His timing was perfect. Lipscomb Athletics and SGA purchased a top-quality mascot uniform that was delivered the summer before Joe Crosby’s freshman year. He wore it four years, built relationships with local mascots, and entertained countless children and basketball fans as LU Bison. He’s still remembered as the mascot who “owned” the character, dressing LU in a referee shirt, a pink tutu, and a farmer outfit. Today he works in Nashville, is happily married, and is “owned” by their new daughter. Learn more about LU Bison mascot Joe Crosby from his conversation this week with Lipscombsports.com.
What years did you represent Lipscomb?
This is the first time I’ve revealed this publically, but I was the first LU Bison in Lipscomb’s NCAA era, and I played that role from 2005-2009. I really didn’t have a coach, but Paul Nance was always a huge source of encouragement and helped me gain confidence as a mascot and performer.
What teammate was most memorable, and why?
As the sole mascot, I didn’t have any teammates, but messing with the cheerleaders was always a high point of the job. I, of course, focused my attention on the one cheerleader who was terrified of mascots. You know who you are, and I apologize for any irreparable damage I may have caused to your mental well-being.
What degree did you earned?
I graduated from Lipscomb in 2009 with a BA in Communications, Public Relations.
Why did you attend Lipscomb?
I grew up in Nashville and went to Ezell-Harding Christian (High) School. I enjoyed the small school experience and wanted to continue that through college. Lipscomb was a great fit.
What is your favorite athletic memory at Lipscomb?
To me, the greatest part of mascotting was interacting with the fans in close quarters. On the long doubleheader nights, I would often wander the stands for a majority of the game causing havoc to unsuspecting fans. I had a knack for walking up and down the rows of foldable seats, until one night my fat bison hoof slipped down into one of the seats between the back and the seat. I was 100% stuck. As a mascot you don’t panic; you use the situation to your comedic advantage, so I summoned the surrounding fans with pleading gestures and mimed the situation I was in. Remember, mascots never talk – that’s Rule #1 for us. I ended up getting one of the lovely fans to pull off the giant hoof so I could slip my foot out. The surrounding fans gave a huge cheer, I gave a bow, and I continued with my night. I’m sure some kid was traumatized seeing LU Bison’s foot get ripped off and reattached, but that was the best I could do at the moment.
Who influenced your athletic career at Lipscomb?
I was lucky enough to make friends with the Nashville professional mascot community. T-Rac from the Titans, Gnash from the Predators and Ozzie from the Nashville Sounds (now Booster the Hot Chicken) became good friends who were a great source of encouragement. I eventually worked with Gnash and T-Rac as alternate performers.
What’s your favorite non-athletic memory from your time here?
I remember sitting in the Dining Hall with a few of my friends one day and realizing that each person at the table was from a separate country: US, Japan, Philippines, Sudan, and a couple more. That was an awesome moment to me sitting, counting such a diverse group of people as my friends.
Who were your favorite professors & why?
Paul Prill and Mark McGee were my favorites. Dr. Prill was one of my communication teachers. He was unorthodox in his approach to teaching and encouraged his students to be creative throughout his classes. This creative approach to solving problems and learning has endured in my career.
Dr. McGee was one of my journalism professors. I always respected that he was a working journalist while also teaching his trade. Those who progress in a profession and work to teach the next generation truly care about what they do and want to help others be successful as well.
What do you do now?
I’m the online marketing manager at a company called PatientPoint. We build websites and run online marketing efforts for hundreds of small healthcare businesses around the nation.
Tell us about your family:
I met my wife, Jessica, while working at Camp Widjiwagan during summers at college. She’s a teacher at Brentwood High School. We’ve been married for 6 years now and just had our first child in May. Her name is Jane and she’s pretty much the coolest baby, though she does spit up on me a lot. I also have a hound dog named George who was technically my first kid.
- Favorite food: Pizza
- Favorite TV show or movie: “Grand Designs”
- Favorite scripture: There are many.
- Favorite sports team: Nashville Predators
- Pet peeve: laziness
- Person I most admire: My wife. She's an amazing teacher, mom and wife.
- Favorite season: Fall
- Pick one – salad or dessert: Dessert, dessert, dessert
- Dream vacation spot: A cabin in the woods next to a lake
- Early morning or late night person? Early morning because that’s when my baby wakes me up
You can reach Joe by email at firstname.lastname@example.org