"The ADvantage Point" Mar 26, 2020
"The 3-Minute AD" #14 - We Need More Volunteers
Volunteerism like everything else is on the decline. Please consider becoming a volunteer.
"The ADvantage Point" - Official Shortages, a New Perspective
Greg Kaszubski, former AD at Clarence HS in Western New York is now an official. His insight into the problems and potential solutions is right on point.
"The ADvantage Point" -- Where are the Refs? Part 2
We are joined by Dave Gardi from the NFL Rules Office, Rob Maichin, a parent of 2 NCAA Lax players, Matt Lauria, HS Coach, Todd Nelson from the NYSPHSAA, and our three friends, Marc Negrin, Carl Superina, and Marty Quinn, Section XI Officials to get some answers to our issue, "Where Are the Refs?"
"The ADvantage Point" Talks with High School Officials
We are losing officials at an alarming rate. Today we speak with three veteran officials that are trying to stem the tide and change perception as well as recruit and retain new referees and umpires. Communication and cooperation are a start.
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Mark Koesterer, Founder of 'The Players NIL"
Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) is new to the athletic scene, and understanding the impact it will have on interscholastic and collegiate sports is still to be assessed, but there are things every athlete needs to know before signing on. The Players NIL is an organization dedicated to educating athletes on specific areas that will potentially make their personal brand grow. These are life lessons being taught and every athlete should take a look at what they have to offer.
"The ADvantage Point" Live from the NYSAAA Conference
We have some great interviews with Tony Fisher from Minnesota, Bob Stulmaker from CASDA and some solid companies including Final Forms, NFHS Network Vid-Share, Honest Game, GoFan, HomeTown Ticketing, GoGipper and USA Sports Turf.
“The ADvantage Point” It’s Conference Time
"The ADvantage Point" A Life Saved by Certified Athletic Trainer, Caitlyn Bucco
Caitlyn Bucco, Trainer for Half Hollow Hills East and Athletic Director Deb Ferry saved a life when a spectator went into cardiac arrest. Kate talks about the experience and the need for certified ATs in all NY schools.
"The ADvantage Point" Handshake With Hell and NIL
Jim gives his take on "The Handshake", sportsmanship, and how the branding of athletes may lead to the demise of HS sports.
"The ADvantage Point" Looks at Participation, Social Media, and DEI
Jim talks about some of the issues ADs deal with on an ongoing basis as numbers decline and parents take more control of their kids' lives. DEI is also at the forefront and the need for knowledge and collaboration is necessary.
"The Doctor is Back in the Bunker"
Reviving the podcast is timely considering the current lay of the land. Just take a little time to reflect and remember why we became ADs. Don't let the new paradigm control you.
"The ADvantage Point" Talks with Mike Murray, NYSAAA President
Mike has waited 2 years to take the President role and his theme of "United for Excellence" is so relevant to the discussions going on today about diversity and equity in our profession.
"The ADvantage Point" is BACK with Grace Weigele. Cross-Country and Track Star
Grace talks about her life as a distance runner and her mental approach to running during COVID.
"The ADvantage Point" Talks About the Fall and Upcoming Winter Seasons
Jim defends ADs and tries to refocus parents on what the real problem is and why we should play sooner than later.
"The ADvantage Point" Brings Back the Doctor to the Bunker
Take a listen as Jim brings us up to speed on the current state of Athletics in NY
"The ADvantage Point" Brings Back the Doctor from the Abyss
Jim gets back on the air to talk about the lay of the land and what the future may look like going forward....or backward.
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Peter Nicolino, senior student-athlete from Walt Whitman
Peter talks about "The Rock" and the effect that Principal Murphy had on him and the senior class. He also talks about losing his final season and the impact the virus has had on the community as a whole.
"The ADvantage Point" Friday Opinion on Saturday With Dr. Jim Wright
I decided to stay away from computers yesterday, so here's today's opinion on the CDC and NFHS guidelines for return to school and play.
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Mark Koski, CEO of the NFHS Network
Mark talks about the NFHS Network and the value it has brought to high school sports with its unique streaming service. He brings us up to speed on how the system can generate funds for schools and offer opportunities for students and faculty in the area f broadcast television.
"The ADvantage Point" Opinion Friday with Dr. Jim Wright
With budget approvals looming, Jim discusses the need for us to advocate for more aid to NY. It's not political at all, it's common sense, but if opening schools demands unfunded mandates, where does the money come from?
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Jackie Pasquerella, Head Softball Coach from Bay Shore
Jackie is an exceptional coach that has done wonderful things with her team during the crisis and shares that with us. She is also one of the best players in the history of NYS Softball and her accomplishments are legendary in the sport. A great interview with a great coach and role model.
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Section V Executive Director, Kathy Hoyt
Kathy speaks about her background in athletics and discusses her position as the only current female Executive Director in New York. Kathy also shares her feelings on what it takes to manage a diverse section and offers advice to aspiring athletic directors. A great interview with a real professional.
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews the Legendary Pat Pizzarelli, Executive Director of Section VIII of the NYSPHSAA
Always with an opinion, Pat shares his thoughts on the current situation, NYS Football Playoffs and rules, and the good or bad within them. A great interview from someone that is definitely not shy.
"The ADvantage Point" Friday is Thursday with Dr. Jim Wright
Jim talks about how the navigation of your program during cutbacks should be defended by you as an Athletic Director. The EFA becomes your bible for justifying athletics in the face of contingency.
