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Building with Brick
5 minutes | Nov 2, 2022
Episode 16 - Excerpt from book "So, You want to be a Coach..."
Dr. Joe Brickner retired from his corporate executive position at the age of 50 to become the head men's basketball coach at his alma mater, Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. In his book, "So, You want to be a Coach..." he lays out not only what it took to be a candidate for such a drastic career change, but also what it was like to actually fulfill his dream of being a college basketball coach. He lets the reader in behind closed doors to see what it's exactly like to coach at the small college level. By the end of the book, you will be able to decide if you think it was all worth it or not.
4 minutes | Nov 2, 2022
Episode 15 - Sample of book contents from America: Lost in Place
Dr. Joe Brickner's book, America: Lost in Place is a reflection of Dr. Brickner's life growing up in the 1950's and 60's compared to today. He examines 17 different topics and analyzes them as to being better off today or worse off. He then summarizes his findings and makes recommendations as to how America and Americans can achieve the success our founding fathers envisioned for our country. His book is available on Amazon.com in paperback, eBook, hardback and audio book formats.
39 minutes | Jun 16, 2022
Episode 14 - Jerry Reynolds: NBA's Sacramento Kings' Iron Man
Jerry Reynolds, the second most famous person from French Lick, IN, shares his 35 year experience with the Sacramento Kings. He was an assistant coach, head coach, director of basketball operations and general manager for the Kings - plus he was their TV color commentator for 20 of those years!Coach Reynolds shares his coaching experience as part of two junior college national championship teams, an NAIA national championship team, and holding five different positions with the Kings. His next-door-neighbor-matter-of-fact personality and humorous wit that entertained Kings fans for 20 years are on display in this podcast. You will walk away thinking you've known (and liked) this man for years!
26 minutes | Feb 28, 2022
Episode 13 - Chris Godfrey Interview (Part 4 of 4)
How a Catholic Cardinal and a NFL Owner Influenced Chris Godfrey's Future Chris wraps up his four-part series with some deeply personal experiences with people who have helped guide him down a path that puts others first - especially young people. In Part 4 Chris talks about: John Cardinal O'Connor's surprise guidance revelation Why he wrote "That's Where I Live" & started Life Athletes How he became involved in the Corps of Renewal and Charity (CORAC) His wise advice to players and coaches A deeply spiritual man was my take-home opinion of this giant among NY Giants. Chris Godfrey's feet are solidly on the ground, but his spirit is in Christ and he is not ashamed to profess that fact. The wisdom he shares in Part 4 is of value to young and old alike.
24 minutes | Feb 21, 2022
Episode 13 - Chris Godfrey Interview (Part 3 of 4)
In Part 3 of 4, Chris talks about: how his faith grew after his Green Bay experience his wife Daria, her faith & the sacrifices she made his book, "That's Where I Live" his Christian organization Life Athletes This part in the series delves beyond football and concentrates on things very important to Chris - his faith, his wife and family, his book and his organization that both touch young people's lives. You will quickly recognize that there is much more to this man than being a pro athlete. There is a ton of substance to go along with a great athlete with a great personality.
29 minutes | Feb 12, 2022
Episode 13 - Chris Godfrey Interview (Part 2 of 4)
In Part 2 of our interview with Chris Godfrey, All-pro and Super Bowl winning offensive guard for the NY Giants, Chris discusses: how his life changed at age 23 moving from defensive lineman to offensive guard teammates who were "Players who made plays" Coaching Mentors what the pre-Super Bowl locker room was like Once again Chris shares the behind the scenes stories of his journey from getting cut numerous times to winning a championship with the fledgling United States Football League (USFL) to becoming a starter for the Giants and winning the 1987 Super Bowl. Along the way he discovered just how big of a part God played in his life.
26 minutes | Feb 8, 2022
Episode 13 - Chris Godfrey Interview (Part 1 of 4)
Chris Godfrey grew up in Detroit and played on three University of Michigan Big Ten Champs and Rose Bowl teams as a starting defensive lineman. He eventually moved to the offensive line as a pro and played 9 professional seasons, highlighted by his Super Bowl win over the John Elway's Broncos in of all places, the Rose Bowl!In part 1 of 4 Chris talks about: growing up in Detroit and being mentored early for success having to move to Florida his high school senior year coming back to Michigan to play for the Wolverines how playing for Bo Schembechler prepared him for the NFL As you will find out in the latter parts of this 4-part series, Chris was and is much more than just a pro football player. He became a lawyer, and author, and founded an organization, Life Athletes, geared to help people do what is right and to never quit. He is smart, articulate, spiritual and well grounded. He shares his secret to success with the listeners and offers his guidance for others as they face adversity.
