John Jakubik

Episode 79

3 AUG 2020

A strength and conditioning specialist who played four years of college football at Michigan State after having played football and baseball at Kalamazoo College. After Michigan State he went on to be a graduate assistant/wide receivers coach at Missouri Western State University and later was an Ohio State University Strength and Conditioning intern. In his teen years he attended Detroit Catholic Central High School, where he played football, baseball, and basketball. Currently he also hosts the Coach Kub podcast.

Guest quotes:

“(I) grew up in a Catholic household.  Both parents attended Catholic grade school, Catholic high school… Myself and my two younger brothers… We attended Our Lady of Good Counsel (grade school).”

“I think I was very blessed with a lot of athletic ability, so a lot of these sports did come fairly easy to me and with that I think it helped me progress and learn to love the game, and not just one but a multitude of games, in different sports.”

“I’m forever grateful for the things that sports has done for me.”

“I’m very proud of myself for being consistent with going to Mass and going to Conf– and doing these different things and staying pretty involved in my faith.”

“I had some trials and tribulations at Kalamazoo (College) that first year, but my faith definitely kept me on the right path when things could’ve went in the wrong direction.”

“I think it’s really cool, again when you’re surrounded by people who are on these bigger stages – the basketball guys, the football guys, whatever – but at the end of the day none of that stuff matters without our faith and what we believe in and what we stand on.”

“I try to become the very best version of myself before I can help others on that same journey.  And the foundation of that process… has been my faith.  It always has been, it always will be.”

“God’s teaching us something.  There’s a lesson to be learned in all of this.”

Related link:

John’s website and podcast

[This episode contains a prayer (poem) by Central Catholic High School (Pittsburgh, PA) Principal Ed Bernot, as seen in Play Like A Champion Today’s prayerbook for sports, God, Be In My Sport]