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Phil Rison, CMAA and Associate Executive Director of the NIAAA
Phil offers a fantastic interview and speaks to us about what is going on at the National and how the country can adjust to the new paradigm. His down-home demeanor adds to a great discussion.
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Doug Killgore, CMAA the "Bow Tie AD"
Doug Killgore, CMAA speaks to us about his background, the importance of using the Educational Framework for Athletics, and its effect on today's AD. He also shares his experiences and fills us in on upcoming professional development opportunities from the NIAAA and where the Bow Ties came from.
"The ADvantage Point" Weekend Solo with Dr. Jim Wright
Jim keeps the discussion going on what's happening and what the landscape can look like, should we get the ok to come back.
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Dr. Robert Zayas, Executive Director of the NYSPHSAA
Dr. Zayas talks about the decision to cancel the Spring State Tournament and the impact the shutdown has had on athletics in general. Additionally, he discusses the need to remain calm and not react until we get proper direction from the State.
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Coach Stefan Henn, Head Lacrosse Coach from Amherst Central HS
Coach Henn is one of the top Lacrosse coaches in the State and his experiences as an educator on the field and off is the reason for his success. Coach Henn speaks about the importance of diversification n sport and playing for fun as the primary goal every athlete should strive for.
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Kevin Martin, senior track star from Walt Whitman HS
Kevin talks about the past, the present, and his future as a runner for Sacred Heart University. He also shares his thoughts on what's important now and what advice to give to younger athletes.
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Denny Fries, NYSAAA and NIAAA Hall of Famer
Denny talks about his long and illustrious career in education and his time spent in making our professional organizations better.
"The ADvantage Point" Sunday Sermon with Dr. Jim Wright
Jim Speaks about unifying Atheltic Directors in dealing with what could become the new paradigm for sports in NY
"The ADvantage Point" Friday Opinion with Dr. Jim Wright
Jim offers his perspectives on the recent statements made by the governor and talks about the potential look of high school sports should this continue.
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Tom Combs, Section XI Executive Director
Tom brings us up to speed on the decision to cancel spring sports in Section XI and the subsequent cancellation by Section VIII. The process and the discussion that occurred in the meeting is brought to light as well as what the future could look like.
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Gregg Sarra, Sports Editor for Newsday.
Gregg gives his perspective on how the current landscape has changed and what the future looks like. Gregg has spent 36 years on the HS sports scene and is one of the greatest cheerleaders for kids and sports in the country.
"The ADvantage Point" Remembers Coach Vin Altebrando
Coaches and teachers reminisce about the life of Coach Vin Altebrando on the 2nd anniversary of his passing.
"The ADvantage Point", Opinion Friday with Dr. Jim Wright
Jim offers his perspectives on the recent rash of shutdowns throughout the country and reminds us to consider the mental health of our HS athletes.
"The ADvantage Point " Interviews Timm Slade, CMAA Section VI Executive Director
Timm shares what Section Vi is all about and how they manage the various problems that arise in the daily operation of the Section. Timm also speaks to his role as a promoter of professional development through the NIAAA and NYSAAA.
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Dr. Curt Miller, District AD from Georgia
Curt talks about the NIAAA, his work in Henry County and his future position as well as the current state of affairs with High School Sports in Georgia.
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Section XI Executive Director Tom Combs
Tom brings us up to speed on the inner workings of Section XI and his relationship with the NYSPHSAA.
The ADvantage Point with Updates and Opinions on the State of HS Sports
This week's focus is on the reality of continuing to deal with the thought of no return to play and why.
The ADvantage Point Interviews Kal Lewis, 5x State Champion from Shelter Island HS
Kal talks about life on the Island and how he won 3 Cross-Country Championships and the 1600m indoor and outdoor NYS Championships. It's some great insight into another fine senior student-athlete.
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Brett Banker, NYSAAA President and Ken-Ton AD
Brett offers us insight into his current position as President for a second year and how his area is handling the current situation.
"The ADvantge Point" Interviews Pete Shambo, AD from Penfield HS
Pete talks about his career and the influences that inspired him to volunteer with the NYSAAA and NIAAA. He also fills us in on his plans to walk the AT.
"The ADvantage Point" Interviews Isabelle Smith, NIAAA Section 1 Essay Winner from Westhampton Beach HS
Belle talks about her essay and the experiences she had in Tanzania. She also tells us how sports have impacted her life. It's a great listen to an exceptional student-athlete.
"The ADvantage" talks about No Regents Exams and the Potential to Restart
It's a solo show today with comments and opinions on a myriad of current events including Regents cancelations, can we start up again, and the responsibilities we face during this time.
"The ADvantage" Interviews Mr. John Murphy, Principal of Walt Whitman HS
Mr. Murphy talks about his experiences at Walt Whitman, his love for this job, and shares the stories of his life with us. A great listen.
"The ADvantage" Interviews Andrew Ledbetter, Senior 3-Sport Athlete from WW
Andrew fills us in on the current situation and provides us with his perspectives on how he's dealing with losing some of the season. You'll be surprised by his take.
The ADvantage Interviews Todd Nelson, Associate Director of the NYSPHSAA
Todd talks about his role in the position, Unified Sports and why he jumped off a 30' platform at the State Swimming/Diving Meet
The ADvantage Interviews Ralph Milazzo, Teacher/Coach
Ralph tells us what it's like to teach under these conditions and shares his experiences as a coach for Walt Whitman.