Catholic Sports Radio

Catholic Sports Radio

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Helping listeners find the right balance and priority when it comes to their faith life versus their sports life, interviews are done with guests who are Catholics in sports - current or former athletes, coaches, officials, clergy, administrators, and more, from the pro, amateur, and scholastic ranks. Whether you’re an athlete or a fan, youth or adult, Catholic or not, this show will deliver content that speaks to you and provides opportunities for ongoing reflection for your daily life.


69 Jaime Barta
May 25 • 26 min
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 all-state selection and set six school records. Her faith walk includes…
68 Doug Lipinski
May 18 • 29 min
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 he was a four-year member of the varsity baseball team,…
67 Andrew Whitaker
May 11 • 26 min
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 at Alfred State College and one season at the…
66 Nikki Breske
May 4 • 26 min
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 for Winter Park High in central Florida and was…
65 Fr Stephen Gadberry
Apr 27 • 31 min
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 also enjoys archery and is an avid hunter, plus he coaches…
64 Porter Moser
Apr 20 • 28 min
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 player he competed on the Creighton University Bluejays and in 2017 was…
63 Sherri Retif
Apr 13 • 27 min
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 streak of 14 consecutive titles and 109 straight…
62 Chris Godfrey
Apr 6 • 32 min
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 three University of Michigan Rose Bowl teams. He is the President and…
61 Rich Garcia
Mar 30 • 28 min
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. He was raised Catholic and is also a veteran, having spent four years in…
60 Zach Eckert
Mar 23 • 26 min
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 degree Knight. He attended Creighton University (a private, Jesuit…
59 Kelly Larson
Mar 16 • 30 min
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 well as in basketball at Loras College, a Catholic institution in Dubuque, Iowa.…
58 Elliot Panicco
Mar 9 • 26 min
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 times, including his senior year when he was…
57 Steven Didik
Mar 2 • 26 min
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 for a national championship spot. He also mentors local youth…
56 Bill Thierfelder
Feb 24 • 36 min
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 president of the York Barbell Company, was principal and co-founder…
55 Tim Triplett
Feb 17 • 25 min
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 activities director at Holy Family Catholic…
54 David Belisle
Feb 10 • 31 min
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 on ESPN in a post-game, on-field speech - a video that…
53 Matt Yoches
Feb 3 • 30 min
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 football collegiately (winning two national championships) and went on…
52 Dr Kelly Morrow
Jan 27 • 31 min
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 addition, there’s a discussion on “participation trophies” and playing time. Plus, there’s…
51 John Keating
Jan 20 • 27 min
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 going into his tenth year at Belmont Abbey and had successful…
50 Rachael Popcak
Jan 13 • 27 min
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 training in Sports and Performance…
49 Erika Maurer
Jan 6 • 25 min
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 Seton High School, an all-girls, Catholic,…
48 Louise Dussault
Dec 30, 2019 • 26 min
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, including the creation of Cooperative Parish…
47 Bob Bauman
Dec 23, 2019 • 27 min
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 50 coaches in Tampa Bay sports history. In 26 seasons at Jesuit High School, his teams had…
46 Peter Mulry
Dec 16, 2019 • 26 min
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 championships and a national championship. He went on to coach…
45 Tony Saladino
Dec 9, 2019 • 22 min
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 grown from eleven public schools to now a 32-team event,…
44 Takeaways from 2nd Global Congress on Sport and Christianity
Dec 2, 2019 • 23 min
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 brought back from the 2nd Global Congress on Sport and Christianity. The conference took…
43 Mark Blaise
Nov 25, 2019 • 28 min
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 co-founder of the Men’s Lacrosse Club team there. He also has…
42 Haley Scott DeMaria
Nov 18, 2019 • 30 min
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 five back operations and being told she wouldn’t walk, not to…
41 Jacob Flores
Nov 11, 2019 • 25 min
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 transitioned into the corporate world and life off the playing…
40 Clay Dimick
Nov 4, 2019 • 24 min
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 Carolina. He loves the game of soccer, but he is…
39 Fr John Perdue - The Flying Fathers
Oct 28, 2019 • 31 min
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 John Perdue, Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Peterborough in Ontario,…
38 Bear Woznick
Oct 21, 2019 • 28 min
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 a mentor on the adventure reality show “Clean Break” on the FOX network, as…
37 Luke Vercollone
Oct 14, 2019 • 23 min
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 Hall University (a Roman Catholic university). Although he…
36 Tanner Kalina
Oct 7, 2019 • 26 min
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 remains an avid surfer and has also found success in comedy and films, including a…
35 Matt Biondi
Sep 30, 2019 • 29 min
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 that need him for the visiting teams that come in to play the Seattle Seahawks. He…
