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Where Are They Now? Volleyball's Emily Shelton Medlock
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Where Are They Now? Volleyball's Emily Shelton Medlock

Dr. Emily (Shelton) Medlock didn’t come from Terre Haute, Indiana to Lipscomb to play volleyball because her freshman year there wasn’t a team. But in 1993 it was announced Lipscomb would be competing for the first time in collegiate volleyball the next season and she knew she had to try out. She played for the Lady Bisons for three years. As an added bonus she played on the same team with her sister, Angela, for two seasons. She has stayed close to the campus earning her B.S., M. Ed and Ed.D at Lipscomb where she serves as an assistant professor of education. She spent the Maymester teaching classes but found some time to talk with

What years did you play volleyball at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?

"I was here from 1992-96. Jeff Spivey was the head coach. Scott Jones was an assistant coach.

"I was completing my freshman year and they were holding volleyball tryouts. I played outside hitter and middle hitter in high school.

"I played sports all through high school. I loved volleyball and basketball. Sports had been such a big part of my life that I decided to try out."

Why did you decide to attend Lipscomb?

"I am from Terre Haute, Indiana. I grew up in a Christian home with very supportive parents.

"Thinking about going to college I came to the realization I wanted to go to a Christian university. I was also interested in Harding, but Lipscomb was closer to home.

"It was a beautiful campus. I also had family in Tennessee."

What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?

"There are several great memories. But probably my fondest one is being a member of that first volleyball team. It was exciting to be part of a new program and helping to start the program.

"We definitely struggled our first year. We didn't have a winning record, but we put in a great amount of work. We had early morning practices. We practiced in McQuiddy. We practiced in the SAC.

"Another thing that was great was getting to play volleyball with my younger sister, Angela. I was an outside hitter and a middle hitter. She was a setter. We played for two years together in high school. It was neat to be able to play with her on the collegiate level."

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

"Definitely Jeff Spivey had the biggest influence. It was his hard work and dedication in building the program that impressed me.

"But the thing about Coach was that he cared about every player as an individual from a personal standpoint as well as spiritually, academically and athletically. He was definitely a positive influence for me not just in volleyball but in all aspects of being a student athlete.

"Coach would have the players over to his house and cook dinner for us. That is one of my fondest memories as well. We had road trips to build team comradery. He put a lot of work into the program.

"We would eat a sack lunch from the cafeteria as one of our meals when we were on the road so we could save our money to eat at a nicer restaurant."

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

"I was involved on campus. I was a member of the Pi Delta social club. I made a lot of great friendships in Pi Delta, through volleyball and outside of volleyball, but most of my memories revolve around athletics."

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

"I was impressed with the professors in the College of Education, but I was also impressed with the other professors and their examples in the classroom. I think the way they built relationships with their students was modeled at Lipscomb.

"That is something I took into the classroom as a middle school teacher. I wanted to build relationships with my students. I think that is an important part of any classroom - building positive student-teacher relationships."

Who was your favorite professor? Why?

"I had a lot of wonderful professors. I was an education major and one of my favorite professors was Dr. Marcia Stewart. It was obvious in her classroom how much she loved children. She wanted to share her passion for teaching with us.

"I have a wonderful opportunity right now to work with Dr. Stewart. She has been a great mentor and friend. We co-teach a class together which has been great."

Where do you live now?

"I live in Nolensville, Tennessee."

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

"Lipscomb University. I have been here three years. I am an assistant professor in the College of Education.

"When I graduated I was teaching eighth grade math, algebra one and I was also coaching. I coached middle school girls' volleyball, high school basketball and track.  I loved every minute of that.

"I finished my Master's program at Lipscomb. Then they started the doctorate program. I thought I would want to go into administration.

"But there was an opportunity to come back into the education program at Lipscomb as a teacher. I really thought a lot about how great the program is. Working with student-teachers I knew Lipscomb had a great program. I wanted to be a part of that. That is why I came back."

Tell us about your family.

"My husband, Mike, is a senior analyst at Schneider Electric. We have one son, Max (10), and a daughter Maeleigh, who is three."

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