Beth Bradley started out as a volleyball player at Lipscomb University in 1999 and then spent three seasons as a member of the Lady Bisons basketball team. Bradley, from Durham, Calif., is back on the basketball court this season as an assistant coach with the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. A public relations major at Lipscomb, Bradley has also been an assistant at the University of Denver, Old Dominion and the University of San Diego. She took time out from her busy schedule to answer some questions for Lipscombsports.com.
The picture is of Bradley and her niece Lola (named after my great aunt Lola Mae who attended Lipscomb University from 1930-32).
What sport did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
“I played volleyball from 1999-2000 for Jeff Spivey. I played basketball from 2000-2004 for Frank Bennett.”
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
“Winning the Atlantic Sun Championship in 2004 and going to the dance (NCAA Tournament)!”
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
“My coaches had an impressive influence on me during my career, but I must say, the person who had the most profound influence on my life is my former teammate and friend Amelia Stark.
“She impacted my life in a way that I could have never predicted and I am a better person because of her. Not only was she an incredibly talented athlete, but she taught me the importance and impact of selfless acts. Her energy and love for life transcended the walls of McQuiddy! She is one of my dearest friends.”
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
“Well, I had a lot of fun performing in Sing-a-rama with my social club buddies.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
“The vital importance of being open and accepting of people that are different and seeing the immeasurable value in cultures, religions, politics, and varying perspectives of the world… and the beauty found in exploring and discovering the unique nature of those around us.”
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
“Dr. Jim Thomas was always able to create a space in which learning was a natural outcome. I remember discussing current events, and Jim was able to put them in a perspective that covered a multitude of applications. He became one of my first mentors and fortunately we have stayed in touch over the years.”
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
“I work in the athletic department at the College of William and Mary as an Assistant Women's Basketball Coach. In our program I coach the guards, manage our strength program, am heavily involved in recruiting, and am the team's academic adviser, liaison to the marketing department, chair of our LAB mentoring program to prepare our upperclassmen for L.ife A.fter B.asketball, champion community outreach, and co-direct summer basketball camps.”
Beth’s e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org