After a storied career with Canton Central Catholic, Doug Miller will be the new athletic director and head baseball coach of the East Canton Hornets.
Miller joined Sam Bourquin Monday to talk about the new gig and what being a Hornet means to him at this point in his baseball journey.
''I love the community and I remember over the years some of the sports we played East Canton in, they were very competitive," Miller said. "It's a great fit."
He also said the community supports the district and their athletics as well, creating a positive environment within the East Canton cluster.
Miller joins East Canton after 700 wins in 34 years of coaching with the Crusaders, where he won three state titles.
For the full interview with Coach Miller, click right here.
One of the game of golf's most prestigious tournaments is going on, and as play continues in Scotland through Sunday, American golfer Phil Mickelson is in the lead, braving 25 mph winds at Royal Troon.
Golf writer for SB Nation Emily Kay spoke with Brad Russell on the Average Sports Show to talk about the tournament, Phil's play, and the state of the game as we get closer and closer to the Olympic Games in Rio.
"Here's this guy who's 46 years old and he's showing the youngsters how it's done," Kay said.
He's currently at 10 under heading into Saturday, with a one-stroke lead over Henrik Stenson of Sweden. Mickelson has won 8 majors in his career.
The Cleveland Indians are ready to head into the second half of the season and Chris Assenheimer from the Elyria Chronicle Telegram joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about the Indians and if they need to make any moves to solidify their spot amongst the AL's best teams.
The Indians have a three game set with the Minnesota Twins starting tonight on 1590 WAKR as Carlos Carrasco takes on Erwin Santana at Target Field in Minnesota. First pitch is at 8:10 with pregame starting at 7:37pm.
Derby week culminates on Saturday with the annual running of the Soap Box Derby Championship Race at Derby Downs.
President and CEO of the Soap Box Derby Joe Mazur joined Aaron Coleman to talk about all that's going on down at the Derby and what's kept it going in Akron for the past 79 years.
He says it's been a team effort all the way around with the staff and especially the volunteers.
"There are hundreds of volunteers here in the past week just helping and hundreds of volunteers in the community and from around the country," Mazur said. "There's a lot of passion for our program."
Championship Day starts tomorrow at 8am with racers from all across the country and the world converging on Derby Downs with hopes of capturing a World Championship.
For more information on the Derby and the championship race tomorrow, go to www.soapboxderby.org.
One former STVM grad and University of Akron grad is giving back to his community and spreading his love of the game of basketball to the youngsters in the area with a three day basketball camp starting on Monday.
Dru Joyce III, former point guard for the Fighting Irish and current pro player in Europe took some time to come to the studio to talk about the Give N Go Basketball Camp going on at LeBron James Arena at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.
Dry says this camp is all about teaching the fundamentals and enjoying the game.
"I think right now it's important to at a young age to learn the skills because when you learn the skills and fundamentals, you can enjoy the game of basketball," he says.
The camp is open to 3rd-8th grade boys and girls and there is still a limited number of spots available for the camp, and registrations are accepted at the door Monday morning. For more information, click here.
Dru has played in Europe the last 8 years after completing a stellar career at the University of Akron and at STVM. He says that he's picked up a lot of his coaching style and love of the game from his dad, Dru II.
"I know I wouldn't be where I'm at at right now if it wasn't for those older adults and my dad who helped me along the way."
Warriors forward Draymond Green has been in the headlines recently regarding an alleged altercation at a bar in East Lansing with a former Michigan State football player.
Dave "Mad Dog" DeMarco from 730 The Game WVFN in Lansing spoke with Brad Russell to talk about the latest on Green and what's next for the Spartan alum.
"I think a lot of people drew a correlation with guys losing their cool on the court and him losing his cool in this situation," DeMarco said. "I think this a whole lot of something about nothing, it was just two guys that had a disagreement."
Green was arrested Sunday morning on suspicion of assault in connection to the incident. Jermaine Edmondson, who was alleged to be in the altercation with Green, has transferred from Michigan State.
In light of Isaiah Crowell's Instagram post and the fallout from that unfortunate decision, many people are asking questions as it relates to social media and what steps can one can take to make sure they don't make a similar mistake.
Julie Cajigas UA Communications Instructor joined Brad Russell to talk about these issues and more.
She says that people who are in the spotlight post something controversial, no matter if they take it down, it still lives on.
"It doesn't matter if it's up for 30 seconds, someone can screenshot it and share it," she said. "Ethically it puts someone in a very bad situation."
