Carter Sanderson was an athlete at Lipscomb University and now he plans to make a career covering sports and interviewing athletes. He has just completed an internship with Fox Sports Southwest and is hopeful he will soon have a full-time job in sports television. Sanderson spent some time this week talking with Lipscombsports.com.
What years did you play basketball at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
"I played from 2010-2014. My first two years Scott Sanderson, my Dad, was head coach and the assistants were Jay Walton, Pete Froedden and Shaun Senters. My third year Coach Jay left for another job and Ryan Cahak joined the staff as an assistant. My fourth year the whole staff changed with Casey Alexander as head coach and assistants Roger Idstrom, Dwight Evans, Adam Jones and Steve Drabyn. I had a wide selection of coaches."
Why did you decide to attend Lipscomb?
"My father was a big influence. We talked about it for a long time. I was going to go to Samford for the longest time ever. I was going to get away from home and grow up a little bit, but when they found out I was having back surgery I ended up not being able to go there.
"Every kid wants to play for his Dad growing up. It usually happens when they are young. Because of my Dad's job I never got to play for him in a peewee league. When I got older we played some on the same nights so he didn't get to see many of my games.
"It was a great opportunity to play for him at Lipscomb. We had several talks about what our relationship would be. I thought we did a very good job of dealing with the coach-son relationship.
"I really enjoyed the Lipscomb community as well. I went to middle school at Lipscomb and I went to Lipscomb Academy. I wasn't quite ready to leave the Lipscomb community."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"Playing Belmont twice a year. The running of the Bison the night before and the buzz on campus the day of the games was great. The Belmont games had the best atmosphere of any of the games we played.
"My career high (21 points) was against Belmont my senior year (11/8/13). Growing up and watching that rivalry and then playing in it for four years was great."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"My Dad, obviously. The core values he instilled at our house were the same core values he instilled in his teams.
"Also the assistant coaches I played for had an influence. Coach Jay changed my diapers when I was baby. He had been an assistant for my Dad in Mobile, Alabama. He was a great family friend and very helpful.
"Coach Shaun always looked out for me and helped me out with everything.
"Coach Cahak is the one who sat me down and presented the whole Syracuse deal and what the master’s was there. He is the one who called Jim Boeheim for me. I am thankful for that.”
What are your favorite non-athletic memories from your time at Lipscomb?
"Lipscomb has that community feel. The leadership qualities, the service qualities and doing the right thing were all instilled in me while I was at Lipscomb.
"As far as basketball was concerned it was great, but the teachers and chapel and the Christian attitude and Christian examples that everyone held you to at Lipscomb were all definitely big for me.
"I remember my freshman year we went to the Dominican Republic to play five basketball games, but the trip was about things in life that were greater than basketball.
"We really went there to serve and to visit with children who were less fortunate than we were. It was a great example of how blessed and fortunate we are.
"We went to the Sugarcane Village. We left in boxers. We took off our shirts, socks and shoes and left everything to the kids in the orphanage. It really teaches you life lessons."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"To always be humble and do your best. I think that is what every teacher talked about. Lipscomb was a different world and a different community. Your first job is not going to be in the Lipscomb community.
"You can’t fault anybody for doing their best. You should be grateful for everything. Everything you get comes from the good Lord.
"My Dad had a sign in his locker room and Coach Casey kept it up when he first came in. The sign said "Do the next right thing".
"That is what I have been doing here in Dallas. I do the next right thing no matter how hard it is. It will pay dividends when it is all said and done."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"My undergraduate major was Journalism-New Media with a concentration on sports and entertainment. Mr. Alan Griggs was the best as far as being an influence. He showed me tough love. He is very knowledgeable and a lot of the things he taught carry over into what happens in the real world.
"I can remember being in his office and I would be absolutely frustrated with him and with his classes and things he would say. But it has really helped me in the real world.
"Dr. Mark McGee, Dr. Jimmy McCollum and the communications department as a whole were phenomenal. I remember my first day at Syracuse one of the teachers handed us a piece of paper and we had to answer the questions on it. I filled out the paper and felt great about it when I turned it in.
"The next day the teacher comes into the class with this huge basket of prizes and goodies and they gave it to me because I answered the most questions about journalism and communications on that paper. That is a credit to the Lipscomb communications department. I apparently knew the answers to the most questions about journalism and communications. I was ahead of the game in the master’s program.
"Lipscomb did a fantastic job in helping me learn and helping me grow. A lot of the skills I had to do every day on the job were actually the things I learned at Lipscomb. The communication department at Lipscomb is top-notch."
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I just finished an internship with Fox Sports Southwest in Dallas this summer and have been working for them in whatever they needed me to do since then. I am waiting to hear about a possible full-time position. You have to pay your dues and climb the ladder. It has been a great experience.
"We cover the Cowboys, the Mavericks, the Stars and the Texas Rangers. We cover high school sports and the Big 12.
"I was interviewing coaches and players. I was on the field at Rangers games. I helped with the pregame and postgame shows. I was always there to help out."
After graduating from Lipscomb you attended Syracuse University and earned a master's degree while playing your final year of basketball. What was that experience like on and off of the court?
“My master’s is in television, film and radio. It was pretty much a master’s degree in sports broadcasting.
"I redshirted as a freshman at Lipscomb. I was able to play my final year at Syracuse and get my masters. I was playing ACC basketball. We played Duke home and away and they won the NCAA National Championship that year. I got to play for a Hall of Fame coach in Jim Boeheim. It was just a very cool experience for me."
Tell us about your family.
"I am single. I am dating Natalie Scarbrough who played women's basketball at Lipscomb. She is in pharmacy school. We have been dating for over a year."
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.