digit Murphy, who is head coach of the women’s professional hockey team, Kunlun Red Star, and head coach of Team China Women’s Ice Hockey, among other accolades, talks about the first-hand challenges and rewards of being a woman in sports leadership. She says, “It’s not about the wins and losses. It’s about the journey and what you learn along the way.”

In Episode 5, guest Willie Edwards, assistant football coach at Brown University, shares his recipe for effective coaching – a blend of discipline, love, firmness, and hard work. He talks about his life playing football, what motivated him to succeed, and how he coaches his players today. Willie says, “I motivate in a way that doesn’t disappoint – other players, coaches, and themselves. But I never sugar coat anything.”

In Episode 6, guest Jay Calnan, founder of construction management company J. Calnan & Associates and co-founder of Team IMPACT, talks about what seriously ill children can teach college athletes about resilience. Team IMPACT matches chronically ill kids with a college athletic team. Jay says, “The life lessons I have learned through sports – teamwork, work ethic, accountability, resilience, grit – I have applied to life-changing relationships I’ve developed over the years.”

Guest Jamie Munro, founder of 3d Lacrosse and owner of JM3 Sports, talks about his background in coaching and why he thinks we need to balance structure with free play. In Episode 7, he says, “By teaching people to do something, you take away their ability to figure it out for themselves.”

In Episode 8, guest Mike Evans, founder and executive director of Full Court Peace, discusses how basketball can unify people of different races, religions, and economic classes. Full Court Peace began in Belfast, Ireland when a group of boys from a Catholic-only high school and boys from a Protestant-only high school came together to form one basketball team. He says, “Basketball can be a unifying force.”

Guest Dave Belisle entered the hearts of sports fans, parents, coaches, and kids everywhere during his five minute speech after losing at the Little League World Series. He is best known for that ESPN moment that went viral. He is famous for saying, “If everyone played baseball like Cumberland Americans, this would be the greatest game.” He talks about the story behind his viral speech to his team and more in Episode 9.

To suggest topics or guests for On the Whistle, please email Gary at gary@onthewhistle.com or connect with him on LinkedIn.

Produced by Sweet Fish Media, On the Whistle explores the inspiration and impact that coaches, teachers, and administrators from schools and sports organizations have on improving the lives of young people.

To listen to On the Whistle on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn or Google, go to: http://www.onthewhistle.com/

About SquadLocker

SquadLocker uses innovative technologies to reinvent the way sports leagues, teams, and schools design and purchase customized gear, including uniforms, spirit wear, and other apparel. Offering market-leading brands, the company manages the entire process – from instant online store creation to free graphic artwork assistance as well as decoration, production, and fulfilment – from its wholly-owned manufacturing facility. This makes it easier for league organizers and school administrators to manage sports and school programs, while coaches and teachers can spend more time mentoring and inspiring athletes and students. For more information, visit: www.squadlocker.com and connect on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.


Tracy Wemett




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