Rick Chyme talks planting seeds, his path to playing D1 Hoops & a Def Jam Internship, his Dad's death in a plane crash, 17 1/2 hour freestyle rap, creating 365 songs in a year, new music releases & radio love from Public Enemy's Chuck D


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This week Coach Hawk is joined by Rick Chyme (aka Pat Cleland).
Rick shares details about his youth, including his father David Cleland's tragic death in a Canadian plane crash when Chyme was 15 years-old.
He speaks on how he made the unlikely transition from Student Manager, to Walk-on, to Scholarship Athlete, while at Western Michigan University.
Chyme breaks down how his Dad's plane crash, mentorship by High School Coaching legend, Steve Majerle and up-close exposure to Michigan State Athletics at a young age were catalysts and driving forces of his competitive spirit.
Now a Rapper, Rick talks at length about his experiences as an artist and how his time as an athlete laid the foundation for his attempts and accomplishments in the world of music.
Musical topics discussed :
17 1/2 hour improvised freestyle, completed as part of the art contest, ArtPrize.
Creating 365 songs in the year 2018 with Producer, Yelnam Evad for Daily Pieces 365.
His road to an internship at Def Jam Records.
The recent release of two albums:
- "The Curve" by Jay Jackson & Rick Chyme with Xavier Bonner and Yolonda Lavender
- "Stones" by Rick Chyme & Yelnam Evad
- His song "Pressure Cooker" recently receiving international radio airplay from Public Enemy's, Chuck D.
Finally, Rick discusses his current role as Producer of this podcast, 'Next Possession with Steve Hawkins'
The tipoff question of this week's episode puts a focus on bench players. Hawk breaks down the myriad of reasons a Coach may wait to clear the bench. He also shares a personal, detailed account of how he once used playing time, or a lack thereof, as a motivating tool to help an individually talented player reach their potential and in turn, help the team and program stay on track.
Finally, in this week's buzzer-beater, Coach Hawk shows extreme strength through vulnerability by exposing the details of losing his job as the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Western Michigan University. Be prepared to get a first-hand look at the mental health impacts of experiencing sudden change after spending two decades at one institution. Hawk even delves into the way he felt watching his former team begin the 2020-21 season. Through it all, Coach Hawk's loyalty and dedication to his players and his motivation as a Coach are glaringly evident.
Learn more about Rick Chyme by following him on social media @rickchyme

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