Lady Bisons Shay Jones discusses transferring to Lipscomb

Lady Bisons Shay Jones discusses transferring to Lipscomb

Lady Bisons Shay Jones once again became the “new girl” when she transferred to Lipscomb University from Daytona State Junior College at the beginning of her sophomore year, but now, she said, she is at home. Jones began her college basketball career playing at that two-year junior college in Florida near her hometown of Rockledge. During a tournament game in Daytona, Jones was approached by one of the Lipscomb assistant coaches, and they talked to her about the school and invited her to visit. “When I came on a visit, I knew this was the place for me,” Jones said. Jones’s father is a pastor, so she was raised in a Christian home, and when she stepped on Lipscomb’s campus she “knew right away” that Lipscomb was the school she wanted to attend. Jones said that the transition from Daytona State to Lipscomb was tough because Lipscomb is a much bigger school. When she arrived, she, once again, had to adjust to being the “new girl,” as she called herself. What she referred to as “the welcoming atmosphere” allowed her to settle in here. Jones said she has grown both as a person and as a basketball player. She has seen and experienced the difference between an NCAA Division 1 university basketball program and junior college basketball program. “When you play in junior college, you are playing to get to the next level,” Jones said. “Now that I’m at that next level, it is more structured. You’ve got to buckle down and follow those rules.” Jones said she is excited for her final season to begin, and she is...
Charles Morrow discusses life, Lipscomb, soccer as head coach of Bisons

Charles Morrow discusses life, Lipscomb, soccer as head coach of Bisons

Deep in the heart of Allen Arena, men’s soccer coach Charles Morrow reviews his team’s lineup for Saturday’s game in San Diego. Morrow, a 13-year fixture at Lipscomb still appears far more at home on the sideline of a soccer pitch than he does in his office, surrounded by soccer memorabilia, but this isn’t particularly surprising. Morrow was introduced to soccer while growing up in a predominantly Latino school district near Corpus Christi, TX. “When we went out to play at recess, we weren’t playing football; we were playing soccer,” Morrow said. As a true freshman in 1994, Morrow played for Queens College in Charlotte, which he chose because it was a co-ed school with a growing soccer program. “Good soccer and a lot of girls,” he noted, adding, “It sounded great.” However, Morrow said he struggled in his freshman year with the transition from  “a big fish in a small pond” in high school to “the lower half of the roster for sure, if not lower third” at Queens. Despite this, Morrow pointed to this year as the year he realized that college soccer was what he wanted to do. Nevertheless, Morrow said the “party school” atmosphere got old. “In the early nineties, Lipscomb was a school that Church of Christ parents could send their kid to and feel good that their kids would be safe and be taught the right things . . . . What you saw was ‘I’m here because my parents are making me go here. This is where they would pay for me to go to school,’” he said. Morrow was looking for...
Franklin Road Academy helps Lipscomb basketball connect its past, present

Franklin Road Academy helps Lipscomb basketball connect its past, present

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – There was never any doubt in John Pierce’s mind regarding his future after his basketball career ended. Following a record-setting collegiate career at Lipscomb and five seasons of playing professionally overseas, Pierce returned to Nashville to do what he had always dreamed of: coaching basketball. “All along, I knew I wanted to be a teacher and a coach,” said Pierce, a standout from 1990-94 under legendary Bison coach Don Meyer. Pierce amassed 4,230 career points with the Purple and Gold, which still stands as the all-time record in college basketball. The Nashville native has spent the last 14 years as head coach at nearby Franklin Road Academy, and he was also elected to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. “I didn’t really keep up with all the records; I just loved Lipscomb and its basketball community,” Pierce said. “I learned what it meant to be a good teammate — Coach Meyer had a lot to do with that.” Almost 25 years later, Pierce’s impact on the Lipscomb basketball program is still felt in many ways. In addition to the memorabilia that fills trophy cases in the lobby of Allen Arena, two of Pierce’s former FRA players — Kenny Cooper and Rob Marberry — are now budding stars for the Bisons, despite taking different paths to Green Hills. Marberry earned Division II-AA Mr. Basketball honors as a senior at FRA in 2014 and finished his high school career with over 1,500 points and 850 rebounds. “(FRA) is a small school, just like Lipscomb,” Marberry said. “The teachers and the coaching staff were both awesome. It...
Lady Bisons volleyball experiences triumphs, defeat during LUV Invite