21 minutes | Feb 4, 2022
Episode 12 - Bill O'Connor Interview (Part 4 of 4)
In Part 4 of 4, Coach O'Connor talks about: any career regrets? advice for young coaches practices being relevant, competitive, and repetitive staying healthy staying close to the game in retirement Coach OC raps up his in-depth interview with some great counsel for coaches, both young and old. After 41 years of coaching, Bill's perspective on what, how, when and why to coach is invaluable.
22 minutes | Jan 31, 2022
Episode 12 - Bill O'Connor Interview (Part 3 of 4)
In Part 3 Hall of Fame Coach O'Connor talks about: difference between coaching at 2 yr vs 4 yr college recruiting to a 4-year school attendance at today's basketball games how his faith influenced his program how difficult a coach's wife's life can be As always, Bill is frank in giving his opinion on all of these items, and shares a number of nuggets of wisdom garnered over 41 years of coaching experience.
21 minutes | Jan 23, 2022
Episode 12 - Bill O'Connor Interview (Part 2 of 4)
Greater Kansas City Basketball Coaches Assn's HOF coach O'Connor continues his "Building with Brick" podcast with Part 2 of 4 by discussing: who his coaching mentors were his "take-aways" from working/playing for various coaches recruiting to a remote location the difference between small college and major college players Coach O'Connor is one of the few coaches who has coached at the high school, junior college, small college, and major college levels. His insight is remarkable as he shares his experiences.
23 minutes | Jan 16, 2022
Episode 12 - Bill O'Connor Interview (Part 1 of 4)
Bill O'Connor, the long time head coach of Rockhurst University in KC, is this month's guest on "Building with Brick." Coach O'Connor is the winningest basketball coach in the history of Rockhurst. He won multiple "Coach of Year" awards in two different conferences at the college level. He coached at the high school, junior college, small college and major college levels throughout his 41-year coaching career. He is a member of the Greater Kansas City Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, inducted in 2019. In Part 1 of 4 of the podcast, Bill talks about: Growing up in an Irish Catholic neighborhood Being cut from the team as a freshman in high school Being a starter on his No.1 KC ranked team as a senior in high school Playing college basketball at a small college power Coach O'Connor is informative and entertaining in Part 1 as he lays out for the listener the path he followed in order to pursue his dream of being a basketball coach. His resilience is obvious as you listen to him relive his playing days, which allows you a peak into why he was so successful as a coach.
25 minutes | Jan 8, 2022
Episode 11 - Rich Niemann Interview (Part 4 of 4)
Rich Niemann, former ABA and NBA player, completes his "Building with Brick" podcast interview in Part 4 of 4 as he discusses: his advice for players who want to get to the next level his advice for coaches who want to make a career of coaching the difference between coaching girls vs. boys his advice on choosing a career, even if it is not in athletics Rich raps up his podcasts with words of wisdom and experience. Like many others from the "Building with Brick" podcasts, he is a role model for those who want to be successful, regardless of their chosen career. For podcast interviews with other successful role models, you can go to www.drjoebrickner.com.
23 minutes | Dec 29, 2021
Episode 11 - Rich Niemann Interview (Part 3 of 4)
Rich Niemann was a star center for the St. Louis University Billikens who was drafted and played in both the ABA and the NBA. In Part 3 of 4, Rich shares his thoughts concerning: Choosing to become a teacher after pro ball Keeping his mind and body healthy as he ages Volunteering in Retirement How his Catholic Education and faith has guided him over the years Making a career change into academia did not come easy, but Rich leveraged his education and experience to help thousands of young people as they moved through the private and public school systems in St. Louis.
