NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb volleyball graduate assistant coach Stefine “Jake” Pease will be moving on with her career after she graduates with her Master’s Degree in math education in May 2013.
Pease has been part of the Lipscomb volleyball program for six seasons, four as a player (2007-10) and two as a coach (2011-12).
“It’s gone by so fast, but I’ve learned so much,” Pease said. “I would say that my life lessons are the biggest thing that I’ve taken out of my whole experience here.”
Pease will enter her teaching phase starting in January.
“I’m going to be teaching one middle school math class and one high school math class,” Pease said.
Pease graduated in 2010 in fashion merchandising and interior design.
“I want to coach at the high school level and I love math and teaching,” Pease said. “I figured that would be an easy route to do both.”
Pease was announced as a graduate assistant coach in August 2011 after her outstanding four-year career as a Lady Bison.
“It’s hard to think about all these posters and even the brand of LUV without thinking of Jake Pease,” Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said.
Pease was a setter in her playing career and helped coach Caitlin Dotson, who led the Atlantic Sun Conference in assists per set with 11.67 this season, the third highest in school history, and ranked ninth in the NCAA.
“I can’t thank her enough for all that she’s brought to this program day-in-and-day-out because I’m not too sure if we would be in this exact same spot without her,” Rosenthal said. “She will be missed dearly.”
Kaycee Green played two seasons with Pease and was coached by her the last two seasons.
“She was a big influence on my volleyball career,” Green said. “She was a big part of helping me through my freshman and sophomore years. I’ve always seen her as that role model on how to play and how to act.
“She would tell me, ‘give it all you’ve got because you only have a certain amount of time.’ She always told me to give it 100 percent, no matter what it is.”
As a player, Pease was been a part of three A-Sun Championships and is one of seven A-Sun players to be named a three-time First Team All-Conference selection.
Pease was named A-Sun Player of the Year in 2010 and was named a two-time honorable mention All-America by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. She was also named AVCA South Region Freshman of the Year in 2007, which consists of the Southeastern Conference, Sun Belt Conference, Southern Conference and the Atlantic Sun.
Pease has 5,159 career assists, which is the most in school history and is third in A-Sun history.
“Her record speaks for itself,” Rosenthal said. “I think it’s safe to say that Jake Pease is one of the best athletes ever to come through Lipscomb University in the NCAA era.”
The Berryton, Kan., native was named on the All-Tournament Team in 2007, 2008, 2009 and won the MVP in 2007.
Pease was co-head coach for the Nashville One 14U team, where she led the club to the 2011 Nationals and a fifth-place finish in the event held in Atlanta. In 2009, Pease was a head coach and led the Head Impact 15U team to the nationals along with a 2008 nationals appearance with the Impact 14U squad as an assistant coach.
Pease has also worked extensively in the Nashville area teaching local youth setters in private lessons as well as helping with the Lipscomb camps every summer.