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WCDO Radio Sports Director Nate Lull catches up with athletes, coaches, media members, public figures and entrepreneurs in upstate New York.
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The Nate Lull Podcast presents: Remembering Mike Packard.This special episode pays tribute to local marathon canoe paddler, Mike Packard. Mike passed away unexpectedly in April of 2024. Nate shares his memories of "Packman" and plays four interviews with Mike from the WCDO Radio Canoe Regatta archives.
Nate hits the road to Hunter-Tannersville for the first of two interviews recorded at HTC. In this first session, Nate visits with Hannah Esslie. She is the owner of the Hudson Valley Crusaders. Members of United Women's Soccer, HVC is a professional team with talent from all over the northeast. Hannah is only 20 years old and also plays in college at Buffalo State. Hear how she balances her time and energy as she follows her dreams of building a soccer empire.
Nate welcomes back Bob Mackey to the show. He is the former Superintendent at Unadilla Valley CSD and is now a consultant for various districts throughout the state. Bob has detailed knowledge of school budgets and state funding. He is a passionate high school sports fan and discusses how we can provide the best opportunities for local athletes. He previously came on in 2020 and that episode is still a relevant topic of conversation today.
Nate sits down with local wrestling coach, Nate Leonard, from the Gorilla Grapplers. This club team helps dozens of athletes train in the offseason close to home. Nate is also an assistant coach for the SUNY Oneonta Wrestling team. He talks about several locals that workout with GG and about his experience as a member of the NYS University Police Force at Oneonta.
Nate welcomes three-time Delaware County Amateur Golf Tournament Champion, Matt Moyse, to the show. Local golf is just one part of this episode. The guys touch on topics from Matt’s coaching at Charlotte Valley, to what the future of small school sports looks like in our local leagues. A great conversation for any S4 sports fan!
Nate is honored to sit down with longtime local wrestling icon, Carl Koenig. He is currently the President of the Upstate New York Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Carl spent his career as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Oxford district. He is a mainstay in high school and college officiating circles at the highest levels. His list of awards and accomplishments makes him one of the most decorated individuals in Section IV.
Nate connects with SUNY Cortland Men's Soccer Coach, Steve Axtell. He has built a powerhouse program that is in contention to make the NCAA Division-III Tournament on a yearly basis. Steve is a native of Franklin and a graduate of Sidney High School. He offers advice on recruiting and gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the Red Dragons program.
Nate welcomes WICZ-TV Sports Director, Ian Mills, to the show. His hard work and dedication to local sports has propelled Fox 40 into the spotlight. Ian has invested many hours traveling to the small towns on the fringe of his coverage area, and it hasn't gone unnoticed. This talented young journalist has a bright future ahead.
Nate sits down with SUNY Delhi Men's Soccer Coach, E.J. Reutemann. They discuss the success of the Broncos program since he took over in 2021. His commitment to recruiting locally has provided a great opportunity to players in Nate's coverage area. E.J. also provides recruiting advice and tells us how he first got into coaching.
Nate welcomes back two-time Otsego County Atchinson Cup champion, Todd Carrington, to the show. Todd is the self-proclaimed John Daly of the local golf scene, and his unique approach to the game makes him one of a kind. Todd talks about a variety of golf topics and tells us about a big event he is playing in this May.
Nate connects with Unatego junior, Lizzie Craft. She is a two-sport standout for the Spartans playing basketball and soccer. Lizzie averaged 17.7 PPG this winter and helped UCS to an appearance in the MAC championship game. They discuss her love for basketball and the time she puts in playing on the AAU circuit.
Nate travels back to Norwich High School for the second episode in a three-part series about the NHS Wrestling program. These interviews are focused on the championship teams of the early 1990's. In this edition, Nate chats with grapplers Keith Evans and Tom Stoddard as well as local wrestling expert, Carl Koenig. Look for part three of this series in the summer of 2024.
Nate welcomes back Jeff Mlinar from Empire State Takeover. Jeff has become a mainstay on the show with his expert knowledge of girls basketball across the northeast. The guys discuss the end of the high school season and recap how several local teams and players finished out 2024.
Nate sits down with Bob Zaveral from Zaveral Racing Equipment in Wells Bridge. Bob is a legend in the world of marathon canoe racing. His development of the carbon fiber paddle has helped to revolutionize the sport. Hear about how Bob got his start in both business and paddling.
Nate welcomes back Jon Philby to the show. Jon is an adapted physical education teacher at Springbrook. He is joined by Rachael Scoones, who is a recreational therapist and helps Jon run several sports programs at Springbrook. Learn more about the opportunities that are available for athletes with developmental disabilities.
Nate chats with 2023 Oneonta grad and current D1 soccer player, Finlay Oliver. He is a member of the Stony Brook Seawolves program and completed his freshman season this past fall. Finlay is one of the most decorated players in OHS history. He tied the school record for goals in a season (46) and set the school record for total career points (234).
Nate travels to Norwich High School to sit down with 2024 NYS Wrestling Champion, Maverick Beckwith. He won the D2 crown at 108 pounds in his freshman season. Maverick is joined by his coach, Garett Sylstra for this interview. Special thanks to the NHS staff for welcoming the show back again!
Nate connects with Terrance Florence on this special travel basketball episode of the podcast. Terrance is the founder of the New York Havoc Basketball Club based in Albany. T-Flo talks about what his program offers and gives advice to athletes that are looking to play at the next level. Several locals are Havoc members and Terrance tells us about their experiences with the program.
Nate sits down with Unadilla Valley Girls Basketball Coach, Brandi (Backus) Whitbeck. She has been at the helm for the Storm for 19 years. They discuss her UV memories, her playing days in college at Alfred University, and her time in high school at G-MU.
On this special edition episode, Nate sits down with Anielle McEwan-Lomnicki, better known as AK. February 15th marks one year since AK's accident and she wanted to give everyone an update on her progress and recovery.