In episode four of “The Pillars of Health” we take a timeout from covering the pillars of health to let you get to know your host a little better. Eirinn Dougherty assumes hosting duties for this specially recorded episode from Bermuda in which Jonathan discusses growing up in Ireland, transitioning to life in the USA, life lessons learned through collegiate soccer as well as whom he looks up to the most. On a lighter note, favorite chick flicks and Netflix series are also discussed. Hope you guys enjoy!
It was thoroughly enjoyable to reconnect with my collegiate coach Ricky Zambrano, head coach of the Mens program at Thomas University. I learned a ton from him during my time at TU. He improved me on and off the field. I’m forever grateful for his influence. When Ricky first came to Thomas University I was recovering from a knee injury having previously red-shirted my sophomore season. It was some tough love from Ricky that made me realize that in order to achieve some things in life, you need to put in some serious work towards that goal. No one was going to hand it to you. I took it upon myself to stay in the US during the summers and work on my conditioning levels. When he saw me after the summer break of my sophomore season, I was reduced to the physique of a footballer instead of the overweight specimen he had left behind before the summer break. Continue reading →
“Earn and Keep a Soccer Scholarship the USA” will be free to download on Kindle this weekend running from Saturday September 5th to Sunday September 6th. The book includes a fantastic foreword by Jim Conroy, who has sent hundreds of players on scholarships to the US. The book also includes advice for athletes looking to obtain a scholarship. Some light reading for the Labor Day weekend!
Colaiste Ide is today known as one of the best resources for American college coaches looking to recruit players to play in the college setting. Jim Conroy and Danny Crowley have to turn people away due to the courses popularity in Ireland. The groundwork was put in by Jim, originally running the course on his own back in the early days of the program. After doing my Leaving Certificate back in 1999 I had no clue what I wanted to do. My points on the leaving had me half way to being a doctor. So close! After seeing a special on Irish television highlighting the purpose of the course my mind was made up. Continue reading →