CSR 80 Fr Michael Lightner

Fr Michael Lightner Episode 80 10 AUG 2020 He is an administrator of three churches in northeast Wisconsin. In his college days he was an offensive lineman, playing football at the University of Eastern Michigan, where he had earned a

CSR 79 John Jakubik

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

CSR 78 Bill Bommarito

Bill Bommarito Episode 78 27 JULY 2020 A longtime coach, having done so in football, baseball, soccer, and softball. He is the founder of Coaching Coaches and has had over 70 thousand volunteer coaches and parents participate in his coaching

CSR 77 Frank Allocco

Frank Allocco Episode 77 20 JULY 2020 The Executive Sr. Associate Athletics Director for External Relations at the University of San Francisco (a Catholic school).  He won 17 league championships and two Division I state championships in 18 years at

CSR 76 Anne Stricherz

Anne Stricherz Episode 76 13 JULY 2020 The varsity girls golf coach at St. Francis High School in the San Jose, California, area, where she is also the Assistant Athletic Director for Mission and Engagement. She previously was the junior

CSR 75 Kevin O’Brien

Kevin O’Brien Episode 75 6 JULY 2020 He played professional football in the mid-1990s, including the NFL (Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots), the CFL, and the World League (which became NFL Europe). He had played college football at Bowling

CSR 74 Ryan Vermillion

Ryan Vermillion Episode 74 29 JUNE 2020 The Head Athletic Trainer for the NFL’s Washington Redskins, having started in that role in January.  He had spent the previous 18 seasons as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Carolina Panthers. Before

CSR 73 Phil Cuzzi

Phil Cuzzi Episode 73 22 JUNE 2020 He has been a Major League Baseball umpire for more than 20 years, including having worked a World Series and multiple National League Championship Series, plus even two All-Star Games. Off the field

CSR 72 Kramer Soderberg

Kramer Soderberg Episode 72 15 JUNE 2020 An assistant coach for the men’s basketball team at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.  Previously he had been in the same role at NCAA Division II Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.  He

CSR 71 Don Dziagwa

Don Dziagwa Episode 71 8 JUNE 2020 The Athletic Director and basketball coach at Tampa Catholic High School, where he has been for over 30 years and was a 2015 inductee to their Hall of Fame.  Back in HIS high

CSR 70 Kate Ziegler

Kate Ziegler Episode 70 1 JUNE 2020 A two-time Olympian (London 2012 & Beijing 2008), four-time World Champion and a world record setter.  In total she won 15 medals in international competition. She retired from swimming in 2016 and has

CSR 69 Jaime Barta

Jaime Barta Episode 69 25 MAY 2020 A junior at Syracuse University where she plays on the softball team after having played at a different school each of the previous two years.  In high school she had been a four-time

CSR 68 Doug Lipinski

Doug Lipinski Episode 68 18 MAY 2020 The Deputy Athletic Director for External Relations at Grand Valley State University in Michigan where he and his staff have been honored with 70 national awards.  As a student athlete at the school

CSR 67 Andrew Whitaker

Andrew Whitaker Episode 67 11 MAY 2020 The Vice President of Operations as well as a founding board member of the National Catholic Coaches Association.  He was a student manager for Michigan State’s football team, coached football for two seasons

CSR 66 Nikki Breske

Nikki Breske Episode 66 4 MAY 2020 She just graduated from Florida State University where she was a pole vaulter, ranking among the Seminoles Top Ten all-time both outdoors and indoors. Born and raised Catholic, in high school she competed

CSR 65 Fr Stephen Gadberry

Fr Stephen Gadberry Episode 65 27 APR 2020 The pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Batesville, Arkansas, AND St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Newport, Arkansas.  He was on Season 10 of “American Ninja Warrior” on NBC in 2018 and

CSR 64 Porter Moser

Porter Moser Episode 64 20 APR 2020 The head men’s basketball coach at Loyola University Chicago since 2011, has been an NCAA Division I men’s basketball coach for 30 years. His 2018 team went to the Final Four.  As a

