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JT Marcinkowski

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This week on Here’s What We Know, we dive into the fascinating world of professional soccer, featuring our guest, JT Marcinkowski. From his childhood in Alamo, California, to defending the net for San Jose Earthquakes, JT shares his inspiring journey and gives us an inside look at what it takes to be an amazing goalkeeper.

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In this Episode:

  • Learn about how goalkeepers are no longer just shot-stoppers but integral playmakers on their teams.
  • Understand why positioning is as critical as reflexes when it comes to making those game-saving blocks.
  • JT shares insights on how other sports influenced his goalkeeping skills, particularly baseball and basketball.
  • Listen as JT discusses the challenges and stereotypes associated with height in goalkeeping and how he overcomes them.
  • JT candidly addresses the mental challenges faced by goalkeepers—the pressure of being the last line of defense—and how he works continuously with sports psychologists to maintain focus during games.
  • An in-depth discussion on how changes in soccer rules have affected gameplay strategy over time, particularly for goalkeepers, who now participate actively in building up plays rather than just waiting to react defensively.

Quotations:

“​​Sports is a huge part of my life. I love baseball. I love basketball. I love soccer. It was everything.”  ~ JT Marcinkowski

“I think a lot of people kind of describe keepers as being pretty weird and I think it takes a special sort of person to want to get hit by the ball instead of get out of the way of the ball.” ~ JT Marcinkowski

“Reflex is a huge part of it but, I think more than anything is just positioning and just being prepared and being ready for the shot because the higher level that you get to, the quicker that the forwards can score. The quicker that gets off their foot, you don’t really have much time to think or to, you know, you’re just reacting out there.” ~ JT Marcinkowski

“I’ve had to learn a lot of different things just because I’m not 6’7, I’m 6’1 on a good day. So that’s the, uh, you know, that’s the body that I’ve been given. I think that’s the, I can do a lot of things that maybe those taller guys can’t, or, you know, the bigger guys who play in goal just don’t have the same ability as I do.” ~ JT Marcinkowski

“ I think definitely speed and pace can differentiate some players.” ~ JT Marcinkowski

“Everything I try to do is to make it look easier than it actually is. Because, you know, that’s, what gives everybody confidence around you. That gives your teammates confidence. When they look back or when the goalkeeper makes the save, if it looks easy, everybody’s like, okay, no problem. Sure. That was, maybe it was a hard shot. Maybe it was tough, but he made it look easy. All right, let’s go out and get another play.” ~ JT Marcinkowski

“I’m trying to anticipate; I’m trying to read the game to make sure I’m in the right position to make the safe.” ~ JT Marcinkowski

Bio:

James Thomas “JT” Marcinkowski is a professional soccer player who plays as a goalkeeper for Major League Soccer club San Jose Earthquakes.  JT played for the Georgetown Hoyas for three seasons, from 2015 to 2017, where he achieved a 0.84 goals against average (GAA) over 56 appearances.

In his final season at Georgetown, he captained the team to a 2017 Big East Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament championship win, his second with the team. He also played two games for the USL PDL side, the Burlingame Dragons. Marcinkowski signed a Homegrown Player contract with the MLS side San Jose Earthquakes on December 6, 2017, after spending four years prior to his college career with the team’s academy. He was San Jose’s third-ever homegrown signing to the first team, after Tommy Thompson and Nick Lima. Marcinkowski was then temporarily loaned to San Jose’s USL affiliate, Reno 1868 FC, and played his first game for the team in Reno’s 3-4 loss to Swope Park Rangers on March 17, 2018. Marcinkowski has played for the United States men’s national team at multiple levels, earning 24 caps between the U14 and U18 levels. In 2017, he played for the U20 squad, at the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

JT was named to the final 20-player United States under-23 roster for the 2020 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship in March 2021.

Guest Contact Info:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jtmarcinkowski/

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Shea Salinas

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This week on Here’s What We Know, our host Gary Scott Thomas had a candid conversation about the fascinating world of soccer and being a man of faith, featuring our guest, Shea Salinas, known for his remarkable tenure as the winger of the San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer (MLS). Join us as we explore Shea’s journey into soccer and personal growth through family life. Tune in now!

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In this Episode:

  • Discover Shea’s remarkable story of how he got into soccer.
  • Shea shares the sacrifice made by his parents to support his dream.
  • Hear about the evolution of soccer’s popularity across small towns in America and insights into something he aims to address through coaching education and retention strategies for soccer.
  • Hear about family dynamics and how Shea balances his children’s screen time with creative outdoor play for development.
  • Listen to Shea’s first professional game experience, where he played against iconic figures like David Beckham.
  • Be inspired by how faith changes Shea’s life to be peaceful and stable and how he acts as a role model to his teammates.

