Rick Wolff is a nationally-recognized expert in the field of sports psychology and sports parenting. Often quoted by the media about the issues that face today’s athletes, Wolff has written and lectured widely on the psychological pressures that accompany America’s passion for sports.
From 1995 to 2005, Wolff wrote hundreds of widely-acclaimed prescriptive columns on sports parenting that ran in Sports Illustrated. In addition, Wolff’s by-line has also appeared in such well-known publications as The New York Times, Harvard Magazine, the Harvard Business Review, GQ, Hemispheres, Sesame Street Magazine, Child, Scholastic, Family Life, USA TODAY, Psychology Today, Readers Digest, and many others.
Wolff has authored or co-authored 18 books, including four in the sports parenting field. One of his most recent efforts is the highly-acclaimed, Parenting Young Athletes the Ripken Way (Gotham, 2006), which he co-authored with Cal Ripken, Jr. Wolff also penned The Sports Parenting Edge (Running Press, 2003), Coaching Kids for Dummies (IDG, 2000) and Good Sports: The Concerned Parents Guide to Competitive Sports (Dell, 1992).
Wolff’s most recent general sports book is Harvard Boys: A Father’s and Son’s Adventures Playing Minor League Baseball (Skyhorse, 2007), which he co-authored with his son John, who graduated from Harvard and who played professional baseball in the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets’ organizations.
For the past 15 years, Wolff has hosted a weekly sports parenting program, “The Sports Edge”, on WFAN Radio in New York City. He’s been a featured expert on Oprah, ESPN, CNN, ABC’s “NightLine”, ABC’s “20/20”, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Fox & Friends, Fox Business, CNBC, PBS, A&E, MSNBC, Court TV, Lifetime, SportsChannel, the Madison Square Garden Network, and dozens of other media outlets. He’s also won an Emmy Award for his on-air work on SportsChannel. In 1997, Wolff co-hosted an original videotape program, Youth Sports, with Steve Young, the Hall of Fame quarterback from the San Francisco 49ers.
Wolff, a former professional baseball player in the Detroit Tigers’ organization, also served as the roving sports psychology coach in the Cleveland Indians organization from 1990-94. He’s worked with numerous top professional and collegiate athletes, including players from the National Football League, the National Hockey League, and Major League Baseball. He also served as the head baseball coach at Mercy College (Dobbs Ferry, NY) from 1978-1985, when the Flyers were nationally-ranked in Division II (NCAA). He was inducted into the Mercy College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.
Wolff graduated magna cum laude in psychology from Harvard University. He received his master’s degree with high honors in psychology at Long Island University. He’s a longtime member of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sports Psychology as well as the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Wolff and his wife, Trish, have three grown children — John, Alyssa, and Samantha who all played a variety of sports. Wolff and his wife reside in Armonk, NY.
About Doug Abrams
Douglas E. Abrams, a University of Missouri law professor, coached youth hockey at all age levels for more than 40 years. He was raised in Westbury, New York, and he played and coached in the Nassau County youth hockey program at Cantiague Park in Hicksville.
He holds a B.A. summa cum laude from Wesleyan University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and received the Scholar-Athlete Award. He set an Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III goaltending record for most saves in a game (64) and was the first Wesleyan hockey player named to the weekly ECAC All-East team.
Doug earned his law degree at Columbia Law School. At the University of Missouri, he teaches family law, children and the law, constitutional law, and American legal history. With royalties from books he has written or co-written, he created the Happiness For Health program, a permanent endowment that provides toys, stuffed animals, and games for the sick and injured children at the University of Missouri Children’s Hospital. HFH also provides parties for children who are hospitalized on their birthdays and other special occasions.
He serves on the Advisory Board of the Missouri Division of Youth Services, which is considered the nation’s finest statewide juvenile justice treatment agency. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Missouri Children’s Hospital.
The Manchester (N.H.) Union Leader has called Doug “one of the people who help serve as the conscience for anyone involved in youth sports,” and “a nationally known authority on youth sports.” He writes regularly about sportsmanship, player safety, and equal opportunity. He recently collaborated with former National Basketball Association player Bob Bigelow on a book that urges reform of sports programs for pre-teen boys and girls.
In 1990, Doug was instrumental in creating mid-Missouri’s first youth hockey program. During his 11-year tenure as president, the program grew from 19 players to 180, while enrolling every interested player, encouraging beginners, and fully involving each player in all practice sessions and games. He also stressed community service projects that the players selected and performed during the season.
