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A Coach's Perspective

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This podcast is based off of the radio show A Coach's Perspective on the ESPN Radio Station JOCK 98.7FM in Springfield, Missouri. Episodes 6-29 are located on the website www.acoachsperspective.com

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This podcast is based off of the radio show A Coach's Perspective on the ESPN Radio Station JOCK 98.7FM in Springfield, Missouri. Episodes 6-29 are located on the website www.acoachsperspective.com

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A Coach's Perspective

Latest release on Oct 22, 2020

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This podcast is based off of the radio show A Coach's Perspective on the ESPN Radio Station JOCK 98.7FM in Springfield, Missouri. Episodes 6-29 are located on the website www.acoachsperspective.com

Rank #1: Episode 127 - July 17, 2019 Guests - Aminu Mohammed, Grady Dick, Sam Thompson, Taj Manning, Max Wisner, and Luke Kasubky

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None of these players said that, but they should have! Michael Jordan was the BEST. These athletes are on the trail to greatness. Already having multiple Division I offers and some a Junior NBA World Championship they know what it takes to crawl up to the top. Listen to how they got their start in basketball, what they love about it, what they are looking for in a school and how they stay humble. Interviews include Aminu Mohammed, Grady Dick, Sam Thompson, Taj Manning, Max Wisner, and Luke Kasubky. We caught up with them at the Midwest Showcase in Kansas City ran by six state associations and hosted by the Missouri State High School Activities Association and the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association.

Jul 31 2019

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Rank #2: Episode 118 - April 24, 2019

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Guests - Isiaih Mosley, Haley Frank, Jill Nagel, Shane Friebe, Don Louzader, Ethan Bryan

In this week’s episode we caught up with Mr. and Miss ShowMe Basketball. Isiaiah Mosley, future Missouri State Bear, and Haley Frank, future Missouri Tiger, and they shared with us what their future holds and how grateful they were for their high school success. We also heard from Columbia Rock Bridge Coach Jill Nagel on her induction into the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Don Louzader, Shane Friebe, Ethan Bryan

We also had the knowledgeable umpire Shane Friebe on to go over the new baseball rules at the college and professional level. THEN we had our resident St. Louis Cardinals guru, Don Louzader, and our resident Kansas City Royals guru, Ethan Bryan, here to talk about their teams and the expectations for them this season. They also touched on key elements and possible challenges for their teams this season.

Apr 26 2019

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Rank #3: Episode 147 -January 1, 2020 Guests: Ned Reynolds, Art Hains, Don Louzader, Misty Ramsey, Jeff Burnett

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Happy New Year!  Wow! 2020!  What an exciting time!

We ring in the New Year with another challenge for our legendary duo, Art Hains and Ned Reynolds.  These two broadcast gurus decided to accept another test from Coach Hopkins. We met at Ebbett’s Field (thank you – such a great place to eat and catch up on the latest sports scene) and, this time, had a panel of judges/studio audience.  We hosted our St. Louis Cardinals correspondent, Don Louzader who did a terrific job and is always a welcome guest on the show.  We also had one of my former assistants and current school principal Misty Ramsey join us for the first-and after her performance definitely not her last-appearance!  We also hosted my younger brother, and Kansas City Chiefs Superfan, Jeff Burnett-one of my favorites to have on the airwaves. 

The challenge was to play, what I now like to call, Play by Play Charades.  I showed a one-minute video clip to Ned and Art of a lesser known sport – but still nationally or globally recognized –and, without saying what sport it is, they painted the picture so that the panel could guess.  The panel had dry erase boards and after one minute, they wrote down what sport they felt like Ned and Art described.  We went through 14 sports! It was fun, some they knew and some, well, I had to have some that “stumped the chumps”.  Jeff was the winner with seven correct and we had a great time playing (cue dramatic music in your mind)…Play by Play Charades! Listen to the show and give it a try, see how many you get!

My thanks, again, to Ebbett’s Field for their hospitality.  Also, thank you to Greg Burnett for compiling and selecting the sports and videos, he did an excellent job!  We hit sports from all around the world.  Kudos to Ned Reynolds and Art Hains for, again, proving how they are the sports broadcast legends of this area and to my stellar panel Don Louzader, Misty Ramsey, and Jeff Burnett – you all were wonderful sports and we appreciated your valued participation!

Jan 02 2020

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Rank #4: Episode 148 - January 8, 2020 Guests: Kelly Holt, Mike Denbow, Jeff Grevillius, Matthew Holt

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In this episode we welcome back our officials’ panel!  The stripes were in the studio! My guests included Southwest Missouri Coordinator of Officials Kelly Holt, and officials Mike Denbow, Jeff Grevillius, and Matthew Holt.  The panel did an excellent job of expressing the mentality of an official and answering our listener and coaches’ questions.  Each one had a unique perspective and shared those point of views with us.

