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How I Got Here with Corey Koskie

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Welcome to Linklete's podcast, the stories behind the youth, high school, college, and professional sports journey, where it leads and what we learn along the way Support this podcast:
52 Episodes
Lea B Olsen was raised in poverty in a blended family in South Minneapolis. She was introduced to sports relatively late in her youth. Lea began her basketball career in her junior year of high school and after only two years, went on to play Division I basketball at the University of Minnesota.  After college, she transformed her success on the court into a sports journalism career. She broadcasted basketball on ESPN’S national WNBA coverage, as a game analyst for the Minnesota Lynx, and as a television sideline reporter for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Lea’s experiences playing and covering sports, and seeing the pressure youth athletes face to Win at all costs, lead her in 2015 to found Rethink the Win. Rethink the Win is an organization dedicated to preserving the fun in youth sports while teaching kids how to apply lessons learned in sports to the real world. This is how she got here --- Support this podcast:
Wes Walz was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and this is where he started his tedious road to the NHL.  Walz's path exemplifies his commitment to play hockey at the highest level.  Whether it was the long bus rides in the snowy tundra of Canada or playing overseas in Switzerland. His journey had many ups and downs but at times it looked like there were more downs.  Wes plowed forward and got a second chance. He made the most of it playing for the Minnesota Wild.   This is how he got here. --- Support this podcast:
If you knew nothing about Jason Zucker except that he was a professional athlete, born in Newport Beach, CA, and grew in Las Vegas, Nevada, what sport would you think he played?   Maybe he is on the PGA tour? He kind of looks like a baseball player maybe he plays in the MLB? Or maybe he is the Las Vegas version of Spud Webb!  Based on where he is from the last sport you would think of is Ice Hockey.  But it is Ice Hockey.  He is a left-winger for the Minnesota Wild in the NHL.  Zucker was drafted in the second round(59th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft by Wild. This is how he got here. --- Support this podcast:
At 7 years old Gavin Kaysen saw what the power of food could do. He saw this making cookies with his grandma. Food can make people smile. This started his love for cooking. Playing youth sports helped him for years after he was done. The lesson learned permeates through his business and life. He learned about culture from his Little League coach Pete Carroll(Seattle Seahawks Head Coach) and how professional athletes handle wins and losses. Like in sports, all it takes is one person to see something in you. That person was a restaurant owner who found Gavin in a Subway making sandwiches as a teenager.  This love for food transpired into multiple critically acclaimed restaurants and provided meals for the Minnesota Wild. Originally run 12/16/18 --- Support this podcast:
Marcus Foligno was a well-travel youth athlete.  Not on his own accord but following his NHL star father.  Where his dad played, the family lived. Where his dad coached the family lived.  A budding baseball star's final childhood move went from Hershey, PA to the nickel mining town of Sudbury, Ontario where baseball was no longer a reality and hockey became everything.    This is his story --- Support this podcast:
The Evereve Journey started in a women's dressing room in a San Fransico clothing store.  A young mom by the name Megan Tamte felt overwhelmed and alone!  This is not how a young mother should feel about her shopping experience.  Megan knew that the clothing options for young moms were extremely limited and the experience was miserable for a mom toting around her children. She knew that this needed to change. She shared her vision with Mike Tamte.  After much discussion, they decided to go for it.  Mike tells how playing sports impacted his leadership and how he and Megan went from an idea to 90 stores.  This is how he got here. Photo Credit-Glenn Stubb --- Support this podcast:
Mike Carter retired as a St. Paul police officer after 30 years in 2010. Mike loved watching Ryan play hockey. But Ryan didn't get the hockey bug from dad. He got it from friends with whom he grew up and the White Bear Lake Hockey Association. Mike Carter was a linebacker at St. Agnes, coached Ryan as a kid and hoped his son, a quarterback, would follow in his footsteps. But Ryan Carter's heart was in hockey. In his sophomore year, Ryan's football coach pressured him to pick one sport or the other. "He said, 'I don't want you skating during football season.' He said, 'Stop, or you won't be playing football.' So I said, 'Then, I won't be playing football," Listen as Ryan tells us about getting bullied, dealing with injuries and playing in the Stanley Cup Finals. --- Support this podcast:
WE BELIEVE THAT EVERY ACT OF KINDNESS—NO MATTER HOW BIG OR SMALL—GOES A LONG WAY.” Eric Brust - Co-founder- CEO Johnny pop Armed with a blender, assorted kitchen utensils and Erik’s vision of a “better-for-you” frozen fruit bar, Andrew Sather, Connor Wray, Kilian Wald, and Erik Brust made their way to the basement kitchen of their dorm at St. Olaf College, in Northfield, Minnesota. The guys spent many hours cutting and peeling fruits, blending and measuring ingredients, and freezing small batches in ice trays prepped with popsicle sticks.  Connor Wray tells his story of How He Got Here --- Support this podcast:
Hockey tryouts are on us in Minnesota.  Blake talks about how he had to process his 8-year old son getting cut from the top team and how this notion of being cut affected him, he was cut from a team as a youth hockey player.   This episode talks is a conversation between former professional athletes being cut and how they deal with their kids getting cut from the team. --- Support this podcast:
Born in Willmer, Minnesota Peter Taunton was the youngest of 7 children. He went from small-town Minnesota to a pioneer in the fitness industry. In 2003, he had a vision: to create an affordable, 24-7, results-driven gym differentiated from the impersonal, expensive big-box experience. Today there are Snap Fitness franchises in 2,500 locations in 26 countries. But he didn’t stop, there he has acquired and founded several brands to round out the consumer-fitness experience: 9Round, Farrell’s, YogaFit, STEELE Fitness, Fitness On Demand. Together with the Snap Fitness brand, they comprise the world’s largest wellness franchise organization. In 2010, he was named an Ernst and Young “Entrepreneur of the Year.” His companies have also been featured for six years running in such prestigious industry lists as Entrepreneur 500, Inc 5000, Top Global and Franchise 500. In this episode we talk about his early years as a raquetball professional, the idea of Snap Fitness and how he grew it to what it is today. This is How Peter Got Here Picture Credit --- Support this podcast:
Kyle Gibson started his path to the big leagues from the Hoosier state. He loved basketball but he loved baseball more.  He has been around baseball his whole life, as his dad was a coach at the high school.  Elbow surgery at 15 didn't deter him and he continued to impress scouts throughout his youth career.  He was drafted out of high school by the Philadelphia Phillies. He decided not to sign and go to the University of Missouri.  He was drafted in the 1st round by the Minnesota Twins.  After only 2 years in the minor leagues, Kyle made his MLB debut June 29, 2013, against the Kansas City Royals.  Gibson has had success in the big leagues and he has had his struggles.  Kyle talks about his youth sports experience and how he has dealt with his struggles.  This is how he got here. Picture credit- Andy Witchger --- Support this podcast:
Are you willing to do what it takes to get what you want?  The no-brainer answer is YES, ABSOLUTELY! But then why don't you have what you want? Is it because the over time we choose the easy road vs the hard road?  There is no easy road to the top in professional sports for an athlete or for a front office position. Getting to the top is hard. Long hours, low pay,  and time away from your family are all part of the grind. Working in the front office can be a thankless job. Matt Majka knows all about the grind. He has worked for the Minnesota Wild for 22 years. Before working for the Wild Matt worked for RollerBlade, a company that was owned by Bob Naegele Jr.  When Bob Naegele Jr. got the Wild he convinced Matt to come over and lead the marketing team.  Matt is know the President of the Minnesota Wild.   This is how Matt got here. --- Support this podcast:
Jake Odorizzi, starting pitcher for Minnesota Twins, came to Minnesota via a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays.  This wasn't the first time he was traded.  The first time was from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Kansas City Royals, and then he went from the Royals to the Rays and finally to the Twins.  Each time he was traded he was presented a different set a problems he had to work through, from making new friends when going from the Brewers to the Royals or packing up the family moving from the Royals to the Rays and the Rays to the Twins.  This is a road well travelled for a professional athlete.  Jake tells his story of being highly scouted as a senior, to dealing with the different nuances of the organizations he has played for.  This is HOW I GOT HERE Credit for art --- Support this podcast:
Maximilian Kepler-Różyck is a German born baseball player playing Major League Baseball for the Minnesota Twins.  How does the offspring of professional ballet dancers go from Germany to play in the Major Leagues.  Corey Koskie dives into that and much more.  Do you deal with self doubt? Nobody is immune for the voice of self-doubt.  We all question ourselves and freedom lies in fighting through our insecurities, and using them to get better. Max tells us about his path and what he does when he is doubting himself. ARTWORK CREDIT --- Support this podcast:
In 1992 Mark Parrish started high school and dreamed of wearing the baby blues of Bloomington Jefferson. He quickly made an impact and went on to win two states titles before he moved on the college hockey. He was on the fast track to the NHL. Everything is going great until he is traded to the New York Islanders. Life happens and Mark tells us how he got here. --- Support this podcast:
Corey Koskie played for the Minnesota Twins, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Milwaukee Brewers.  He retired in 2009 while in spring training with the Chicago Cubs.  His story has been told many times but Corey tells the detail behind his attempted comeback to the MLB.  Corey faced more adversity in 6 weeks than he faced his whole major league career. --- Support this podcast:
How does somebody go from play youth sport growing up in California, to playing college tennis, to founding a company that could change the face of medicine.  Ping Yeh fought a tough battle with blood cancer and survived.  Yeh is cancer-free, but he still deals with side effects from a high-potency regimen of chemotherapy that had almost no positive effect because his body was resistant to the drugs.  He survived the treatment, but the question remained: Why was this a trial-and-error situation? Why did Ping have to go and take this drug that could have killed me?  These questions burned in Ping, so he co-founded Stemonix, which invented a way to create and test chemical reactions between drugs and human cells outside of the body. The company launched in 2014 and worked for a year perfecting its idea and forming its team.  The privately held company has attracted more than $11 million in investments so far, including a  $6 million series A funding round.  In 2016 Stemonix was the grand prize winner in the Minnesota Cup, an entrepreneurship competition organized by the Carlson School of Management.  July of 2017, Stemonix received a Red Herring Top 100 North America award from tech-news company Red Herring. This is his how he got here. Good Listen for aspiring entrepreneur, business men and women, and seeing how sports helped a person through chemotherapy --- Support this podcast:
In June of 2011 the Atlanta Braves selected Ryne Harper in 37th-round. On February 2, 2018, Harper signed a minor-league contract with the Minnesota Twins. We have all heard the saying “a cup of coffee in the big leagues”. Ryne Harper, literally, had a cup of coffee in the big leagues with the Seattle Mariners. He was called up for three days and didn’t throw one pitch in a game before he was sent back down.  In 2019, Harper was given a non-roster invitation to major-league spring training. On March 27th, 2019 Ryne Harper was told that he would be on the Twins' Opening Day roster.  To say Harper kept a fairly low profile going into camp is an understatement. If you googled his name in March, a 25-year-old Indy leaguer who posted a 7.88 ERA in 2017 with Garden City comes up first.  Harper's odds of making the team as a non-roster invitee where slim to none.  He had to earn a spot and his competition was..... Trevor May – big-leaguer, and out of options Addison Reed – multi-year deal Trevor Hildenberger – big-leaguer Taylor Rogers – the team’s most valuable reliever in 2018 Matt Magill – out of options Fernando Romero – high ceiling Adalberto Mejia - No. 5 starter Martin Perez –  out of options Blake Parker – legit big leaguer He earned as spot!  This is How He Got Here --- Support this podcast:
The Foursome has been a part of the Wayzata Community for 80 years. It started as a little shop in Wayzata then grew to five different retail operations at the Wayzata Bay Center . . . men’s clothing, men’s big ‘n tall clothing, women’s clothing, children’s clothing, and men’s/women’s shoes.  The Foursome wanted to stay in Wayzata but God had other plans for the Engel family.  Through a lot of prayer the Engel family opened The Foursome in a new location in Plymouth on the corner of Vicksburg and Highway 55.   Gordy Engel learned perseverance through playing sports as a child.  He played football for Wayzata High School.  Though he didn't have much playing time in high school he decided go out for his college football team at Gustavus Adolphus College.  He ended up starting his senior year.  The lessons he learned playing sports carried over to his business and coaching career.  The Engel family is an uncommon family.  They are a third generation family owned business, they decide business direction as a family, and they have faced the unthinkable and have shown the world what forgiveness and grace look like in the midst of tragedy. --- Support this podcast:
 Have you ever sat in the stand and wonder how does one become a first base coach in the major leagues and what the heck does a first base coach do on a major league team. Does he just stand next to first base to collect the batter’s armor? According to Wikipedia "Stationed in designated coaches' boxes near first and third base, they are appropriately named base coaches—individually, first base coach and third base coach. They assist in the direction of baserunners, help prevent pickoffs, and relay signals sent from the manager in the dugout to runners and batters." The first base coach is so much more than this.  For me the first base coach was one of the most encouraging coaches on the staff.  Every team I played for the base coaches were my biggest fans.  Whether it was the Twins and Jerry White or the Blue Jays and Brian Butterfield these guys were my biggest cheerleaders.   Tommy Watkins is one of these guys for the Twins.  After playing 10 years in the minor he got he first chance to play major league baseball when he got called up August 8, 2007. His first MLB game was in Kansas CIty.    Once again according to Wikipedia "Red Wings Manager Stan Cliburn stated that Watkins' promotion to the big leagues "was one of the most emotional call-ups [he had] ever been involved with." The announcement "set off a joyous celebration in the clubhouse, because of everyone's love, passion and respect for Tommy." His Major League journey as a player ended 14 days later when he suffered an abdominal strain.  He went back down to the minors and never came back up.  He then become a minor league coach.  This is his story........ --- Support this podcast:
Comments (1)

Jeff Christianson

I totally agree with taking time off. I have bowled for 38 years, I feel it is time for me to take a season off

Jan 30th
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