CSR 63 Sherri Retif

Sherri Retif Episode 63 13 APR 2020 She has been the head coach of the varsity girls basketball team at Germantown Academy for more than 20 years.  Her teams have captured the Inter-Academic Athletic League Championship 19 times, including a

CSR 62 Chris Godfrey

Chris Godfrey Episode 62 6 APR 2020 He played guard in the NFL for the New York Jets, New York Giants, and Seattle Seahawks, including winning a world championship with the Giants in Super Bowl XXI.  He also played on

CSR 61 Rich Garcia

Rich Garcia Episode 61 30 MAR 2020 A former Major League Baseball umpire, having worked in the American League for 25 years and been involved in four World Series.  He went on to be a MLB Supervisor for eight years.

CSR 60 Zach Eckert

Zach Eckert Episode 60 23 MAR 2020 A former lacrosse player who is an avid surfer and serves as the Director of Campus & Sports Ministry at JSerra Catholic High School in Orange County, California.  He is also a 3rd

CSR 59 Kelly Larson

Kelly Larson Episode 59 16 MAR 2020 An Assistant Girls Track Coach at City High School in Iowa City, Iowa, where the team has won four state championships in her 18 years there.  She competed in track & field as

CSR 58 Elliot Panicco

Elliot Panicco Episode 58 9 MAR 2020 A goalkeeper for NashvilleSC of Major League Soccer, having been selected in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft in January. He had attended UNC Charlotte, where he earned All-Southeast Region honors three

CSR 57 Steven Didik

Steven Didik Episode 57 2 MAR 2020 A triathlete who also had a successful college soccer career.  He is a Zone 3 ambassador, which is the world’s highest rated triathlon brand.  He also has many triathlons lined up to qualify

CSR 56 Bill Thierfelder

Bill Thierfelder Episode 56 24 FEB 2020 Currently in his 16th year as president of Belmont Abbey College, which is a Catholic, Benedictine liberal arts college, he has been involved in sports in a variety of roles. He was the

CSR 55 Tim Triplett

Tim Triplett Episode 55 17 FEB 2020 The co-founder and president of the National Catholic Coaches Association, he has 14 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and high school levels.  He is currently the head football coach and assistant

CSR 54 David Belisle

David Belisle Episode 54 10 FEB 2020 A lifelong coach, he was an assistant coach for high school hockey for 39 years and also gained national attention as the manager of the Cumberland Americans Little League team, including being seen

CSR 53 Matt Yoches

Matt Yoches Episode 53 3 FEB 2020 The Director of Football Operations at Miami University in Ohio, where he is also the team chaplain. Among the many tasks he handles is being the liaison for NFL scouts. He had played

CSR 52 Dr. Kelly Morrow

Dr. Kelly Morrow Episode 52 27 JAN 2020 In the lead-up to Super Bowl Sunday, we talk about domestic violence. Plus, in the wake of cheating being a hot topic in MLB news lately, we cover that as well.  In

CSR 51 John Keating

John Keating Episode 51 20 JAN 2020 The head coach of the men’s soccer team at Belmont Abbey, a Catholic college in North Carolina.  He played pro soccer in South Africa and captained West Virginia University men’s soccer.  He is

CSR 50 Rachael Popcak

Rachael Popcak Episode 50 13 JAN 2020 A competitive figure skater from the time she was eight years old through college. She is the founder/director of the Saint Sebastian Center for Performance Excellence. She is a licensed therapist with advanced

CSR 49 Erika Maurer

Erika Maurer Episode 49 6 JAN 2020 A cradle Catholic, she played soccer all throughout high school and college, attending Catholic schools and even getting her degree in Theology. She is the creator of the Sportsmanship and Spirit Ministry for

CSR 48 Louise Dussault (“Duce”)

