Category: Podcast

Jon Gordon & Damon West, Authors of “The Coffee Bean”

Coach Brendan Suhr is joined by the Authors of The Coffee Bean: Jon Gordon and Damon West. In this episode, the two authors give you an inside look at what led them to write this inspiring book together including Damon’s unbelievable story of how he turned his mess into his message – His path into a life sentence in prison that led him to hear the unique story of the coffee bean that he uses to impact the lives of so many today. In this podcast Jon & Damon also share the 5 rules of being a coffee bean that we can apply to the coaching profession as well as our everyday lives. All that and more on Episode 148 of the Coaching U Podcast with Coach Brendan Suhr!

From bestselling author Jon Gordon and rising star Damon West comes The Coffee Bean: an illustrated fable that teaches readers how to transform their environment, overcome challenges, and create positive change.

Life is often difficult. It can be harsh, stressful, and feel like a pot of boiling hot water. The environments we find ourselves in can change, weaken, or harden us, and test who we truly are. We can be like the carrot that weakens in the pot or like the egg that hardens. Or, we can be like the coffee bean and discover the power inside us to transform our environment.

The Coffee Bean is an inspiring tale that follows Abe, a young man filled with stress and fear as he faces challenges and pressure at school and home. One day after class, his teacher shares with him the life-changing lesson of the coffee bean, and this powerful message changes the way he thinks, acts, and sees the world. Abe discovers that instead of letting his environment change him for the worse, he can transform any environment he is in for the better. Equipped with this transformational truth, Abe embarks on an inspirational journey to live his life like the coffee bean. Wherever his life takes him, from school, to the military, to the business world, Abe demonstrates how this simple lesson can unleash the unstoppable power within you. 

A delightful, quick read, The Coffee Bean is purposely written and designed for readers of all ages so that everyone can benefit from this transformational lesson. This is a book and message that, when read and shared, has the power to change your life and the world around you. You just have to decide: are you a carrot, egg, or coffee bean? 

The Coffee Bean is available for purchase at or wherever books are sold.

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SPECIAL EDITION: Part 2 with Angelo Poli, Founder of MetPro

Coach Brendan Suhr is once again joined by internationally recognized expert in fitness & nutrition, Angelo Poli to follow up on their previous conversation about personal health and fitness. Angelo is the Founder of MetPro, the world’s first algorithm based transformation engine. Using Metobolic Profiling, MetPro analyzes your metabolism and provides an individualized approach to obtaining your health goals.

Poli has spent much of his career as a motivational speaker, speaking regulary at universities, and hospitals around the country. Poli was a featured speaker at TEDxChico where he discussed his own achievement in overcoming obstacles. After recovering from a crippling injury himself, Poli brought to light a whole new way of thinking about health, fitness, and weight loss.

His high-profile clientele range in scope from Olympic Athletes, NFL MVPs to physique models, and business leaders. Those who have been fortunate enough to gain coaching from Poli consistently achieved exceptional results regardless of their demanding schedules, significant injuries, and crippled metabolisms.

Poli has been featured for his specialty in Neuromuscular Re-education (Posture and Alignment) and weight loss sciences in major media outlets such as Men’s Health, Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, and the Huffington Post. In his 20 years of educating the masses and challenging generalized health guidance, Poli has become one of the most celebrated body transformation experts in the world.

In this episode, Angelo and Coach Suhr recap their last interview, discuss the best ways to go about goal setting, go over the benefits of group training, the importance of baseline testing. Angelo then shares the keys to maximizing your nutrition, exercise and time and also explains the 6 categories of training while giving you tips to help decide which would be the most productive for you. Finally, Angelo shares some LIFE HACKS, these disruptive behaviors that are sure to help you along your health and fitness journey. Also, Coaching U listeners will be given a complimentary Metabolic Profiling assessment and a 30-minute consultation with a MetPro expert. To claim this offer visit

All that and more on Episode 147 of the Coaching U Podcast with Coach Brendan Suhr!

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Will Weaver, Sydney Kings Head Coach

Coach Brendan Suhr is joined by the Head Coach of the Sydney Kings Will Weaver. Coach Weaver spent last season as the Head Coach of the Long Island Nets, the G-League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, He is also an Assistant Coach for the Austrailian National Team Boomers.

In this episode, Coach Weaver shares his thoughts on his former franchise – the Brooklyn Nets – free agency success, His path through coaching at all levels, how he plans to use what he learned in Brooklyn to establish a sustainable culture in his new position with the Kings, his time in the 76ers organization under Brett Brown as they rebuilt the franchise, his experience coaching the Australian National Team, as well as many other topics that are important to coaches such as: what you can learn from being self critical, how build deeper relationships with your players and what he’s noticed the best decision makers do better than others. All that and more on Episode 146 of the Coaching U Podcast with Coach Brendan Suhr!

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Ken Coleman, The Proximity Principle

Coach Brendan Suhr is joined by career expert, best-selling author of The Proximity Principle and national radio host of The Ken Coleman Show. In this episode, Ken discusses his new book The Proximity Principle and how the lessons within the book apply to both up and coming coaches as well as veterans looking to further their career. Ken and Coach Brendan Suhr then give you a snapshot of some of the key areas in the book such as The Proximity Principle itself, the proximity mindset, patience while persevering, being present in the now, maximizing your role, importance of a clear message, being relentless in your preparation and how valuable mentors are even for coaches. All that and more on Episode 145 of the Coaching U Podcast with Coach Brendan Suhr!

You can also purchase Ken’s new book The Proximity Principle here:

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Jay Bilas, 2019 NBA Draft Preview Episode

Coach Brendan Suhr is joined by the ESPN Basketball Analyst Jay Bilas for Coaching U’s 3rd Annual NBA Draft Preview.

In this Episode, we take a deep dive into this year’s draft pool as Jay Bilas breaks down the key talent this draft has to offer including: Zion Williams, Ja Morant, RJ Barrett, DeAndre Hunter, Cam Reddish, Nassir Little, Rui Hachimura and Many more… He also lets you know who he believes are the sleepers in this years draft and how they can provide value for teams later in the Draft.

Jay also gives you an inside look at how he prepares for the NBA Draft and how his evaluations and viewpoints have changed over time as he has covered the NBA Draft for 17 seasons with ESPN.

All that and more on Episode 144 of the Coaching U Podcast with Coach Brendan Suhr!

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