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Welcome to the One and One Podcast, where a below average podcaster chats with an above average athlete. Join me, Bridget B., on my quest to get the stories of athletes who have worked just as hard, and have just as many compelling stories, but were not the ones featured on SportsCenter every day. Continue Reading >>
Welcome to the One and One Podcast, where a below average podcaster chats with an above average athlete. Join me, Bridget B., on my quest to get the stories of athletes who have worked just as hard, and have just as many compelling stories, but were not the ones featured on SportsCenter every day. << Show Less
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Mike Giambagno Mike Giambagno is the founder of Every Ball Has A Story, a company that tracks golf balls and the stories they create around the world. He talks about growing up in Paramus, NJ, being the middle of 3 boys, getting into golf at an early age from his father, and his high school career on the golf team. Mike discusses enjoying golf into adulthood, some of the courses he&apos;s played at, and the courses that are on his bucket list. Then, he details how he, his brothers, and a friend came up with the idea of Every Ball Has a Story and putting that idea into action, which included buying a special printer, golf balls in bulk, making custom designs, and creating a website. Mike explains how the golf ball are tracked using QR codes, how a golfer who finds one of the balls can track the courses it has been played on, and how the golfer can then log the courses they have played the ball on. He discusses the progress the company has made since starting in April, some short term goals for 2022, and long term goals going forward.
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Mike Giambagno Mike Giambagno is the founder of Every Ball Has A Story, a company that tracks golf balls and the stories they create around the world. He talks about growing up in Paramus, NJ, being the middle of 3 boys, getting into golf at an early age from his father, and his high school career on the golf team. Mike discusses enjoying golf into adulthood, some of the courses he&apos;s played at, and the courses that are on his bucket list. Then, he details how he, his brothers, and a friend came up with the idea of Every Ball Has a Story and putting that idea into action, which included buying a special printer, golf balls in bulk, making custom designs, and creating a website. Mike explains how the golf ball are tracked using QR codes, how a golfer who finds one of the balls can track the courses it has been played on, and how the golfer can then log the courses they have played the ball on. He discusses the progress the company has made since starting in April, some short term goals for 2022, and long term goals going forward.
Mary Schwappach Mary Schwappach played soccer at the University of Notre Dame from 2012-2016. She talks about growing up in Denver, Colorado, how she got into soccer, starting club soccer at an early age, and being on many successful teams. Mary describes her Mullen High School career where she was a 3-sport athlete, excelling in basketball, track & field, and soccer, but only playing 2 years of high school soccer to prioritize club.  She details her recruiting process, why she chose Notre Dame, switching from the Big East to the ACC following her freshman year, and her career highlights which include 4 years of making the NCAA Tournament. She then discusses her knee injury senior year, the long recovery process, and the difficulty of watching as her team had a great season. Mary gives an update on what is going on  as a post-grad which includes moving back to Denver, loving her job, and keeping up with Notre Dame athletes. Fun fact: Mary has been to all 7 continents!
Caleb Krueger Caleb Krueger played basketball and ran track & field at Ottawa University from 2012-2016 and is now the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of North Carolina Women&apos;s Basketball team. He talks about growing up in Wakefield Kansas, how he got into basketball and track & field, his great career at Wakefield High School, and the process that led to him playing 2 sports at Ottawa University. Caleb details how he was able to play 2 sports at the collegiate level, how he managed his time, and how burning himself out freshman year led him to his interest in strength and conditioning. He discusses how he changed up his training process, the highlights of his basketball and track career with Ottawa, graduating early, and interning with the basketball team. Caleb explains his first job in strength and conditioning at Ottawa working with 8 different sports teams, going to the University of Kansas and working with the women&apos;s basketball team, men&apos;s basketball team, and softball team, and how he adjusted his trainings while student athletes were away from campus during the pandemic. He then talks about how the job with the UNC Women&apos;s Basketball team came to be, what it&apos;s like to work with Head Coach Courtney Banghart, what a day during the season looks like for him, and his excitement for the 2023 season.
Charlie Bagin Charlie Bagin played basketball at Princeton University from 2017-2022, and during a gap year in 2021, he cycled across the country with fellow athlete, Maddie Plank, raising money for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). He talks about growing up in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, being the oldest of four kids, how he got into basketball, and playing on competitive AAU teams. Charlie discusses his high school career at Don Bosco Prep, the rivalry with Bergen Catholic, winning a State Title and a Bergen County Title, and being class valedictorian.  He then explains his recruiting process, why he chose Princeton, the transition from high school to college, and what it was like playing for Head Coach Mitch Henderson. Charlie details his Princeton basketball highlights, playing in the Ivy League, his thoughts on Ivy Madness, and why he decided to take a gap year in 2021 when the Ivy League cancelled all sports. He talks about how this cycling trip came to be, why him and Maddie decided to raise money for NAMI, and he gives all the details of the amazing 68 day trip! He wraps up the episode chatting about his great senior season where Princeton won the Ivy League regular season and his plans for the future.
