It isn't a question of what Matt Shanklin does, but more a matter of how does he do it all? He works in a law firm where he works in preparing information for real estate closings. He also is an assistant soccer coach for the varsity boys and girls teams at Lipscomb Academy as well as the boy's junior varsity. He gives private soccer lessons. And even though he already had enough on his plate he is also back at Lipscomb working on his Master's degree in the Institute for Sustainable Practice. Matt did find a few minutes to talk with Lipscombsports.com this week.
What years did you play at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
"I played soccer at Lipscomb from 2008 through 2012. Charles Morrow was the head coach. Kevin Burk was the assistant coach."
Why did you decide to attend Lipscomb?
"Lipscomb was faith-based school and that was the first reason. The fact it was in Nashville was No. 2. And third it was an NCAA Division I athletics program."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"A goal I scored on Senior Night in a 1-1 tie with Stetson on Oct. 19, 2012. My whole family, including my grandparents, got to see me score.
"It was my only goal of the season. It was awesome it happened on Senior Night."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"My teammates. I don't know if I can pinpoint a specific teammate though.
"They challenged me in my faith, challenged me academically and helped make me who I am as a person.
"They did it by being good friends and through conversations we had on things like that."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"Time spent off of the field with friends.
"For three spring breaks I went on mission trips to Saba, (a Dutch Caribbean island). It was very awesome."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"Biblical Christian values that I live by each day.
"It was great to be in an environment that promotes that and makes you think about that. It all kind of helped shape who I am.
"I had gone to church my whole life. But it was good to go to a Biblical school. It was something I needed in my life."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"Dr. Steve Prewitt. I liked his ability to be personable and to see the best in people. He made things exciting in class. He was a nice guy and pretty funny to have as a professor.
"I also really liked Dr. Dana Carpenter and Dr. Matt Hearn.
"Dr. Hearn also makes things exciting in class that might not usually be. He really seemed to know what he was talking about too.
"I had Dana Carpenter for creative writing and a couple of other classes. They were all creative-type classes. She was inspiring. She forced me to think creatively and to think through things in unique and different ways."
Where do you live now?
"I live in Nashville, Tennessee."
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I am a post-closing specialist at Vanderpool, Pearman, and Drumwright- Attorneys at Law.
"I was giving a private soccer lesson to two children. Their father asked me if I had a professional job. It was Jim Vanderpool, one of the partners. He told me they were hiring and I started there the next week. I have been there about a year-and-a-half.
"We put everything together that is needed for the closing when someone buys a home. We organize everything and have it ready to go on signing day."
"You were an English major at Lipscomb. Why are you involved with coaching?
"I started giving private soccer lessons when I graduated from college because I needed income.
"Kevin Burk sent out an email asking if anyone was interested in coaching at Franklin Christian Academy. I decided to coach there.
"Then I started using Lipscomb's practice field for lessons. Nathan Proffitt, Lipscomb Academy's soccer coach, saw me and asked me if I would like to coach with him.
"I like to coach because I love the game. But I also like being an influence on the lives of younger players in a positive way."
Tell us about your family.
"I am single."
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.