Join Wesley Sykes, the managing editor of Coach & AD, Training & Conditioning, and Winning Hoops, as he talks with athletic administrators, coaches, athletic trainers about their jobs, their philosophies, current trends in athletic industries, and more!

Wesley Sykes is the managing editor of the Coach & AD, Training & Conditioning, and Winning Hoops brands. With more than a dozen years in sports journalism, Wesley earned his degree in communications from Hofstra University. His work has brought him inside NFL and NBA locker rooms, MLB and collegiate dugouts, and high school gymnasiums. Follow him on Twitter: @WesleySykes_, @coach_ad, @traincondition, & @winninghoops!

Matt Feld, Boston Herald freelance sports journalist with Matt Feld, Boston Herald freelance sports journalist Episode #13 — April 01, 2021

In Episode 13, Wesley is joined by Boston Herald freelance sports journalist Matt Feld, who helped break open the story regarding the Massachusetts high school football team using anti-Semitic language during on-field play calls.

Matt Feld, Boston Herald freelance sports journalist

In Episode 13, Wesley is joined by Boston Herald freelance sports journalist Matt Feld, who helped open break the story regarding the Massachusetts high school football team using anti-Semitic language during on-field play calls.

Matt touches on the details of the story, where the team, school, and personnel stand at the moment, as well as the process of reporting such a big, sensitive story.

They close the show with 5 Questions That Have Nothing to do with Sports.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter: @coach_ad; @traincondition; @winninghoops; @WesleySykes_. And stay up to date on all the happenings within the sports industry by visiting our websites: coachad.comtraining-conditioning.comwinninghoops.com.

You can follow Matt on Twitter, @MattyFeld612, as well as the Boston Herald high school sports account, @BostonHeraldHS.

The Rash of Recent Events Involving Race & Athletics Episode #12 — March 25, 2021

In Episode 12, managing sports editor Wesley Sykes discusses the rash of recent events around the high school and collegiate game that has caught his attention for the wrong reasons.

The Rash of Recent Events Involving Race & Athletics

In Episode 12, managing sports editor Wesley Sykes discusses the rash of recent events around the high school and collegiate game that has caught his attention for the wrong reasons.

He begins with a story out of Massachusetts where a high school football team allegedly used anti-Semitic language for its play calls. Then, he shifts to a story out of Oklahoma where an announcer was caught on a hot mic using racist language while referencing a high school girls’ basketball team that knelt during the national anthem. And, finally, he closes with two men’s collegiate basketball players receiving racist messages on social media after being ousted from the NCAA postseason tournament.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter: @coach_ad@traincondition@winninghoops@WesleySykes_. And stay up to date on all the happenings within the sports industry by visiting our websites. coachad.comtraining-conditioning.comwinninghoops.com.

Special Jennings, Montverde Academy WBB head coach with Special Jennings, Montverde Academy WBB head coach Episode #11 — March 11, 2021

In Episode 11, Wesley is joined by Special Jennings, first-year head coach of the Montverde Academy girls' basketball team. She discusses the season as a whole, her coaching influences, her collegiate playing career, and what motivated her as a player.

Special Jennings, Montverde Academy WBB head coach

In Episode 11, Wesley is joined by Special Jennings, first-year head coach of the Montverde Academy girls’ basketball team. Jennings is a four-time Atlantic 10 Champion with Xavier, has played overseas in Finland, and has served as an assistant coach at various colleges.

The two discuss the season as a whole, her coaching influences, her collegiate playing career, and what motivated her as a player.

They close the show with 5 Questions That Have Nothing to do with Sports.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter: @coach_ad@traincondition@winninghoops@WesleySykes_. And stay up to date on all the happenings within the sports industry by visiting our websites. coachad.comtraining-conditioning.comwinninghoops.com.

You can follow Special on Twitter, @SpecialJennings, as well as her Montverde Academy girls’ basketball team, @MVAGBB.

 

Season 1 Recap Episode #10 — February 25, 2021

In Episode 10, Wesley Sykes takes a look back on the first nine episodes of Sideline Sessions and gives a teaser of what to expect moving forward.

Season 1 Recap

In Episode 10, Wesley Sykes takes a look back on the first nine episodes of Sideline Sessions and gives a teaser of what to expect moving forward.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter: @coach_ad; @traincondition; @winninghoops; @WesleySykes_. And stay up to date on all the happenings within the sports industry by visiting our websites. coachad.com; training-conditioning.com; winninghoops.com.

