The Recovering Athlete with Cletus Coffey
By Cletus Coffey | Former Professional and World Champion Athlete | Entrepreneur
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Cletus Coffey is a former professional football player, world champion athlete, and sports leadership entrepreneur. The Recovering Athlete podcast brings to life the stories, lessons, and insight from current and former athletes, coaches, and other dynamic people, who have transitioned from success in sports to success in entrepreneurship, business, relationships, health, and beyond. The goal is to motivate YOU to harness your athletic passion, and that high you had as a competitor, to find your purpose and reach your highest potential off the field.
||CleanEP 23: Chris Smith: Why Breaking Up With Sports is a Must For Former Athletes||Breakups are never easy, wouldn't you agree? Like me, I am sure you have been through some really tough one's in your day, however as a former athlete have you ever considered breaking up with your sport? I had not thought about the need...||1/24/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 22: Quick Huddle: Four Keys to Elite Performance in Life after Sports||When on a sports team we are fortunate to have a coaching staff to provide structure, feedback and solutions to challenges. In life, we have to be the athlete and the coach, at the same time. Here are four key steps to elite performance and...||12/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 21 Overcoming Fear to Summit Your Biggest Dreams with Mt. Everest Mountaineer Elyse Ping Medvigy||If you think your drive for greatness runs high, wait until you hear from my guest on Episode 21. Elyse Ping Medvigy is a West Point graduate, Army Veteran and the first female active duty soldier to summit Mt. Everest. In fact she has already...||11/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 20 Nate Lawrie: Ivy League to the NFL to an Appearance the Shark Tank - How to Make an Impact After the Game||Far too often our dreams never make it down on paper let alone put into action because the fear of failing consumes us. Even if we do take a step toward our vision we often pack a Plan B for the ride. Just in case it does not work out. The challenges...||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 19 Quick Huddle: Be Present with the Athlete You Are Today||Has-Been. Weekend Warrior. Re-living the glory days. Names and phrases often given to former athletes who are trying to hang on to who they once were. Do you miss being an athlete? Still trying to hang on to the physical, mental, or...||9/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 18 James Donaldson: NBA All-Star Opens up About Mental Health Struggles||For most of us, it's easy to blend into the crowd. We can step outside and be virtually invisible simply walking down the street. My guest on Episode 18, James Donaldson however, does not have that luxury. At 7-Foot 2-inches, when he walks...||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 17 Jen Mueller: When Talking Too Much is the Key to Reaching Your Dreams||If you are trying to figure out what you are best…||5/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 16: Yogi Roth: How to Live a Life Full of Seeking||"We don't know our own path. We don't know the pl…||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp: 15 Jay Dobyns: Taking On the Biggest and Baddest Bullies||Jay Dobyns is a New York Times Best Selling autho…||3/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 14 - Quick Huddle - You're Scared And I Know It||Yes, I know you are scared. If you're not, you sh…||2/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 13: How to Discover and Launch Your Passion with Quarterback Jason Johnson||Former NFL and Canadian Football League league qu…||12/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 12: Quick Huddle - Playing Win/Win||Unfortunately I did not learn the concept of play…||11/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 11: Mike Robbins: How to Find Purpose and Success in Life after Pro Baseball||From the College World Series to walking away fro…||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 10: High Performing Mind, Body, and Awareness with Sean McCormick||Sean McCormick is my new safe place. Everyone has…||9/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 9: Olympic Decathlete Jeremy Taiwo: Making of the World's Greatest Athlete||Jeremy Taiwo is an Olympic Decathlete who represe…||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 8: Athletes Guide to Confidence||You might be surprised to discover that many athl…||8/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 7: The Power of Letting Go with US National Pole Dance Champion Sergia Louise Anderson||I recently met Sergia Louse Anderson and was imme…||8/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 6: Reaching Your HIGHest Potential||Athletes work hard to be the best at their sport,…||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 5: Olympic Gold Medalist Lauryn Williams on Pursuing Passion After Making Olympic History||I just loved having Lauryn Williams on the podcas…||6/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 4 - You Are Not an Athlete||Although you may have played sports your entire l…||6/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 3 : JJ BIrden: 9 Year NFL Star and Americas #1 Opportunity Trainer||JJ Briden is one of the most dynamic athletes you…||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 2: Collin Henderson: RISE Above Fear and Obstacles||Collin Henderson was Mr. Everything as a student …||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 1 Adam Ackerman: From the Hardwood to a CrowdFunding King||"I remember thinking, why can't I make the transi…||4/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Insights on Life & Career Transitions
Cletus is very passionate about educating other athletes about life after sports, and he makes it explicit that being an athlete is just one part of someone’s identity. The Recovering Athlete Podcast profiles the life transitions and transformations of athletes on their developmental path to a long-term fulfilling lifestyle, and oftentimes entrepreneurship. The episodes are conducted with sensitivity and compassion for the challenging circumstances of “recovery”, while honoring the grit and perseverance necessary to transcend "retirement".
The podcasts include storytelling, profiles of athletic development, characteristics of peak performance, and effective ways to translate sports-based skill sets to athlete’s next careers. Any person working with aspiring or elite athletes should be informed on the complexities of their unique life transition, to better support their development and planning beyond their last competition.
From the philosophical to the practical, the hundreds of insights spotlighted in episodes are valuable to any listener, not only athletes. Anyone experiencing a life transition can build confidence in hearing these stories of tough and resilient people overcoming challenges and re-inventing themselves.
Cletus guides the conversations in a very thoughtful and complete way. The stories are especially meaningful and memorable because Cletus has experienced (and succeeded through) this life transition himself. This personal relevance dynamic and his friendly demeanor makes the learning accessible and entertaining.
Really well done podcast with terrific insights from Cletus and his guests. Highly recommended for anyone making the transition from life as an elite athlete.
This is a relevant topic that all athletes can relate to. Cletus provides a platform to discuss the struggle of adjusting to life after your athletic career ends. Through his own experiences and interviews with high level athletes from a variety of backgrounds, he provides the encouragement and motivation necessary to continue to live life, professionally and personally, with the same tenacity we brought to the gym or field. He offers a unique perspective to a topic not often discussed, and it's refreshing to know that others have struggled with careers and expectations too. Thanks for taking the time to address this and your efforts to build the community for ex-athletes!