Quotations:

“It’s an extremely accessible sport. You can be any size and play the sport.”  ~Shea Salinas

“I think autonomy comes out of necessity. It’s a survival.” ~Shea Salinas

“Just know your value. Know where you’re needed.” ~Shea Salinas

“Being a man of faith, being a Christian, is about having a relationship with God.” ~Shea Salinas

“Our life is so dependent on how well we perform.” ~Shea Salinas

“My faith has really allowed me to have this like stable joy, hope and peace, and it’s not dependent on all of these things.” ~Shea Salinas

“The reason He came is because He knows we were not going to do that perfectly. We’re all going to fall short of that standard and we’re all going to have temptations and we’re all going to be selfish. So that’s why Jesus had to come is, to like give us mercy and grace, so that we could be closer to God.” ~Shea Salinas

“He made water into wine. But he did it all with a purpose. And that’s how I want to live. It’s like, man, I want to have fun and have abundant life. I go out with my teammates, but I want to do it with a purpose. I want to build a relationship. I want to point people to how we should treat others and how we should be kind.” ~Shea Salinas

“I think it’s biblical to put your wife first or your marriage first, but it’s also counter-intuitively, it’s what’s best for the kid because they see stability. They see this safe place, this safe relationship that they could put their trust in.” ~Shea Salinas

“the sacrificial joy. It’s the counterintuitive life that the Bible calls us to. When we make sacrifices, we actually receive great joy.” ~Shea Salinas

“Every scientist at this point would say that the earth had a beginning, that creation had a beginning. And that statement alone should give you faith in a creator because that means if it had a beginning, something had to start it, something had to have been outside of time, something had to have been extremely intelligent, something had to be everlasting and all-powerful and something had to be really kind to give us this place where we could live.” ~Shea Salinas

Bio:

Shea Salinas is a distinguished professional soccer player known for his remarkable tenure with the San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer (MLS). Shea has built a reputation as a versatile and dedicated midfielder/winger. He began his professional career in 2008 when he was selected 15th overall by the San Jose Earthquakes in the MLS SuperDraft.

Throughout his career, Shea became a fan favorite for his relentless work ethic, speed, and ability to deliver precise crosses. He played a crucial role in the Earthquakes’ successes, including their memorable Supporters’ Shield victory in 2012. Known for his leadership both on and off the field, Shea has been an integral part of the Earthquakes’ squad for over a decade, making over 300 appearances for the club.

In addition to his club career, Shea is recognized for his community involvement and dedication to charitable causes, embodying the spirit of sportsmanship and teamwork. His contributions to the game and his community have left an indelible mark, making him one of the most respected players in the league.

Guest Contact Info:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sheasalinas/

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Dr. Jason Richardson

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This week on the Here’s What We Know Podcast, we celebrate National Mental Health Awareness Month with the incredible Dr. Jason Richardson, a gold medalist in BMX racing turned psychologist. Dr. Jason shares his harrowing experience breaking his femur just over a year before winning the Pan Am Games—an injury that could have been career-ending but instead fueled his determination not to let it define his exit from racing. We delve into how he channeled this setback into motivation for healing, which eventually led him down the path to becoming a psychologist involved in sports performance and mental health.

This inspiring conversation explores themes of resilience, recovery from injury, and mental health fortitude. Tune in now!

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In this Episode:

  • From a shattered femur to winning the Pan Am Games, Dr. Jason Richardson shares his inspiring story of resilience and determination.
  • Discover how intention played a crucial role in Dr. Richardson’s healing process and propelled him back into BMX racing at the highest level.
  • Dr. Richardson discusses how facing the possibility of never racing again led to soul-searching and an eventual career transition.
  • Explore the challenges of balancing family expectations, business opportunities, and finding passion post-injury.
  • Learn about energy-draining behaviors like comparing, complaining, complicating, and worrying, and discover strategies for overcoming them.
  • Dr. Richardson shares insights on how practicing gratitude can shift perspectives during challenging times and foster resilience.
  • Dive into the importance of radical acceptance and brutal honesty as tools for self-improvement, encouraging listeners to face their fears head-on.