Jan 09 2020

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Rank #5: Episode 165 - May 20, 2020 Guests: Scott Lewis, Justin Gabossi, Trudy Shepard

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In this episode, we focus on the segment: Input=Output. During this time, we are hounded by multiple ads on TV, Radio, social media, everywhere about this and that that will help you lose weight, build muscles, go sleeveless, bring you back to the ‘glory days’….28 day this, two-week transformation that….we needed to sift through the noise and find out what we can do to figure out what is best for you.  Our panel gave some seriously great suggestions and some practical advice that you can implement into your life today.  My thanks to Scott Lewis, Justin Gabossi, and Trudy Shepard for their knowledge, guidance, and thoughtful suggestions on how to channel a positive lifestyle and improve your overall health during this time.

May 21 2020

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Rank #6: Episode 154 -February 19, 2020 - James Reynolds, Peter Kuster, Jared Rennick, Christian, Teri, & Jackson Cantwell

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In this episode, we kick off the show with a FastBreak Update and look at two nationally ranked Drury wrestlers: (#6) Jared Rennick and (#8) Peter Kuster were here, along with their coach James Reynolds in his fourth season at Drury. Best of luck to all of the Drury Wrestlers as they get ready for Regionals. 

We were then joined by former Olympians Christian and Teri Cantwell, and their son, Jackson. During our discussion we looked into their journey at the Olympics and with sports and how they are now integrating those valued characteristics into their parenting. Using sports as part of their family culture, the Cantwell’s have developed a strong bond in an out of the shot-put ring. Their experience at the national and world levels have prepared them for success in life. Now they enjoy and embrace the path that Jackson is traveling as he soars to the top of the charts in his own right winning the National Championship in the shot put in his age division!

Feb 20 2020

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Rank #7: Episode 158 - March 18, 2020 Guests: Russ, Dawn, Hannah, Heather, Bailey, Lexi, and Haley Harman

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As we navigate through this new world and way of living in a unique world we pause to celebrate and pick back up our Sports Family Series. We celebrate the talented Harman family from Walnut Grove and not only the accolades collected by them, but the people and citizens they have become. We thank Russ and Dawn Harman for bringing in their daughters: Hannah, Heather, and Bailey, along with the daughters of Gene and Lynn Harmon, Lexi and Haley. These five ladies would make a tremendous starting five! All of them are very proud of representing their family, school, and community. The pride of representing ignited a drive in each of these athletes that propelled them into the record books and beyond.

Mar 19 2020

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Rank #8: Episode 141 - November 6, 2019 Guests: Kelsie Cleeton, Kyle Moats

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In this episode, we visit with former two time All-American from College of the Ozarks Women’s Basketball player Kelsie Cleeton and celebrate her career as a Lady Bobcat and the retiring of her jersey.  She also joined in on our insightful conversation with Missouri State University Director of Athletics Kyle Moats. We discussed the current state of Missouri State’s athletic programs, the new NCAA guidelines on pay to play, and the mental health support athletic departments are giving their student-athletes.

 Don’t forget to check out our new Human Champion Collection on our product page!

Nov 07 2019

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Rank #9: Episode 133 - September 11, 2019 Guests-Tim Blasi, Mark Stratton

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On this episode, we are joined by future Springfield Area Sports Hall of Famers Mark Stratton and Tim Blasi. Both of these gentlemen have accumulated many accolades over the years, but the most important ones are the influences they have had on their teammates and players. We had some tremendous guests call in and offer their heartfelt and genuine congratulations to them both. My thanks to Mark Bailey, Scott Bailes, Mark Resz, and Neil Chambers. Also, thank you to Christie Blasi and Sara Stratton Kaderly for helping arrange our special guests!

Sep 13 2019

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Rank #10: Episode 136 - October 2, 2019 Guests - Don Louzader, Ethan Bryan, Loren Broaddus

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This episode consisted of the return of our Major League Baseball correspondents Don Louzader and Ethan Bryan.  We also had a very special guest, and talented author, Loren Broaddus.  Ethan updated us on the Kansas City Royals and their season while Don shared with us the experience of feeling the champagne fly in the St. Louis Cardinals clubhouse after celebrating the path to the playoffs.  We then took an in depth look into the beautiful work of Loren’s book, Joe DiMaggio Moves Like Liquid Light.  This book of baseball poetry captures some beautiful memories, stories and experiences that entertain and generate conversation.  If you are interested, and you are, you can find a copy of his book at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Books-A-Million and several other entities.  Check it out, it is a treasure!

Oct 03 2019

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Rank #11: Episode 137 - October 9, 2019 Guests: Mike Keltner and Larry Nemmers

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We welcomed in this episode two Hall of Famers, Coach Mike Keltner and NFL official Larry Nemmers. We spent the first half of the show talking about the psychology of coaches and officials in their game preparation, holding concentration, and minimizing distractions. . We then debuted a new segment called “Out of a Hat” where we drew random questions and they had to answer them on the fly. We are happy to report they did a tremendous job! If you missed it, make sure you listen on the website or Apple iTunes Podcast.

Oct 10 2019

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Rank #12: Episode 163 - May 6, 2020 Guests: Chuck Hepola and Steve Hesser

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In this episode we welcomed Drury University Men’s Basketball Coach Steve Hesser and Evangel University’s Head Football Coach Chuck Hepola.  We discussed the challenges of online recruitment and how they are handling virtual workouts with their players and how their programs are being impacted by our global situation.  They gave some great advice for coaches and athletes, my thanks for their insights and valued efforts with their players and staff during this time. 

