Brent McGee was a four-year starter in goal for the Lipscomb soccer team. He works with goalkeepers on several levels and has also developed a special app to teach anyone how to play the position. Brent had the unique experience of playing on the Lipscomb soccer team with his brothers Evan and Shea. Brent spent some time this week talking with Lipscombsports.com.
What years did you play at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
“I played soccer from 2008 to 2011. I was a goalkeeper.
“Charles Morrow was the head coach. Kevin Burk was the assistant.”
Why did you decide to attend Lipscomb?
“It was an NCAA Division I program that was off to a good start. It was going to be competitive. It was a Christian school.
“I grew up in church so I heard about Lipscomb my whole life, but I really didn’t know a whole lot about it.
“It just worked out. I had another offer on the table. I emailed Charles to come out and watch us in a showcase in Raleigh, North Carolina. He and Kevin came to the game. We saw Kevin, but he couldn’t talk to us because it would have been an NCAA violation.
“But it worked out perfectly. The other offer got pulled off the table. I made the right choice. It panned out pretty well for me.”
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
“I had the game of my life against ETSU in the semifinals of the ASUN Tournament my junior year.
“I won the goalkeeper of the tournament. We ended up losing 1-0 with around (seven seconds) left (in the second overtime). But it could have been 6-0 (Brent made eight saves). God was on my side that day.”
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
“I would say Kevin Burk did. I connected with him well. He did a good job of motivating me to want to get better and play my best.
“He would get on me when he needed to and, obviously, when I was doing well he would let me know.
“He wanted all of us to get better. He would be very serious on the field. He wanted us to be working hard, but he knew when to have fun as well. At the end of practice he would laugh about how hard we were working.”
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
“It would have to be the people I met and the friends I have from outside of soccer from the school. Now that I am in Denver I keep in touch with people.
“My brothers are still in Nashville. We all think Nashville is a cool place. I see them when I get to town. It feels like home when I get back.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
“After being done playing, and they tell you this while you are in school, but it is about appreciating being part of a team. In college you are part of a group that is your age.
“When you leave and go to work, instead of just playing a sport, you miss being a part of a team environment and connecting with guys on a different type of level.
“I train goalkeepers and teams and I have tried to reiterate that point to them as well. You don’t really realize what it is to be a part of a team until it is gone. A team environment is important.”
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
“I majored in business management. My favorite professor was Joe Ivey.
“He was really personable as a teacher. I liked the way he talked to us as students.
“I thought the things we did in class were a little different. We went out to businesses and talked with people about how they got things started and how they got their business going. It was more realistic.”
Where do you live now?
“I live in Denver, Colorado.”
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
“I am a goalkeeper coach with Real Colorado. It has really progressed. When I first got here I was working with the nine, 10 and 11 year olds. It was a part-time gig as a head coach.
“There was another club in Arvada known as Real Colorado Edge. I have a full-time position as the goaltender director with them. I train all of the goaltenders in the club which is 10 year olds through seniors in high school.
“I work with them to fine-tune their skills. It is a sweet gig. I couldn’t ask for anything better at such a young age.
“I also coach the goaltenders for the women’s soccer team at the Colorado School of Mines. I have been the goalkeeper coach for the women's team at Mines for three seasons.
“I also coach with a goalkeeper academy. Core Academy is run by the Colorado Rapid's goalkeeper trainer Chris Sharpe.”
“I have developed an app called “Keeper Teacher”. It breaks down the goalkeeper position for anyone to learn it whether you are experienced or a newbie. There are videos with audio on the techniques goaltenders use. And there is a section with different drills and which bring out each area of goaltending and how you train based on those areas.”
What was it like to play on the same college team with two of your brothers?
“It was pretty cool to do it at the college level. Evan and I are twin brothers. We had been playing together always growing up so that wasn’t too odd. But playing with Shea was something we never did, even in high school.”
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