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Blood Time Podcast shares bond between Player and Coach

As a longtime wrestling coach, Peter Cimoroni has trained and developed countless champions. He also encountered athletes and coaches along the way who have their own inspiring stories to share.

The second-year Chagrin Falls coach recently debuted the Blood Time Podcast with the goal of sharing stories of athletes and coaches who have made an impact on the lives of others in sport, business and in life.

“It started probably about, a good 30 years ago when I started to hear stories about transforming kids and literally taking and saving lives through coaching,” Cimoroni said. “I took it very seriously. I was never a teacher, I was always a businessman. I was always in the business world seeing some of the, not the greatest activities and humanity out there in the business world, particularly in the 1980s. There were a lot of self-centered situations. You lost that camaraderie of the team.”

Through his time coaching at Beachwood and now at Chagrin Falls, Cimoroni never lost sight of the importance that player-coach relationship carried, not only in current times but also in the future as those athletes entered the business and coaching world.

Cimoroni’s desire to keep those inspirational stories has led to countless interviews and five podcasts with a new edition airing every other Thursday.

“When I started to hear some of those stories, we started to see the absolute importance, that blood time,” Cimoroni said. “That connection between the kid and the coach and those little nuances, sometimes it’s a kick in the butt, sometimes it’s a pat on the back and sometimes it’s a, ‘come on man, I’ve got you,’ but primarily it’s focusing on the right thing.”

The name is drawn not only from the sport of wrestling—blood time occurs when a match is stopped due to a wrestler bleeding—but also from the bond formed between a coach and athlete.

“I think every team that is really great feels like they’re blood-bound, so that blood time is the connection,” Cimoroni said. “It’s when a coach and an athlete actually become family and that’s really what Blood Time is all about. It doesn’t matter if it’s tennis or lacrosse; it doesn’t matter if it’s volleyball, golf, football; it just doesn’t matter because at the end of the day that’s where blood time is. It’s the connection in any sport.”

While the Blood Time logo depicts two wrestlers in action, the first five episodes indicate Cimoroni is following up on his desire to provide listeners with diverse viewpoints.

The first episode featured a pair of standout wrestlers turned coach in Notre Dame College’s Sonny Marchette, who won two high school state titles and a junior college national championship, and John Carroll University’s Mark Hawald, who ended his collegiate career at JCU tied for the most career wins in school history.

In Episode 2, Cimoroni interviewed Scott Safenovitz, a 25-year veteran of the Chagrin Falls police department who was a high school football player and wrestler at Beachwood. Cimoroni then tackled the business world in episode three by interviewing Barry Broome, the President and CEO of the Greater Sacramento Economic Council and another former standout wrestler at John Caroll.

The fourth episode featured Jason Thomas, a major in the United States Army who served two tours of duty in Fallujah.

“Some of the stuff he’s done, it just gives you chills,” Cimoroni said.

Thomas credits wrestling for helping him to develop the mental toughness to survive the day to day challenges serving in the military and in a war zone have presented.

“Wrestling, it’s who I am,” Thomas said during the podcast. “Everything I do, every day, the foundation was from wrestling. Obviously, you have your parents who build your core foundation but if I didn’t have wrestling, I wouldn’t be where I was today. Every situation I come into, when it’s a tough situation, the first thing that comes to mind is when we were in the wrestling room. Those times are some of the toughest you’ll ever have and mostly nothing will come close to that.”

Episode 5, released on Nov. 28, featured a discussion with current Beachwood athletic director Ryan Peters.

Cimoroni’s goal is to allow each guest to share his or her own story of overcoming adversity and challenges and how a coach has helped transform the athlete into a successful adult.

“The ripple effect is stunning,” Cimoroni said. “It just doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Coaches affect kids and they affect other kids and they come back and affect you. It’s just incredible. I just have to get the stories out there and I’m not the only one. I’ve been getting texts and messages from a lot of other people.”

Cimoroni has leaned on his connections to the wrestling world to kick start the podcast but listeners soon will be treated to interviews with guests from all walks of life.

“We just had two football players on,” Cimoroni said. “I’m also interviewing a volleyball coach coming up. We’re going to be doing a lot of different sports. Obviously, I have a lot more connections with wrestling but we’re going to be doing a lot of other sports.”

The Blood Time Podcast can be found on Anchor, Spotify, Youtube and Maverick Peters produces the show and Kevin Conwell is the videographer.

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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