25 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
Episode 11 - Rich Niemann Interview (Part 2 of 4)
Continuation of in-depth interview with Rich Niemann, former St/ Louis University star and NBA & ABA player.In Part 2 of 4 Rich talks about: Coaches from high school thru the pros Life lessons learned from teammates & coaches Why AAU after the pros Career after bball
19 minutes | Dec 8, 2021
Episode 11 - Rich Niemann Interview (Part 1 of 4)
Rich Niemann was a 7'0 post player who won a state championship in high school, was a star at St. Louis University, was drafted by both the NBA and the ABA, and eventually played in both leagues. After completing his pro career, he eventually got his Master's degree and became a teacher and an assistant coach in high school.A Chemistry major in college, Rich used his knowledge and life experiences to teach young people not only the academics they needed to succeed, but also the life lessons to do the same. Even in retirement, the "gentle giant" dedicates much of his time helping others, most recently in helping seniors with tax return preparation.This four-part series will lead you down Rich's path to success, helping you decipher what brings such success to a person who lost a parent rather early in life.In Part 1 of 4, Rich talks about: Always being taller than his age group winning a high school state championship playing college basketball playing pro ball in both the NBA and the ABA
21 minutes | Nov 7, 2021
Episode 10 - Tony Garofalo Interview (Part 4 of 4)
Tony Garofalo became the youngest trainer in the major leagues when the Chicago Cubs hired him away from the St. Louis Cardinals' organization. In Part 4 of 4, Tony discusses: the top 3 highlights of his career how his faith influenced his career career regrets advice for people who want to become athletic trainers Tony wraps up his 4-part series in grand style. His honest and forthright comments concerning his career are words of wisdom for younger athletic trainers seeking to advance to the highest level of their profession.
28 minutes | Oct 30, 2021
Episode 10 - Tony Garofalo Interview (Part 3 of 4)
Tony Garofalo went from a volunteer high school trainer to becoming the youngest head trainer in the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs. He shares his story, and in Part 3 of 4 Tony discusses:* how the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) was formed* his role in founding PBATS and his continued contributions to it* heart-warming stories of be-friended Cubs players, including Bobby Mercer and Bruce SutterWhen many of today's athletes are concerned about their next contract or promotional gig, Tony's stories of some great Cubs' players restore your confidence in athletes who are generous and compassionate.
24 minutes | Oct 24, 2021
Episode 10 - Tony Garofalo Interview (Part 2 of 4)
Tony Garofalo, who went from a volunteer high school trainer to the head athletic trainer for the Chicago Cubs, continues his "Building with Brick" interview with Dr. Joe Brickner (www.drjoebrickner.com) with Part 2 of 4. In Part 2, Tony talks about: how he moved from a college student trainer at Benedictine College (KS) to the athletic trainer (AT) for the Cardinals' Sarasota Rookie League team what and who he experienced at the Cardinals' AA farm club in Arkansas how he became a candidate for the head trainer job for the Chicago Cubs and how he eventually became the youngest AT in the major leagues how athletic training has drastically changed over the past few years If you are a baseball fan, especially if you are a Cardinals or Cubs fan, you will not want to miss this podcast. Tony shares behind the scenes things that only he would know, and how, as a native St. Louisan, he was received back at Busch Stadium when he returned with a Cubs uniform on.Part 2 of this podcast builds the foundation for the stories Tony will tell in Parts 3 and 4 of his relationships with many players whom the average fan will recognize. A number of these stories are truly inspiring and will restore confidence in the character of some of our athletic heroes.
23 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Episode 10 - Tony Garofalo Interview (Part 1 of 4)
Tony Garofalo went from a volunteer high school manager/trainer to becoming the head athletic trainer for the Chicago Cubs for more than a decade. In this interview Tony tells his story and shares the lessons he learned along the way. He also shares experiences he had with major league baseball players who not only benefited from his athletic training expertise, but also became good friends of his.In Part 1 of 4 of Tony's "Building with Brick" podcast Tony talks about: his early sports experience and where he got his competitive spirit progressing from high school to college to professional baseball as an athletic trainer why and how he chose Athletic Training as a career path his mentors along the way Tony is now semi-retired, but still works with physicians to help people who are in need of the training expertise he developed over 40+ years.
25 minutes | Oct 3, 2021
Episode 9 - Mike Tharp Interview (Part 4 of 4)
International Journalist Mike Tharp culminates his in-depth "Building with Brick" interview with Dr. Joe Brickner in Part 4 of 4, discussing the following: how 16.5 years of Catholic Education formed his work ethic where his faith life is today after all of his war zone experience his latest fight with bone marrow cancer advice for a journalism career & recommended schools of journalism advice for pursuing a coaching career Mike is very candid in addressing the above five topics, and the viewer/listener will benefit significantly from Mike's take on journalism today after over 50 years in a writing career with some of the top newspapers and magazines in the world. Mike Tharp has truly lived an exciting and challenging life, but is now facing his biggest confrontation yet with his latest cancer diagnosis.
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