Stefine "Jake" Pease House made the move from Berryton, Kansas to Lipscomb to play volleyball and finished her career as a setter with a wall full of honors including Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year (2007), A-Sun Player of the Year (2010) and A-Sun Tournament Most Valuable Player (2009, 2007). She worked as a graduate assistant for Coach Brandon Rosenthal and now directs the volleyball program at Lipscomb Academy while also teaching geometry. She spent some time this week talking with Lipscombsports.com.
What years did you play volleyball at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
"I played from 2007-2010.
"Brandon Rosenthal was the head coach. Jenna Panatier was an assistant my first year. Ann Mullins and Samantha Sullivan were assistant coaches the rest of my time."
Why did you choose to leave Kansas and attend Lipscomb?
"The small classes and the Christian-based learning on the academic side. On the athletic side the arena was a great draw.
"I knew nothing about the school. Brandon first saw me at a tournament in Omaha. I had not heard of Lipscomb until he talked with me. He talked about being a part of a smaller campus, but he always talked about being a part of a family where people look out for you."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"I would say it would be the 2007 Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship game when we won against Jacksonville in Macon, Georgia and got to go to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in Dayton, Ohio. That is a pretty good one.
"I can remember everybody being shell-shocked. We didn't really know what to do next because we weren't expected to win the conference tournament. I think that is probably why it was the best one because when you are not expected to do something and it happens I think it sticks in your mind more. It was a shock, but it was an exciting moment.
"That was our first volleyball trip to the NCAA Tournament. Getting to experience that with everybody else for the first time was kind of cool."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"Brandon brought in three of us (Alex Kelly, Meghan Hinemeyer and Pease) who had played together in club volleyball. I think he trusted us and allowed us to play how we had been most successful.
"Brandon is so good at allowing his players to buy into something. It is all about the program and you do the little things right.
"Playing-wise he trusted us so much and that helped me more than anybody to play like I felt comfortable in playing. But he also pushed me where I always had to get better at my game.
"We talked a little bit every now and then, but he let us kind of play. He would see things we hadn't seen on the court that he noticed. He talked to us about things during matches but we did a lot of preparation before a match. He didn't have to worry if we were following the scouting report or if we were going to be prepared."
What about your time at Lipscomb stands out the most other than your time in athletics?
"We dressed up for Halloween one time and I went to my first haunted house. Brandon made me go. I don't know what he did that. I guess because I was the only one who was scared to go through it.
"We were at Florida Gulf Coast and we went on manatee tour on a pontoon boat. Manatees live in the canals. We weren't guaranteed to see them but they came up to the surface a lot and we were able to see them.
"We also went go-karting and played putt-putt. I think those memories last longer than the athletic memories because you are doing things together with some of your best friends."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"Doing the little things right always. We would get in trouble sometimes for not picking up a little piece of trash on the locker room floor. At the time we thought the coaches were being annoying, being too strict or just looking for reasons for them to be mad at you.
"I think in life it is the biggest lesson that if you pay attention to the little details the big picture is clearer."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"I have a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising and a masters in math education.
Kathy Bates and Cindy Quinn were both every helpful. I was one of the first athletes who went through the fashion merchandising program. I think they were concerned I wasn't going to do the work or I was going to miss too many classes. We had construction classes where we had to construct garments.
"My worst subject was English. But I really enjoyed Deb Holloway, a freshman English teacher.
"I remember her being available after class and after hours to help me. She would critique my papers. She was one of the English teachers who made it fun. I felt more comfortable and confident working with her."
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"Lipscomb Academy. I have been coaching volleyball there. I am in my third season.
"I also teach Honors geometry and geometry,"
Tell us about your family.
"I am married to Eric House. We met through mutual friends. He played baseball at Trevecca."
My email address is email@example.com.