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Vision of a Champion with Anson Dorrance

Tar Heel Sports Properties and Creative Allies, Jason Gillikin
21 episodes
"The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when nobody else is watching.” On the Vision of a Champion Podcast, 22 time national champion and 8 time coach of the year Anson Dorrance - along with co-hosts Dean Linke and Natalie Bode - talk about what it means to be a champion with elite athletes and coaches who have been a part of Anson's Hall of Fame journey - Tobin Heath, Roy Williams, Lucy Bronze, Crystal Dunn, April Heinrichs and more are in the upcoming season, and you don’t want to miss it. Subscribe now, and we’ll see you soon with the first episode, with women’s soccer legend Mia Hamm.

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Staci Wilson: Chapter 20 - Sharpening Your Mental Edge

Do you want to enhance your game? Listen to NCAA Champion and 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist talk about sharpening your mental edge. On today’s podcast, Staci Wilson joins Anson to talk about how UNC Women’s Soccer and the USWNT use their indomitable will and mental toughness to overcome opponents. The…

Michelle Akers: Chapter 19 - Maintaining Your Balance

How do elite players maintain their balance on and off the field? Listen to this podcast to hear the greatest women’s soccer players to ever lace up a pair of boots talk about maintaining your balance. On today’s show, we have Michelle Akers, she could score, defend, and had a unique air game that …

Mack Brown: Chapter 18 - Becoming the Total Athlete

How do they coach young players to become a total athlete? Listen to these two Hall of Fame coaches talk about how they get their athletes to rise to their potential. On today’s show, we have Mack Brown, head coach of UNC’s men’s football program. Together, both Anson and Mack have seen what it tak…

Rakel Campbell & Jenn Zaccagnini Beamer: Chapter 17 - Being a Team Player

In Chapter 17, UNC National Champions Jenn Zaccagnini Beamer and Rakel Campbell talk about, Being a Team Player. They both share, compare, and contrast their different contributions that helped to make their respective teams exceptional. Anson goes on to define what “Being a Team Player” means to h…

Carli Lloyd: Chapter 16 - Playing your best on Game Day

Carli Lloyd has been the face of the USWNT for two decades, and the franchise player Gotham FC of the NWSL. The two-time Olympic Champion, 2 Time World Cup Champion, and two-time FIFA World Player of The Year talks with Anson about chapter 16,  “ Playing Your Best on Game Day.”

Adelaide Gay: Chapter 15 - The Art of Goalkeeping

Adelaide Gay is a UNC National Champion, academic scholar, competitor, and statistically comes out on the winning side of many of life's challenges. She's a former goalkeeper for the Portland Thorns of the NWSL, and the current keeper for FC Nordsjalland in the Elitedivisionen. While at UNC, she wa…

Chapter 14: Closing the Gap - Developing the Weak Areas of the Women’s Game

In today’s podcast, Anson Dorrance sits down with Texas Tech’s Tom Stone to discuss the weaknesses in the women’s game, and how we can close the gap! Both Anson and Tom discuss the differences in the women’s game from the men’s game, and they discuss the differences between the European approach an…

Jessica McDonald: Chapter 13 - The Competitive Matrix

Jessica McDonald has become an absolute superstar athlete, both on and off the pitch. She has 19 caps for the US Women's National Team and has led the North Carolina Courage to 2 NWSL championships. At UNC, she was a member of the 2008 and 2009 NCAA championship teams. But for Jessica, the path has…

Tobin Heath: Chapter 12 - The Competitive Cauldron

Tobin Heath is a rock star. She wants to play soccer, and compete in her life, and everyone's opinion of her doesn't matter. She's a 3-time national champion at UNC and a star of the Portland Thorns and US Women's National Team. Today, her coach Anson Dorrance and host Dean Linke talk to Tobin abou…

Danielle Egan and Claudio Reyna: Chapter 11 - Soccer Supporters - Players and Their Parents