Lady Bisons volleyball experiences triumphs, defeat during LUV Invite

Lipscomb Women’s Volleyball (2-1) got off to a good start this past weekend as the team opened its season in Allen Area with a 3-0 win against ETSU (0-1). While ETSU was a strong opponent, the Bisons held their own throughout the match, never getting further than three points behind. Junior Carlyle Nusbaum, the reigning ASUN Player of the Year, led the team with fifteen out of the fifty-five kills during the three sets. Nusbaum also collected her first double-double of the season with ten digs in addition to her fifteen kills. Freshman Alyssa Zwolensky, Ashley Maher and Megan Kuper had the opportunity to join the team on the floor during the third set of the ETSU match. Out of the three freshman, Kuper made her first career kill. “I was definitely nervous because it was my first collegiate game, but I was smiling the whole time because I was so happy that I was in that situation,” Kuper said. “I just kept telling myself ‘Don’t let the nerves get to you and play your game’.” Head coach Brandon Rosenthal was pleased with his team’s performance, noting that the freshman especially put forth a strong first outing. “I am really impressed with how all three of [the freshman] handled that opportunity,” Rosenthal said. “I think what I was impressed about the most with our freshman play was their ability to get into the game and perform at a level that is expectant of them.” On Saturday, the Bisons took on Wichita State (1-0) where they were overcome 3-0. The first set remained close between the Bisons and Shockers as...
From Dugan Field to Camden Yards: How former Lipscomb standouts fare in pro ranks

From Dugan Field to Camden Yards: How former Lipscomb standouts fare in pro ranks

When professional baseball scouts visit Nashville, they are generally bound for West End to see the powerhouse built by Tim Corbin at Vanderbilt. Who can blame them? The Commodores routinely churn out first-round draft picks and currently have 38 former players scattered throughout professional baseball. Despite the success of its of its neighbor, the Lipscomb Bisons have also contributed, though quietly, to the baseball pipeline running out of the Music City. Lipscomb currently has nine alumni in the professional ranks, including three that have appeared for major league teams in 2017. Below is a complete rundown of all of nine former Bisons in the pros, analysis for each player and thoughts from Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand:   MLB (1): Caleb Joseph, Baltimore Orioles 2017 Stats: .274 AVG, 61 hits, 26 RBI, 12 doubles and 8 home runs After a forgettable showing in 2016 that included zero RBI and a horrific groin injury, Joseph has bounced back in a big way. His .274 batting average forced Baltimore manager Buck Showalter to insert the former Bison into the lineup more often. For his efforts, Joseph will likely get a raise from his current salary of $700,000, as he is eligible to negotiate a new contract this offseason. Should Joseph and the Orioles fail to agree to a deal, the two sides will then go to arbitration, where a third-party will decide how much Joseph will get. Joseph also paid homage to Forehand last weekend with a “Thank You” patch on his jersey as part of the MLB Players Weekend. “That was a very cool thing for Caleb to do,” Forehand said of the patch. “I’m...
Students gather to witness historic Mayweather vs. McGregor fight

Students gather to witness historic Mayweather vs. McGregor fight

For sports fans, heated debates are had over who is the “best of all time” — Michael Jordan or LeBron? Manning or Brady? Ali or Tyson? In the case of Mayweather vs. McGregor, fans got to see these two sporting giants fight to settle the discussion, with boxing veteran Floyd Mayweather taking home the victory of Conor McGregor. Saturday night, Sewell Hall held a watch party for the fight open for all Lipscomb students to view the historic event. Sewell Hall Residential Assistant Taylor Phillips planned the event and was excited to host a watch party for such an anticipated night. “We decided at the start of the year that our first event of the year should be the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather fight,” Phillips said. “This fight means a lot because I am a huge UFC and boxing fan. Boxing is such a well-known sport; everyone can jump aboard and enjoy the fight.” Sporting a Conor McGregor shirt, Phillips said that he was rooting for McGregor to win the fight. Philips noted that Sewell Hall typically doesn’t hold events, but the fight was a good opportunity for the residence hall to host something for all students at the beginning of the year. First year Head Resident and former Lipscomb student Jackson Smith looked at the event as a chance to bring people closer together. “I love creating opportunities for memories, and that’s exactly what this is,” Smith said. The former Lipscomb student was in favor of Mayweather, learning his lesson from when he rooted for Manny Pacquiao back in 2015. Smith said he was happy with the...