May 07 2020

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Rank #13: Episode 161 - April 8, 2020 Guests: Tom Ladd, Dr. Lynne Miller

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In tonight's episode, we catch up with broadcasting duo Tom Ladd and Dr. Lynne Miller. We discussed their broadcast partnership and the past, present, and future of Lady Bears Basketball.  We talked about each one of their paths to this partnership, and how much they enjoy working together on the air! My thanks to Tom and Lynne for bringing energy and excitement to the Lady Bear broadcasts each and every time.  

Apr 09 2020

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Rank #14: Episode 125 - June 26, 2019

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Guests - Colin Barnett, Sam Plummer

In this episode we had a panel of youth sports organizations represented by Sam Plummer of the Boys and Girls Club and Colin Barnett from the YMCA. We discussed the mission of these organizations and the opportunities they provide for our youth. We also covered the training of youth coaches and expectations. Then, the big question, what is the role of a parent in youth sports? We discussed advice for parents and how to keep things in perspective for the sake of all involved. My guests did an excellent job expressing the desire to keep the focus on the kids and their experience and hope that coaches, officials and parents will positively partner with them in this mission.

Jun 27 2019

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Rank #15: Episode 142 - November 13, 2019 Guests: Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors

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In this episode, we celebrated the Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame season and had a plethora of sports figures.  We were very grateful for Ebbett’s Field in hosting the show and for all of the participants that were willing to join us and play some games on air.  We had, in no particular order, Corey Riggs, Art Hains, Ray Meyer, Ned Reynolds, Mark Stillwell, Mark Fisher, Dan Cashel, Lynne Miller, Lisa Tinkler, Becky Oakes, Reba Sims, Ed Beach, Bill Rowe, and Tom Mast who all braved the airwaves playing our segments of “Out of the Hat” and “This or That”.  What a fun evening! 

Nov 14 2019

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Rank #16: Episode 124 - June 12, 2019

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Guests - Tommy Burnett, Joe Kruzel, Ed Cleeton, Ryan Schafittzel, Scott Hopkins

Our studio was full with Sports Dads on this episode! We talked about how to be a productive, supportive, and positive sports parent. Great advice and valued perspectives from our dads! My thanks to my co-host, Tommy Burnett (my dad)-always enjoy his stories! We also had Springfield Cardinals Manager Joe Kruzel and enjoyed listening to his advice as a dad and what his take is on the Springfield Cardinals organization and how he plans to advance it. Also, in studio the amazing dad of four, Ed Cleeton, the wonderful dad and coach of his sons, Ryan Schafittzel, and the fantastic father of my children, Scott Hopkins. We also congratulated my daughter Hailey Jo on her college graduation and wished her Bon Voyage as she takes off to explore Europe for a year!

Jun 14 2019

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Rank #17: Episode 138 - October 16, 2019 Guests: Kevin Agee and Ed Beach

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In this episode, we met with the Content Strategist for Missouri State University, Kevin Agee, and explored his position and mission at promoting Missouri State University and how he accomplishes that with several outlets including social media. We also spoke with the Sports Information Director at Drury University, Ed Beach and how he uses several techniques to engage the community and inform fans about Drury Athletics. The insight of these gentlemen and their positions are fascinating. Coaches don’t only teach on the court, part of what they do is promote their program and Kevin and Ed gave out some valuable advice on how to do that and it relates to businesses and organizations, too!

Oct 17 2019

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Rank #18: Episode 144 - December 4, 2019 Guests: Lori Endicott-Vandersnick, Caira Dortch

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In this episode, we hosted former Olympian, Lori Endicott–Vandersnick and Head women’s volleyball coach from Southwest Baptist University Caira Dortch. We looked into the mission of in season and out of season sports and how both high school coaches and off-season coaches need to communicate and bridge that gap with a centered focus on the athlete and their development. We also explored the value of multi-sport athletes and how beneficial it is for athletes to have experience in more than one sport if they choose to do so. As a former Olympian, and as a head volleyball coach at the collegiate level, my guests made excellent points in trying to provide the best experience for student athletes.

Dec 09 2019

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Rank #19: Episode 135 - September 25, 2019 Guests: Bob Huggins, Steve Forbes, Becky Oakes

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In this episode we caught up with West Virginia Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Huggins about his friendship with Charlie Spoonhour.  We then caught up with Coach Steve Forbes from East Tennessee State University about his vision and philosophy for ETSU.  We then wrapped up our Sports Psychology series with Becky Oakes and talked about the roles of state associations, national associations and school districts in the support and access of resources for the mental health of athletes and coaches. This has been a tremendous series full of valuable insights and information.  My thanks to all who made it possible and we will revisit this series again in the future! 