34 Megan Landry
Sep 23, 2019 • 28 min
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 (as a pitcher in softball) over…
33 Dr Kelly Morrow
Sep 16, 2019 • 27 min
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 and spiritual perspective via the Clinical…
32 Sue Medley
Sep 9, 2019 • 28 min
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 the Assistant Volleyball Coach at Kansas State University, and then was the Head…
31 Bill Hogan
Sep 2, 2019 • 25 min
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 the University of San Francisco, both of which are Jesuit…
30 Joe Paterick
Aug 26, 2019 • 25 min
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 240-mile bike trek from his home in Milwaukee to a Catholic school in Michigan.…
29 Cam Cameron
Aug 19, 2019 • 26 min
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 then-San Diego Chargers. He was also quarterbacks’ coach of the Washington Redskins. In…
28 Sue Moucha
Aug 12, 2019 • 26 min
A four-time member of Team USA for the Paralympics, winning seven medals - two silver and three bronze and swimming, and two GOLD in running. She set one world record in swimming and holds two American records in swimming. In all she has amassed an…
27 Tom Scott
Aug 5, 2019 • 25 min
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 gold, silver, and bronze medals nationally and…
26 Rich Donnelly
Jul 29, 2019 • 26 min
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 that included a World Series ring with the Florida Marlins in 1997.…
25 Steven Lopez
Jul 22, 2019 • 27 min
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. Born in New York to Nicaraguan parents, he has had a lifelong walk with Christ as…
24 Taylor Schroll
Jul 15, 2019 • 26 min
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 a Catholic high school in Texas, where he has guided them to a many…
23 Tom Lynn
Jul 8, 2019 • 26 min
An attorney who is now an agent certified by the NHLPA and has a long career in hockey as a front office executive, including as the Assistant General Manager of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild (2000 to 2009). He talks here about overcoming the stigma - the…
22 Chris Gomez
Jul 1, 2019 • 26 min
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 Blackhawks.) All that despite having also attended (for graduate…
21 Mike Gutelius
Jun 24, 2019 • 26 min
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 in seven states and the District of Columbia. He is a…
20 Bob Fisher
Jun 17, 2019 • 25 min
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 44. Born and raised Catholic, he is a member of the Knights…
19 Mark Van Guilder
Jun 10, 2019 • 26 min
He played for the National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators as well as many years with the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals, plus he has been playing pro hockey overseas in Europe (Italy, Norway, Switzerland). A cradle Catholic, he played…
18 Megan Aaron
Jun 3, 2019 • 26 min
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 as the team’s captain after having played three…
17 Bailey Landry
May 27, 2019 • 31 min
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 All American two times. She is a relative newlywed and a…
16 Fr Chuck Dornquast
May 20, 2019 • 24 min
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. He talks about what his role with the team entails as well as how he…
15 Dr Joe Estwanik
May 13, 2019 • 26 min
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 Sports Medicine Society. Born and raised Catholic, he was a weightlifter back…
14 Sister Rita Clare Yoches
May 6, 2019 • 22 min
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. Last year she took her final vows and became a nun,…
13 Theresa Feaster
Apr 29, 2019 • 27 min
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 talks about working at a…
12 Neal Pionk
Apr 22, 2019 • 22 min
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 Catholic school (K-8), coming into the NHL, moving to…
11 Len Clark
Apr 15, 2019 • 27 min
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 “College Gameday,” as a stringer for AP Sports. A lifelong Catholic, he…
10 Pat McCaskey
Apr 8, 2019 • 23 min
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 author of six books (four about sports and faith)…
9 Joe Mesi
Apr 1, 2019 • 24 min
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 injury (brain bleed). Last year he was inducted into both the New…
8 Chris Ledyard
Mar 25, 2019 • 24 min
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 athletic program at Franciscan University. Before that he was a Catholic high…
7 Jimmy Osting
Mar 18, 2019 • 26 min
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 by the Atlanta Braves) and recently was a guest…
6 Jim Sweeney
Mar 11, 2019 • 26 min
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 is still involved with the sport today as the Head of USA on…
5 Joe DeLamielleure
Mar 4, 2019 • 31 min
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 orphanage in Mexico, for which he helped raise funding by riding his bike…
4 Mike Candrea
Feb 25, 2019 • 28 min
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 wife unexpectedly to a brain aneurysm. Now entering his 34th season as the head…
3 Rebecca Dussault
Feb 18, 2019 • 29 min
She skied in the Winter Olympics in 2006 in Torino (Italy) and is a world champion, being a multi-sport athlete. Among other topics, she discusses peer pressure she had to stay away from in her late teens relative to partying, the deeper she moved into…
2 Kyle Schmidt
Feb 11, 2019 • 28 min
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 Energy Center and went on to play pro hockey in Germany and Norway.…
Introducing Catholic Sports Radio
Feb 1, 2019 • 26 min
An introduction to what this show is going to be as well as why the host is qualified to lead this project. There are also examples and quotes given from saints connected to sports.