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Success is a Choice

Aug 30, 2022

Today's guest on the "LEADERS GROWING LEADERS" series is Mike McGurk, athletic director at Lee's Summit North HS in Missouri and President of the NIAAA. 

During the "Leaders Growing Leaders" series on the Success is a Choice Podcast Network, Jamy Bechler talks with leaders about how they are growing and developing other leaders. The series tries to examine how various leaders are making the people around them better and building a stronger, healthier culture.

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Mike McGurk has been at Lee's Summit North since 2013. His educational background includes a master’s degree in Education Leadership and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Mike began his career in education as an English teacher at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, VA. He then served as the Director of Student Activities at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology for one year, at James W. Robinson Secondary School for five years, and at Jefferson City Public Schools for five years. Mike became athletic director at LSN in 2013.

Follow Mike McGurk on Twitter @MoCatFan

Follow the NIAAA on Twitter @NIAAA9100

Click here for Mike's bio and press release from NIAAA about him becoming president of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrator's Association.

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Visit the Lee's Summit North athletics website at

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Thanks again for listening and remember that “Success is a choice. What choice will you make today?”

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Jamy Bechler is the author of four books including The Captain and The Bus Trip, host of the Success is a Choice Podcast, professional speaker, and trains organizations on creating championship cultures. He previously spent 20 years as a college basketball coach and administrator.  The Leadership Playbook is Bechler's online program that helps athletes become better teammates and more positive leaders while strengthening a team's culture. As a certified John Maxwell leadership coach, Bechler has worked with businesses and teams, including the NBA. Follow him on Twitter at @CoachBechler. To connect with him via email or find out about his services, please contact You can also subscribe to his insights on success and leadership by clicking here.