Sep 26 2019

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Rank #20: Episode 132 - September 4, 2019 Guests-Corey Bray, Hailey Diestelkamp, Connor Sechlor

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In this episode, we continue to explore the mental side of the game in our Sports Psychology Series. We are joined by Drury University’s Director of Athletics Corey Bray, standout women’s basketball player, and NCAA Division II Player of the Year, Hailey Diestelkamp, and all-MVC and standout pitcher for the Missouri State University Bears baseball team, Connor Sechlor. Insights and discussion included mental preparation, dealing with anxiety, pressure, playing perfect, and tuning out negative voices. The positive message from the panel gave advice and guidance for athletes, coaches, and other contributors of athletic programs.

Sep 05 2019

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Episode 187-October 21, 2020 – Reggie Morris, Tony Irons, Justin Gerald, Julia Wells, Major Tad Peters, Landon Cornish, Kelsey Keizer–Power Panel: Social Change Through Coaching

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We welcome a power panel as we talk about the influence coaches have to advocate for growth in their players global view and cultural awareness. We welcome Reggie Morris, Grandview (KC), Tony Irons, Vashon (STL), Justin Gerald, Hillcrest (SGF), Julia Wells, Drury University (SGF), Major Tad Peters, Springfield Police Department, Landon Cornish, Parkview (SGF), Kelsey Keizer, Southwest Baptist University (Bolivar). Our hope is to open dialogue and look to the present and future on how we can make our attitudes and views better than the day before. 

This panel answered several questions from multiple areas (thank you for the ones that sent in questions).  Their answers serve as a powerful voice of understanding and guidance.  This is a great guide for coaching (employing/parenting) our young athletes and citizens. My thanks to these tremendous educators, excellent panel and we are grateful for their willingness to put themselves out there and represent themselves so well. 

Next week: We continue this conversation and then host two veteran coaches for a little "out of the hat" conversation: Jay Osbourne and Todd Mercer. A Coach’s Perspective:

Tune in Wednesday night’s live from 6:00-7:00 pm on 99.9FM/96.9FM or on the Radio-Springfield app.

Listen at Previous Shows on the website acoachsperspective.com

Or on Apple iTunes Podcast under A Coach’s Perspective.

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Oct 22 2020

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Episode 186-October 14, 2020 – Tom Mast, Ray Meyer and Corey Riggs

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In episode 186, we hosted a panel of local broadcast legends: Tom Mast, Ray Meyer, and Corey Riggs made for an exceptional team tonight as we “flash-backed” to our recent Sports 101 series and recapped all of our guests that made this series so fun and enjoyable to cover.  My thanks to all of those guests as we wish them the best of luck in their future seasons. 

We then shifted to professional sports and took a pause to recap all that has been going on for the last couple of weeks.  We covered the Stanley Cup Tampa Bay National Hockey League Champions.  We then went to the diamond and discussed the Major League Baseball playoffs.  Then we hit the hardwood and recapped the seasons of the National Basketball Association and the Women’s National Basketball Association.  After that, onto the turf to tackle the current National Football League.  Whew!  Did you keep up with all of that? We had a lot of fun and I appreciated my guests and their perspectives!

A Coach’s Perspective:

Tune in Wednesday night’s live from 6:00-7:00 pm on 99.9FM/96.9FM or on the Radio-Springfield app.

Listen at Previous Shows on the website acoachsperspective.com

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Oct 15 2020

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Episode 185-October 7, 2020 – Austin McKan and Matt Hannah

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Episode 185: We continued our series of lesser known sports that are growing in popularity.  So far, we have covered Pickleball, Horseshoe Pitching, Speed Golf, and Extreme Races, Disc Golf, Archery, Dodgeball, Trap Shooting/Shotgun Sports, Bass Fishing, eSports and Ultimate.  In this episode we “switched gears” and had a tremendous time speaking about Bicycle Motocross (BMX) with multiple state champion and professional racer Austin McKan.  We also spoke about Motocross and hosted multiple state champion and national champion racer Matt Hannah.  

Both of our guests advocated for the growth of these sports and educated us on the thrilling competition and adrenaline rush that fuels its racers.  Thank you to both of these athletes for sharing their perspective on their sports and passions!

A Coach’s Perspective:

Tune in Wednesday night’s live from 6:00-7:00 pm on 99.9FM/96.9FM or on the Radio-Springfield app.

Listen at Previous Shows on the website acoachsperspective.com

Or on Apple iTunes Podcast under A Coach’s Perspective.

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Oct 08 2020

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Episode 184-September 30, 2020 – J.P. Sell and Mike Jones

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Episode 184: We continued our series of lesser known sports that are growing in popularity.  So far, we have covered Pickleball, Horseshoe Pitching, Speed Golf, and Extreme Races, Disc Golf, Archery, Dodgeball, Trap Shooting/Shotgun Sports, and Ultimate.  In this episode – wow! We spoke about two very cool sports, very different in nature, but parallel with each other in the benefits they are giving our youth.  Both, lifetime sports, they are growing in popularity and we were honored to cover them in our series.    

We started the show on eSports, true, I thought we were going to talk about Frogger, Pac Man and Galactica, but I was way off! I am, of course, kidding. These sports have evolved tremendously, and my guest did an excellent job advocating for the benefits of this sport.  Drury University eSports coach, Mike Jones, was very thorough in his overview of eSports and what they represent.  This sport gives an opportunity to youth to represent their school and community and Coach Jones has done a tremendous job advocating for the sport nationwide.  Check out Drury eSports for more information.

