Season 1

March 22, 2023

Mike Hass: From Walk-On to Hall of Famer

Mike Hass shares his incredible journey from walk-on to College Football Hall of Famer. Despite a successful high school career, Mike received no college scholarships. In turn, he walked on at Oregon State. Mike ultimately ea...

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May 31, 2022

Sports Villains: Part Two

Sports is always more interesting when great villains enter the picture. Father & son hosts, Mark & Chris Hochgesang, team up to share their collective list of top 25 sports villains. Part two depicts the 13 most nefarious of...

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May 19, 2022

Meeting in the Middle: Verbal Jiu Jitsu

Leo Wang & Chris Hochgesang are the guest co-hosts on this week's Heavy Hitter Sports show. They use the forum to soft launch their own Meeting in the Middle podcast focused on MMA & UFC. Leo & Chris review the …

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April 21, 2022

Sports Villains: Part One

Sports is always more interesting when great villains enter the picture. Father & son hosts, Mark & Chris Hochgesang, team up to share their collective list of top 25 sports villains. Part one depicts stories of villains 25 t...

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April 18, 2022

Kanga Cairns: Surfing Icon

Ian 'Kanga' Cairns is the greatest big wave rider in surfing history. He was inducted in the surfing Hall of Fame in 2010 after winning multiple world championships, creating his own surfing brand & TV show, organizing two pr...

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March 31, 2022

Brian Bushway: Blind Sports Visionary

Brian Bushway's intense love affair with sports & movement only intensified after he lost his sight at 14. His dream is to create a perceptual revolution in sports and beyond. Brian has been called the World’s Best Blind Moun...

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March 15, 2022

Harold Jensen: Secret Weapon

Celebrate one of the most magical moments in college basketball history with Harold Jensen. The unlikely hero sparked his Villanova Wildcats to a miraculous finals victory over heavily favored Georgetown in 1985. Most consid...

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March 8, 2022

Brandi Heather: Return to Play

Brandi Heather, an award winning disability & inclusion educator, therapeutic play specialist and author, explains how we can all benefit by adding more PLAY into our lives, regardless of age. And for many of us, SPORT serves...

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March 2, 2022

High Voltage Sports AC/DC Style

AC/DC's classic tunes amplify the top ten timely sport grievances of host Mark Hochgesang.

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Feb. 28, 2022

Sports Sponsorship Secrets: Ken Ungar

Ken Ungar, the founder and president of CHARGE, shares what it takes to develop a successful partnership between sponsors & properties, whether they be athletes, teams or leagues. Mark & Ken talk about football, basketball, b...

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Feb. 22, 2022

Jim Stroesser: Brand Builder (Part 2)

After concluding an amazing corporate career at Nike, Oakley and Converse, Jim Stroesser creates his own California centric sports brand, Cali Strong. Jim shares his brand building advice, innovative pandemic strategy and sto...

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Feb. 16, 2022

Jim Stroesser: Turnaround Artist

Jim Stroesser, founder of Cali Strong, was a transformative leader at Nike, Oakley, Quicksilver, Ralph Lauren and LA Gear. But it was a Converse that Jim earned his reputation as a turnaround expert. We'll learn how Jim overh...

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Feb. 3, 2022

Dr. Jim Afremow: The Leader's Mind

Renowned sports psychologist Dr. Jim Afremow joins the Heavy Hitter Sports show. Jim helps athletes attain peak performance. He’s worked with Olympians, MLB, NBA, WNBA, NHL and NFL players and PGA and LPGA golfers around the ...

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Jan. 18, 2022

Women's Sports Champion: Catherine Beldotti Donlan

Guest Catherine Beldotti Donlan shares insights from her general management and sales executive career with some of the most ground-breaking companies in sports...Reebok, Ryka, Puma and Converse. She discusses her role as a c...

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Jan. 13, 2022

Rudy Manival: Product Guru

Guest Rudy Manival provides an insider's look into the Nike product development world. He spent 23 years with the company leading footwear, apparel and product development efforts. Rudy and host Mark Hochgesang discuss Rudy's...

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Jan. 5, 2022

Worst Sports Moments of 2021

Host Mark Hochgesang showcases the worst sports moments of 2021. Time Stamped Show Notes 00: Intro 2:02: Costly Beer Tab 2:44: Space Disaster 4:06: Kelly Goes Southern 4:57: Power to the People 7:12: The Exorcist 8:05: Wemble...

