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Manny Diaz, University of Georgia Head Men’s Tennis Coach



Rick is joined by the Head Men’s Tennis Coach at the University of Georgia, Manny DIaz, this week on ‘Tech of Sports.’

With the cancellation of NCAA spring sports, Coach DIaz has some time on his hands, as do his players. Find out what Coach has told his players in the time of COVID-19 and how he’s handling things. He reflects on former UGA All-American, Jog\hn Isner’s career and more!

Diaz, this season, surpassed the legendary Dan Magill as the winningest men’s tennis coach in SEC history. The penultimate victory – number 707 – surely would have made Magill proud. It came on a Sunday in a big upset of No. 3 Ohio State on UGA’s Henry Field Stadium courts.

Diaz has been the Head Coach of the Bulldogs for 32 years. His careernumbers speak for themselves — 28 Southeastern Conference Championships in 32 seasons at the helm of the Georgia men’s tennis program.

He  has led Georgia to six national championships – four NCAA titles (1999, 2001, 2007 and 2008) and two ITA National Indoor titles (2006 and 2007). He is one of only three active coaches with multiple NCAA titles.

A great conversation with Coach Diaz, who is one of the nicest and most respected faces in tennis at any level.


Danielle Lao, Professional Tennis Player on Sports and Tennis Taking a Break



A second “Tech of Sports” this week and Rick is joined by friend and co-author of The Invaluable Experience and WTA player, Danielle Lao.

Danielle, like Rick has been grounded with the COVID-19 situation and we find out what she is doing to stay in shape for a return to tennis.

They talk hobbies, what will Danielle do when tennis returns and as Danielle stays close to college tennis, what the abrupt ending to the NCAA college season would’ve meant to her.

Rick and Danielle chat for about 15 minutes. Enjoy this episode.

 


Carlos Monroe, Jr., WBA Latin American Middleweight Champion



Carlos Monroe, Jr. is a professional boxer who currently holds the WBA Latin American Middleweight Title in the Middleweight Division.

Born July 22, 1994 in Chicago, Carlos moved to Atlanta at age three where he spent the rest of his upbringing. He practiced Tae-Kwon-Do as a child and began boxing as a teenager with Xavier Biggs at the Decatur Boxing Club.

Monroe returns to Atlanta on September 28 for a night of boxing.

On Saturday, Sept. 28, Atlanta will host the World Boxing Association (WBA) Continental Americas Middleweight Boxing title bout on with Atlanta native Carlos Monroe fighting Javier Maciel in the headline fight. Eric Moon will fight Mike Guy for the American Boxing Federation (ABF) title, followed by six other bouts.

The event is a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. Youth from several local Boys & GIrls Clubs will attend.

Missy Dugan, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, says: “We are so thankful to partners like this that support the nearly 3,000 kids that attend our Clubs each day and help them reach their full potential. Through sports, youth build skills that will serve them now and throughout their lives including self confidence, good sportsmanship, discipline, and an appreciation of healthy living and exercise.”

When: Saturday, September 28

7:15 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Pre-event reception with live jazz from the renowned Joe Gransden Quartet.

8:00 p.m. – Fights start

Where: Buckhead Theater, 3110 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30305, 404-843-2825, Link to Venue Info: http://www.thebuckheadtheatreatl.com/venueinfo.

Cost: Tickets begin at $35, VIP tables for $1,000

Tickets: https://concerts1.livenation.com/event/0E005717D5F44E95

As an amateur, his record was 90-15, winning the Golden Gloves in Georgia and Florida 11 times and earning top three placements in various PALs, Ringside, and Olympic Qualifier tournaments.

Since starting his professional career with E3 Promotions in 2017, Carlos has earned a 16-0 record with 13 wins by knock-outs.

He trains with a competitive stable of other pros in Miami under Mike Tyson’s former trainer, Stacy McKinley. Carlos is passionate about using his platform to benefit youth development, foster care support, and supporting his family.

Accolates

16 – 0, 13 KOs

9 time GA Golden Gloves champ

2 time FL Golden Gloves champ

2012 PAL National Bronze Medalist

2013 Ringside National Gold Medalist

2014 WSB Qualifier Bronze Medalist

2015 USA Boxing National Tournament Olympic Qualifier Silver Medalist

2016 Medical DQ Olympic Trials Go Pro

2017 Went Pro (E3) with Starkey through Biggs

Thanks to Carlos for joining Rick this week on “Tech of Sports.”