We then cast off to the seas! Actually, more like lakes and rivers, where bass fish live. The sport of Bass Fishing is the fastest growing youth sport in the country and there is not a stronger advocate on involving kids in the sport than J.P. Sell.  He has done an inspiring job on educating and supporting this sport and it is impressive how he reaches out to all populations and encourages them to take that “cast of a lifetime”, we appreciate all he has done to support kids in our community. For ways to get involved and support these programs, visit: NationalYouthFishingAssociation.

We will conclude this series next week!  Email the sport you want covered to acoachsperspective@gmail.com!

A Coach’s Perspective:

Tune in Wednesday night’s live from 6:00-7:00 pm on 99.9FM/96.9FM or on the Radio-Springfield app.

Listen at Previous Shows on the website acoachsperspective.com

Or on Apple iTunes Podcast under A Coach’s Perspective.

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Oct 01 2020

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Episode 183-September 23, 2020 – Ed Prentiss and Kevin Boyer

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What? Yes! Episode 183! We continued our series of lesser known sports that are growing in popularity.  So far, we have covered Pickleball, Horseshoe Pitching, Speed Golf, and Extreme Races, Disc Golf, Archery and Ultimate.  We aren’t dodging any sports in this series…that’s why we started off with the intense and competitive sport of Dodgeball!  This energetic sport of throwing, catching and dodging has grown in popularity throughout the country.  One of the most effective and productive advocates of the game is the President of the National Dodgeball League and USA Dodgeball participant Ed Prentiss as he joined us and educated us on the basics, safety and competitions of dodgeball.  Tremendous information! Visit Dodgeball  for more information. 

 We also spoke with Coach Kevin Boyer about high school Trap Shooting and college Shotgun sports. As the leader of the national championship team from Logan-Rogersville and current Drury University coach, we learned how this sport has developed and grown over the years.   It has provided several youths in our area a connection and opportunity, as Coach Boyer puts it, “to be a part of something bigger than themselves”. We learned the strategy and skills needed to be successful!

We will continue this series next week with Bass Fishing and eSports!  Email the sport you want covered to acoachsperspective@gmail.com!

A Coach’s Perspective:

Tune in Wednesday night’s live from 6:00-7:00 pm on 99.9FM/96.9FM or on the Radio-Springfield app.

Listen at Previous Shows on the website acoachsperspective.com

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Sep 24 2020

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Episode 182 -September 15, 2020 – Theresa Miller, Susan Provance, Warren Rose, Denny Hunt

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Welcome to episode #182! We continued our series of lesser known sports that are growing in popularity.  So far, we have covered Pickleball, Horseshoe Pitching, Speed Golf, and Extreme Races, Disc Golf, and Ultimate.  We aimed for the bulls eye this week and spoke with Missouri Department of Conversation Archery expert Warren Rose about the benefits of getting this sport into schools.  Springfield Public Schools (SPS) started Archery and in no time has exploded the sport to now hosting over 900 athletes!  Two big reasons, besides Warren Rose’s involvement…Theresa Miller and Susan Provance. Theresa and Susan have organized and implemented the Archery program at SPS, and the popularity has grown, along with providing all students interested a connection and opportunity to be involved.

We also spoke with the Executive Director of the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association (MBCA), Coach Denny Hunt about the state basketball coaches clinic that has a stellar line up this year.  With over 1,000 coaches in their membership the MBCA has put together a four-day virtual clinic of multiple headlining coaches, along with panels on social justice, mentoring and a panel of MBCA Coaches of the Year.

We will continue this series next week with Dodgeball as we host Ed Prentiss, President of the National Dodgeball Association. Email the sport you want covered to acoachsperspective@gmail.com!

A Coach’s Perspective:

Tune in Wednesday night’s live from 6:00-7:00 pm on 99.9FM/96.9FM or on the Radio-Springfield app.

Listen at Previous Shows on the website acoachsperspective.com

Or on Apple iTunes Podcast under A Coach’s Perspective.

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Sep 17 2020

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Episode 181 - September 9, 2020 – Russ Burns, Neil Adams, Doug and Stephanie Jacobs

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Episode #181! We continued our series of lesser known sports that are growing in popularity.  So far, we have covered Pickleball, Horseshoe Pitching, Speed Golf, and Extreme Races.  This week we started off with the expert in Disc Golf and had Russ Burns give us all of the information you would need to start this sport and be successful at it. From how to play, to tournaments all over the country, your one-stop shop is his website: discgolfmonkey.com – give it a try!

We then took the disc to another sport and explored Ultimate!  This sport has been popular for decades and has continued to grow because of advocates like Neil Adams.  Neil joined us, along with fellow high-level players Doug and Stephanie Jacobs as we explored the ins and outs of Ultimate.  Get involved by checking out their Facebook page Springfield Ultimate. 