For their community service projects, his teams received the 2006 Honoring the Game Award, presented by the Positive Coaching Alliance. The Governor issued a proclamation stating that his teams had “brought honor to Missouri,” and a newspaper called one of his teams “a philanthropic organization on skates.”
Doug has received the Meritorious Service to the Children of America Award, presented by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. The Missouri Bar Foundation has honored him for service to the cause of justice. He recently received the Missouri Bar’s Distinguished Service Award for lifetime contributions to the interests of justice. At the University of Missouri Law School, he has received the Administration of Justice, Distinguished Faculty Achievement, and Teacher-of-the-Year awards. In 2013, he received USA Hockey’s Excellence in Safety Award.
About Steve Kallas
Born and raised in upper Manhattan, Steve Kallas attended elementary school at P.S. 98 in the Inwood Section. He played baseball, basketball and was on the bowling team at the legendary Power Memorial Academy. In his senior year at Power, Steve was awarded the John P. Donohue medal for excellence in athletics and the Rev. Br. Eugene F. Ryall Medal for graduating second in his class academically.
Steve also played Division I baseball at New York University (where he hit .350 in his varsity career). He also played basketball and was on the bowling team (where he bowled for a national championship in his junior year). Steve later graduated from the Fordham University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review.
Steve Kallas presently does a weekly national sports podcast, entitled “Kallas Remarks,” with co-host Joe Staszak, available for weekly free download at I-Tunes. Steve also is a frequent guest on sports talk station 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia, discussing all of the major sports. Steve also presently writes a column for the FDH Lounge. You can find ten years of Steve’s columns at stevekallas.com and wfan.com.
Steve has appeared numerous times on television and radio to talk about sports in general, sports and the law, and/or youth sports. His TV appearances include national spots on ESPN SportsCenter (with Sage Steele), on Fox and Friends (with Brian Kilmeade), on CNN/Headline News (with Mike Galanos), as well as a number of TV appearances on local New York City stations Fox 5 and PIX 11. He has also appeared on MSG’s SportsDesk (with Deb Placey) and Talk of Our Town (multiple times) on the Madison Square Garden Network, as well as Connecticut Public Television (at cptv.org).
Steve has also appeared in episodes of American Greed, on CNBC, and Momsters: When Moms go Bad (Season 1, Episode 3, “Anger in the Outfield”), on the Investigation Discovery Network. Steve has also appeared a number of times since 2011 on SNY TV as a legal analyst.
On radio, Steve has appeared numerous times on Rick Wolff’s WFAN radio show, “The Sports Edge,” and has substitute-hosted for Rick a number of times. In 2004, Steve was selected by the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance to be on a national expert panel, which, in 2005, came out with its National Report Card on Youth Sports.
He has also appeared numerous times on WFAN radio as the legal analyst since 2008. He has appeared on The Mike Francesa Show, The Boomer and Carton Show and The Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts Show. He has also appeared over the years with Marc Malusis, Steve Somers and Richard Neer, among others. For the last seven years (dating back to 2011), Steve has appeared on WFAN’s coverage of The Hambletonian (the Kentucky Derby of harness racing) at the Meadowlands with Marc Malusis.
In addition, Steve has substitute-hosted his own sports show on WFAN a number of times in the last few years.
Steve has done about a thousand sports talk shows in the last ten years. He did a year of Thursdays at WVOX in New Rochelle. For four years, Steve did a sports talk show every weekday at noon at sportstalknetwork.com. Steve is a member of the 21st Century Media Alliance and has appeared numerous times with Rick Morris on his FDH Lounge “mini-episodes” (available at fdhlounge.com) to discuss all of the major sports.
Steve’s writing includes three years as a columnist for Madison Square Garden’s website, msgnetwork.com, and one year as a columnist for The New York Post Sports Week (in its only year of existence), where he covered the four major sports and horse racing as well. He also wrote a column for wfan.com for four years. His work has appeared in such varied publications as Sports Business Journal, Hispanic Beisbol Magazine, The Hartford Courant, Hoof Beats Magazine, The Scarsdale Inquirer, thebiglead.com and The Horseman and Fair World Magazine.
Steve’s two children, Johnnie and Gabriella, are both presently in graduate school at Cornell and The London School of Economics, respectively.
In 2017, Steve Kallas was elected to the Power Memorial Academy Hall of Fame.