The University of Arkansas Athletics Department announced the launch of “The Neighborhood”, a podcast series with women’s basketball coach Mike Neighbors.
The series features host and local radio talent Jon Williams as he explores what is going on in the mind of the Razorbacks’ newest head coach. The duo will visit with friends and celebrities, talk pop culture, and, of course, discuss the Razorback women’s basketball team.
The series airs every other Thursday, and will continue throughout the woman’s basketball season.
How To Listen
You can listen on iTunes by clicking here.
Today’s guest is Boyd Shelton, longtime Arkansas high school basketball coach. Coach Shelton got his start in 1964 and has made coaching stops at several locations including Leachville, Weiner, NewArk, and at Bentonville High School where he met Coach Neighbors in 1993.
0:00 | How tough is the SEC? Day in and day out the SEC is big, strong and deep. It’s a 16-game survival of the fittest.
3:45 | We are committed to the process. We are not a results-driven team and at some point, that will change – but we are not there yet.
4:45 | What stands out the most between non-conference and SEC play? Jump here and find out what Coach Neighbors thinks about the differences. Our conference is amazing.
7:50 | Size matters. SEC programs are in “college towns”. Coach Neighbors reflects on how that college town atmosphere makes every sport special in the SEC.
9:28 | Jon Williams and Coach Neighbors talk about the “Chalk Talk”. Hear the story about how it got started and how it has evolved. Be sure you join us on Thursdays at the game for an inside scoop on that night’s opponent.
15:25 | Today’s guest is former Bentonville coach Boyd Shelton. Hear how Coach Shelton influenced Coach Neighbors’ as a coach and a young man in his first job. Did you know Coach Neighbors was a biology teacher?
30:55 | Coaching Circles – what does that mean to Coach Neighbors? What mistake did he make as he transitioned from an assistant coach to a head coach? How did his relationships change and who is in his inner circle? What is the transition like and how do you know when you are ready?
39:39 | How does Coach Neighbors mentor his young staff?
40:00 | Molly’s Game – check out this movie! Jon Williams loves the movie and scoops Coach Neighbors on this one. Jump hear and check out this episode’s pop culture segment. What are Coach Neighbors’ top five comedies and how they compare to Jon’s faves.
|1||1||1||All Things Basketball||1:02.16||Oct. 5, 2017||Join us for Episode 1 as we kick off our bi-monthly podcast. In this episode, our hosts talk about Coach Neighbors’ journey back to Arkansas. They take a look at some of the things that have influenced Coach over the years and they welcome in mentor Coach Kevin McGuff. Coach McGuff and Coach Neighbors worked together at Xavier and Washington.||Click here|
|2||1||2||Meet Nels Hawkinson from Basketball Travelers||:58.00||Oct. 19, 2017||We are two weeks out from the season opener. Hear how Coach Neighbors handles the pressure of the upcoming season. He talks about his transition offense and transition defense. It’s all new for this coaching staff and the players, from what happens in the locker room to what goes on, on the court.||Click here|
|3||1||3||Why The West Wing Rocks - with Marcelo Tubert||:54.23||Nov. 2, 2017||Welcome to the third podcast of the year. Coach Neighbors talks about the team but jumps quickly to his passion for his favorite television show - The West Wing. Coach Neighbors and Jon Williams chats with Marcelo Tubert who worked on the show.||Click here|
|4||1||4||How getting cut guided my career with Razorback baseball coach Norm DeBriyn||:53.00||Nov. 16, 2017||Coach Neighbors talks about his path to becoming a coach and how Razorback baseball coach Norm DeBriyn played a part.||Click here|
|5||1||5||How Texas Red Dirt music influences Coach Neighbors||:50.30||Dec. 21, 2017||Coach Neighbors chats with Josh Abbott of the Josh Abbott band about music.||Click here|
|6||1||6||Meet A Friend From Bentonville|
Today’s guest is Josh Abbott of the Josh Abbott Band. Josh Abbott founded the band in 2006 in Lubbock, Texas while attending Texas Tech University, where he was a member of the Texas Epsilon chapter of Phi Delta Theta. He paused college, a thesis away from his master’s degree, to pursue a musical career full time, and founded the band with fraternity brothers Austin Davis, Neel Huey, and Drew Hurt. The band recorded a demo including “Taste” in 2007 and began touring in 2008. Huey and Hurt dropped out, and Preston Wait and Eddie Villanueva joined. James Hertless and Caleb Keeter joined in 2010. In 2009, the band recorded and released their first album Scapegoat. The band just released its fourth album.
Episode 5 | 12.21.17
0:45 | Coach Neighbors and Jon Williams chat about the early success of the women’s basketball season.
4:00 | Raven Northcross-Baker and Malica Monk step up against UT-Arlington.
5:50 | The team has great chemistry. People are excited about “the way we are doing this.”
7:45 | The nation is taking notice. Former Georgia head coach Andy Landers praises the Razorbacks.
11:10 | Let’s talk music. Meet Josh Abbott from the Josh Abbott and the Texas Red Dirt movement. The song that did it was “I just want to love you.” The way he signs inspires me.
14:45 | Coach Neighbors talks about what the concert experience is like with the Josh Abbott band.
16:30 | Listen to the powerful story that Josh Abbott shares and how it inspired his album.
33:30 | Check out Coach Neighbors’ top five concerts.
Today’s guest is legendary Arkansas baseball coach Norm DeBriyn. As head baseball coach, he guided the Razorbacks to the program’s first-ever NCAA Super Regional appearance and amassed a record of 1,161-650-6, which ranked him as the 14th-winningest coach in Division I history. The Razorbacks made four NCAA College World Series appearances under DeBriyn, with 15 NCAA postseason berths and three conference championships. He earned six Southwest Conference Coach of the Year awards and one Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year honor.
Episode 4 | 11.16.17
1:00 | Coach Neighbors and Jon Williams recap a successful Elementary Day in Bud Walton Arena.
3:20 | Everything was new that day. Coach Neighbors recaps the first two games of the 2017-18 season. He chats about how different players stepped up already this season.
7:19 | The next step is going on the road. How will the team handled the challenges of the first road game of the year? Listen to what Coach Neighbors thinks about the upcoming four-game road swing.
10:50 | Congrats on your 100th win as a head coach.
13:25 | Our hosts welcome in today’s guest, legendary Razorback coach Norm DeBriyn. Learn how getting cut helped Coach Neighbors move into coaching and how his words still impact Neighbors’ approach today.
32:25 | Coach Neighbors talks about a mistake he has made. What does it take to be a process-driven coach versus a results-driven leader?
Episode 3 | 11.2.17
Today’s guest is actor Marcelo Tubert. Tubert began acting at the age of 3 and has had a long career in television, movies and on stage. Among his numerous credits, he was a recurring character on The West Wing, Coach Neighbors’ favorite show. In addition to his career, Tubert’s daughter Emily attended the University of Arkansas where she was an All-American on the women’s golf team.
Welcome to the third podcast of the year. Coach Neighbors talks about the team but jumps quickly to his passion for his favorite television show – The West Wing. Coach Neighbors and Jon Williams chats with Marcelo Tubert who worked on the show.
1:00 | Coach Neighbors recaps the closed door scrimmage to open our show.
5:12 | The coach and Jon look ahead to tonight’s exhibition game against Northeastern State. Get the inside scoop here.
8:49 | Meet our guest Marcelo Tubert. Tubert has had many roles in his 30-year career but the one that interested Coach Neighbors is when he played Palestinian Prime Minister Saeb Mukarat on the West Wing.
30:45 | Coach Neighbors and Jon Williams break down their top-10 television shows. They agree on some – but not all of them!
Episode 2 | 10.19.17
Welcome to ‘The Neighborhood’, our bi-monthly podcast. In this episode our hots talk about the upcoming University of Arkansas women’s basketball season.
Today’s guest is Nels Hawkinson, founder of Basketball Travelers. A well-known and respected member of the U.S. and international basketball community, Nels currently serves on the WBCA Board of Directors and the U.S. Virgin Islands tourism council. Nels holds a master’s degree in sports administration from Seattle Pacific University, where he also coached the women’s basketball team from 1982-87. Prior to his time at SPU, he played four years at Trinity Western University in Canada, and played and coached professionally in Norway for two years. Nels has traveled to 50+ countries to establish his network of international basketball contacts. He lives in Shoreline with his wife and co-worker, Nancy, and they have two children.
1:00 | We are two weeks out from the season opener. Hear how Coach Neighbors handles the pressure of the upcoming season. He talks about his transition offense and transition defense. It’s all new for this coaching staff and the players, from what happens in the locker room to what goes on, on the court.
4:38 | Coach Neighbors talks about his “Pet Peeve” meeting. He gives players eight things that are his pet peeves and allows them to give the staff theirs. See how the culture is starting to take form for the team.
7:05 | Revisiting Coach Neighbors’ mistakes. Each episode will explore one of Coach Neighbors’ paper on the mistakes he made as a head coach in his first year. Trust and health are batted around by Jon and Coach.
10:23 | It is new to everyone this year. The gap between new players and returners is smaller as everyone is learning about the style of the new coaching staff.
17:43 | I want part of my legacy to be that I was a good teacher who helped grow the game. Listen to why Coach Neighbors shares his thoughts on social, in the newsletter, on YouTube and in this podcast. He talks about the Coaching Tree.
28:23 | Have fun. Get Better. Work Hard. What does that mean for Coach Neighbors and the Razorbacks. He discusses the team’s leadership and how he is replacing “motivation” with “inspiration”.
38:34 | Meet Nels Hawkinson, co-founder of Basketball Travelers. He is a friend and mentor and impacts the student-athlete experience at countless colleges and universities all over the nation.
49:00 | Coach Neighbors wraps up his conversation with Nels Hawkinson with a funny story. The men share a passion for student-athletes and furthering their education through basketball and travel.
Join us for Episode 1 as we kick off our bi-monthly podcast. In this episode, our hosts talk about Coach Neighbors’ journey back to Arkansas. They take a look at some of the things that have influenced Coach over the years and they welcome in mentor Coach Kevin McGuff. Coach McGuff and Coach Neighbors worked together at Xavier and Washington. Coach McGuff got his start as an assistant coach at Miami University and is currently the head women’s basketball coach at Ohio State.
1:00 | Welcome back to Arkansas Mike Neighbors. Hear about his journey back to Arkansas and the stops he made along the way.
10:10 | Coach Neighbors reflects on his first press conference as the Razorback head coach. He breaks down what it is like to be surrounded by family and friends and he talks about getting to know the Razorback players.
23:15 | Coach Neighbors discusses the origin of his newsletter that has more than 77,000 readers. Learn how it started, how it has evolved and what doors it has opened for him.
37:50 | The Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff joins Coach Neighbors and Jon Williams. Get to know more about Coach Neighbors through his mentor’s eyes.