Louise Dussault Episode 48 30 DEC 2019 The Director of Catholic Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Providence, up in Rhode Island.  She played softball, volleyball, and basketball, and in her current role is hands-on with the Catholic Athletic League,

CSR 47 Bob Bauman

Bob Bauman Episode 47 23 DEC 2019 The head coach of the boys’ varsity soccer team at Cristo Rey, a Catholic high school in Tampa. Last year the Tampa Bay Times ranked him 20th on a list of the top

CSR 46 Peter Mulry

Peter Mulry Episode 46 16 DEC 2019 One of the winningest coaches in high school baseball, having coached for ten years at Tampa Catholic High School where he posted an amazing won-lost record of 329-39.  His teams won four state

CSR 45 Tony Saladino

Tony Saladino Episode 45 9 DEC 2019 Every year since 1981 a tournament has taken place to promote high school baseball in Hillsborough County (Tampa, Florida area).  It was first established as a memorial for Tony Saladino, Sr. and has

CSR 44 Takeaways from 2nd Global Congress on Sport and Christianity

2nd Global Congress on Sport and Christianity Takeaways Episode 44 2 DEC 2019 To borrow a football term, an audible is called at the last-minute when the scheduled guest doesn’t show up, utilizing this episode instead to share some insights

CSR 43 Mark Blaise

Mark Blaise Episode 43 25 NOV 2019 Since June 2017 he has been the program’s second head men’s lacrosse coach at Benedictine College, a Catholic institution in Kansas, where he graduated from in 2013.  As an undergrad he was a

CSR 42 Haley Scott DeMaria

Haley Scott DeMaria Episode 42 18 NOV 2019 In college she was left paralyzed with a broken back after a bus accident involving her swim team from the University of Notre Dame, with two teammates having been killed instantly.  After

CSR 41 Jacob Flores

Jacob Flores Episode 41 11 NOV 2019 He was with the NFL’s Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills and, more recently, the Atlanta Legends of the Alliance of American Football.  He had played college football at Dartmouth, and has now

CSR 40 Clay Dimick

Clay Dimick Episode 40 4 NOV 2019 A current member of the Charlotte Independence, which plays in the USL Championship, the largest pro soccer league in North America. He had played collegiately at Belmont Abbey, a Catholic school in North

CSR 39 Fr John Perdue – The Flying Fathers

Fr John Perdue – The Flying Fathers Episode 39 28 OCT 2019 The Flying Fathers were a hockey team of Catholic priests originally started back in the early 1960s. There is optimism of-late for the team’s resurrection, according to Father

CSR 38 Bear Woznick

Bear Woznick Episode 38 21 OCT 2019 He is a champion of numerous surfing events.  He is also a licensed scuba diver and licensed private pilot.  Plus, he is a skydiver and has rappelled off mountains.  He has even been

CSR 37 Luke Vercollone

Luke Vercollone Episode 37 14 OCT 2019 He played 15 years of pro soccer, having retired last year from the United Soccer League after having initially been drafted into Major League Soccer.  He had played the sport collegiately at Seton

CSR 36 Tanner Kalina

Tanner Kalina Episode 36 07 OCT 2019 In college he played Division I baseball and was being scouted by the New York Mets, going on to play at another college before eventually made his way out of the sport.  He

CSR 35 Matt Biondi

Matt Biondi Episode 35 30 SEP 2019 He has been a sports TV anchor and sports reporter in Seattle and many other markets, and he has been a sports radio host.  He even still does some work for media outlets

CSR 34 Megan Landry

Megan Landry Episode 34 23 SEP 2019 Finished her softball career at Nicholls State University (in Louisiana) as the program’s all-time leader in victories, following a career at Central Catholic High School in which she played three sports, which included

CSR 33 Dr. Kelly Morrow

Dr Kelly Morrow Episode 33 16 SEP 2019 Fans taking sports too seriously.  Parents being WAY too involved in their son or daughter’s sports.  Superstitions that fans carry out.  Sports betting.  Hear about these and other issues from a professional

