It may be summer, but Michael Voss has his mind in basketball as he prepares to take over as the head boy’s basketball coach at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Voss worked as a student assistant basketball coach and also played soccer at Lipscomb University. He spent some time this week talking with Lipscombsports.com.
What sports were you involved with at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
"I was a Student Assistant Coach from 1996-99 for the Men's Basketball team under Coach Don Meyer. Then I played soccer when the program was reinstated in 1999 under Coach Jon Goad."
Soccer and basketball make an unusual combination. How did that happen?
"I always loved playing soccer and when I was a junior in high school we got a soccer team so I started playing again. Then when the program got reinstated my senior year in college I just wanted to try out and play cause I had played on a rec team with some of those guys the previous spring and out of everything I did I loved playing soccer more than the other sports.
"But from a coaching standpoint I've always loved basketball more than anything. It was also the sport I was the worst at from a player standpoint."
Why did you choose to attend Lipscomb?
"I chose Lipscomb for a few reasons. The first one was that it was close to home (Columbia, Tennessee). I spent a year at Columbia State before I came to Lipscomb because I really didn't know what I wanted to do after high school.
"I came to a basketball game one afternoon with some friends and really liked the atmosphere and thought I wanted to be a part of this. I also really liked the fact that it wasn't too big. I graduated from Columbia Academy with a class of 50 and the campus and class sizes felt right to me.
"But the biggest reason was that I had a few friends from high school already up here and I was coming up on a regular basis already so I just decided after a year of junior college it was where I wanted to go."
What is your favorite athletic memory during your time at Lipscomb?
"My favorite athletic memory as a player was our last soccer game at Birmingham Southern. We got beat in a shootout but it was the best game we played all year. I didn't play in the game because I was the backup goalie, but I was just really proud of how we played. I hated losing. It was really cold, but just being a part of that team and being around those guys was one of my best experiences at Lipscomb.
"My favorite memory of the basketball team isn't so much in the games as it was the practices, team meetings and being around a great group of guys. It was always fun to hear Chuck Ross come in and give his pregame speech, read the scout report off the board, and get the guys going with his `beat`em and beat`em' bad speech."
Who had the biggest influence your athletic career at Lipscomb?
"By far the biggest influence on most of us at the time was Coach Meyer. He didn't just teach you about basketball, he taught you about life and how to do things the right way. I really wish I would have appreciated it more while I was there, but it was something that I didn't really get until I graduated.
"The assistant coaches at the time, Jason Shelton and John Hudy, were also huge influences on us as well. We could always go to them with questions or just to ask their advice about different things we might have had going on in our lives. The other person in the program that was always just there for us was Mrs. Barb. She loved everyone in the program like we were her own sons and was one of the cornerstones for the program for a long time."
What is your favorite non-athletic memory of being at Lipscomb?
"My favorite non-athletic memory at Lipscomb was the year we went with the basketball team to Hawaii. We had some down time out there so the other SACs that were there at the time (John Hemingway, Seth Cromer, JT Henderson, Chad Tipps, Tim Cornwell) got to go hike up Diamond Head Crater. We also went to visit the Pearl Harbor Memorial, and went snorkeling in one of the state parks there. It was just a fun trip that not a lot of guys get to go on when they are in school."
What lessons did you learn during your time at Lipscomb that still guide you today?
"Always do your best and do the right thing. If you do that you can sleep well at night knowing you've gotten the most out of yourself and that you've done it the right way. It also helps in your relationships with people because at the end of the day they know that what you’re doing you are at least trying to do it the right way and it'll get your best effort.
"Always do your best and do the right thing. If you do that you can sleep well at night knowing you've gotten the most out of yourself and that you've done it the right way. It also helps in your relationships with people because at the end of the day they know that what you’re doing and that you are at least trying to do it the right way and it'll get your best effort."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"Dr. Lynn Griffith. He taught the sports administration class and a couple of others in my department.
"I think the biggest reason why I liked him so much was because he would shoot straight with you and applied a lot of real world examples to the material. It also just happened to be what I was most interested in at the time so it helped to make the classes really enjoyable for me.
"My major was exercise science at Lipscomb. After I finished at Lipscomb I went to MTSU and got my teaching license in physical education."
Where do you live?
"I live in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. I've been here since I graduated from Lipscomb in May of 2000."
Tell us about your family.
"I've been married to my wife, April, for seven years. She manages Simply Southern Marketplace on the square in Murfreesboro. We have two daughters. Gabie is 6 and Reese is 5."
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.