 Two more competitive and social lifelong sports that listeners were inspired to try were covered tonight.  Get involved!  Get out of your comfort zone! Try one, or two of these sports and enjoy being fit and competitive! Thank you to Russ Burns, Neil Adams, Doug and Stephanie Jacobs for sharing their valuable perspective.

We will continue this series next week with Dodgeball (yeah, that’s right!) and Cornhole!   Email the sport you want covered to acoachsperspective@gmail.com!

A Coach’s Perspective:

Tune in Wednesday night’s live from 6:00-7:00 pm on 99.9FM/96.9FM or on the Radio-Springfield app.

Listen at Previous Shows on the website acoachsperspective.com

Or on Apple iTunes Podcast under A Coach’s Perspective.

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Sep 10 2020

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Episode 180 - September 2, 2020 - Garrett Holt and Amy Hietter - Speed Golf and Extreme Sports

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Episode #180! Last week we kicked off a new series of lesser known sports that are growing in popularity.  We covered Pickleball and Horseshoe Pitching.  This week we started off with Horton Smith Golf Pro, Garrett Holt as he gave us the 101 information about the growing sport of Speed Golf! Combining endurance running and the finely tuned skill of golf, this combo sport has grown tremendously in popularity.  Listen to learn all of the strategies and the mentality it takes to be successful. 

We then discussed the extreme physical (some say crazy) events that require endurance running while completing wild and challenging obstacles. I am referring to Spartan Races, Warrior Dashes, and Tough Mudders just to name a few.  Crawling through caves, jumping over fire, all another day at the office when you compete in these events.  Amy Hietter joined us and helped us understand the picture of these courses along with the psychology of tackling and finishing these events. 

The bonding force, socially and athletically, of both of these sports is evident and I challenge all of you to get out of your comfort zone and find your next adventure sport!  Thank you to Garrett Holt and Amy Hietter for a fun hour and sharing your perspective.
We will continue this series for the next couple of weeks.  Email the sport you want covered to acoachsperspective@gmail.com!

A Coach’s Perspective:

Tune in Wednesday night’s live from 6:00-7:00 pm on 99.9FM/96.9FM or on the Radio-Springfield app.

Listen at Previous Shows on the website acoachsperspective.com

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Sep 03 2020

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Episode 179 - August 29, 2020 - Jarrod Smith, Mark Kiser, Stan Griggs, Alan Francis -Pickleball and Horseshoe Pitching

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In episode #179, we are kicking off a new series of lesser known sports that are growing in popularity.  We started the show learning all the ins and outs of Pickleball!  Who better to learn about Pickleball than our own local, professional tour player, Coach Jarrod Smith!  You may know him as the highly successful tennis coach at Drury University, but the Pickleball community considers him the regional expert.  He gave a “101” lesson on how to play, how to score, and where you can get started.  He motivated us all to give this sport a try! 

 We then hosted the talented horseshoe pitcher Mark Kiser and learned about the world of pitching. We learned the basics of the game and then about the strategy and skills needed to be champions from 15-time state champion, Stan Griggs, and 24-time world champion Alan Francis.  This trio of knowledge left us inspired to learn more and give pitching a try! 


We will continue this series for the next couple of weeks.  Email the sport you want covered to acoachsperspective@gmail.com!

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Aug 27 2020

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Episode 178 - August 19, 2020 - Dan Cashel: Celebrating a legendary career

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Episode 178: Had a great time celebrating the career of Dan Cashel Thank you to my “surprise” guests: Dr. Edsel Matthews, Dr. Nate Quinn, Coach Molly Miller, Ed Beach Amine Boustani, Mark Stratton and Barb Cowherd. Dan gave out gratitude for several years of working with wonderful people and is appreciative of his many experiences. He definitely left a lasting and impressionable mark on the sports world in our area. Missed the show? Tsk. Tsk, but we have you covered! Listen at www.acoachsperspective.com‬‬
Congratulations to Dan Cashel on a tremendous and impactful career at Drury University. Your influence has rippled through Drury and Springfield and beyond! Enjoy your retirement!

Next week, we are going to kick off a series learning about some lesser known sports and how they have been growing in popularity. Have one in mind? Email me at acoachsperspective@gmail.com

Aug 20 2020

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Episode 177 - August 12, 2020 Guest: Kate T. Parker - Celebrating Sport Lessons

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In episode #177, we welcomed best-selling author Kate T. Parker, author of “Play Like a Girl”, “The Heart of a Boy” and “Strong is the New Pretty”. She was full of energy and enthusiasm for the life lessons we can teach our youth through sports. A former collegiate athlete (Wake Forest Soccer), she has created motivational works from her writing and photography skills.  She has been featured on ESPN W, the Today Show, Good Morning America, among others, and we were delighted to host her for the entire hour. This is a great motivational tool for athletes, coaches, officials, and parents.   Check her work out at www.katetparker.com – it is very impressive!  

Next week, we are going to celebrate the stellar and legendary, 46-year career, of Dan Cashel.  Recently retired from Drury University, this multi-talent human champion has had many roles through the years and impacted many lives. Tune in to celebrate his career and learn a lot about sports history in Springfield, Missouri as he traveled through lots of changes during his time. We might also have some surprise guests…. Tune in Wednesday night’s 6:00-7:00 pm.