 

Nick Friar, Former NCAA Division I Pitcher with Nick Friar, Former NCAA Division I Pitcher Episode #9 — February 11, 2021

In Episode 9, Wesley is joined by former NCAA Division I pitcher Nick Friar to discuss the finer points of pitching, training high school pitchers, the process of being scouted, the importance of body language, what to look for in choosing successful travel teams, and more.

Nick Friar, Former NCAA Division I Pitcher

In Episode 9, Wesley is joined by Nick Friar, a former NCAA Division I pitcher and private pitching coach. In addition to his collegiate career, Nick now works in sports media and is a private certified strength and conditioning coach.

The two discuss the finer points of pitching, training high school pitchers, the process of being scouted, the importance of body language, what to look for in choosing successful travel teams, and more.

sideline sessionsThey close the show with Nick’s favorite strikeout combinations, who was the most famous person to ever take him yard, and how he’d react after getting a big out or someone pimping a home run.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter: @coach_ad@traincondition@winninghoops@WesleySykes_. And stay up to date on all the happenings within the sports industry by visiting our websites. coachad.comtraining-conditioning.comwinninghoops.com.

You can follow Nick on Twitter, @Nick_Friar, and follow his work covering the Brooklyn Nets at The Nets Wire.

 

Micah Kurtz, 2020 NHSSCA Florida Strength Coach of the Year with Micah Kurtz, 2020 NHSSCA Florida Strength Coach of the Year Episode #8 — January 28, 2021

In Episode 8, Wesley is joined by Micah Kurtz, 2020 NHSSCA Florida Strength Coach of the Year to discuss the importance of building a high school strength program.

Micah Kurtz, 2020 NHSSCA Florida Strength Coach of the Year

In Episode 8, Wesley is joined by Micah Kurtz, 2020 NHSSCA Florida Strength Coach of the Year. He is, additionally, a 2016 NSCA Strength Coach of the Year, owner of TheAthleteMaker.com, and the director of sports performance of Windermere Prep in Orlando.

The two discuss the importance of building a high school strength program, breaking down the intimidation factor of the weight room to young kids, explaining the why and not just the how/what of each exercise, and why guys are obsessed with getting bigger calves.

They close the show with 5 Questions That Have Nothing to do with Sports.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter: @coach_ad; @traincondition; @winninghoops; @WesleySykes_. And stay up to date on all the happenings within the sports industry by visiting our websites. coachad.com; training-conditioning.com; winninghoops.com.

You can follow Micah on Twitter & Instagram, @KurtzM3!

Greg Winkler, Wisconsin HOF Soccer Coach with Greg Winkler, Wisconsin HOF Soccer Coach Episode #7 — January 21, 2021

In Episode 7 of Sideline Sessions, Wesley is joined by Greg Winkler, Wisconsin HOF soccer coach and author of 'The Transformational Coach.' They discuss coaching during COVID, how to build a winning program, problematic parents, and dealing with referees.

Greg Winkler, Wisconsin HOF Soccer Coach

In Episode 7 of Sideline Sessions, Wesley is joined by Greg Winkler, Wisconsin HOF soccer coach and author of ‘The Transformational Coach.’ They discuss coaching during COVID, how to build a winning program, problematic parents, and dealing with referees.

The two close the show with 5 Questions That Have Nothing to do with Sports.

winklerBe sure to follow us on Twitter: @coach_ad; @traincondition; @winninghoops; @WesleySykes_. And stay up to date on all the happenings within the sports industry by visiting our websites. coachad.com; training-conditioning.com; winninghoops.com.

You can get your hands on Winkler’s books on Amazon and can get in touch with him on Twitter, @GregWinkler10.

A. Mark Williams, Ph.D., Sports Psychologist with A. Mark Williams, Ph.D., Sports Psychologist Episode #6 — December 31, 2020

In episode 6 of Sideline Sessions, Wesley Sykes is joined by A. Mark Williams, Ph.D., professor and chair, University of Utah's Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation. 

A. Mark Williams, Ph.D., Sports Psychologist

In episode 6 of Sideline Sessions, Wesley Sykes is joined by A. Mark Williams, Ph.D., professor and chair, University of Utah’s Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation.

They discuss various topics from his new book, co-authored with Tim Wigmore, ‘The Best: How Elite Athletes Are Made’, ranging from the luck and chance involved in young elite athletes to deception and processing power, and why athletes choke.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter: @coach_ad; @traincondition; @winninghoops; @WesleySykes_. And stay up to date on all the happenings within the sports industry by visiting our websites. coachad.com; training-conditioning.com; winninghoops.com.

