Category Archives: Sport

Season 2, Ep 7 – Lauren Regula



Lauren Regula, Olympian; Founder of the Strong Mom Movement, and Trak Athletics

What would your goals be if there were no limitations? Kevin and Lauren chat with Lauren Regula about her path from a very small town to becoming an Olympian and professional athlete. She discusses the need to personalize training for what works for you, having conversations with coaches while being coachable, and her struggles with mental health. Her journey of founding the Strong Mom Movement and returning to the mound is full of great advice about handling success, picking yourself up, and not placing limits on yourself.

Learn more about Lauren: Instagram

Learn more about the Strong Mom Method: Instagram


Ep. 035 – Iris and Felicia Zimmermann



Iris and Felicia Zimmermann, US Olympic Fencers 

Is your success yours, or are you chasing someone else’s? In this episode, we speak with Iris Zimmerman and Felicia Zimmerman, sisters who grew up participating and competing in the sport of fencing including a chance to compete with each other at the Olympics. Following their transition out of the sport, they decided to take over and co-own the Rochester Fencing Club where they spent years training for excellence. They discuss their individual and collective paths and experiences as high performing athletes, the realities of being entrepreneurs and owning a business together, managing expectations, and their definitions of success. Iris, now a performance coach with Valor Performance, and Felicia, who splits her time between business consulting in Egypt and owning a business in New York, share many perspectives and takeaways useful for listeners pursuing excellence in sport, business, or any performance domain. 

Learn more about Iris and Felicia: Iris LinkedIn, Felicia Twitter, Valor Performance, Rochester Fencing Club


Ep. 034 – Dr. Mark Williams (TPD Developing High Performers)



Dr. Mark Williams, Professor, Author – The Best – How Elite Athletes are Made

Do you keep moving forward every day toward your goals? In this episode, Dr. Mark Williams shares his path from international youth footballer to world-renowned expert on human performance. He discusses the tremendous growth in the use of science applied to sport, touches on many of the current debates in the world of coaching, and provides his take on the role of genetics versus environment in the development of elite level performance. Dr. Williams also discusses his newest book on elite athletes for which he and his co-author interviewed dozens of elite athletes including Steph Curry, Marcus Rashford, and Pete Sampras to name a few.

To learn more about Dr. Williams: https://www.markwilliamssportsscience.com

To learn more about The Best – How Elite Athletes are Made: https://www.amazon.com/Best-How-Champions-Are-Made/dp/1529304350  


Ep. 030 – Amie Wells



Amie Wells, Broadcasting Manager for the Tennessee Titans; Cohost of Titans All Access

Are you coachable? In this episode, Kevin and Lauren speak with Amie Wells about her path from political science major to one of the media faces of an NFL team. Amie shares the lessons she learned as an intern for the Baltimore Ravens sharpening pencils for the offensive line, the importance of being coachable, and what it is like working around household names on a daily basis. In addition to an insider’s look at an NFL team, Amie’s episode is full of great advice for anyone looking to reach their goals and possibly land their dream job.

Learn more about Amie: Instagram, Twitter


Ep. 029 – Jonathan Avalos (TPD Developing High Performers)



Jonathan Avalos, Founder of Athletic Golf Fitness 

Do you show people that you are invested in them? In this episode Kevin and Lauren speak with Jonathan Avalos about his path from using his background as an athlete to become a trainer to founding his own business specializing in physical fitness training for golfers. Listen to hear Jonathan’s advice on ignoring your thoughts telling you that you can’t do something, the importance of knowing the intent behind every movement, and how easy it is to fall into the trap of getting better at being average. He also shares the importance of leading when no one is watching and the important lesson he learned from his young sons about happiness.

Learn more about Jonathan: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

Learn more about Athletic Golf Fitness: Facebook, Instagram


Ep. 028 – Dr. Lea Ann Parsley



Dr. Lea Ann Parsley, Olympic Silver Medalist, Former Firefighter and EMT, Registered Nurse and Health Educator, Valor Performance Coach

When you encounter something new, particularly something a little scary or risky, do you think “that looks awesome, I’ve got to try that?” In this episode, Dr. Lea Ann Parsley shares with us the life, sport, academic, and work experiences that led her to competing and earning a medal at the 2002 Olympic Games despite starting the sport just a few years prior in her 30s. She discusses being a multi-sport athlete, the influence of her upbringing and family, and how her work as a firefighter, a nurse, and an EMT helped her navigate the mental and physical aspects of skeleton. She also shares how a teammate earned her the second spot on the Olympic roster which, among other experiences, helped her learn the value of surrounding yourself with good people. Lea Ann shares many great takeaways including the value of keeping things in perspective and exploring lots of interests until you find what you’re good at and are passionate about, so you can push that as far as it goes to benefit not only yourself but others.