Crowell apologized for the post via Facebook video. He has said he was going to donate his first game check to the fallen Dallas Police Officers fund.
Cajigas said that athletes need to know the powerful nature of social media when they get drafted or picked up by a professional team and to be mindful of what they post and who may be affected by it.
The Cleveland Browns are never out of the news, even in the offseason.
Fred Greetham from the Orange and Brown Report joined Aaron Coleman in the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the apology issued by Browns running back Isaiah Crowell as it relates to his offensive Instagram post as well as the injury to Desmond Bryant and the addition of Chad Johnson to the coaching staff for training camp.
On Crowell's situation, Fred said while the act was descpicable, you have to take him at his word.
"If Hue Jackson and the organization thinks it's sufficient, then it's sufficent," Greetham said. "He's going to be on a short leash from here on out."
Desmond Bryant also was in the news for tearing a pec muscle recently and undergoing surgery which will put him out for the 2016-17 season.
Fred says there's going to be a competition for his spot in the defensive end rotation moving forward.
For the complete interview with Fred, click here.
Jim Berdysz from Scout.com joined Aaron Coleman in the Sam Bourquin Show as he assessed the Cleveland Indians' season thus far as they head into the second half of the season Friday night.
The Tribe will be going up against the Minnesota Twins this weekend at Target Field.
Berdysz said the bullpen is one of the biggest concerns moving forward, but the outlook is positive for the Indians as they hold their 6.5 game lead in the AL Central.
He says with the return of Michael Brantley to the lineup in the near future, they will have more offensive firepower.
"He's been the most impactful Indian they've had in the lineup the past two years, so it'll be great to have him back in the lineup."
Berdysz says the Royals will be the Tribe's biggest foe within the division and you can't count them out because of their talent and the fact they are the defending World Series Champions.
For the full interview with Jim, click here.
One of the all-time great NBA players retired this week with little fanfare, something that shouldn't be a surprise to those who know of him and know him best.
Tim Duncan has called it quits after a 19-year career with the San Antonio Spurs, which included 5 championships and two league MVP awards among countless other achievements.
Former 13-year NBA vet and World Champion with the Spurs Antonio Daniels joined Aaron Coleman and Ben Genet to talk about who Duncan was as a player and as a person.
When asked what's the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions Duncan's name, Daniels said "NBA Champion, best power forward of all time."
"He was a great person and a great teammate," Daniels said. "He was very unselfish and put the best interests of the Spurs ahead of his own."
For the full interview with Antonio Daniels, click right here.
The Eastern League All-Star Game at Canal Park is upon us and some of Double-A's best and brightest young stars will be on display tonight here in Downtown Akron.
Manager of the Akron Rubber Ducks Dave Wallace, who is managing the Western Division All-Stars joined Brad Russell and I from the ballpark earlier this afternoon.
He said he was excited to be a part of this unique experience here in Akron, and he knows this is a special time not only in his baseball career, but in the careers of the youngsters playing here tonight.
"It's a celebration of baseball here in Akron. it showcases guys who are going to be playing at the big-league level someday, and I'm excited to be a part of it.
The Indians are heading into the All-Star game in first place in the AL central and when the Tribe are rolling, fans are excited ,and they hope that excitement continues as the Tribe takes on the Yankees tonight at Progressive Field.
Tribe broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus joined Brad Russell and Aaron Coleman at Progressive Field Thursday to talk about the team's chemistry and how they've been taking care of business in the first half of the season.
He says one of the pleasant surprises of the season has been Jose Ramirez, who's done everything the team has asked of him, and easing the pain of not having Michael Brantley in the lineup for quite a few games.
The Indians are 51-33 on the season, including a 14 game winning streak, the best in team history.
The Tribe and the Yankees will play at 7:10 with the first pitch on 1590 WAKR.
The Indians are looking good heading into the All-Star Break and with the New York Yankees coming in to town, the Tribe are looking to gain some momentum by picking up a few wins over the Bronx Bombers before the Midsummer Classic.
Indians' VP of Public Affairs Bobby DiBiasio joined Brad Russell and I at Progressive Field Thursday afternoon ahead of the Indians and Yankees game, and he said he was pleased with where the Indians are heading into the break.
One of the key elements to the Tribe's success has been the play and enthusiasm of 22-year-old All-Star Francisco Lindor and what he's brought to the table. DiBiasio says he's been living up to all the expectations.
"We're so happy for him to get the all-star nod," DiBiasio said. "He's our shortstop, he's the man, and it's great to see him achieve this early in his career."