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Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Beth Stewart Stark is easily the most decorated player in the 30-year history of women’s basketball at Lipscomb University. Stark played at the No. 4 forward spot from 1992 through 1996 for the Lady Bisons during the NAIA era.
Stark is the all-time scoring leader in Lady Bisons basketball history with 2,880 points. She holds school career records for most field goals made (1,162), most field goals attempted (1,766), field goal percentage (65.8), free throws made (542) and free throw attempts (736).
Her awards include Transouth Player of the Year in 1995 and 1996, NAIA All-America First Team in 1995 and 1996 and Team MVP in 1994 and 1995. She was also a Kodak-All America in 1995 and 1996.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb? Playing on great teams that always had a chance to win any game we played. Having awesome teammates that wanted to win as much as I did.
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? My dad How? He was sick with kidney disease and would come to every game he could. I never wanted to disappoint him with a bad game and knew if I played poorly he would let me know. I owe so much of my basketball accomplishments to my dad he pushed me just enough and I thank him everyday for that.
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb? Living in the dorm with my teammates. I think living in the dorm really made my college experience so much fun. We were always doing something.
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb? My friends. Some of my teammates are still some of my best friends.
Who was your favorite professor? I have two. Dr Ken Schott and Dr. Briley. Why? I enjoyed their classes but even more I liked their personalities as teachers. They allowed you to participate in class, ask questions and created an environment that allowed you to learn. I can honestly say I had fun in their classes.
Where do you live now? Nashville, Creive Hall
Who is your employer? Myself and The Oak Hill School What is your occupation? I am a basketball coach What does your position entail? I give basketball lessons, have camps and coach Oak Hill 6th grade girls. My husband Zac and I also coach a 16u girls travel basketball team in the summers. We currently have around 20 former players that are playing college basketball. Hannah Phillips is a former player of ours and we work with Jenna Bartsokas in the off season.
Tell us about your family. I am married to Zac Stark who is a CPA for Deloitte. We have two sons Nash, 2 years, and Rocco, 5 months.