Morgan Faulkner and Jacob Arnett both played basketball for the Bisons after coming to Lipscomb from Jackson and Memphis, respectively. In addition to finding a campus they enjoyed, teammates and coaches who pushed them, and teachers they admired; they found each other. They were married in 2014 and started their own lineup last November with the addition of baby daughter Avery. They sat down this week for a brief visit with LipscombSports.com.
What years did you compete for Lipscomb?
Morgan: I played basketball for Frank Bennett, Billy Snell, and Katie Beth Allen from the fall of 2009 through the spring of 2012.
Jacob: I played four years, 2008-2012, for Coach Scott Sanderson and assistants Jay Walton, Shaun Senters, and Pete Froedden.
What teammates were most memorable?
Morgan: Hannah Phillips. She was not only a great teammate but also my roommate for my entire time at Lipscomb. Hannah and I became very close, and she remains one of my best friends to this day. We did lots of things together outside of basketball, and we always had a good time. She is one of the most fun and positive people you will ever meet!
Jacob: Justin Glenn, Matt Shaw, and Rob Murphy. I roomed with each of these guys at different times and developed close friendships with all of them. We continue to remain close friends despite living in different states.
What degrees have you earned?
Morgan: Doctor of Physical Therapy (Tennessee State, 2016), Bachelors degree in Exercise Science (Lipscomb, 2012)
Jacob: Doctor of Pharmacy (Lipscomb, 2016), Bachelors degree in Biology (Lipscomb, 2012)
Why did you attend Lipscomb?
Morgan: I really fell in love with the coaching staff through the recruiting process. Katie Beth was the main coach I had contact with during recruitment, and I really connected with her. After visiting the campus and spending time with the girls on the basketball team, I knew I wanted to be a part of such a positive and loving atmosphere that the coaches provided. They really cared about us as people and not just athletes.
Jacob: I was confident of Lipscomb providing a solid education, and it was an excellent opportunity to continue playing basketball at the Division I level.
What is your favorite athletic memory at Lipscomb?
Morgan: I would say playing in the Battle of the Boulevard games against Belmont. The atmosphere was always very exciting and competitive, and we always played our best games against them.
Jacob: My favorite athletic memory was the time we played in my hometown against the Memphis Tigers in the FedEx Forum. My family and friends were able to attend the game in my dad’s company-sponsored box for the night, and it was an incredibly special event for me.
Who influenced your athletic career at Lipscomb?
Morgan: (Assistant Coach) Billy Snell really influenced my career as a college guard in a positive way. He was the “guard” coach and was usually the one who put us through our workouts. He knew how to challenge me and make me a better player. He was also one of my most favorite people to talk to. He was always very positive and helpful on and off the court.
(Assistant Coach) Katie Beth also was a huge influence – she would always write me encouraging notes when she knew I needed some uplifting advice. She was a great mentor and coach and is a great friend now!
Jacob: All three of our assistant coaches were a great influence on my athletic career. I worked closely with Coach Shaun (Senters) and Coach Pete (Froedden) during my first few years since they were the guard coaches. They both helped me to improve my ability to play point guard when there was an opportunity for more playing time at that position. Coach Jay (Walton) helped me transition to the 4-spot later in my career. He was a great coach and really invested in the lives of his players. Recently, Coach Jay and his family visited us at our home to meet Avery and catch up.
What’s your favorite non-athletic memory from your time here?
Morgan: Meeting Jacob is probably my most fond memory. We met my freshman year and his sophomore year. Although basketball is what really brought us together, we actually met first in the classroom; we were in the same Biology class. Jacob needed “help” studying for a test and asked me to join him. I found out later that he’s very smart and didn’t need my help at all!
Jacob: Meeting my wife and graduating from pharmacy school
What is the most valuable thing you learned in your time at Lipscomb?
Both: The most valuable thing we gained at Lipscomb was the value of the relationships we formed, not just with each other but also the close friends we met along the way. Many of them are still important people in our lives today. Lipscomb provided us the opportunity to meet lots of great people, where we learned to appreciate the importance of forming lasting relationships and investing in others’ lives.
Who were your favorite professors & why?
Morgan: Dr. Kent Johnson was one of my exercise science professors as well as my advisor. He helped prepare me for physical therapy school and was very supportive of me as a student-athlete. My only “B” in college came from one of his courses, First Aid (online). I somehow forgot to show up as well as study for an in-class test (very unlike me) and did not do well on it. When I went to talk to him about my grade, I remember pleading with him to let me make up some points to raise my grade. He told me having a “B” was still great, and that it may just be God’s way of showing me that I don’t have to be perfect all the time. He was very encouraging in that way!
Jacob: Dr. Tom Campbell and Dr. Jeff Lee were both great mentors during pharmacy school. They were always open and available to provide insight/advice on the profession and help me to discover my career aspirations.
What do you do now?
Morgan: I am a pediatric physical therapist. I work for Feltz Therapy Services in Spring Hill, Tennessee, and I mainly provide early intervention services in patients’ homes.
Jacob: I work as a consulting specialty pharmacist for BriovaRx/OptumRx in Franklin, Tennessee. Our company provides pharmaceutical services to patients with rare and chronic diseases requiring high-cost and complex treatment regimens.
Tell us about your family.
We’ve been married for three-and-a-half years, and we welcomed our first child in November 2017 – a baby girl named Avery. We are currently living in Thompsons Station.
Morgan: Mexican food
Favorite TV show or movie
Morgan: Grey’s Anatomy
Jacob: The Office
Favorite sports team
Both: Go Bisons!
Pick one: salad or dessert
Dream Vacation spot
Morgan: anywhere with a beach
Jacob: anywhere with a golf course
Early morning or late night person?
Morgan: Early morning
Jacob: Late night
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