Mike Goodpaster is the founder and owner of The Grueling Truth Sports Network. Mike has been a football coach for 27 years, the last 5 as a Professional Indoor Coach including the head coach the with the Evansville Rage, Owensboro Rage, and the Northern Kentucky River Monsters, compiling a record of 26 wins 8 losses as a Head Football Coach. As a head coach at the Pro level and High School levels combined he has compiled a win-loss record of 176-41. He has been named the coach of the year in different leagues on 8 separate occasions.
Mike has also been the # 1 ranked private football coach in the Midwest by coachup.com for the past 4 years. 26 players he has privately coached have earned Division 1 scholarships in the last 4 years and. Mike enjoys coaching his own kids in Football, Basketball, and Baseball. His own athletic career took him to Indiana State as a Division One Basketball Player.
When he is not coaching, he continues to stay engaged in sports. He has recently written for sports rants and has published his own book The Rage Within – an autobiography about being a head coach in the world of Indoor Football.
More recently, he covered North Posey High School Football and Basketball on 90.1 FM WSDM during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. In 2015, he moved to 106.7 WYFX and currently does play by play for Mater Dei High School Football and Basketball. Cooke has made several guest appearances for Media Five sports over the 2015 and 2016 seasons broadcasting high school basketball games of past state champion Princeton Lady Tigers. In 2016, Cooke became the Co-Host and founder of Gameday I.Q. a weekly sports show heard at thegruelingtruth.net. Additionally, Cooke currently guest hosts “Leadership Connection”, a one hour show focused on local leadership in the Evansville, Indiana area heard on both 98.5 FM and 1400 AM.
He has two adult sons. When they were three and seven, he and their mother divorced. She moved several states away so he gained custody and raised his sons. He recognized very early that these were not quiet, mild-mannered children so he channeled their ample energies into athletics. Naturally he followed and that was the beginning of his love affair with coaching.
He has coached football, basketball, and baseball for over twenty years, with players ranging in age from 6 to 18 year old seniors in high school. He also provides radio commentary in football, basketball, baseball, and softball. Game knowledge and the ability to communicate it serve him very well in coaching and broadcasting.
He was lucky to have coaches whose messages beyond the sport dovetailed nicely with the principles he learned at home. He has passed these along to many players over the years but he has seen too many coaches who did not grasp the concept. That is the reason for the book, “Be the Ultimate Sports Coach: The Definitive Practical Guide to Coaching Youth Sports. The How, The Why, and What to Avoid”. He wrote that book with the hope that it would benefit kids by helping coaches everywhere to understand that the best coaching involves more than just the “X”s and “O”s.
Buck began broadcasting high school sports in 2009 teaming with Chris Cooke in football and basketball for WBNL 1540 AM. That led to guest appearances with ESPN radio 106.7 FM WYFX and 102.3 FM WBTO. In 2013, the pair broadcast the Owensboro Rage professional indoor football games for ESPN Radio 102.7 FM WLME THE GAME and WVJS 100.5 FM/AM 1420.
In 2014, the team of Allen Buck and Chris Cooke were called upon to travel to Cincinnati to broadcast the Kentucky River Monsters indoor professional football games via MRSN SPORTS. More recently, he covered North Posey High School Football and Basketball on 90.1 FM WSDM during the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
In 2015, he moved to 106.7 WYFX and currently does color commentary for Mater Dei High School Football and Basketball. Buck has made several guest appearances for Media Five sports over the 2015 and 2016 seasons broadcasting high school basketball games of past state champion Princeton Lady Tigers. In 2016, he became the Co-Host and founder of Gameday I.Q. a weekly sports show heard at thegruelingtruth.net.
In 1996 he left the classroom to become a guidance counselor at NRHS and left the coaching ranks to spend more time with his two sons. It was his sons youth sports teams that drew him back into coaching. He coached in the Forest Hills Youth Football organization and the Cincinnati Patriots select baseball organization. Also during this time he became an avid Xavier basketball fan, becoming a season ticket holder and traveling around the country to watch the Musketeers.
