Ep6 Transitioning Well When It's All On The Line: Chris Spatola (Former Army Basketball)
My guest is Chris Spatola, sports writer, commentator, and host of the SiriusXM show, "ACC Today."
And that's just the most recent of Chris's transitions to fast-paced, high-pressure environments. Since he graduated from the US Military Academy in 2002, each of his career stops have been more intense than the last-- from serving in Iraq, to serving as an assistant coach on the Duke Men's basketball team... Chris Spatola knows how to transition well when it counts. In today's episode:
- 1 key thing that can save you from alienating everyone around you after a tough transition.
- 2 practical tips for landing your first job in broadcasting.
- The Army Ranger saying that Chris uses to continue performing at the top level.
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Here's Chris Spatola's bio from the US Basketball Association website.
Don't believe that Chris had as dominant a career as we said? Check out this Army basketball record book. (Search for "Spatola" and you'll see how much he shaped the teams he played on.)
When Chris was a sophomore in college, famous sports writer John Feinstein followed him and his Army team (and the other teams in the Patriot League) for a year. The book is The Last Amateurs: Playing for Glory and Honor in Division I College Basketball, and it is a deep dive into college basketball pre-scholarships.
While Chris was at Duke, he coached a long list of future-NBA players. He also did this:
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