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Where are they now? with Scott Mason

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?

“I played soccer from 2002-2006. I played for three coaches: Jon Goad, Jim Maddux and Charles Morrow. “

What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?

“Probably 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.

“It was something else. It was nice and cool and raining. I don’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 didn’t expect to get a fourth one.”

Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?

“Kevin Burk, assistant soccer coach, pushed me the most both physically and mentall. He helped a lot in making me a better player.”

What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?

“Being able to hang out with all of the soccer players. I came here from California and didn’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.

“We played a lot of soccer. There was a garage down on Hillsboro Road where we would go and play. Ron Walker’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.”

What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?

“The 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 couldn’t stay in the dorm. That helped a lot during that time.”

Who was your favorite professor? Why?

“Dr. Alan Bradshaw was a physics teacher. I was in his class my sophomore year. Before going into the class I didn’t care much about science, but everyday I learned something new.

“He 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.”

Where do you live now?

“Nashville, Tenn.”

Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?

“I 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 I’m looking at my options.”

“I’m working soccer camps both here at Lipscomb and on my own with Kevin Burk.”

Tell us about your family.

“I have been married to my wife, Julie, for three years.”