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Aug 13 2020

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Episode 176 - August 5, 2020 Guest: Paul Nahon - Tennis and Sailing

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In episode #176, we welcomed World Team Tennis General Manager of the Springfield Lasers, Paul Nahon. We caught up on how the Lasers did during this unique season, and how spending their time together in a “bubble” that included team dinners every night, elevated their team chemistry and skills with the majority of players showing significant improvement throughout the season at Greenbrier.

We also talked about another one of his passions, sailing. Besides being the General Manager of the championship program. Springfield Lasers, he is also Commodore of the Stockton Yacht Club. We talked about his love for sailing and how he has a passion for racing. He encouraged beginners to learn and get out in the water! We discussed the two styles of sailing, for recreation, and for him, another angle (no doubt competitive) the side of racing. He is a wealth of knowledge on tennis and sailing and we thank him for spending the hour with us!

Next week we will host best-selling author Kate T. Parker, author of “Play Like a Girl”, “The Heart of a Boy” and “Strong is the New Pretty”. She is full of energy and enthusiasm for the life lessons we can teach our youth through sports. A former collegiate athlete, she has created motivational works from her writing and photography skills. She has been featured on ESPN W, the Today Show, Good Morning American, among others.

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Aug 06 2020

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Episode 175 - July 29, 2020 Guests: Bill Helfrect and Bill Rowe - SASHOF Induction

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In episode #175, congratulations to our guest tonight, upcoming inductee (Class of 2020) into the Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame (SASHOF). We had a lot of fun celebrating Bill Helfrect’s storied and legendary baseball career at Missouri State…and his football running back days for the Bears, too!  We had a surprise guest tonight for Bill, his former college coach and now friend for life, Coach Bill Rowe.  I know, right?  The legendary Bill Rowe stopped by the studio to talk about Bill Helfrect’s career and what an honor it was to coach him and his teammates.  We talked baseball and about what made that group so unique and special.  The memories they made will be timeless and the lessons they learned have carried over into successful professional and personal lives. 

Bill Helfrect will be inducted into the SASHOF on October 5, 2020 along with Larry Nemmers, Becky Oakes, Dan Lucy and Wayne Fredrick along with a new recognition, the Era of Excellence, being awarded to Parkview High Schools “Jolly Green Giants”.

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Jul 30 2020

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Episode 174 - July 22, 2020 Guests: Dan Lucy, Gail Fredrick, Edsel Matthews - SASHOF Induction

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In episode #174, we were once again happy to celebrate some upcoming inductees (Class of 2020) into the Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame. This week we enthusiastically congratulated and celebrated with legendary broadcaster, Dan Lucy as he expressed how honored he has been to broadcast sports in the Springfield area for nearly 32 years.   We also celebrated the unique and successful attributes of an era at Parkview High School that left a lasting impact on the community.  The “Jolly Green Giants’ will receive the Era of Excellence Award from the Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame.  Representing the players was Gail Fredrick (2005 individual inductee of the SASHOF) and representing the coaching staff, Dr. Edsel Matthews (2000 SASHOF inductee; 2005 Missouri Sports Hall of Fame inductee).  They gave some valuable advice and guidance to young athletes, coaches, and parents of athletes.  We appreciated their insights and perspective on the value of sports and the parallel of life lessons.

 They will all be inducted into the SASHOF on October 5, 2020 along with last week’s guests, Larry Nemmers, Becky Oakes, and Wayne Fredrick and next week’s guest, Bill Helfect.

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Jul 23 2020

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Episode 173 - July 15, 2020 Guests: Larry Nemmers, Becky Oakes, Wayne Fredrick - SASHOF Induction

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In episode #173, we were happy to celebrate three upcoming inductees (Class of 2020) into the Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame. We congratulated and celebrated with former National Football League referee Larry Nemmers, former coach and athletic administrator Becky Oakes, and champion golfer Wayne Fredrick.  All three shared lessons they have learned from their experiences and the importance of continuing to learn and give back to the game.  Their advice was spot on about how sports parallel life.  My thanks to our call-in guests: Dr. Ron Snodgrass (Big 10 Football Referee), Dr. Karissa Neirhoff (Executive Director of the National Federation for High School Sports), and Tim Blasi (2019 HOF member).

They will all be inducted into the SASHOF on October 5, 2020 along with next week’s guests, Dan Lucy, Bill Helfect, and Parkview High Schools “Jolly Green Giants”, who will receive the inaugural Era of Excellence Award.

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Jul 16 2020

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Episode 172 - July 8, 2020 Guests: Josh Scott, Marty Marsh, Michael Collins - The Role of Athletic Directors

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In episode #172, we welcomed Coach Michael Collins, Missouri State University Men’s Basketball, who gave us an update on the new Bears, Badges, and Kids initiative and the success of their inaugural outing. 

