Megan Blalock wears many hats at Christ Presbyterian Academy. She serves as the Middle School Director of Student Services working with families in the process of admissions, organizing service initiatives, meeting the daily needs of students, and managing middle school events. She also serves as head middle school girls' soccer coach, assistant varsity soccer coach, and middle school softball coach. Despite her busy schedule she found time to answer some questions for Lipscombsports.com.
What years did you play soccer at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
“I transferred to Lipscomb in January 2007 and jumped right into spring training. As a transfer from Belmont, I knew I had to sit out the fall season of competition. However, I wanted to jump right in and get to know new teammates and stay sharp!
“When I transferred, Lipscomb was in the final interview process to hire a head coach for the women's soccer program. Jon Ireland was hired in the spring of 2007, and I played for him.”
Why did you choose to attend Lipscomb?
“Belmont was not a great fit for me. I went there to play soccer without looking at the whole picture. As a Nashville native whose parents went to Lipscomb, I spent a lot of time on campus at various community-wide events during high school.
“The Lipscomb community was always inviting, and every time I visited campus I felt more and more at home. After attending "Lighting of the Green" in December (2006), I knew I wanted to be part of the unique culture at Lipscomb. I chose to transfer at a time when the soccer program was in a `rebuilding’ phase. I knew the program was not known for being incredibly competitive within the Atlantic Sun Conference, but I was excited to be part of the shift in the culture of the program.”
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
“With a season marked by competitive matches and close losses, we were set to play undefeated Kennesaw State. We had nothing to lose going into that game, but we played with such heart and tenacity. We upset Kennesaw 1-0 at home on a Sunday afternoon.
“Shutting out Kennesaw State was one of our team's greatest accomplishments while I played at Lipscomb, and our goalkeeper Katie Shelton was a force to be reckoned with in that game. We celebrated as if we had just won the conference tournament! “
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
“Brent High had the biggest influence on me during my athletic career at Lipscomb. He recruited athletes from each team to be FCA representatives and really invested his time in the spiritual growth of student-athletes.
“Through FCA, we organized donation drives, service days, and Christmas parties revolving around a certain ministry. A core group of underclassmen on the soccer team became incredibly involved in FCA my junior and senior years, and that experience had such an impact on my life. My heart beats for athletics and service and finding ways to merge the two in order to enhance both experiences. “
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
“One year, we organized an FCA shoebox stuffing party for Operation Christmas Child. So many student-athletes participated in the shopping run and the packaging. It was a great time of fellowship. “
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
“Relationships matter. From professors to teammates to administrators, Lipscomb University fosters relationships.”
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
“Where to begin?! I was an English major which meant I was surrounded by countless professors that instructed with passion and enthusiasm.
“Kenna Tomberlin wasn't one of my instructors, but she was incredibly engaged in students’ lives and always kept up with my soccer updates. Matt Hearn and Kim Reed taught two of my favorite courses, probably because the courses were their favorites. They are both animated in the classroom and they brought the literature to life. They not only wanted to develop my skills as a reader and writer, but as a person in the community.
“I love the way Dr. John Parker taught American Lit, and seeing him at the baseball games has been a fun way to keep in touch with a retired professor.
“In the Bible department, if Dr. Tom Seals was ever teaching a Bible class, I took it. He was a favorite because He just loved teaching the Word.
“One final favorite was Ted Parks. He taught Spanish in such a way that I fell in love with the language and named it my minor after one semester!”
Where do you live now?
“I live in Nashville.”
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
“I currently serve as the Middle School Director of Student Services at Christ Presbyterian Academy. My job entails engaging new families in the process of admissions, organizing service initiatives, meeting the daily needs of students, and managing middle school events.
“I also serve as head middle school girls' soccer coach, assistant varsity soccer coach, and middle school softball coach!”
What do you enjoy the most about coaching? Was this always in your career plans?
“I always wanted to work with kids, and I began volunteering to coach youth soccer teams as a senior at Lipscomb. I absolutely love teaching developing players to anticipate the flow of the game.
“Middle school has been my favorite age to coach because it is the first time they play 11 versus 11. Seeing them "get it" after we have worked on a specific formation is by far my favorite part of coaching. I love seeing a new or growing passion for the game develop in younger players.”
Tell us about your family.
“My parents Mike and Jan both attended Lipscomb University. My younger brother Will is currently a Bison baseball player! It has been so much fun to be in town and watch him on the mound for almost every home weekend for the past five years.
“He has overcome several obstacles – including a Tommy John surgery his senior year - and I am so proud of the way he has clung to the Lord for his inner fight and grit. He graduated this month.”
My email address is email@example.com.