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Wednesday, September 08, 2010Alex Scruggs chose Lipscomb over the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga in her hometown because she wanted to be part of a volleyball program that was on the move. She was a key figure in helping the program grow, capping her senior season with the Lady Bisons winning their first ever Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship and making their first NCAA Tournament appearance in Dayton, Ohio. Alex doesn’t miss many home matches of the Lady Bisons. She took some time to talk with Lipscombsports.com about what her time at Lipscomb.
What sport(s) did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
“I played volleyball from 2004-2008. I was the first recruit for coach Brandon Rosenthal. I loved the family aspect of it. I loved it was a program that was up and coming. I wanted to help take it to the next level.”
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
“Our winning our first A-Sun championship and playing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time are the top memories. There were five of us who were honored on `Senior Night’ and the program meant a lot to us. The two weeks after that were a blur. We beat Belmont for the first time, won the Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship for the first time and then played in the NCAA Tournament for the first time. It was pretty exciting.”
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
“The most influential person for me was Ann Mullins, our libero. She was that teammate that pushed you so hard to do the extra stuff. But she was also the first person to pick you up if you needed it.
“She made you want to play your hardest. Everyone needs to have an Ann Mullins on their team. She was a great teammate and she is a great friend. She got us motivated for the three years she was with us.”
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
“I enjoyed spending time with people, both athletes and non-athletes, in the student center. I’m still friends with a lot of people I met here in college. We would go to the student center to eat, to talk between classes and to visit after chapel. For those of us who were athletes it was a time for us to let loose.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
“Brandon always used to tell us to be early in order to be on time. I still have that little voice inside of my head reminding me of that.
“He also taught us to not make excuses for not doing something if we were able to do it.”
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"Dr. Candace McQueen in the education department was one of my favorites. She knows so much information, and she could put that information across to students on all levels. She was a hard teacher, but she brought out the best in us. Her class was fun because it was a joy to learn how to teach from her.
“Dave Morgan in Marriage and the Christian Home was also a favorite. I loved his class because it taught you about life and showed you how our everyday life interacts with the Bible.”
Where do you live now?
“Nashville. I’ve lived here since graduating.”
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
“I was teaching pre-K at A-Z School in Bellevue, but the flood in May ruined the school building. I have taken a job at the Bethlehem Center. I work in child care and the after school program. I work primarily with preschool students during the day.”
Tell us about your family.
“I am single.”