Talking with Toph
By Christopher Cramer
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Christopher Cramer is a soccer coach and blogger who is interested in all things coaching, leadership and development related. Christopher seeks out conversations with practitioners, thought leaders, and experts in a variety of fields.
||Explicit#14 The #1 thing holding us back – Porter Garrison Terry||This episode is with my good friend Porter Garrison Terry. Porter and I both coach in Oregon and have developed a good friendship over the last several years. We connected initially on social media (twitter), and then||2/4/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#13 Saul Isaksson-Hurst||My guest this week is Saul Isaksson-Hurst. Saul is a 1-on-1 technical coach that offers online programming at https://mypersonalfootballcoach.com/ and via his app of the same name. - He is also the host of the @mpfcpodcast -||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#12 Joey Cascio – balancing family, children, and your commitment to the craft||This week I spoke with Joey Cascio (@SupremacyTF) about our journey as coaches. Balancing our ambitions and commitment to the craft while also being husbands and fathers. We talk about what we have learned along the way and what we wished we had known .||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#11 Doug Lemov – the importance of vulnerability||- My guest for episode #11 is Doug Lemov, author of Teach Like a Champion and Practice Perfect. I was introduced to Doug's work while completing my graduate degree in teaching. Shortly after reading TLAC I had the opportunity to interact with Doug v.||7/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#10 Paul Varian on how to better operate a youth sports organization||Here it is folks, episode 10 of Talking With Toph. Why is this of note? Because I set a goal at the beginning of 2017 to record and publish 10 episodes. It is fitting that this, my 10th episode, completes the goal and will be the last episode of the ye.||12/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#9 Guided Discovery with Bruno Pereira||Bruno Pereira is a foundation coach at ASPIRE Academy in Qatar. Prior to moving to Qatar he grew up and began his coaching career in Portugal, where he coached at CF Benfica and SL Benfica. We talk about guided discovery, performance environments,||10/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#8 – Running a club and coaching in the DA with Jon Burklo||Jon Burklo and I have been friends for a few years. I had interacted with Jon on twitter a few times and heard him on the Football Garden podcast, and then Jon and I connected via email because we were both running small clubs and trying to do similar .||10/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#7 Round 2 with Jordan Farrell||After a brief hiatus I am back with my round two discussion with Jordan Farrell. Last time Jordan was on the show he was an assistant coach at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. Not anymore! Jordan talks to me about his recent move to the US De.||9/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#6 Work Loads and Game Models with Brett Uttley||Today's guest is Brett Uttley. Brett is currently the Assistant Coach at Rio Grande Valley FC in Houston, TX. RGVFC is the reserve team for the Houston Dynamos and competes in the USL. - Prior to his recent move to RGVFC Brett worked as the Fitness||3/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#5 – Coach you should know: Jordan Farrell||In this episode I talk to Jordan Ferrell, Assistant Coach at University of the Pacific (NCAA DI) and boys' coach at Central Valley Monarcas Academy. - Jordan and I met in Seattle, WA at the USSF C License course this summer.||2/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#4 – Making Big Decisions with David Hansen (Part 2)||This is part two with David Hansen. In part one (which you can listen to here) we learn about David's background and some of his experiences in the game. In this episode we talk specifically about an event that changed David's life 10 years ago,||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#3 -Positional Play and Coaching in Spain with Kieran Smith||Kieran Smith is another guy I met on twitter but have since developed a friendship with. You may know him from his writing on Futbol Tactico, his presentation on Rondos and Positional Games (which has thousands of downloads and views),||1/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#2 -From NY to Barcelona and Back with David Hansen (Part 1)||David Hansen and I talked for over two hours and barely scratched the surface of everything we could have talked about. We decided this would have to be a two-part interview, with this portion being part 1.||1/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#1 – Coaching, Conversing, and Craft Beer with John Pranjic||In this episode I talk to the host of the 3four3 FM Podcast, John Pranjic (@ThatCroatianGuy). - John and I have been friends now for several years. We met via twitter and bonded over our common interest in soccer, coaching, and youth development.||1/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTalking with Toph — Podcast Teaser!||Christopher Cramer is a soccer coach and blogger who is…||1/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Not just a podcast, but a resource. Great stories and real-life coaching stuff, all in conversational format. I’m hooked.
Topics worth talking about
Disclaimer, Toph is a friend of mine. It’s important to have shows like this and guys like him, though. Traditional soccer media is flooded with shows about transfer rumors and game recaps that are hosted by guys with zero experience or skin in the game. Toph brings a different perspective that is focused on learning and exploring meaningful topics that are relevant to coaches (and soccer fans) who are looking for ideas and information they can actually use! I always look forward to new episodes and you will too.
Realistic and honest dives into coaching
Chris does a great job of asking pointed questions and discussing topics that matter to coaches (youth and beyond). I appreciate the practical nature of his questions in that he wants to know how listeners can use the ideas and not just talk in the clouds. Keep up the good work!