Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Scott Mason played soccer for the Lipscomb Bisons. His playing days are over but he remains active in the game as a coach and instructor. This summer he has been busy with summer camps, including the youth soccer camps I play at Lipscomb. During a dinner break with the campers he answered some questions for LipscombSports.com.
What sport(s) did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
â€œI played soccer from 2002-2006. I played for three coaches: Jon Goad, Jim Maddux and Charles Morrow. â€œ
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
â€œProbably when I scored four goals against Centenary in a 7-0 win Oct. 23, 2005. I set a school record for goals in a game. I also was Atlantic Sun Player of the Week because of that game.
â€œIt was something else. It was nice and cool and raining. I donâ€™t know what got over me. I felt pretty good after I scored the one. Then the second one went in and I realized I had a lot more energy than I thought. I just had the knack to go forward and score a couple of more. It was pretty late in the game so I didnâ€™t expect to get a fourth one.â€
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
â€œKevin Burk, assistant soccer coach, pushed me the most both physically and mentall. He helped a lot in making me a better player.â€
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
â€œBeing able to hang out with all of the soccer players. I came here from California and didnâ€™t really know anybody. I got to know Ron Walker really well and I still talk with him. Tyler Johnson also played and is another best friend I still hang out with.
â€œWe played a lot of soccer. There was a garage down on Hillsboro Road where we would go and play. Ron Walkerâ€™s parents were like my second pair of parents. I had a good church family at Brentwood Church of Christ. We go to Harpeth Hills Church of Christ now.â€
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
â€œThe importance of good relationships on many levels. Sandra and Ed Krech helped me during my sophomore year after I had ACL surgery. My parents were able to stay with Sandra and Ed. I was able to stay at their house for a few days because I couldnâ€™t stay in the dorm. That helped a lot during that time.â€
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
â€œDr. Alan Bradshaw was a physics teacher. I was in his class my sophomore year. Before going into the class I didnâ€™t care much about science, but everyday I learned something new.
â€œHe made it interesting. A lot of professors just read out of a book and that is it. But he had a lot of visual stuff and I am that kind of person. He made physics a lot more interesting than what other people might make it out to be.â€
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
â€œI worked as a teacher and coach at Maplewood High School the past two years. I am looking for position, possibly with a private school right now. I loved being at Maplewood, but Iâ€™m looking at my options.â€
â€œIâ€™m working soccer camps both here at Lipscomb and on my own with Kevin Burk.â€
Tell us about your family.
â€œI have been married to my wife, Julie, for three years.â€