Michael Johnson, Olympic Track and Field Legend, Coach in AFFL



Track and field legend, Michael Johnson, is coaching in the American Flag Football League (AFFL). And his Godspeed team is going for the $1 million.

Great to be joined by Michael Johnson, this week on “Tech of Sports.”

Michael Johnson is nothing short of a legend. Michael was a part of the USA Olympic team in Barcelona in 1992, Atlanta in 1996, and Sydney in 2000. He established a record of 13 Olympic and World Championship gold medals during his 11-year career.

Michael broke world records in the 200 meter, 400 meter and the 4 X 400-meter relay. He completed the historic 200/400-meter Olympic double in 1996, giving him the title of the “Fastest Man in the World.” He was clocked running 23mph en route to his historic 200-meter performance of 19.32 seconds. He added the 400-meter world record in 1999, clocking in 43.18 seconds, securing his place in history.

He also runs Michael Johnson Performance, and is helping train the next generation of athlete:

“He is obsessive about human performance. With decades of research and the relentless pursuit of the best training methods, they combine tested and proven training methodology with the latest and most innovative techniques to produce the best results possible. Michael Johnson Performance has a simple belief that training programs should be created to help individuals of every athletic ability achieve their goals and reach their full potential in their sport. The fundamentals and structure of the programs are designed to optimize the athletic performance of any athlete on the court, track, field, or ice.”

Johnson is lending his expertise, knowledge and training advice to the Godspeed team in the AFFL; and it;s working. Godspeed led by Seneca Wallace and come ex-NFLers will be playing on Thursday night for a winner take all chance at $1 million. It was great to talk with Michael, enjoy the interview and enjoy the Flag Football.

Where to see it:

America vs Pros

BBVA Compass Stadium
Houston, TX
July 19, 2018
July 19 at 8pm EST Godspeed vs. Fighting Cancer, NFL Network
America’s Team and The Pros compete for $1,000,000.

 

 

Michael Johnson and the AFFL


Dick Sullivan, President & CEO, PGA TOUR Superstore



If you love golf and sports, chances are you’ve set foot in a PGA TOUR Superstore. Rick is joined by Dick Sullivan, President and CEO of PGA TOUR Superstore this week on “Tech of Sports.”

Fueled by capturing market share, new market expansion and strong e-commerce comp sales growth, PGA TOUR Superstore posted a record year in 2017 with an overall sales growth of 23 percent. With Mother’s and Father’s Day on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to take a closer look at this retail store success story.

Inside PGA TOUR Superstore, golf enthusiasts of all levels can experience in-house custom club fittings and repair, along with lessons from certified teaching professionals. Practice hitting bays with swing analysis software, interactive simulators and expansive putting greens are available for customers use. PGA TOUR Superstore offers visitors the largest selection of clubs, accessories, footwear and a wide variety of apparel for men, women and juniors. It’s not only a golfer’s paradise, but all sports enthusiasts will love the layout and the selection of goods.

Sullivan talks about their success, where they are heading and why customers are so loyal to PGA TOUR Superstore.

Additional PGA TOUR Superstore 2017 highlights include:

-e-commerce comp sales grew by 42 percent year-over-year
-More than 100,000 custom club fittings and 750,000 clubs re-gripped
-Nearly 50,000 participated in lessons, clinics and other grow the game initiatives

PGA TOUR Superstore is a part of The Blank Family of Businesses, which includes the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United FC, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and Mountain Sky Guest Ranch. The Company’s Chairman, Arthur M. Blank, co-founded The Home Depot and has applied the same approach and business practices to PGA TOUR Superstore.

“At PGA TOUR Superstore we’re using the same philosophy that drove The Home Depot’s success and revolutionized the home improvement industry,” said Blank. “We offer a variety of products at value prices, incredible services and employ the best associates to provide a level of customer service that keeps visitors coming back because they love the experience.”