Quotations:

“Having the intention of racing actually sped up and gave me great, not just motivation, but a great intention to heal, get better, and push myself.” ~ Dr. Jason Richardson

“One of the things I cherish the most is my freedom, my autonomy, and my ability to choose. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or bad thing, but it’s something in me that I tend to see something and want to go after it, especially if it’s aligned with my talents and just who I am as a person.” ~ Dr. Jason Richardson

“I also felt like I would heal much faster if I had a reason to heal.” ~ Dr. Jason Richardson

“I want to be as good of a psychologist as I am a racer.” ~ Dr. Jason Richardson

“So comparing, complaining, complicating, and worrying. Those are the four things that just suck energy out of us. And when I say suck energy out of us, they are energy, actually. But what they do is they distract us.” ~ Dr. Jason Richardson

“The thing is, in our modern world, especially in a country, a first-world developed nation, whatever you wanna call it, survival is, it’s more like ego survival, right? It’s more like lifestyle survival. It’s more like, how do I look to my friends’ survival? It’s more like, what am I gonna think of myself surviving? Right? So that’s the life-death we face every day. Not to mention the actual stuff that happens, right?” ~ Dr. Jason Richardson

“We do our best to avoid negative feelings.” ~ Dr. Jason Richardson

“Do you avoid tending to what you want to tend to? Or do you just lie to yourself, saying, it’s going to get better, it’s going to be all good, right? You ignore, which is another form of avoiding.” ~ Dr. Jason Richardson

“It’s normal to not wanna feel negative feelings. However, it does take the eye off of the ball of what you can do to make a thing better for yourself, more better, happier, right? More better, happier. And so what happened, what I realized was, look, why not feel the feels?” ~ Dr. Jason Richardson

“You won’t know if your tires are gonna hold and you won’t know if you’re gonna have enough. But you go through it. And so what does it take to go through it? And that’s the digging deep. And that’s the learning to trust that you’ll be intact on the other side, come hell or high water. It’s actually facing your mortality that helps you deal with it, is my point.” ~ Dr. Jason Richardson

“Gratefulness. Gratitude is great, I’m going to call it practice and effort.” ~ Dr. Jason Richardson

“I know even if you don’t fly, you will probably land on your feet. I know that. My job is to help you realize that and believe that. And once you can accept that you will fall and know that it will hurt. and also know that you can get up and be okay and keep going, my job’s done.” ~ Dr. Jason Richardson

“I kind of came to the conclusion that people want these things because they think those things get them something else.” ~ Dr. Jason Richardson

“Some of us just don’t know, realize when we’ve won.” ~ Dr. Jason Richardson

“It’s like everyone wants this one thing, but no one’s really asking for what they really want. You want some validation. You want some self-efficacy. You want to be loved and to know that you’re important to other people. Like that’s the truth. And so what does it take to live that life?”  ~ Dr. Jason Richardson

“If you say that’s what you want, then go for it and find out. If you can get to a place where you’re okay meaning somewhat okay with the fear of not making it or the fall, that’s where things are going to start taking off for you. If you make it, great, but you’re going to find out some more things about yourself.”  ~ Dr. Jason Richardson

“Why are we talking about the problem or problems versus, like, why aren’t we talking about solutions or ideas or ways to move forward?”  ~ Dr. Jason Richardson

“But what I don’t think is fine, if that’s what you truly want in your heart of hearts and you don’t go for it, that’s not fine. Because now you’re bitter and resentful. And we don’t need a bitter, resentful, talented person out there being bitter and resentful.” ~ Dr. Jason Richardson

Bio:

Dr. Jason Richardson is a World Champion and Pan Am Games Gold Medalist. As a professional BMX racer turned psychologist, speaker, and high-performance coach, Dr. Jason Richardson has blazed a trail of excellence both on and off the track. Transitioning from elite athleticism to academia, Dr. Richardson earned his undergrad and graduate degrees while still competing, eventually adding a Doctorate in Psychology to his accolades.

Even in retirement from professional racing, Dr. Richardson’s passion for helping others achieve greatness never waned. He found his calling in guiding individuals to recognize and amplify their strengths while transforming weaknesses into opportunities for growth. Through his unique approach, Dr. Richardson empowers Olympic athletes, executives, and individuals alike to strive for more, be better, and live happier. With a career spanning professional sports, marketing, entrepreneurship, and psychology, Dr. Jason Richardson brings a wealth of experience and insights to his coaching practice. But he doesn’t just preach – he practices what he preaches, sharing his training routines and mindset strategies on social media to inspire others to live a #ChampionshipLife.

Guest Contact Info:

Website: https://www.drjasonrichardson.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drjrich/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realdrjrich/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drjasonrichardson/

Randy Hahn

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This week on the Here’s What We Know Podcast, host Gary Scott Thomas had a wonderful time sitting down with the legendary television play-by-play broadcaster of the San Jose Sharks NBC Sports California National Hockey League, Randy Hahn. They dive into a reflective conversation about their long-standing careers in broadcasting. With over three decades behind the mic for the San Jose Sharks, Randy shares his journey from radio beginnings to becoming an iconic voice in sports.

So, join us as we skate through memory lane with one of hockey’s most enduring voices! Tune in now to this episode filled with fun and nostalgia!