Christian Rodriguez Christian Rodriguez played baseball at Prairie View A&M University in 2017-2018 before getting cut from the team. Instead of transferring, he stayed at the school to complete his electrical engineering degree and found a love for coaching baseball. Christian talks about growing up in Cypress, Texas, being a Chicago sports fan, how he got into baseball, playing baseball at 2 different high schools in Cypress, and his recruiting process that led him to becoming a preferred walk-on at Prairie View A&M. He explains the try out process, the difficulty of making a baseball team as a walk-on, and getting cut on the last day, and his decision to stay at the school to pursue his degree. Christian describes how he got into coaching baseball through his younger brother, the age groups he coaches, what he likes about it, and how he balanced being a coach and a student. He details the joy he gets from coaching kids, his love for the recruiting process and watching his players sign letters of intents to play at colleges, his recent move to Fort Worth, Texas, after graduating college, currently working full-time, attending graduate school, and coaching, and his future in coaching.
Gianna Bowe Gianna Bowe played lacrosse at the University of North Carolina from 2016-2019 and was a member of the 2016 National Championship Team. She talks about growing up in Mullica Hill, New Jersey,  how she got into the sport of lacrosse, her great three-sport career at Clearview Regional High School, and recovering from an ACL tear her junior year. Gianna describes her recruiting process, why she chose UNC, the transition to college lacrosse, and the great freshman season where both the UNC Women&apos;s Lacrosse Team and the UNC Men&apos;s Lacrosse Team won National Championships. She highlights the rest of her career which includes winning 4 ACC Tournaments, never losing to rival Duke, making 2 more Final Fours, being a spark plug for the team, and the dominance of UNC Women&apos;s Lacrosse over the years. Gianna gives an update to what she is up to now which includes being engaged, a home owner, and continuing to support UNC athletics.
Tia Weledji Tia Weledji played basketball at Princeton University from 2014-2018. She&apos;s also played on the Cameroon National Team and professionally overseas. She talks about growing up in Overland Park, Kansas, coming from an athletic family, her father&apos;s influence on her basketball career,  her great high school career at Saint Thomas Aquinas where she won a State Championship with her older sister, Nelly, and her recruiting process that led her to choose Princeton. Tia discusses Princeton&apos;s dominance in Ivy League Women&apos;s Basketball, playing for then Head Coach Courtney Banghart, playing against Nelly at Brown, the addition of Ivy Madness, and making the NCAA Tournament 3 out of 4 years. She also details the experiences she had playing on the Cameroon National Team in the summers of her Junior and Senior years. Tia also talks about her professional basketball career overseas, the countries she was able to play in, continuing to play for Cameroon, going through rehab after tearing her Achilles, supporting her younger sister, Serena at UPenn, joining Courtney Banghart&apos;s coaching staff at the University of North Carolina for a period of time, why her retirement from basketball isn&apos;t set in stone, and what&apos;s she&apos;s up to now.
Kelly Jekot Kelly Jekot played basketball at Villanova University from 2016-2020 &  Penn State University from 2020-2022. She talks about growing up in Enola, Pennsylvania, in a large, athletic family where she is the oldest of 4 daughters (that all play basketball), how she got into basketball, and her decorated career at Cumberland Valley High School where she won 3 State Championships with her sister, Kate, and was named Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year twice. Kelly discusses her recruiting process, why she chose Villanova, playing for Harry Perretta,  playing in the 2018 NCAA Tournament,  playing against her sister in a Big Five game, and her first ACL tear that happened in 2019. Kelly explains her decision to become a graduate transfer, why she chose Penn State, transferring during COVID-19, and playing for Carolyn Kieger. She then details tearing her other ACL in 2021, having to go through the rehab process all over again, blogging her rehab through TikTok, and using her COVID year in 2022 to play the entire season for Penn State. Kelly discusses wanting to create a positive alumni culture within the Penn State program, her plans for the future, and her continued support for her younger sisters&apos; careers: Kate at Saint Joseph&apos;s, Julie at La Salle, and Jillian in high school.
Kevin Hoehn Kevin Hoehn played basketball for Villanova University from 2018-2021. He talks about growing up in Morristown, NJ, coming from an athletic family that includes the Arcidiaconos, how he got into basketball, attending Morristown High School where he had to opportunity to play with his older brother and scored over 1,000 points, and his experience at the 2016 Final Four that led him to want to play for Villanova. Kevin discusses his recruiting process, choosing to try out as a walk-on for Villanova instead of playing Division 2 or 3, not making the team as a Freshman, but staying connected to the program and doing whatever he could to be involved. He details making the team as a Sophomore, his first time suiting up against UConn at Madison Square Garden, getting to play with his cousin, Chris, and playing for Jay Wright. He also talks about the Tournament being cancelled in 2020, tearing his Achilles Senior year in 2021, his decision to not pursue a 5th year, attending the 2022 Final Four, and what he&apos;s up to now.
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