Episode 19

Guest: Dallas Steward

Dallas Steward shares his journey from youth hockey to becoming one of the top 200 young players in the country. After joining the Chicago Steel, he embraced opportunities to coach and build an all-star team. Now based in Alexandria, Minnesota, he treasures all of his hockey experiences.

 

Episode 18

Guest: Jackie Boos

We get the perspective of a youth sports parent, as Jackie Boos joins Chase and Phil.  Jackie’s daughter plays for one of the VSA Youth Soccer teams and sheds light on what it is like to support a child playing sports in the present day. The time, money and psychological needs and what lines up with cliché’s and what is overblown. The need to trust the coaches and administrators.

 

Episode 17

Guest: Chris Brooke

Getting into Coaching. We hear what got him into coaching, the benefits he has seen coaching and why its something all sports parents should strongly consider.

 

Episode 16

Guest: UWEC Womens Hockey Coach, Erik Strand

UW-Eau Claire women’s hockey head coach Erik Strand stops by to discuss the growth of the game. His path to getting behind the bench and how he balances being a full-time coach along with having a successful career in banking.

 

Episode 15

Guest: Pillar Bank

This episode is about relationships and community (not banking!). Pillar Bank is one of many great corporate partners with Valley Sports Academy and we learn more about this local financial institution from Shane and Neil. Both have deep roots in the area and in banking.  They dive deep into relationship and culture building within their business

 

Episode 14

Guest: WEAU’s Justus Cleveland

A prominent member of the local sports scene is the guest on this episode.  WEAU Sports Director Justus Cleveland talks with Chase and Phil about a number of topics.

 

Episode 13

New Hockey Team for Western Wisconsin

Tier I hockey is coming to Western Wisconsin!  Bryce Gervais, Valley Sports Academy’s Director of Hockey, comes on to explain what this level of youth hockey is. What opportunities will there be for locals and who is this designed for.

 

Episode 12

Guest – Sammi Costello

Spring training has arrived so Chase and Phil bring on Sammi Costello, the general manager with the Eau Claire Express. She heads up the business operations for the area’s baseball team.

 

Episode 11

Guest – Erin Connolly

Erin currently oversees hockey goalie instruction at VSA, passing her knowledge from a decorated collegiate experience to the next generation.  She originally came to the area to play with the Blugolds and has now been in town for almost a decade.

 

Episode 10

Guest – Director of Soccer Liam Nevin

Its always soccer season, really.  A sport that is played year round and Liam joins the podcast to discuss the soccer program at Valley Sports Academy.  A native of Australia, Liam recently took over as the lead of the program. He describes his career advancing from youth programs to academy teams before sidelined by injuries. He discusses being frustrated when his career stalled and how that experience shaped him. The varied sports he played, which features different sports considering where he is from.

 

Episode 9

Looking Back

Chase and Phil digest their first set of episodes and discussthe various guests and topics.  From diving into the mission of Valley Sports Academy, introducing staff, discussing the role of parents, interviewing area sports leaders and more

 

Episode 8

Guest Mike Thompson – Chippewa Falls High School Athletic Director

Mike Thompson’s insights provide a valuable glimpse into the multifaceted role of an athletic director. From setting the tone and managing expectations to overseeing various activities, their impact extends far beyond the games themselves. Ultimately, the focus is on creating a positive and impactful experience for student-athletes.

 

Episode 7

Guest Leslie Huntington

Leslie is the legendary head coach of the Blugolds softball team and hops on the podcast to discuss adversity.  The importance of facing adversity and overcoming the challenges. Entering her 23rd season with the Blugolds, she provides an important perspective that comes from years of experience.
 

Episode 6

The Path to Division III College Sports 

One of the top goal scorers in all of women’s college hockey, Sophie Rausch hops on the program.  Sophie serves as one of the skills instructors at VSA in addition to playing with the Blugolds. She tells us about the other sports she played growing up and the role her brothers & sister played in her background. She also shares insight into the life of a Division III athlete and the path towards college hockey.
 

Episode 5

Role Parents Play in Youth Sports

Lea and Dale Nelson, Chase’s parents join the podcast to discuss the role of parents in youth sports. The importance of being a good role model and setting the proper example for your child(ren).
 

Episode 4

Guest – CJ Koehler (Director of Baseball)

Patrick Reilly: UWEC Baseball Head Coach Its always baseball season and on this episode we meet Valley Sports Academy’s Director of Baseball and the new head coach of the UW-Eau Claire program.  Their background and love for baseball and for coaching. Why being a multiple-sport athlete is more appealing for coaches. We also hear about why learning how to compete, is a developmental focus for all youth athletes.
 

Episode 3

Guest – Bryce Gervais (Director of Hockey)

Introducing Bryce Gervais, the esteemed Director of Hockey at Valley Sports Academy. With an impressive background in juniors, college, and professional hockey, Bryce takes charge of the academy’s exceptional hockey programs. However, what truly ignites his passion is the vibrant local hockey community. Witnessing the enthusiasm and dedication of young athletes fuels his excitement, as he believes in the power of fostering a strong hockey culture within the community.
 

Episode 2

Guest – Brian Seubert (Owner of VSA)

Join us on the podcast as we delve into the fascinating life of Brian Seubert, the visionary behind VSA. But the excitement doesn’t end there. Discover Brian’s future plans and his ultimate end goal with VSA. As he envisions a brighter future for the organization, he shares his dreams and aspirations, leaving us inspired and eager to witness the incredible transformations that lie ahead.
 

Episode 1

Meet the Hosts

Introducing the exciting new podcast series, hosted by Phil and Chase, as they extend a warm welcome to the entire community.
This podcast aims to provide an exclusive insider’s perspective on VSA, delving into its goals and aspirations. In this inaugural episode, Phil and Chase take the opportunity to interview each other, uncovering the captivating facets of their personal histories and their unwavering passions.
Furthermore, they shed light on the remarkable fact that VSA operates as a “not for profit” organization. This means that a significant portion of the funds generated from programs and community partnerships are reinvested directly into the development and enhancement of the facility and lowering costs for athletes.