CSR 32 Sue Medley

Sue Medley Episode 32 9 SEP 2019 Fifteen years ago she was told by doctors that she had six months left to live!  She was the Head Volleyball Coach at Saint Mary’s College in Indiana, then moved on to be

CSR 31 Bill Hogan

Bill Hogan Episode 31 2 SEP 2019 Currently at St. Joseph’s College in Indiana, his alma mater, he previously was the Director of Athletics for ten years at Seattle University after having held the same position for 15 years at

CSR 30 Joe Paterick

Joe Paterick Episode 30 26 AUG 2019 He has done 52 marathons and has been a triathlete for 24 years.  Back in the day he also played football and basketball.  The day before this interview was recorded, he did a

CSR 29 Cam Cameron

Image credit: Miami Dolphins Cam Cameron Episode 29 19 Aug 2019 He spent many years in the National Football League, as head coach of the Miami Dolphins, plus he was the offensive coordinator for both the Baltimore Ravens and the

CSR 28 Sue Moucha

Sue Moucha Episode 28 12 AUG 2019 A four-time member of Team USA for the Paralympics, winning seven medals – two silver and three bronze in swimming, and two GOLD in running.  She set one world record in swimming and

CSR 27 Tom Scott

Tom Scott Episode 27 22 AUG 2019 A Team USA competitor in karate, he has participated in a long, long, LONG list of events ranging from Pan American Games to World Championships, the World Games, and more, having won numerous

CSR 26 Rich Donnelly

Rich Donnelly Episode 26 29 JUL 2019 Currently the manager of the Kingsport Mets, he coached in the major leagues for over 25 years, most recently as third base coach with the Seattle Mariners but other stops along the way

CSR 25 Steven Lopez

Steven Lopez Episode 25 22 JUL 2019 A five-time Olympian, he won a gold medal in taekwondo at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Games and then a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics.  He is also a five-time world champion. 

CSR 24 Taylor Schroll

Taylor Schroll Episode 24 15 JUL 2019 A four-sport athlete in high school, he ran track in college, at a Catholic university — including competing against some Olympians — and today is a coach for the boys track team at

CSR 23 Tom Lynn

Tom Lynn Episode 23 08 JUL 2019 An attorney who is now an agent certified by the National Hockey League Players Association and has a long career in hockey as a front office executive, including as the Assistant General Manager

CSR 22 Chris Gomez

Chris Gomez Episode 22 01 JUL 2019 He played college hockey and now coaches in that sport, while serving as the Board President for Catholic Sports Camps.  (His father had run a hockey camp in the 1980s with the Chicago

CSR 21 Mike Gutelius

Mike Gutelius Episode 21 24 JUN 2019 The head football coach at The Catholic University of America, which is located in our nation’s capital, although he has – in his words – experienced the differences of being a practicing Catholic

CSR 20 Bob Fisher

Bob Fisher Episode 20 17 JUN 2019 A 25-time Guinness World Record holder for free throw shooting, he began coaching basketball in 1982.  He had played high school basketball and went on to play in recreational leagues until he was

CSR 19 Mark Van Guilder

Mark Van Guilder Episode 19 10 JUN 2019 He played for the NHL’s Nashville Predators as well as many years with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, plus he has been playing pro hockey overseas in Europe.  He played his college hockey

CSR 18 Megan Aaron

Megan Aaron Episode 18 03 JUN 2019 Having just finished her collegiate career, she was a Division I soccer player for Troy University in Alabama.  Prior to that she played her senior season at Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School and served

CSR 17 Bailey Landry

Bailey Landry Episode 17 27 MAY 2019 She has played softball for Team USA as well as professionally, plus she enjoyed a college career at LSU that consisted of three Women’s College World Series appearances and her being named an

CSR 16 Fr Chuck Dornquast

Fr Chuck Dornquast Episode 16 20 MAY 2019 The team priest for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he also played football himself in high school.  He was just ordained four years ago and is currently at St. Lawrence in Tampa, Florida. 

