Nina Hausmann Massey left the Lipscomb women's basketball program as the third all-time scorer with 2,116 points and as the all-time rebounder with 1,262 boards. She was a perennial All-Conference and All-District selection and was also twice named an NAIA All-American. She was a three-time Conference Scholar-Athlete and was elected as Miss Lipscomb by the student body. She was named to the Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002. This past week she spent some time talking with Lipscombsports.com about her career and her memories of Lipscomb.
What years did you play basketball at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
"I played from 1988-92. Frank Bennett was the head coach. April Ezell was an assistant and she was great.”
Why did you decide to play basketball at Lipscomb?
“The Christian atmosphere. I am from Columbia, Tennessee (a Columbia Academy inaugural class Hall of Famer) so it was close to home.
“My older brother, Jim Hausmann, also went to Lipscomb.”
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"No question it has to be the `Battle of the Boulevard’ when we played Belmont at Vanderbilt in 1990. It was such an adrenalin rush.
“It was phenomenal. We won the game. People would usually come in the gym at the halftime of our games to get good seats to watch the guys play. But that gym (Memorial) was packed from the start of our game. It was a sellout.
“I still have my T-shirt.”
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"Definitely Coach Bennett. He was the same on the court as he was off of the court.
“I have wanted to write him a letter all of these years to tell him the impact he has had on my life. How do you put into words the example someone is day-in and day-out.
“He is very humble and compassionate. Humility was a big lesson I learned from him.
“What I learned through his coaching was life lessons through basketball. It was diligence. It was honesty. It was being true to yourself. It was giving everything you’ve got.
“Probably the only game I remember is the `Battle of the Boulevard’. All of the lessons I learned, not only from his teaching, but his example; are what I remember.
“We both go to Otter Creek to church. I still call him Coach Bennett. He just epitomizes what a coach should be as a mentor and a trainer.”
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"I loved my classes. There was an ongoing enjoyment if the fashion classes I took under Kathy Bates. She also goes to Otter Creek.
“It would also have to be the relationships rather than one specific memory. There was a closeness on the team.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"I learned from Coach Bennett that in all you do you should be compassionate and humble. You should believe in yourself and dig deep and give the benefit of the doubt to others.”
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"It would have to be Kathy Bates. I was a fashion merchandising major. She could relate to the students so well on such a friend level, but you also respected her as an instructor.
“She was always smiling. She was always willing to give us the time we needed with her. She was very calm. She was just a pleasure to be around.”
Where do you live now?
"We live in Brentwood, Tennessee.”
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I work for VF Imagewear, Inc. I am a senior merchandise manager. I work in design and merchandising. We are based in Nashville.
“We design and develop uniforms here. I have been here since January of 2002.”
Tell us about your family.
"I have been married to Troy Massey for 22 years. He also went to Lipscomb.
“Our daughter, Kaela, is 18. She will be playing volleyball at ETSU this year.
“Our son, Cole, is 16. He just finished his freshman year at Brentwood High School.”
My email address is email@example.com.