Valerie Bronson didn't venture too far from Nashville with her career. She works in Franklin and still keeps up with former teammates and the Lipscomb Lady Bisons basketball program. Like many fans she has plans to be in Allen Arena when the Tennessee Lady Vols visit this season. She spent some time this week talking with lipscombsports.com.
What years did you play basketball at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
"I played from 2007 to 2011. Frank Bennett was the head coach. My assistant coaches were Billy Snell and Katie Beth Allen. Lynsie Blau was an assistant my junior year and Krystle Horton was an assistant my senior year."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"I would say just being with the girls on the team. I wouldn't say these are fond memories but I remember all of the conditioning, the gut weeks, the bus rides and the airport layovers.
"I also would say beating Belmont in the first round of the Atlantic Sun Tournament at Allen Arena my freshman year was pretty awesome.
"I had a pretty big and-one in the game. I made a basket and got fouled. I got pretty hyped."
Why did you choose to attend Lipscomb?
"Growing up I had always attended Lipscomb's basketball camps. I just really fell in love with the school and the campus.
"The coaches were always awesome. They were always talking with me and helping me develop my game. I really learned fundamentals at the camps.
"Coach Bennett would hand out packets at the end of camp that had a bunch of drills in it. My Dad, Greg, would take those and we would go to a gym and work on all of the techniques and fundamentals of basketball like ball handling."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"The first name that comes to mind is our athletic trainer, Will Ness. I spent a lot of time with him. We kind of bonded. He is a good guy.
"I didn't get hurt a lot, but I would have minor injuries. I think he took the time to build up my core and build up my strength. I appreciated him taking that time. He was invested in our basketball team as a whole. He connected with all of the girls on a different level. He tried to make us all better"
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"I loved going to Sanctuary. I had never experienced anything like that until I came to college. I loved the worship.
"Everyone was just so free in Sanctuary. It was a freeing experience. You were there with God. No one was really looking at you and you weren't looking at any one else. You were just concentrating on yourself and trying to better yourself."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"I learned to respect people for who they are. Some people are different than you. Some people are the same. You have to respect them for how they are different from you and how they are like you.
"I think it is about going from a public school to a private school. I had never experienced chapel and Bible classes every day.
"It isn't that I wasn't spiritual before coming to Lipscomb, but Lipscomb helped me really develop my relationship with the Lord.
"It helped me to develop boundaries with people. I was living a Christian lifestyle before but Lipscomb helped with that... I am sure everyone grows up at college and that is what I did."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"Dr. Allison Duke. I majored in marketing. I enjoyed her classes. They were always interactive. She was very good at making people participate.
"Her classes were always something new and always entertaining. I am a visual person and she was very good at intertwining the visual with learning. She was good at doing something different that related to a business class.
"I don't think she ever has a bad day. I looked forward to her classes every day."
Where do you live now?
"I live in Franklin, Tennessee."
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I work for KYZEN. I have been here for three years. We manufacture and sell cleaning chemistries. We clean the inside of computers, phones, water meters and other electronic devices. We clean the components to help them run properly.
"I work in marketing. My main job is to coordinate the logistics for trade shows."
Tell us about your family.
"I am single."
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