The Underdog Podcast

The Underdog Podcast

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We believe everyone has an underdog story and we want to share them. From professional athletes to self-starters, we cover all the bases.


Marcus Freeman - Defensive Coordinator for the UC Bearcats
Aug 12 • 52 min
Currently the defensive coordinator at UC – quickly rising to the top. Former OSU player – born and raised in the 937! Huber Heights Wayne – won a lot of games in high school be was raised by a military father.Played for 2 national championships at OSU –…
Ryan Kelly - Continually Reinvent Yourself
Aug 5 • 53 min
After blowing out his knee the last game of his senior year, Ryan Kelly didn’t know what the future had in store. Two things he did know was that resilience and character would see him through! Having the foresight to maximize his opportunity, Ryan is now…
Deland McCullough - Identity of a Super Bowl Champ
Jul 29 • 46 min
In 1972 a little boy was born and immediately put up for adoption. This week’s guest might have the most dramatic and heartwarming story we or anyone else has ever had the pleasure of sharing. Our guest, Deland McCullough was adopted and raised in…
Jim Bowden – MLB Analyst
Jul 22 • 50 min
Our guest this week is former GM of both the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals. Currently, Jim Bowden is an MLB Analyst and Insider for CBS Sports HQ, writer for The Athletic, Talk Show Host for SiriusXM’s MLB Radio, and Fantasy Alarm. Born and…
Joe Oliver – Former MLB Catcher
Jul 15 • 40 min
Our guest this week, Joe Oliver needs no introduction to all of our baseball fans and of course Reds nation! Joe had one of the most pivotal at-bats in the Cincinnati Reds history, clinching Game 2 of the World Series ultimately leading to the 1990 World…
#42: Merril Hoge – From NFL to Inspirational Speaker
Jul 8 • 75 min
Our guest this week is Merril Hoge. Some may know him for his time in the NFL as a running back for both the Pittsburgh Stealers and the Chicago Bears. Or for his 20+ year career as an ESPN announcer, but we’ve come to know him as our daily inspiration.…
#41: Gary Owen – Funniest Serviceman in America
Jul 1 • 62 min
For those of you who don’t know him, we promise you won’t be disappointed! Gary Owen’s life has provided him with a ton of content to say the least. His comedic approach to overcoming adversity is something we should all lean on right now! Growing up in a…
#40: Chuck Martin – Miami University Head Football Coach
Jun 24 • 36 min
Our guest this week is head football coach, Chuck Martin. With the odds stacked against him, Coach Martin left a success team at Norte Dame to take over an 0-12 Miami University program in 2014. Coach speaks to his decision informing host, Kyle Decker and…
#39: Megan Duffy - Marquette Women’s Basketball Coach
Jun 17 • 42 min
Our guest this week is Megan Duffy head coach for Marquette University women’s basketball team. She reminisces about high school days with our host, Calvin (they both attended Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School in Dayton, OH). Her love for the game…
#38: Neal Brown - West Virginia University Head Football Coach
Jun 10 • 37 min
Our guest this week is the head football coach, Neal Brown. Currently, he calls Morgantown, West Virginia home, but that isn’t where his journey started. After graduating from college, he was unsure of where his professional career would lead him. He…
#37: Chris Herren - Addiction & Basketball
Jun 3 • 51 min
Our guest this week, Chris Herren has been sober since August 1, 2008. He had his first drink at the age of 12 and was addicted to drugs by the age of 18. Growing up Chris’s desire to fit in lead him to the partying scene in high school which he recalls…
#36: Brian Pillman Jr. - Major League Wrestling
May 27 • 53 min
Our guest this week is Brian Zachary Pillman, the son of the late Brian William Pillman the American Professional Wrestler. Brian faced adversity at the age of 4 with the death of his father. He was raised by his Aunt Linda and “Uncle” Mike who he gives…
#35: Joe Coniglio - Process Over Results
May 20 • 38 min
First-generation college graduate, Joe Coniglio has fought his way to achieving a successful football career. After graduating from college, he wasn’t sure exactly where his career would go, but it was his desire to find his passion and purpose in life…
#34: Austin Hatch - Two Time Plane Crash Survivor
May 13 • 41 min
Our guest this week is 25-year Austin Hatch who will undoubtedly stop you in your tracks and encourage you to be grateful for everything you have. He survived not just one plane crash, but two. Tragedy struck during both crashes ultimately resulting in…
#33: Casey O’Brien - 4x Cancer Survivor
May 6 • 41 min
Four-time cancer survivor, Casey O’Brien continues to beat the odds. Casey was 13 years young when he was first diagnosed with a rare bone cancer, osteosarcoma. After kicking cancers ass for the fourth time, Casey joined the University of Minnesota’s…
#32: Jerry Schemmel - Plane Crash Survivor & Sportscaster
Apr 29 • 40 min