PGA TOUR Superstore is committed to inspiring people to play their best and grow the game of golf. PGA TOUR Superstore hosts free Kids Zone clinics each month, along with a Get Golf Ready Ladies Program and virtual nine-hole leagues on in-store simulators. Its work with The First Tee has impacted thousands of juniors across the US, with more than three million dollars in contributions to deliver education programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

PGA TOUR Superstore provides customers with access to the same technology and expertise as card-carrying PGA TOUR pros. All stores are staffed with teaching professionals and have multiple state-of-the-art swing simulators, practice hitting bays, and large putting greens. There is also an in-house club making and repair facility. Along with equipment and accessories, PGA TOUR Superstore has an unmatched selection of men’s, women’s and juniors’ apparel and footwear. For more information, visit www.pgatoursuperstore.com.

Have a listen to Rick and Dick Sullivan.

Dick Sullivan


Dr. Oz for SleepScore Max



Fantastic to be joined by Dr. Oz this week on “Tech of Sports” to talk sleep.

Specifically, SleepScore Max.

SleepScore Labs™, the company behind the most advanced non-contact sleep improvement system for consumers, has revealed an initial stable of carefully curated sleep products and technologies in the world’s first science-based sleep ecosystem. Aiming to improve the way people sleep and to help consumers navigate the $60 billion sleep industry, SleepScore Labs aligns with companies that are leading the market with proven, science-based sleep products. SleepScore™ Max, the company’s flagship product, measures sleep with superior accuracy to provide highly personalized, relevant advice and product recommendations.

And their spokesperson, Dr. Oz.

Mehmet Cengiz Öz, better known as Dr. Oz, is a Turkish-American cardiothoracic surgeon, Columbia University professor, pseudoscience promoter, author, and television personality.

And he joins Rick this week.

The company’s flagship product, SleepScore Max, is powered by SleepScore™ by ResMed technology backed by 10 years of research and development, and extensively validated against polysomnography (PSG) – the gold standard in sleep measurement. SleepScore Max shows users’ full sleep staging, and provides personalized advice along with targeted product suggestions to improve their sleep, where relevant. Products selected from SleepScore Labs’ ecosystem have been tested and will be recommended to users when relevant to address personal sleep data measured by SleepScore Max after a period of continued use.

SleepScore Labs’ initial product recommendations include:

Lighting Science Group – LSG’s GoodNight™ Pre-Sleep LED technology is scientifically engineered to minimize stimulating blue light. This supports natural production of the sleep hormone melatonin — which makes it easier to fall asleep — and to stay asleep.

Dreampad – Dreampad is a patented sleep technology for reducing stress and improving sleep. As the vibration moves toward the bone structure surrounding the middle and inner ear, it is triggering the body’s relaxation response. Dreampad music is audible only to the user, and is supported by research.

Sleepio – Big Health’s first product, Sleepio, is a digital sleep improvement program featuring Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, clinically proven to help overcome even long term poor sleep without pills. Big Health automates behavioral medicine programs, thereby making them scalable, accessible and consistent.

Nightingale – Nightingale, the world’s first smart sleep sound system, offers customers cutting-edge sound masking technology for their bedrooms. Developed by acoustic engineers, Nightingale reduces wake occurrences by masking common indoor and outdoor noises. Clinically proven to help users fall asleep 38 percent faster, Nightingale is one of the most effective sleep solutions available.

Smart Nora – Named as one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things” in the December issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, Smart Nora listens for early sounds of snoring before they become loud enough to wake the sleeping partner. Once snoring is detected, Nora starts a gentle movement in the pillow insert.

Swanwick – Swannies Blue Light Blocking Glasses improve your sleep and protect your eyes by filtering out the harmful artificial blue wavelengths from electronic devices and energy-efficient light bulbs while letting in all other safe light.
Soundly – Soundly is a voice controlled game that strengthens and tones the upper-airway, thus reducing the tissue vibrations that cause snoring.  Soundly is a patent pending therapy that has been clinically proven to reduce snoring.

Williams Sonoma also recently announced that the SleepScore Max Sleep Improvement Monitor will be sold in stores partnered with the new Robin mattress to form the Robin Sleep System. The new Robin Sleep System is part of William Sonoma’s strategy to create a portfolio focused on fostering healthier lifestyles through improving sleep quality.

SleepScore Max

SleepScore Max