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Dec. 23, 2021

Best Sports Moments of 2021

Host Mark Hochgesang celebrates the top ten sports moments of 2021. And he wraps by sharing his personal Festivus inspired grievance. Cheers to Giannis, Shohei, Simone, Buster, Allyson and Tom Terrific! Boo NCAA & Congress! E...

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Nov. 22, 2021

Star-Spangled Sports Moment

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: https...

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Nov. 9, 2021

Youth Sports Champion: Natalie Hummel

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 pa...

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Nov. 3, 2021

Sports Changemaker: Kate Delhagen

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,...

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Oct. 20, 2021

Unsung Hero: Coach Ballgame

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 high...

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Sept. 29, 2021

Baseball Science for All: Adjust to Advance

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 p...

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Sept. 17, 2021

USC Football Emergency Podcast: Part 2

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 …

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Sept. 15, 2021

USC Football Emergency Podcast: Part 1

My son Chris and I analyze the recent firing of USC football head coach Clay Helton. As Trojan alums and die-hards, we then critique the chief coaching options on the horizon. Hope is on the way. Fight On! Mark's LinkedIn …

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Sept. 3, 2021

John Fogerty: Centerfield

Looking for a dose of pure musical energy as the sports year heats up? Host Mark Hochgesang breaks down the greatest sports rock song of all-time...John Fogerty's Centerfield. John's resilient career is outlined and the hidde...

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July 29, 2021

Lori Emerick: Leadership Multiplier

Today’s guest is Lori Emerick and our focus is on leadership and how to maximize performance & engagement amongst those we manage. Lori is a talented human resources executive who previously worked for Nike, Intel & Boeing. ...

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July 22, 2021

Susanne Mueller: Peak Performer

Enjoy today's talk with Susanne Mueller, renowned business coach, 26 time marathoner, triathlete and fellow podcaster. We discuss the value of diversity, respecting cultural differences, the importance of training and hard w...

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June 24, 2021

Search Secrets Unveiled

Today's workplace is more turbulent than ever. With the help of renowned recruiter Eric Raynard, we unveil the secrets of the executive search world so that "you can be ready when the moment comes." Learn how to more effectiv...

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June 18, 2021

Pre: The Legend Lives On

No US runner has had the last impact of Steve Prefontaine. What makes Pre so memorable? Why do runners still revere this rebel? Tune it to find out. Time-Stamped Show Notes: 0.06 - Show Intro 0:29 - Episode Intro 1:34 …

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May 27, 2021

Bob & TC Chillemi: Those Things Which Hurt, Instruct

Retired adidas sales executive Bob Chillemi shares the heart-breaking story of his beloved son TC who lost his life to drugs at the age of 24. Bob offers advice to teens and parents alike on how best to avoid addiction. …

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May 18, 2021

Zach Banner: Big Man, Bigger Heart

Zach Banner, starting offensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers, shares thoughts on his family, his Jewish community allyship and his injury recovery. He discusses the thrilling USC Rose Bowl victory, his friendship with f...

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May 11, 2021

Captain America: David Gelfand

22 year-old US National Paralympic Swim Team member David Gelfand shares his inspirational story. He discusses his elongated pandemic driven stay in the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, his hopes for Tokyo and ...

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April 27, 2021

Best Sports Movie Awards

Inspiration comes from multiple sources, including great sports films. Enjoy this episode honoring the best in sports movie history. Renowned actors, directors and composers will be recognized. But we'll also have fun with no...

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April 18, 2021

Jackie Robinson: The Chosen One

Jackie Robinson changed baseball and the world for the better when he broke the sport's long-standing color barrier in 1947. Learn about the 10 game-changing 'choices' made by Jackie and his most important allies. Enjoy list...

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April 8, 2021

Biggest Mistakes in Sports History

The top twenty biggest blunders in sports are highlighted. What do Billy Buckner, Pete Carroll, Zinedine Zidane, Greg Norman, Woody Hayes and Chris Webber have in common? They stumbled when it mattered most. Those caught in t...

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March 24, 2021

Jake Olson (Part Two)

Up close and personal with Jake Olson, the first blind athlete to play college football. Jake shares his memories of three pivotal games from his amazing career at USC. He also speaks of his love for golf and his faithful …

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March 22, 2021

Jake Olson (Part One)

Jake shares his battle with cancer that ultimately leads to his total blindness. Undeterred, Jake excels in the classroom and on the field in high school. Ultimately, he gains admittance to USC, his dream school that had prev...

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March 19, 2021

Jim Morris, The Rookie

Jim Morris candidly shares his remarkable journey to become the second oldest rookie in Major League history. Riddled by nine arm or shoulder surgeries, this high school science teacher & baseball coach from west Texas perse...

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