CSR 15 Dr Joe Estwanik

Dr Joe Estwanik Episode 15 13 MAY 2019 An orthopedic surgeon who is in the Carolina Boxing Hall of Fame.  He is a past president of the Association of Ringside Physicians and was a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee

CSR 14 Sister Rita Clare Yoches

Sister Rita Clare Yoches Episode 14 06 MAY 2019 She played professional football for four years after having previously been an athlete in another sport, having earned a full basketball scholarship to Detroit Mercy, where she played for four years. 

CSR 13 Theresa Feaster

Theresa Feaster Episode 13 29 APR 2019 The Director of Hockey Operations at Providence College for the men’s hockey team, she is a lifelong Catholic, the oldest of five children.  Theresa attended Catholic elementary, high school (valedictorian), and college.  She

CSR 12 Neal Pionk

Neal Pionk Episode 12 22 APR 2019 New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk cautions parents about putting too high of a priority on a child’s potential hockey career.  Plus, he talks about being born into the Catholic faith and attending

CSR 11 Len Clark

Len Clark Episode 11 15 APR 2019 He covers University of Notre Dame Athletics for Irish 101 and Irish Illustrated, and is also the Notre Dame reporter for Fan Media.  Len has also served as a reporter for ESPN Radio’s

CSR 10 Pat McCaskey

Pat McCaskey Episode 10 08 APR 2019 A Chicago Bears’ Board Member and a Bears’ Vice President, he is the Chairman of Sports Faith International, which recognizes people who are successful in sports while leading exemplary lives. He is the

CSR 9 Joe Mesi

Joe Mesi Episode 09 01 APR 2019 A former heavyweight boxer who finished with a 36-0 won-lost record (29 KOs), getting to No. 1 in the world where he would’ve fought for the heavyweight title but suffered a serious head

CSR 8 Chris Ledyard

Chris Ledyard Episode 08 25 MAR 2019 Inducted into the Sports Faith Hall of Fame in 2015, the next year he became the Athletic Director at JSerra Catholic High School after more than 20 years at the helm of the

CSR 7 Jimmy Osting

Jimmy Osting Episode 07 18 MAR 2019 He’s a cradle Catholic, having attended Catholic grammar and high schools, his kids are altar servers, and oh, he just happens to have pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres (drafted

CSR 6 Jim Sweeney

Jim Sweeney Episode 06 11 MAR 2019 Featured in an ESPN “30 for 30” called “Playing for the Mob,” he stood strong during the Boston College (basketball) point-shaving scandal, sticking to his moral roots and not taking a bribe. He

CSR 5 Joe DeLamielleure

Joe DeLamielleure Episode 05 04 MAR 2019 A Pro Football Hall of Famer (Buffalo Bills, 1973-79, 1985 and Cleveland Browns, 1980-84) who is also being inducted into a Catholic hall of fame.  He also is on the Board for an

CSR 4 Mike Candrea

Mike Candrea Episode 04 25 FEB 2019 Coached Team USA to the Olympic gold medal in 2004 in Athens and the silver medal in 2008 in Beijing in women’s softball, but, ten days before the 2004 Games he lost his

CSR 3 Rebecca Dussault

  Rebecca Dussault Episode 03 18 FEB 2019 She skied in the Winter Olympics in 2006 in Torino (Italy) and is a world champion, being a multi-sport athlete. She discusses peer pressure she had to stay away from in her

CSR 2 Kyle Schmidt

Kyle Schmidt Episode 02 11 FEB 2019 Playing with some teammates who are now in the NHL, he scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Michigan in the 2011 NCAA Championship game in front of 19,000 fans at the Xcel

CSR 1 Introducing Catholic Sports Radio

Catholic Sports Radio Episode 01 01 FEB 2019 To launch the show, the host talks about Catholic Sports Radio’s mission and what listeners can expect to hear (and how they can help) plus he talks about what qualifies him to