This week’s guest, Jerry Schemmel is a famed broadcaster, author, cyclist and motivational speaker who has had a brilliant career. He had his underdog moment and beat the odds early in his life by surviving a plane crash. After an engine blew, his flight…
#31: Jim Walter - Top Sports Agent
Apr 22 • 49 min
This week’s guest is Jim Walter. Easily put, he is our Jerry McGuire. Scroll through his social media and you can see that he spends his time working hard for some pretty big names in the sports world. But he didn’t have an easy start. At a very young…
#30: Adam Chaney - From Broken Back to Nationals
Apr 15 • 41 min
Our guest this week is 17-year-old, Adam Chaney. Adam is a World Junior Record Holder and top 5 national recruits. He has swum in places like Budapest and Fiji and holds several state, national, and world junior titles allowing him to become an Olympic…
#29: Jeff Piecoro - Fox Sportscaster
Apr 8 • 64 min
Jeff Piecoro is currently a sportscaster for Fox Sports Ohio. You may have seen or heard him reporting for the Cincinnati Reds for their Reds Live pre-and-post-game shows and as a dugout reporter. Jeff was told at the beginning of his football career (we…
#28: Josh Sneed - Comedian & Cincy Shirts Owner
Apr 1 • 61 min
Our guest this week is comedian and entrepreneur, Josh Sneed. Josh worked as a Systems Analyst at Procter & Gamble before he quit his JOB (journey of the broke) and started living his dream. Being a comedian is no joke, pun intended. He worked hard to…
#27: Dr. Jessica Evans - COVID-19
Mar 25 • 43 min
This week’s guest not only has a powerful story but sheds some light on the pandemic that is COVID-19 & how our essential works can stay safe. For Dr. Jessica Evans, 2015 was a pivotal year. She finished her residency and was actively studying for boards.…
#26: Johnny Damon & Jason Motte - World Series Champions
Mar 18 • 22 min
In this episode, Kyle and Calvin sit down with MLB legends Johnny Damon and Jason Motte at the Bluegrass World Series. Johnny DamonBorn into a military family on an Army base in Kansas, Johnny learned to overcome adversity at an early age. While you know…
#25: Tony Ricci - Owner of Tony’s Steakhouse
Mar 11 • 44 min
“There’s always room for one more at the table.” Tony shares with us his family values and how they impacted his success. Tony Ricci is the Owner of Tony’s Steakhouse with locations in Cincinnati, Lexington, and Indianapolis. Tony illustrates his path to…
#24: Gary Brackett - Stubborn Goals & Flexible Methods
Mar 4 • 48 min
“We should teach our children about failure early on.” Our guest this week former NFL Champion turned entrepreneur; Gary Brackett was raised by a Vietnam Veteran who taught tough love with a healthy amount of support. His story reveals several layers of…
#23: Uriah Steffen - Trading in the Bottle for a Bike
Feb 26 • 36 min
Our guest this week, Uriah Steffen had his left leg amputated below the knee as a result of a car/bike accident in 2012. But that’s not where his story started. In 2008 he failed out of two different colleges & was arrested for his first DUI. In 2009 he…
#22: Scott Googins - University of Cincinnati Baseball Coach
Feb 19 • 35 min
You’ve all heard a field of dreams, right? Well, this week’s guest has created just that for the University of Cincinnati Men’s Baseball Team! Coach Scott Googins is the head coach for the Bearcats & heading into his third season. Coach Googins has been…
#21: Dick Rolfes - Rolfes Family Traditions
Feb 12 • 71 min
What started as a small business founded in 1960 out of a service station has grown to 578,000 square feet of successful manufacturing, packaging, and distribution! Dick Rolfes is the patriarch and founder of Camco (name was created by combining Campbell…
#20: Jeff Pegues - CBS’ Chief Justice and Homeland Security Correspondent
Feb 5 • 50 min
Our guest this week has one of the most notable lines of lineage we have had on the show to date; His Grandmother’s second cousin was Rosa Parks! Born into a family rich in history and trendsetting, he did not fall short in carrying on his family name. He…
#19: Jeremy Ganger - Saved Lives in Dayton Shooting
Jan 29 • 44 min
This week we have Jeremy Ganger AKA Pitbull, not the singer, but the professional wrestler who saved 100’s of lives in the Dayton, OH shooting.Jeremy wrestled for 12 years in a Dayton based WAR Wrestling, Rockstar Pro Wrestling and Heartland Wrestling…
#18: Judson Laipply - YouTube’s First Viral Celebrity
Jan 22 • 49 min
Judson Laipply was just your average small-town guy who loved to motivate people through his keynote speaking. He never dreamt that dancing would give him the platform to skyrocket his career. He has been a guest on shows such as Oprah, The Today Show,…
#17: Chris Bergeron - An Unconditional Approach to Life
Jan 15 • 45 min
Chris Bergeron is the new head coach for the Miami University Hockey Team. Growing up in Canada he recalls only experiencing winter. So, naturally, hockey was part of his life at a very young age, but it wasn’t until he was in his 13th year of school,…
#16: Joel Willis - The Dad
Jan 8 • 43 min
