Soccer's Jen Brittingham York: Where Are They Now?
Friday, November 6, 2015
By Mark McGee
Soccer's Jen Brittingham York: Where Are They Now?

Jennifer Brittingham York came to Lipscomb from Memphis to play soccer and be part of the beginning of the NCAA Division I era for the Bisons. She has stayed in Nashville where she works for Every Nation Ministries. She spent some time this week talking with Lipscombsports.com.

What years did you play soccer at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?

"I played for Jon Goad my first three years. My senior year I played for Jenger Parrish. I played soccer at Lipscomb from 1999 to 2003.

"Coach Goad was the coach for both the men's and women's teams those three years.

"I played outside midfield my freshman season. The following spring Coach Goad approached me about trying out for the goalkeeper position because our goalkeeper was unable to continue playing due a build-up of knee injuries. I earned the goalkeeper spot that spring."

"I also ran track for one year. They needed people to run in certain races so they could qualify for tournaments. I was just a body on the team."

Why did you decide to attend Lipscomb?

"I was looking at a couple of universities. More than anything Lipscomb had a Christian learning environment. The second factor was Lipscomb was going D-I my freshman year and I liked being able to help build up the soccer team from scratch in a D-I environment. That was a huge draw for me.

"My family moved from Florida to Memphis when I was in middle school. I was pretty familiar with Lipscomb. I was equally familiar with both Lipscomb and Harding. My parent's church in Memphis had connections to both. In youth group people would ask me where I was going to school and my answer was always Lipscomb or Harding.

"Coach Goad impressed me a great deal with his ability to want to come to Lipscomb and build something. It was inspiring. His determination to do it the right way was both inspiring and very comforting for my parents.

"I met some of the faculty of the English department during my visit. Dr. (Kim) Reed made an impression on me. There was something about her that really captivated me. She had a passion for literature and I saw some of that. I wanted to be like that.

"I fell in love with the city of Nashville the minute I got here. I could see myself in this city for a while."

What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?

"It would probably be my senior year when we were doing preseason conditioning which is not usually a favorite time for anyone.

"We were doing some running on the road. We had gone out to the hill at Berry's Chapel off of Hillsboro Road. Coach Parrish dropped us off at the stop sign on the Hillsboro side of the Berry's Chapel Hill.

"She said `you have 20 minutes to reach me" and she just drives off. It is 6 in the morning. It was matter of girls, we are going to do this. Every single freshmen turned and looked at us. There was a lot of uncertainty especially for the players from Nashville.

"We had no idea how far she had driven so we just took off. Our captain took the lead. I stayed in the back and made sure everyone kept up the pace. We ran to the top of the hill, probably around two miles. Every player made it in time.

I am not going to say we made it gracefully because we didn't. I remember there was a lot of yelling. I drug one of freshman at one point by the front of her shirt."

What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?

"I remember my senior year I was in Dr. Matt Hearn's capstone course. That year he had chosen Chaucer for our capstone course. It was my first time to dig deep into Chaucer.

"Dr. Hearn speaks perfect Middle English. He can read Chaucer in the original form with the accent and everything. He stands up in front of the class and reads the prologue to the Canterbury Tales. He didn't really read it. He recited it.

"He told us by the end of the class we would be able to do it as well. Everyone was looking around and thinking this is not something we are going to be to do. But, sure enough, everyone was able to recite the entire prologue in Middle English. It is like three pages long. Our final project was to write a textbook on how we would teach Chaucer.

"None of us thought we could do It, but he was such an excellent professor that he got us there. It was great for us to have that experience together."

What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?

"I would say I took away that God can do the most amazing things in the most unexpected places. God can meet you in really unexpected places if you let him like having Bible discussions with Dr. Reed in the Victorian Lit class or reading Fahrenheit 451 and finding Gospel in that.

Who was your favorite professor? Why?

"That is easy. Dr. Reed in the English department is hands down my favorite professor of all time.

"I took multiple classes with her but my favorite one was Victorian Lit. One day I asked her if she wasn't teaching Victorian Lit what would she be teaching and she told me should would be teaching in the Bible department.

"Many things have changed at Lipscomb since that time, but back then when I asked her why she wasn't teaching in the Bible department she told me they wouldn't let her.

"Her candor, confidence and forthrightness in which taught us made me say I want to be like her when I grow up. Proverbs 31 talks about how a woman laughs in the face of adversity. Dr. Reed embodies the Proverbs 31 woman."

Where do you live now?

"We live in Brentwood, Tennessee."

Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?

"My job title is coordinator for Every Nation Ministries. I work in partner development, When a missionary has to go out and develop prayer partners and financial partners to send them to the mission field I coach them and provide the resources to help them do those things well."

Tell us about your family.

"My husband, Bradley York, went to Abilene Christian. His father, John York, teaches in the Bible Department at Lipscomb.

"We have a wonderful three-year-old daughter, Elizabeth."

My email address is jennbyork@gmail.com.