 We then hosted two guests from Springfield Public Schools, Director of Athletics Josh Scott and Assistant Director of Athletics Marty Marsh. Right out of the gate we celebrated Marty’s latest achievement, earning the distinct title of Certified Master Athletic Administrator from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).  Josh received his certification six years ago and continues to encourage his site administrators to pursue professional advancements and development. We celebrated all of the recent certifications in the district, also recognized:  Rich Dameron, Brad Angel, and Jeremy Rios.  We also discussed the valuable angle of hiring quality coaches and providing athletes and coaches with a meaningful and educational athletic experience. Thank you to all of these gentlemen for what they do in the name of educational athletics!

 Next week, we will welcome some of the new inductees of the Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2020.  Tune in and find out who is getting recognized for excellence in athletics!

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Jul 09 2020

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Episode 171 - July 1, 2020 Guests: Art Hains, Ned Reynolds, Don Louzader, Jeff Burnett, C.J. Ball - Art and Ned Challenge #3

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It’s challenge time again!  We, again, challenged Ned Reynolds and Art Hains, to a Play by Play/Color Analyst escapade.  Our first challenge was to have them perform play by play and color analyst work on a Hibachi chef at Nakato Japanese Steakhouse.  They passed that endeavor. We then challenged them to “Play by Play” charades with a panel of judges (Don Louzader, Jeff Burnett, and Misty Ramsey). Again, they passed with flying colors.  Our latest challenge for these two Hall of Famers, consisted of broadcasting the 1st Annual ACP Championship Event of miniature golf!  My thanks to our host course, Fun Acre in Springfield, Missouri!  Our finalists were Don Louzader (Two-time Open Champion at Fun Acre, ACP’s baseball correspondent), C.J. Ball (Drury Women’s Golf Coach), and Jeff Burnett (our Kansas City Chiefs Superfan).  It was a tight race and our broadcasters filled our listeners with action-packed intensity as we moved from hole to hole.  In the end, however, the bronze medal was awarded to Coach C.J. Ball, the Silver to Jeff Burnett, and the Gold….no surprise…to course champion Don Louzader!  My thanks to all that made this challenge an enjoyable event.  If you missed it, listen at acoachsperspective.com or on Apple iTunes Podcast.

 Next week we will host Josh Scott and Marty Marsh, Athletic Directors for Springfield Public Schools about some well-deserved accolades for their department and what is coming up with SPS Athletics.

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Jul 02 2020

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Episode 170 - June 24, 2020 Guests: Chief Paul Williams and Coach Dana Ford - Bears, Badges and Kids

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Tonight, we graciously hosted the Men’s Basketball Coach at Missouri State University (MSU), Dana Ford along with the Springfield Police Department’s Chief Paul Williams.  We discussed the initiative and partnership they have formed to start the program Bears, Badges, and Kids.  This program will have players from the MSU Basketball team, members of the Springfield Police Department and kids from our community, on their home courts, coming together on Saturday mornings to play pick up and talk with each other in hopes of educating and forming positive relationships.  Chief Williams and Coach Ford should be commended for their efforts on taking action with their platforms and being positively engaged in our community.  My thanks for their compassion, caring and efforts with this much needed intervention in our society. I feel it will have a tremendous impact and will hopefully ripple through the city.  Thank you, also, to Community Partnership of the Ozarks and all that are involved in making this happen. 

 Next week, it’s challenge time again!  We will once again challenge Ned Reynolds and Art Hains, if they are brave enough to accept!  Our first challenge was to have them perform play by play and color analyst work on a Hibachi chef at Nakato Japanese Steakhouse.  We then played “Play by Play” charades.  Tune in for the latest challenge for these two Hall of Famers, Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

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Jun 25 2020

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Episode 169 - June 17, 2020 Guest: Kelly Kenny - Rodeo 101

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Rodeo on the radio! In this episode (#169), we hosted Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) Announcer Kelly Kenny. We discussed his path to the announcing arena (and it is an interesting one!) and how he landed on the PRCA circuit. We also had a couple of Rodeo 101 segments to learn as much as we can about this thrilling sport!  My thanks to my guest and to my co-host for the night Scott Hopkins (Happy Anniversary!).

 Next week, we are going to host Springfield Police Department Chief Paul Williams and Missouri State University Men’s Basketball Coach Dana Ford about their new community program, “Bears, Badges and Kids.”

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Jun 18 2020

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Episode 168 - June 10, 2020 Guests: Mark Nelson and Sam Plummer

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In tonight's episode, we dive into the topic of youth sports and what opportunities are available this summer. On our panel, we welcomed Sam Plummer from the Boys and Girls Club and Mark Nelson from the Springfield-Greene County Parks Department. Their valuable insights gave us hope that our youth will be able to have valuable experiences this summer with the proper restrictions. We also talked about their hope of having a solid combination of positive youth parents, positive youth coaches and positive youth officials to provide an exceptional experience for our young athletes. We appreciate all they do to give kids an opportunity to be active and compete.

Next week, buckle up y’all!  We are going to the Rodeo!  We will host Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Announcer Kelly Kenny. We will find out what is going on this summer with the PRCA circuit and we will have a Rodeo 101 segment to learn as much as we can about this thrilling sport!  Wednesday nights, 6:00-7:00 pm on KWTO’s The Jock 98.7FM.

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Jun 11 2020

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