Miriam McAlister Seidl was an outstanding player for the Lipscomb women's basketball team though her career was hampered by injuries. She was also active on campus in a variety of activities outside of athletics serving as a Singarama host, participating in the Tau Phi Cowboy Show and serving as homecoming queen. She spent some time this week to speak with Lipscombsports.com.
What years did you play at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
"I played basketball from 2005-2009. Frank Bennett was the head coach. The assistant coaches were Billy Snell, Katie Beth Pate and Lynsie Blau."
Why did you choose to attend Lipscomb?
"I grew up in West Nashville. I attended Lipscomb beginning in kindergarten.
"I was one of those who swore they would never go to Lipscomb University. I didn't even have it on my radar. But God had a different plan. Thankfully, that is where I ended up.
"Very candidly, I just felt like in my heart Lipscomb was where God wanted me to be. Coach Bennett may laugh with me about this. I told him my freshman year of high school I wasn't interested in playing for Lipscomb in college. It wasn't going to happen.
"My senior year I asked him if he still wanted me. I am so thankful I was obedient at that time to God's plan because it was an amazing experience. I wouldn't trade it for anything."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"My freshman year was when I got to play wing guard, the position I liked the most. I was a tall wing guard. We had Katie Beth at the post. It was awesome having her anchoring down there.
"I remember I made the All-Freshman Team. The conference playoffs were also a fun experience.
"I remember the bright arena lights. They would be in the faces of opponents so we had an advantage."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"I have two answers. Obviously, one would be Coach Bennett. They just don't make them like him anymore. He is a godly man. He is someone you trust and respect as a person.
"He was incredibly intentional with his players. I am forever grateful for that. He took every opportunity to be Jesus-like to us which is amazing.
"Another influence would be my roommate, Katie Rollins. We roomed all four years together. In many ways we were sisters throughout that time.
"She taught me a lot about resilience in basketball. She taught me that attitude is always a choice. She was such an incredible influence on my life."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"I remember we danced at HoopaPaLUza. One year we danced to Michael Jackson's Thriller. I don't know why we thought it was a good idea.
"I tried to be the face of the Lady Bisons on campus so I headed that up. I tried to be involved in everything I could across the university. One of the things I really wanted to do was to try to be involved with the university and get the whole experience of being at Lipscomb.
"Basketball took a lot of time and a lot of discipline. It really used up your resources.
"I hosted Singarama which was a riot. It was fun. I sang in the Tau Phi Cowboy Show. I think Brent High put me in one of those construction lifts over the square during the boy's playoffs and told me to `push the game'. He gave me a megaphone. I was yelling at everyone from two stories up. That was fun.
"I was also homecoming queen. I got to do a lot of cool, different things while I was at Lipscomb. I had a lot of fun."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"I would maybe summarize it as to live out love. Love is action. Love is also very transformative. It is very powerful not only in the people you are close to and surrounded by, but also people who don't have as many friends or who are in separate groups.
"Some of my closest friends I still have today were people I met just by going up to a random table and talking with someone.
"I try to apply that to my life because every single day you can do that. Sometimes with grand ideas, and even Scripture, we can make things seem larger than life ideals rather than something we can apply to everyday life.
"One of the things I learned at Lipscomb was believing something and saying something is great and important, but you have to live it out and act it out for it to really mean something. It can be so powerful."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"Absolutely it would be Dr. Alan Bradshaw. I loved him.
"He is brilliant, but he made things very relatable. You could tell that he cared about his students. He had us over to his house all of the time for study breaks.
"I didn't have anything to do with physics in my major. I had a double major in Spanish and psychology. I think I also finished my minor in international business.
"I took a freshman orientation course called `Secrets of the Universe' with Dr. Bradshaw. I also found a way to take a course from him later. I took one of his physics courses.
"There were so many great Bible professors. Dr. Earl Lavender was amazing.
"I also really loved Cheryl Lindsay. She was inspiring because of how hard she worked and how much she tried to do for her students. I also had her for Spanish in high school when she taught advance classes."
Where do you live now?
"We live in the Crieve Hall-Brentwood area."
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I work for Hays Advisory in Brentwood, a money management firm. I am an internal sales director.
"We work with financial advisors. Financial advisors will put clients in different categories and with different products to help plan for the future. We are one of those firms. I work with advisors directly who are trying to protect their clients from risk."
Tell us about your family.
"My husband, Jonathan Seidl, is a police officer with Metro Nashville.
"He is also still in the National Guard. He is a lieutenant. His background is in military police and still does that with the National Guard."
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.