After his youngest son finished his high school athletic career in 2013, he returned to the helm of the NRHS softball program, a position he continues to this day. After retiring from the guidance office in 2014, he volunteered to broadcast basketball games for NRHS boys and girls games. In the fall of 2016 he became the voice of the NRHS football Lions on the internet broadcasts and hosts the Roll Pride Coaches’ show every Monday night.
Currently he works as an Ambassador for the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum while also volunteering as a broadcaster for football, basketball, soccer, and softball for New Richmond High School near his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.
His favorite sports memory is sitting in a public house in Gibraltar that was shared by local football clubs who supported Spain and England while the two countries competed during the 2000 European Soccer Cup.
I graduated from University with a Business Law degree and pursued a career within IT project purchasing. Following my wife’s illness five years ago, we moved from the City and relocated to small village on the Welsh border, where I spend my time relaxing with my family.
As my 40th birthday approached I challenged myself to learn a new sport as I’d become despondent with elite soccer in the UK. It started with baseball, however, the more I read about American football the more I became encapsulated with the sport. From the influence of roster building by General Management, the rollout of the draft to the passionate support of school football.
I’ve been fortunate enough to link up with several USA based Baltimore Raven’s fans and discussed with them the potential of a UK based NFL franchise and their planned pilgrimages to London coupled with the sport being more popular here in the UK and Europe (tickets for the two Wembley based 2017 games sold out in a day) I have created the following website: https://www.ukamericanfootballfans.co.uk
I’ve written soccer based blogs and articles in my dark past! I’m thoroughly enjoying my American Football journey and I’m embracing the sporting culture of the US.
I’ve taken a monumental decision to pursue sports writing full time. Which has brought me here to thegrullingtruth.net to discuss the demand of the sport outside America, investigate and debate the future business and potential playing markets of the NFL and learn more about the game as I go.
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Dave has written for other boxing websites and currently manages two groups on Facebook: “Mythical Boxing” which focuses on “dream”, “what if” boxing scenarios and “Mythical Sports” which focuses on more general sports related content. A Data Analyst by day, Dave combines a creative and analytical approach, while occasionally adding his twisted sense of humor, to produce content that is entertaining and thought provoking.
Outside of co-hosting Go B1G or Go Home and The Red Light Sports Ramble, Troy also hosts two radio shows. “Talking Sports with Troy Robert” can be heard every Saturday morning on WFSN 96.7, in Union City, PA. The show streams on http://radio.ucfsc.org/ at 11am ET. “The Black and Gold Championship Hour” airs every Saturday morning on WXED 107.3, in Ellwood City, PA. You can listen to the stream on http://www.wxedfm.com/ at 11am ET. His love of hockey can be heard every week on https://www.youtube.com/user/johnstowntomahawks when he hosts “Hawkey Central” with Johnstown Tomahawk coach Mike Letizia.
Troy graduated from Full Sail University; in 2015, with a Masters Degree in New Media Journalism. When he is not following sports he is most likely watching a weather channel because of his fascination with the weather. Also, he spends one weekend a month volunteering for the American Red Cross, in their public relations department.
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Paul Cupitt is a member of the International Boxing Research Organisation and has more than 12 years involvement in the boxing industry in Australia as a fighter, trainer and official. Paul was the State and National Amateur Boxing League champion in 2012 and has also fought as a professional. He has trained state champions at both amateur and professional levels and worked as a second in the corner in a number of Australian title fights as well as having experience as a judge and referee in amateur contests.
I am a junior at Hanover College, where I am a Communication major, History minor, and member of the Business Scholars Program.
To contact be, I can be reached via email: BryceFieldsRBI@gmail.com
My name is Logan Whaley. I am a 27-year-old currently working on my Master’s in Teaching at the University of Southern California as well as working towards becoming a sports writer. I am passionate about most sports, the main being baseball and football (both college and professional) and am a die-hard Cubs fan.