Heavy Hitter Sports entertains, educates & inspires by spotlighting sports game-changers. Athletes & sports business leaders share their stories of resilience & provide valuable advice on how to tackle challenges on & off the field of play. Host Mark Hochgesang's commentary is shaped by his deep love & knowledge of sports & 30 years of management experience at Nike, adidas & Easton.

Recent Episodes

Andy Robbins: Leadership Lessons

Dec. 14, 2022

Andy Robbins shares interesting & instructive advice on how to improve leadership skills, whether in sports or business. We talk about how to create compelling visions, build high performance teams, overcome adversity & unle…

Patrick Chester: Sports Gambling Addiction & Recovery

Dec. 8, 2022

Patrick Chester shares his harrowing story of sports gambling addiction. Long before his staggering debt reached $1M Patrick began fearing for his life & that of his family. But Patrick also shares his inspirational story of…

Suzanne McKenzie: Design Saved My Life

Sept. 29, 2022

Able Made Website: https://ablemadeshop.com/ Ucal McKenzie Breakaway Foundation: https://ucalbreakaway.com/ Purposely Podcast: https://ablemadeshop.com/pages/purposely-podcast

Tennis: Changing of the Guard

Sept. 20, 2022

Tennis is at a crossroads. Serena & Roger have retired. Carlos Alcaraz has successfully stormed into the picture. Can Naomi regain her position on top of the ATP rankings? And how will all-important Nike factor into the game…

Ivan Tchatchouwo: Student Athlete Mental Health

Aug. 10, 2022

Host Mark Hochgesang speaks with Ivan Tchatchouwo, the co-founder of The Zone, a company focused on student athlete mental wellness. Ivan reveals how his personal challenges inspired him to help other young athletes overcome…

Paul McDonald: Game Changer

Aug. 2, 2022

Paul McDonald, the USC national champion and all-American quarterback, discusses three of the most notable games in Trojan football history, his 8-year NFL career and raising three quarterback sons of his own. Paul also talk…

About the Host

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Mark Hochgesang

Host of Heavy Hitter Sports

Mark's goal is to educate, entertain and inspire by bringing compelling sports stories to life. He is a 30-year sporting goods industry veteran, having worked at Nike, adidas and Easton. Mark is now transferring his storytelling skills to the podcast airways. This venue and show focus is a great fit for Mark given his love of sports, industry experience and interest in psychology & personal growth.

Mark's love of sports is broad ranging...baseball, football, soccer, basketball, hockey, lacrosse and all things Olympics. Yes, you might detect a slight bias toward the San Francisco Giants and 49ers, the Portland Trailblazers and the Trojans since he was born in San Francisco, raised in Portland and educated at USC.

Mark also invests in sports related startups via Oregon Sports Angels. Mark, his wife Barbara and their son Chris have lived in Portland for the last 25 years.