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In this Episode:

  • Randy spills the beans on how his broadcasting career started in 1991, and never in his wildest dreams did he imagine staying put for over 30 years. Talk about passion and dedication!
  • Discover the challenges and unexpected twists of longevity in the industry from two veterans who have seen it all. These guys know the ins and outs, and they’re ready to dish out all the behind-the-scenes stories.
  • Ever wondered why certain game moments stick out to fans? Randy shares his thoughts and reveals why those interactions during live broadcasts hold a special place in the hearts of broadcasters like himself.
  • Uncover the importance of connecting with fans and creating unforgettable experiences during games and events that resonate beyond the final buzzer. Get ready to feel that sense of community and camaraderie we all love about sports.
  • Randy opens up about making tough career moves, handling rejections early on, and eventually finding stability in a turbulent industry. His journey is one of resilience, which aspiring broadcasters can learn from.
  • Find out what ignited the passion in these seasoned pros for the world of broadcasting, from the magic of AM radio to influential figures like Johnny Carson‘s producer, Fred de Cordova. Inspiration awaits!
  • Learn how growing up Canadian shaped Randy’s path toward becoming a hockey broadcaster. Discover the unique influences that made him the voice we all know and love today.
  • And of course, you won’t want to miss the valuable advice these experienced voices share on building authenticity and self-confidence, essential traits for success in the media industry.

Quotations:

“You gotta move around to move up the ladder, and then sometimes you take a step down or go sideways or whatever, and you’re right, to be in one spot for 30-something years.” ~ Randy Hahn

“Thousands of times you’ve done that job, you kind of focus on that day and then you do it. And then somehow parts of it just leave you because you have to make room in your brain for the next game the next day and the next show. So it’s a lot of, do the material, flush it, and move on.” ~ Randy Hahn

“It’s part of the great thing about the job that fans remind you of moments that maybe weren’t the iconic big moments for the Sharks in their history.” ~ Randy Hahn

“To them, that was a special moment. And you may have forgotten it. And it does remind you of it. And it just shows you that it’s a journey. And it’s a thing that means a lot to a lot of people. And for me, it’s a job. But to the listener and the viewer, it’s their joy, it’s their fun, it’s their escape, and they remember those special things that might not be iconic to anyone else, but to them. And it’s fun when you get reminded of that.” ~ Randy Hahn

“They’ve heard the same two voices for 30 years. And to just change that for no good reason, most people wouldn’t do that. So we’re very blessed in that the longer we’re around, in some ways, the more valuable we become.” ~ Randy Hahn

“And for anybody to just come in and decide to make a change for change’s sake, they better be very careful with that.” ~ Randy Hahn

“It’s not instant; it takes a long time, but when you have it, it’s a great, great thing. And it’s what I always tell the young broadcasters: you have to get comfortable enough to where you are yourself on the air.” ~ Randy Hahn

“It’s a process and it’s just about any walk in life. It takes repetitions. You just have to keep your nose down and grind out day after day, week after week, year after year of getting good at something.” ~ Randy Hahn

“It’s very hard to be instantly authentic. That takes reps. You’ve got to repeatedly do what you do for a while and get comfortable and get confidence. You know, our business is crazy. And I’ll bet you I’m singing to the choir here when you have to have a lot of self-confidence and believe in yourself because not many people pat you on the back. There are a lot more people who are waiting for you to stumble or look to criticize. So, you know, you have to have that self-belief and you have to have that level of self-confidence to keep doing what you do every day and every game. And that’s where the authenticity comes in.” ~ Randy Hahn

Guest’s Bio:

Randy Hahn is a Canadian-American play-by-play commentator for the San Jose Sharks on NBC Sports California and has held that position for over 30 seasons. He has over 40 years of broadcast experience, mostly in hockey. Celebrating a milestone, he called his 2,000th Sharks game on December 13, 2022, during the matchup against the Arizona Coyotes in San Jose.

Teaming up with analyst and former partner Drew Remenda, Hahn secured five Northern California Emmy Awards in the “On Camera Sports” category, with victories in 1999, 2002, 2005, and 2008. Beyond hockey, Hahn served as a play-by-play announcer in Konami’s NHL Blades of Steel ’99 and 2K Sports’ NHL 2K9, NHL 2K10, and NHL 2K11. Hahn and Rick Davis provided commentary for the inaugural FIFA Women’s World Cup final in Guangzhou, China, broadcasted on SportsChannel America in November 1991. Some of his other TV and radio work has been with the San Diego Sockers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, and Edmonton Oilers.

Currently married to Andrea Buswell Hahn, owner of the Frost Cupcake Factory in San Jose, Randy Hahn continues to contribute his expertise and passion to the world of sports broadcasting.

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