Betsy Steele Hirschy’s volleyball career was cut short at Lipscomb due to an injury but her love for the program continues. When the Lipscomb volleyball team won the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament this season she was in the crowd at Allen Arena along with several other former players. Hirschy spent some time this week talking with Lipscombsports.com.
What years did you play volleyball at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
“I played in 2005 and 2006. I was a setter. I stopped playing in the spring of 2007 because I had a back injury – a couple of herniated disks.
“My coach was Brandon Rosenthal. Jenna Panatier was there my second year as an assistant.”
Why did you decide to attend Lipscomb?
“I am from Orlando, Florida. Brandon just sold it so well. He is a quality person. He explained the school well and the program itself. He talked about the confidence he had in the program. It was my desire to play volleyball in college and I liked what the program represented at Lipscomb.
“I think Nashville drew me in too. It was a cool city.”
What is your fondest athletic memory during your time at Lipscomb?
“I would have to say it was my very first home game which was against the University of Tennessee. I remember thinking how cool it was to be playing such a great program. My family was there. We played pretty well against them but we didn’t win. I always look back fondly at that match.
“Brandon scheduled such great competition for us. He set the bar high for the program.”
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
“Definitely Brandon. He set a standard for caring about us as athletes, but not just how we played. He also cared about who we were as people. He put an emphasis on character. He wanted us to be the best we could be. That was really cool.”
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
“I would say my friendship with the girls. It has been a lasting one. Coming back and visiting during the Atlantic Sun Finals was a chance to renew those friendships that we made.
“I think it is just how Brandon sets the tone of Lipscomb being a family. He recruits girls who click well together. The chemistry is good.
“My major was dietetics with an emphasis in nutrition. Lipscomb’s program was awesome. I loved it.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned during your time at Lipscomb?
“I gained so many relationships I still have today. I learned the importance of making deep relationships.”
“I learned to care about who people are and their character.”
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
“I had a focus on nutrition in dietetics. I loved Dr. Autumn Marshall and Dr. Nancy Hunt. They were my major professors.
“They were amazing people. I loved the aspect of Lipscomb that everybody invited you into their lives. They were great professors and they were like family.”
Where do you live now?
“I live in Orlando, Florida.”
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
“I am a registered dietitian and nutritionist. I have stayed at home with my boys for the past two years. I volunteer with a dietetic practice group. I am keeping my certification up by working with girls with eating disorders and weight management. Those are my two areas of focus in nutrition.”
Tell us about your family.
“My husband’s name is Sage. We went to high school together in Orlando. He went to Auburn to college. We got married during my last semester at Lipscomb.
“We have two sons –Cole who is three-and-a-half and a one-year-old named Brooks.”
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.