CLARK, NJ – The Arthur L. Johnson Crusader Athletic Leadership Council  heard a presentation by renowned international sports writer and championship coach Mike Tully at their monthly meeting, held Wednesday in the school’s media center.

Tully has studied peak performance in athletes for over three decades.  He covered Olympic Games in Lake Placid, Los Angeles, Sarajevo and Seoul, and more than 100 consecutive World Series games. Tully is the author of “The Improvement Factor: How Winners Turn Practice into Success.” 

He shared his insights and observations of great athletes with the students. Topics included leadership in high school athletics, and the “Total Game Plan,” an all-encompassing philosophy about attacking each and everything a person does.

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 “The C.A.L.C. was thrilled to have Mike Tully come and speak to us on multiple topics relevant to high school athletics today, including leadership,” said ALJ Athletic Director Gus Kalikas.

“Mike reached all of our students and left them with great strategies that will not only help on the fields, courts, and mats, but also in the game of life. He was a true professional and inspires while delivering a wonderful message,” he continued.

The Crusader Athletic Leadership Council is comprised of ALJ student athletes.  The group was formed to educate student athletes about expectations in interscholastic competition and foster an open and healthy relationship between the athletes, the school culture and the community of Clark.

The 2014-2015 members of the Crusader Athletic Leadership Council are: Michael Basso, Lauren Beck, Alyssa Beyer, Ryan Bohm, Wyatt Bohm, Christina Bonaccorso, Kelly Briscese, Jason Brougham, Anabela Casimiro, Samantha Cimbolic, Louis Cacchione, Mike Demarco, Sabrina Dias, Nicholas DiGeronimo, Sara DiWane, Gina DiNucci, Stephanie Donah, Justin Falke, Ciara Feeley, Josh Ferreira, Lucas Gallo, Marissa Hampp, Colin Heaning, Zach Hofschneider, Jenna Koppel, Sean Kovatch, Michael Labianca, Andrew Lamiera, Jake Manuelian, Joe Matlosz, Lauren Margel, Trevor McSorley, Kristen Meagher, Magda Mickiewicz, Kyle Meyers, Tom Nadolsky, Molly Panetta, Matt Pedicine. Michael Pieros, Jessie Riddlestorffer, Anthony Rizzuto, Zack Sandler, Drew Shannon, Kelly Sweeney, Taylor Webb, Arlene Vill, Janet Vill, Stephanie Visconte, James Wagner, Steve Weisensee.

The organization meets monthly and discusses a variety of topics and issues of importance to the student athletes.