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Upper Hand Sports Podcast

Episode 15: Matchbox Recreation Center Owner Alexz Smith

on Dec 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM | By Upper Hand | 0 Comments
Alexz Smith is the owner and Club Director at Matchbox Recreation Center. Alexz has coached club volleyball for the last 10 years, most recently serving as the head coach of the 18s division at NESD Volleyball Club. In addition to club coaching experience, Alexz has coached 6 seasons of high school volleyball including a four-year tenure on the Northwestern High School coaching staff.  Alexz specializes working with front-row players focusing on attacking, blocking, and offensive strategies and is currently working on building her own facility that will open in 2018!
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Episode 14: LA Goalkeeping Academy Owner Michael Magid

on Dec 6, 2017 8:44:00 AM | By Upper Hand | 0 Comments
Upper Hand is joined by LA Goalkeeping Academy owner Michael Magid on his 17 years of experience in goalkeeper training and goalkeeper coaching. He works hard at being a student of the game as well, constantly making his own skills more advanced. His education has stemmed from some of the world’s greatest goalkeeper specialists. Prior to LA Goalkeeping Academy, Michael was the goalkeeping director at Real Socal, an assistant coach for Everton FC’s North American Program, a player/coach for the USL’s SFV Quakes, and a staff coach for Region IV ODP. Hear Michael’s advice on building a network of coaches in your arena, and seeing them as co-teachers to learn from, rather than as competition.
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Episode 13: Modern Goalkeeper Training Owner John Plaugic

on Nov 29, 2017 8:00:00 AM | By Upper Hand | 0 Comments
We sat down to talk with John Plaugic about his experience as the founder and head instructor at Modern Goalkeeper Training Systems. Plaugic is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/United Soccer Coaches & United States Soccer Federation. He is the Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach at Rutgers University (Newark). Plaugic was previously the Assistant Varsity Soccer Coach at St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, NJ, which has been recognized by ESPN RISE, NSCAA & Elite Soccer Report as the best High School Boys Soccer program in the USA. Learn more about Plaugic’s holistic approach to goalkeeper training in this week’s sports podcast! 
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Episode 12: Power Alley Baseball Academy Instructor Matt Pulley

on Nov 22, 2017 7:10:00 AM | By Upper Hand | 0 Comments
Power Alley Baseball Academy Director of Operations and Lead Hitting Instructor Matt Pulley joins the Upper Hand Sports Pod. Matt was a catcher in the Baltimore Orioles Minor League System for 7 years and spent 5 Seasons as a Hitting Coach for the Traverse City Beach Bums of the Frontier League in Independent Professional Baseball. He has 12 years of experience in Professional Baseball and over 10 years of academy teaching.   
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Episode 11: Genesis Sports Performance Owner Graham Wilkerson

on Nov 15, 2017 8:40:00 AM | By Upper Hand | 0 Comments
Hear from Graham Wilkerson, owner and trainer at Genesis Sports Performance, on how he built a business out of his passion, and the challenges he has overcome both as a trainer and an entrepreneur. With numerous years of training experience as a player and coach, Graham attended Bishop Chatard High school where he was an All-State football player and went on to play at DePauw University. Graham received his masters degree from Ball State University in Athletic Coaching Education.
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