Charlyn Ursell made a name for herself at Lipscomb as a volleyball player, but she also has a passion for snow skiing as well. Since she was a youngster she has wanted to live in Denver and that is where she has been for the past five weeks. She has a new job and a new home, but despite being extremely busy during this transition, she spent some time talking with Lipscombsports.com.
What sport did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
"I played volleyball at Lipscomb in 2010 and 201l. I was a transfer from Arkansas State.
"Brandon Rosenthal was my head coach and Samantha Sullivan was the assistant coach."
Why did you choose Lipscomb?
"I knew I wanted to be in a good city and on a good team. Lipscomb offered both of those.
"Brandon and his ridiculously fantastic recruiting abilities drew me to Lipscomb. He was very good at sales. He was a very easy person to talk to and he knew how to connect with me on a lot of different levels via a lot of my friends and family. He had a lot of different outlets that came to me and said, `hey, Brandon Rosenthal is interested in you and you need to call him now'."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"It didn't matter where we were, but if we got there early we would have time to joke around among ourselves. With the relationship between Brandon and the girls we could just have a shoe string and 30 minutes and we could be the most entertained group of people you have ever seen in your life.
"We were a family. There was no doubt about it."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"Brandon Rosenthal, hands down. There is no question about it.
"He has helped me in ways I can't even begin to describe. He knows me on such a deep level. He has helped me through some pretty rough times.
"He told me there wasn't any time to have pity for myself. I needed to do what needed to get done and move on from there. That is definitely the best advice I have ever gotten from him."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"Traveling to Europe in May 2010 with the Law, Justice and Society program. I was a marketing major. I used that trip as my international business course.
"We went to London, Paris, Brussels and Switzerland. It was a 12-day trip. It was exhausting. But the people I went with were fantastic kids. We still keep up with each other. We had limited sleep but we drew so close. I had such a good time with all of them."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"I learned to appreciate everybody's relationship in your life whether or not they are super close to you, your best friend, or somebody you barely talk to. Their role in your life will always have a special place whether you see it at the time or not, specifically teammates.
"Hands down we are close in volleyball. That probably comes from our appreciation of the different personalities of people and how they can help create one entire team instead of cliques. You realize you all have to work together to make something happen in the end.
"There is no one person that can make it happen. There are six girls out there at any given time and you never know who that six are going to be."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"Chuck Capps, my H.R. professor and Allison Duke, who taught several of my business classes.
"They both have so much personality. They were able to connect with their students. They kind of spoke the same language and could put things in our terms. We didn't feel like we were talking to professors who felt like they were above us because they had their Ph.Ds. We felt like they could connect to us and that helped us learn a lot more.
"They are both so interested in each and every one of us. It was not like we were just a number or a person on an attendance sheet. I just got a linked in message from Chuck Capps this week asking for an update from me and asking me how Beau was doing."
Where do you live now?
"I live in Lone Tree, a suburb of Denver."
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I am a general manager for an executive office leasing firm, Your Office-Denver, in downtown Denver. We lease the floors we own to mainly attorneys and people in oil and gas. I do sales and marketing showing people around who are interested in our office spaces and conference rooms. I also do some internet marketing.
"One of my best friend's mom lives In Houston. I connected with her and asked her if she knew anybody in the Denver area in the marketing business. She knew my current boss, Gary Hahnenkamp, from a long time ago. She passed along my resume with a glowing recommendation. Three interviews later I was in Denver.
"I had been wanting to get to Denver since I was like five years old. I knew if I had a good job opportunity I was going to jump on it immediately. Before club volleyball took over the lives of my entire family we used to come here skiing every winter. I fell in love with the mountains.
"I have been here five weeks. I am loving it. Rex Brothers gave me tickets to a Colorado Rockies game a couple of weeks ago."
Tell us about your family.
"My son, Beau, is about to be 15 months old."
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.