‘Retiring’ from professional sports has been extremely challenging for me personally. And I’ve discovered that most athletes struggle with this transition.

So, good buddies of mine, Jonathan Van Horn, Michael Lahoud and I are turning pain into purpose. Enter, The SHIFT Podcast. 

The SHIFT Podcast is a platform that will give athletes the opportunity to share their stories.

JOIN US as we get the opportunity and privilege to share the stories of incredibly talented athletes, and all-around amazing human beings. Stories of HOPE. Stories of REDEMPTION! Stories of DREAMS COMING TRUE! No doubt, their stories will encourage, inspire and lift you up! 

We hope the podcast encourages, challenges, and spurs you on toward growth and success in all aspects of your life! ENJOY!

Wells and Jonathan


Episode #7:
Othello ‘OT’ Johnson

Liberian Civil War Survivor, Refugee, Wrestler, UNCP Head Coach

Episode #6:
Natalie Allport

Lifelong Entrepreneur, Former National Team Snowboarder, Founder of 93 Agency, and creator of the ALL IN Podcast.

Episode #5:
Ben King

Pro Cyclist, The Tour de France, Getting “His Face Smashed In,” Resilience and Perseverance, Soon to be Father

Episode #4:
Michael Lahoud

Pro Soccer Player, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, The Power of Our Stories

Episode #3:
Michael Chabala

MLS Champion, Entrepreneur, Founder of Sphere, Challenge: “Know yourself and pay attention!”

Episode #2:
Amobi Okugo

Power of Relationships, Founder of A Frugal Athlete Network, Pro Soccer Player.

Episode #1:
Wells Thompson

Kidnapped, MLS Draftee, Professional Athlete and Life After Playing.


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