You can get your hands on Williams’ book on Amazon and can get in touch with him via email, [email protected]

Gunnar Peterson, LA Lakers Director of Strength & Endurance Training with Gunnar Peterson, LA Lakers Director of Strength & Endurance Training Episode #5 — December 17, 2020

In episode 5 of Sideline Sessions, Wesley Sykes is joined by Gunnar Peterson, Director of Strength & Endurance Training for the Los Angeles Lakers. They discuss the unusual NBA season and preparing the Lakers for a deep championship run, load management & sports specialization, and properly fueling the body for competition.

Gunnar Peterson, LA Lakers Director of Strength & Endurance Training

In episode 5 of Sideline Sessions, Wesley Sykes is joined by Gunnar Peterson, Director of Strength & Endurance Training for the Los Angeles Lakers.

They discuss the unusual NBA season and preparing the Lakers for a deep championship run, load management & sports specialization, and properly fueling the body for competition. The show closes with 5 Questions That Have Nothing To Do With Sports.

You can follow Gunnar on Twitter (@Gunnar); Instagram (@gunnarfitness). You can also visit his website, gunnarpeterson.com.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter: @coach_ad; @traincondition; @winninghoops; @WesleySykes_. And stay up to date on all the happenings within the sports industry by visiting our websites. coachad.com; training-conditioning.com; winninghoops.com.

Amy Goodson, Sports Nutritionist & Dietician with Amy Goodson, Sports Nutritionist & Registered Dietician Episode #4 — December 02, 2020

In episode 4, Wesley Sykes is joined by Amy Goodson, sports nutritionist and registered dietician. She has worked with the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, TCU Athletics, PGA professionals, and weekend warriors alike!

Amy Goodson, Sports Nutritionist & Dietician

In episode 4, Wesley Sykes is joined by Amy Goodson, sports nutritionist and registered dietician. She has worked with the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, TCU Athletics, PGA professionals, and weekend warriors alike!

They discuss building your immune system through a well-balanced diet, the vegan/plant-based craze among professional athletes, tips for proper fueling before, during, and after competition, and much more.

The show closes with 5 Questions That Have Nothing To Do With Sports.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter: @coach_ad; @traincondition; @winninghoops; @WesleySykes_. And stay up to date on all the happenings within the sports industry by visiting our websites. coachad.com; training-conditioning.com; winninghoops.com.

You can follow Amy on Twitter (@amy_goodson_rd); Instagram (@amyg.rd); and Facebook. You can buy her latest book, The Sports Nutrition Playbook, on her website, amygoodsonrd.com.

Jerry Weinstein, Colorado Rockies Player Development with Jerry Weinstein, Colorado Rockies Player Development Episode #3 — November 17, 2020

In episode 3 of Sideline Sessions, Wesley Sykes is joined by Jerry Weinstein of the Colorado Rockies organization to discuss the 2020 MLB playoffs, developing players, catching techniques, the Cape Cod Baseball League and more!

Jerry Weinstein, Colorado Rockies Player Development

In episode 3 of Sideline Sessions, Wesley Sykes is joined by Jerry Weinstein of the Colorado Rockies organization to discuss the 2020 MLB playoffs, developing players, catching techniques, the Cape Cod Baseball League and more!

The two close the episode with 5 Questions That Have Nothing To Do With Sports.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter: @coach_ad; @traincondition; @winninghoops; @WesleySykes_. And stay up to date on all the happenings within the sports industry by visiting our websites. coachad.com; training-conditioning.com; winninghoops.com.

You can follow Jerry on Twitter (@JWonCATCHING) and visit his website, www.WeinsteinBaseball.com.

NFHS executive director Dr. Karissa Niehoff with Dr. Karissa Niehoff, NFHS executive director Episode #2 — November 04, 2020

In episode 2 of Sideline Sessions, Wesley Sykes welcomes the NFHS executive director Dr. Karissa Niehoff to discuss the state of high school sports amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of the NFHS, and the topic of transgender student-athletes at the high school level.

NFHS executive director Dr. Karissa Niehoff

In episode 2 of Sideline Sessions, Wesley Sykes welcomes the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) executive director Dr. Karissa Niehoff to discuss the state of high school sports amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of the NFHS, and the topic of transgender student-athletes at the high school level.

The two close the episode by playing 5 Questions That Have Nothing To Do With Sports.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter: @coach_ad; @traincondition; @winninghoops; @WesleySykes_. And stay up to date on all the happenings within the sports industry by visiting our websites. coachad.com; training-conditioning.com; winninghoops.com.

You can read all of Dr. Niehoff’s weekly op-ed columns, the NFHS Voice, here.