Tune into “Parkway West Coaches Corner”


Jeff Chazen

Softball coach Jeff Chazen and boys basketball Coach John Wright pose with Tim Corteville, a retired teacher and coach of boys basketball, boys track and boys volleyball. Chazen and Wright began a podcast over the summer after discussing the idea together. “It’s fun to look at current and past coaches and players from Parkway West athletics. There are some great stories and memories that are shared,” Chazen said.

Upbeat music plays as head boys basketball coach John Wright and varsity softball coach Jeff Chazen introduce their guest star in their new podcast, “Coaches Corner.” This podcast covers a variety of topics, ranging from coaching philosophies to athletic happenings at West. 

History teachers John Wright and Jeff Chazen began the journey to create a podcast last summer in order to interview coaches, administrators and players about their experiences. 

“Jeff Chazen and I have a love for Parkway West and the relationships that we have developed over the years with those connected to our athletic program,” Wright said. “We thought it would be a lot of fun to interview these people and talk to them about their experiences.”

Each podcast ranges from 20 minutes to one hour, but Chazen says it has taken practice to be able to create the perfect episode. 

“If you listen to them all, they progressively go from really bad to at least a little bit better. We just had to sort of iron things out as far as mic volume and quality of the mics and stuff and just had to play around with it,” Chazen said. “We just had to go through those little growing pains as we went along.”

Coaches Corner had a variety of guests, including retired PE teacher Tim Corteville, Athletic Director Brian Kessler, soccer coach John Sloop and soccer coach Annie Wayland. Wayland appeared on the podcast’s fifth episode to discuss the benefits of club versus high school soccer and public versus private school and her own history in the sport of soccer. 

“I enjoyed having open and honest conversations with peers and our community, getting feedback on ideas and concepts and sharing new and innovative ideas to help continue to make West the best,” Wayland said. 

Wayland hopes that this podcast will help the community to learn more about each other and share their opinions. 

“We hope it helps our students and student-athletes get to know us better as people, share thoughts and have quality conversations with our peer coaches,” Wayland said. “It allows us to get to know each other better as a staff and as a community,”

Chazen says this podcast helps the current community learn more about the history of our school. 

“I love being able to help document the history of Parkway West and its athletic program and to celebrate its past successes,” Chazen said. 

Aside from educating students and staff, Chazen says it is rewarding to learn new things about the people that they interview. 

“I like hearing the different stories that people have. You just get to appreciate their coaching, dedication, their abilities, and again, just some of the great stories that they tell,” Chazen said. “You just get to know people from a different perspective that you didn’t know before, and you just have a better idea of who they are and what they believe.”