To learn more about Lea Ann: Bio, Twitter


Ep. 024 – Joe Jacobi



Joe Jacobi, Olympic Gold Medalist, Former CEO of USA Canoe/Kayak, and Performance Coach

Do you focus on and remember more about your start lines or finish lines? In this episode, we speak with Lauren’s Valor Performance colleague, Joe Jacobi, about his sport career, as well as his experiences with leading a national governing body which led him to becoming a performance coach. Joe joins us from Catalonia, Spain, and shares his “outlier” story of getting involved in the sport, his case for a good routine, and how he and his doubles canoe partner implemented deliberate practice, simulation, and visualization leading up to the 1992 Games where they won the first American Gold Medal in whitewater canoe slalom. Joe also tells us about his philosophy on goals, what he views as the real difference maker in high performance, and how he thinks the river is an excellent analogy for life. Whether you are in sport, business, or any other performance domain, Joe shares many applicable stories, takeaways, practices, and lessons. 

Learn more about Joe: Website, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram

Learn more about Valor Performance: Website


Ep. 019 – Sean McEvoy (TPD Developing High Performers Series)



Sean McEvoy, Quarterback Development Coach with Quarterback Takeover

Would you be willing to scrap the technique that you literally wrote the book about? Sean McEvoy discusses his path from a side gig as a high school coach to working with a roster of well known NFL quarterbacks. We talk with him about the phenomenon of recruiting players at younger ages, his approach to developing a QB’s ability to diagnose plays and self correct, and the importance of performing under pressure for success. Listen for great advice and insight on continuous improvement, the value of making genuine connections with others, and the relevance of understanding the “why” behind anything one does.

Learn more about Sean: Instagram, Twitter

Learn more about Quarterback Takeover: Website, Instagram, Twitter


Ep. 013 – Alycia Powell



Alycia Powell, Co-Founder of Champions for Philanthropy

If you realized you weren’t passionate about a goal you already started pursuing, would you keep going or quit? In this episode, we speak with Alycia Powell, Co-Founder of Champions for Philanthropy, a consulting agency that helps professional athletes build, launch, manage and promote their philanthropic interests and goals. Alycia takes us on her journey starting out with her pursuit at an early age of a career in law, to the decision to co-found a company and take the leap to pursue that full-time, through to now where she shares what she’s learning about herself during the pandemic. 

Learn more about Champions for Philanthropy: Website, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube


Ep. 12 – Bryce Tully & Mike Bawol (TPD Developing High Performers Series)



Bryce Tully, Mental Performance Coach for Canadian Olympic Teams, and Mike Bawol, Performance Analyst, Co-Founders Innerlogic

What differentiates those who succeed once versus those who are serial winners? In this episode of the TPD High Performers Series, we speak with Bryce Tully and Mike Bawol, who both work in Canada at the highest level of sport. Listen to our conversation with them as they share stories about their own paths and what they’ve learned about themselves and high performance along the way, explore team culture and the role it plays in performance, and discuss their new venture Innerlogic, a tool aimed at helping companies and organizations monitor and measure culture in real-time to predict performance and utilize the data to make impactful and intentional adjustments to drive success.

Learn more about our guests: Mike Twitter, Bryce Twitter

Learn more about Innerlogic: Twitter, Website


The Path Distilled Podcast, Ep 006 – Brandon Payne (TPD Developing High Performers Series)



Brandon Payne, Founder of Accelerate Basketball, NBA Player Development Specialist, and Personal Development Coach for Stephen Curry

Can you look in the mirror and acknowledge what you don’t do well? In this episode we hear from Brandon Payne, founder of Accelerate Basketball, whose roster includes over $900 million dollars worth of player salaries. Be inspired by his story and approach to high performance development as he tells us about his goal of bridging the talent gap in professional sports, the power of philosophy and aiming for systematic daily improvement, and how Stephen Curry’s meteoric rise cemented the effectiveness of his approach.

Learn more about Brandon: Instagram

Learn more about Accelerate Basketball: Instagram, Twitter


The Path Distilled Podcast, Ep 004 – Matt Palazzolo



Matt Palazzolo, Golf & Body NYC Performance & Movement Specialist

Do you set goals to have something to strive for or because you need to accomplish something?  In this episode we speak with Matt, a performance and movement specialist at Golf & Body NYC who was named one of this year’s 50 Best Golf-Fitness Trainers in America by Golf Digest. Matt’s story about his path to this point in his career highlights the role of autonomy and motivation, how much time he’s spent researching his craft, and other strategies he uses…and how he defines success.

Learn more about Matt: Instagram


The Path Distilled Podcast, Ep 002 – Inga Stasiulionyte



Inga Stasiulionyte, Olympian & Founders Coach

What would you do if you got pulled out of math class and a man you never met before — turns out was a national team coach — said you were going to be a javelin thrower? Inga is a former NCAA Division I Track & Field athlete and Olympian representing Lithuania in the 2008 Games in Beijing. She leads a startup called Ofounders.com that specializes in mind coaching helping startup founders, teams, and professional athletes achieve superior results by using Olympic-standard mindset development techniques, is a Performance Coach for Valor Performance, and heads the MIT Sports Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. Inga’s episode is packed full of useful takeaways from her journey, including the mental shift that propelled her to a world record, what it was like to have to compete in a duel for the last spot on her Olympic team, and how she defines high performance.

Learn more about Inga:  Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram