The show educates, entertains and inspires by spotlighting courageous sports game-changers overcoming adversity. Listeners will receive valuable advice on tackling challenges from the best in the game and be entertained by gripping behind-the-scenes stories. The commentary from Mark Hochgesang, the host, is shaped by his deep love and knowledge of sports and 30 years of management experience at Nike, adidas and Easton. Remarkable athletes, sports figures and business teammates will also share their personal journeys and insights on Heavy Hitter Sports.

Recent Episodes

Star-Spangled Sports Moment

Nov. 22, 2021

Host Mark Hochgesang spotlights the inspiring New York Islander fan sing along of The Star-Spangled Banner during the opening of the brand new UBS arena on Saturday November 20. Enjoy! Check out the video of the event: http…

Youth Sports Champion: Natalie Hummel

Nov. 9, 2021

Natalie Hummel, co-founder of every kid sports, and Mark agree that every child should be allowed to play sports. Sadly, that's a reality for only 22% of low-income kids. Natalie's non-profit is making a positive impact by p…

Sports Changemaker: Kate Delhagen

Nov. 3, 2021

Host Mark Hochgesang speaks with Kate Delhagen. Kate is the founder of Oregon Sports Angels and a former Nike colleague of Mark's. Topics range from Jesse Owens, Billie Jean King and Mark Cuban to business start-up investing…

Unsung Hero: Coach Ballgame

Oct. 20, 2021

Coaching can make all the difference to young athletes. Host Mark Hochgesang speaks with baseball's unsung hero, James Lowe. 'Coach Ballgame' teaches baseball year-round to 4 to 12 year old boys and girls. His wacky, but hig…

Baseball Science for All: Adjust to Advance

Sept. 29, 2021

Guest Linda Wawrzyniak shares key findings from her brand-new book Million-Dollar Adjustments. In the conversation with host Mark Hochgesang, Linda shows how minor adjustments can make a major impact in sports, business and …

USC Football Emergency Podcast: Part 2

Sept. 17, 2021

In part 2 of their emergency podcast host Mark Hochgesang and his son Chris present their final picks for who they think should replace Clay Helton at the helm of USC football. But Mark and Chris shift gears in this second…

About the Host

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.