Anson Dorrance and host Dean Linke chat with UNC soccer star Danielle Egan Reyna and former captain of the US Men's National Team Claudio Reyna about the role parents play in youth soccer development, and how they've raised one of the most talented young players in the country, Gio Reyna. Vision of…

Lucy Bronze: Chapter 10 - Stepping Up to College Soccer

Lucy Bronze on competitiveness, "There's a perception that being competitive is not really a good thing, especially when I was younger, for a girl to be competitive, it's like - no, a girl should be nice. I was just not that girl. I wanted to win at everything. The day that I turned up to Carolina …

Susan Ellis: Chapter 9 - High School Soccer

As soccer has grown in popularity, so too have the number of club teams. Many feel like for those that want to play soccer collegiately, club soccer is the only way to get discovered and recruited. Susan Ellis is a soccer hall of famer , UNC legend, and high school coach at Durham Academy - and …

Sarina Wiegman: Chapter 8 - Levels of Play

Sarina Wiegman is the coach of the Dutch National Team and will be the new coach of England's National Team after the Olympics. Today, Anson Dorrance and host Natalie Bode talk to Sarina about her success as the Dutch Women's National Team Head Coach, her time at UNC, what it was like to come over …

April Heinrichs: Chapter 7 - Technical and Tactical Development

Today Anson Dorrance and Dean Linke chat with April Heinrichs, former UNC standout, former US women's national team star, and former head coach of the US women's national team. They discuss technical and tactical development, including Anson's infamous 3-4-3 technique, and how coaches can learn fro…

Tisha Venturini: Chapter 6 - Soccer Basics

Tisha Venturini-Hoch is the only athlete who has 4 NCAA championships, an Olympic Gold, a World Cup, and a professional championship.  Today, Tisha and her college coach Anson Dorrance, along with host Natalie Bode, talk about the basics of soccer, leadership, cross-training, and having fun with th…

Roy Williams: Chapter 5 - How The Greats Obtained Personal Excellence

How do the great athletes become elite? What can the coaches do to drive them to their full potential? On today's episode, Anson and host Natalie Bode are joined by Roy Williams, head men's basketball coach at UNC and three time national champion.  Together, Anson and Roy have coached some of the m…

Gloria & Yael Averbuch: Chapter 4 - Enriching Your Life through Soccer

Today Anson and host Dean Linke are joined by Gloria and Yael Averbuch. Gloria is the co-author of Vision of a Champion with Anson, and they wrote it together when Yael was just 10. Yael dreamed up playing for Anson, but he didn't want to recruit a friend's daughter - except that Yael's talent wa…

Crystal Dunn: Chapter 3 - Your Game and Why It's Great

In today's episode of the podcast, we will move on to chapter three of Vision of a Champion titled "Your Game and Why It's Great." In this chapter, Anson and host Natalie Bode are joined by special guest Crystal Dunn to further detail what truly makes soccer live up to the coined term "the beautifu…

Legends Talk USWNT - Special Guest Paul Riley

Paul Riley is the uber successful coach of the NWSL's perennial power North Carolina Courage. He has won three consecutive NWSL shields and three of the last four NWSL championships. Today, Anson Dorrance, Dean Linke, and Paul talk about where their work has taken them, the challenges women's socce…

Mia Hamm: The Vision of a Champion

On episode 1 of the Vision of a Champion Podcast, Hall of Fame Coach and Women's Soccer Legend Anson Dorrance, along with host Dean Linke, talks to quite possibly the greatest of all time, Mia Hamm. On the Vision of a Champion Podcast, 22 time national champion and 8 time coach of the year Anson Do…

Vision of a Champion with Anson Dorrance Trailer

"The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when nobody else is watching.” On the Vision of a Champion Podcast, 22 time national champion and 8 time coach of the year Anson Dorrance - along with co-hosts Dean Linke and Natalie Bode - talk a…