Born and raised in small-town Ohio, Joel Willis thought his life would consist of your typical 9-5 corporate grind for his remaining working days. Until it didn’t. About 5 years ago he took the biggest leap of his life and started working from home to…
#15: Gus Blackmon - Warner Bros. Most Tenured Employee
Dec 22, 2019 • 54 min
Watch out Calvin, we have a new Blackmon in town this week! Mr. Gus L. Blackmon is Warner Bros. longest-tenured employee and just happens to be Calvin’s uncle! The year was 1973 and Gus made the biggest decision of his life. He left the comfort of a…
#14: Karen Townsend - Always Make Time For You
Dec 15, 2019 • 59 min
“A lot of people believe where I am today, is where I have to stay.” Owner and Author, Dr. Karen Townsend sheds light on her journey and why growing up on welfare drove her to become the successful business owner and first-generation college graduate she…
#13: Mike Bohn - The Hakuna Matata Life
Dec 8, 2019 • 31 min
Captivating, energetic, an ALL-IN story of what it takes to build a great team. Mike Bohn was the Athletic Director of the University of Cincinnati at the time of our interview and arguably built one of the best team of coaches the university has ever…
#12: Charles Michael Davis - Success Doesn’t Have a Plan B
Dec 1, 2019 • 57 min
Charles Michael Davis is an accomplished actor, model, producer, and director formerly known as Chuck D or C Dizzle from the 937 (Dayton, OH) now currently residing in LA. Most recently, you may have seen him on The CW’s series The Originals in a lead…
#11: Ryan Hawk - Learn to Lead in 2020
Nov 24, 2019 • 51 min
The host of The Learning Leader Show & mentor to our hosts, Ryan Hawk discusses the evolution of his career. Something most people don’t know is that Ryan was by nature a very reserved individual. Those who know him best were surprised by his decision to…
#10: Lily Rice - Putting The Ability Into Disability
Nov 17, 2019 • 51 min
Lily Rice is the first European female athlete to land a backflip in a wheelchair and second in the world! Born with Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP), she has found that the friendliness of a skatepark has changed her life. Since her disease is…
#09: Josh Sams - A Story of Heroic Measure
Nov 10, 2019 • 44 min
A retired Marine Corporal, Josh Sams shares his catastrophic story of how he lost both his lower legs and the last two digits on his right hand during a tour in Afghanistan. He walks us through the moment the IED exploded sharing his initial thought, and…
#08: Coach John Brannen – A Realistic & Humble Approach to Winning
Nov 3, 2019 • 34 min
You can spot this man from across the room. Yes, he is tall. But what you wouldn’t be able to observe from his stoic expression, is his humor. He is intelligent and he is passionate. After our conversation with him, it was evident that he joined the…
#07: Tom Crabtree – From Undrafted to Super Bowl Champion
Oct 27, 2019 • 53 min
Have you ever played the lottery? Our guest, Tom Crabtree not only played the lottery, but won! Growing up he had his sights set on playing in the NFL. Crabtree played college football at Miami University before becoming an undrafted tight end with the…
#06: Robby Malof – From College Dropout to World-Renowned Fighter
Oct 20, 2019 • 43 min
From a college dropout to an undefeated MMA fighter who owns and runs his own Jiu-Jitsu gym near downtown Cincinnati, 27-year-old Robby Malof is an MMA fighter, an ADCC Champion, a World-Class grappler with over 400 wins. His story of overcoming hardship…
#05: Tim Dorsey – “I Don’t Think You Will Make It to See Your Daughter Born”
Oct 13, 2019 • 67 min
Have you ever met someone who has had every card stacked against them but continues to smile? Let us introduce Tim Dorsey. He inspires people daily. Pushes people to be their best selves. He has changed more lives than even he realizes. So why is he an…
#04: Chad Hartvigson – From Parents Garage to Global Brand
Oct 6, 2019 • 76 min
Inspired by the hype at the Grand Prix, Chad Hartvigston owner of Vintage Brand set out on a journey that began in his parents’ garage. With the support of his entire family and several friends, Chad has grown his business of custom sportswear into the…
#03: Erica Lugo - 150+ Reasons to Live a Healthy Life
Sep 29, 2019 • 55 min
Fighting cancer? Overweight? Single mother? What’s stopping you from achieving your goals? Nationally recognized personal trainer & social media influencer, Erica Lugo once weighed more than 300 lbs. She changed her lifestyle resulting in a loss of more…
#02: Neil Walker – An Underdog Before Birth
Sep 22, 2019 • 48 min
Second baseman for the Miami Marlins, Neil Walker shares the humbling, first-hand stories of his climb into the Major Leagues. Drafted by his hometown at only 18 years old, the Pittsburgh Pirates, he explains the pressure of growing up in the MLB while…
#01: Getting to Know Kyle and Calvin
Aug 29, 2019 • 46 min
Our hosts, Kyle Decker & Calvin Blackmon sit down with their mentor and the successful podcast host of The Learning Leader, Ryan Hawk. Kyle and Calvin have a lot in common; football at Miami University, a passion for people & the number 8 – one moved 8…