I’m the author of Head in the Game and a writer-at-large for B/R Mag at Bleacher Report. My stories have been recognized multiple times by Best American Sports Writing, and “I’m Not the Lone Wolf” was a 2017 finalist for the prestigious Livingston Award. (It’s about Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer’s battle with mental health and its stigma.) The Livingston Award honors the best reporting and storytelling by journalists under the age of 35 in print, broadcast and digital journalism. It is the largest all-media, general reporting prize in American journalism.
In the past, I’ve published work with ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, SI.com, and SB Nation Longform, plus non-sports places like Outside, GQ, Pacific Standard, and more. My non-sports work might still pop up elsewhere sometimes.
I’m also a speaker. In my talks and events, I draw from my personal story (tried to be a pro athlete, failed) and my experiences as a writer traveling the world to learn about incredible, fascinating people and places. Olympic gold medalists, legendary coaches, superstar athletes, godfathers of neuroscience, a lady who lived with bears for 25 years — I’m fortunate to have learned many things from many brilliant and remarkable people.
I travel a lot these days, but home base is Greenville, N.C. I grew up there and recently moved back with my wife, Katie. We met when we were 10 and lived down the street from each other.
Now we live five minutes from that street with our toddler son, our new baby son, and our two dogs, a Jack Russell Terrier and a half-Jack Russell Terrier half-pit bull.