2008-09 All-Decade Team - Where Are They Now: Part 1

2008-09 All-Decade Team - Where Are They Now: Part 1

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --- The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference officially began competition in 1998-99.  This current year marks the 20th anniversary of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. After its first decade in 2008-09, the Conference named the first All-Decade Team, recognizing one female and one male student-athlete from each institution that competed in the HCAC between 1998-99 and 2008-09. Later this month the second All-Decade Team will be announced, but before we recognize those individuals, we will feature members of the first All-Decade team in a series of articles highlighting their athletic experiences and post collegiate accomplishments.

Anderson University

Lisa (Nicholson) Bodach – Track & Field and Cross Country - 2000-2004

Fondest Memory:

My fondest memories at AU are those of my time with the cross country and track and field teams.  We spent so much time together as a team, working hard and disciplining ourselves toward a common goal.  So many miles of running, so many hours with teammates and coaches, so many races; we certainly spent a lot of time together.  

Student-Athlete Impact:

The skills learned as a student athlete are still impacting life today. Of course learning how to work hard at something, press yourself to the limits, and persevere until the season is over; these are excellent reminders that I can do hard things. I can finish something even when I don't feel like it. But I also learned how powerful it is to have leadership from trustworthy people. My coaches made me a faster and more skillful runner; but more importantly they listened to me, challenged me, and taught me about my faith and Gods purpose for my life. These are treasured memories and I'm such a better human for having been coached by Larry Maddox and Scott Wilson.  

Coach's Words of Wisdom:

My coaches gave me lots of advice! My most cherished is the reminder of Psalm 105:44 "... and they fell heir to what others had toiled for". We were constantly reminded that we were not the first runners at AU, and that many had worked to make our program what it was. We had received the benefits of our parents' sacrifices and love, and of course we were reminded we were not the first Christians, but that others had labored to teach us. And now I get to work hard in raising and loving my own family.  

And then of course I still remember that Coach said, "it is better to run at the back of the front pack, than at the front of the back path".  Isn't this perfect advice for running? I still remember how helpful it was in so many big races.  

Life After Graduation:

After graduating from Anderson University, I obtained my Master's in Social Work at IUPUI and worked in hospice care until having children.  I now stay home and raise my kids and care for my home. I married my husband, Kirk, 14 years ago, and we have 3 boys! Benjamin is 9, Luke is 7, and Joshua is 6. They are so much fun, and never stop moving! We also have a beautiful golden retriever named Lucy. 

Joel Steele – Football - 2000-2003

Fondest Memory:

My fondest memory was getting to share game day with so many great teammates, coaches and my family.

Student-Athlete Impact:

Hard work, commitment (there's a big difference between commitment and interest), perseverance and time management are some of the skills it takes to be a successful student-athlete. These are also the skills that have led me to be successful in life after college. As a football player you also have to put the team above yourself, which has also proven to be a trait that employer's value. 

Coach's Words of Wisdom:

Two things come to mind: 1) Go the extra mile, it's never crowded and 2) Get your priorities aligned and things tend to fall into place: Faith, Family, Work, Social life.

Life After College:

I'm a Regional Sales Manager at ARB overseeing Northeastern, USA and Eastern, Canada. My beautiful wife is Ashley. Our daughter, Violet, is 7. Our son, Maxwell, is 3 and our son, Declan, just turned 2. We currently reside in Butler, PA. 

Franklin College

Katie (Tewell) Brinker – Golf - 2005-08

Fondest Memory:

My fondest memory has to be going on road trips with the team. We had such a great group led by Roger Lundy and were always playing jokes on each other or finding new adventures while going to or from a tournament. We still talk and laugh about all the fun we had together.  

Student-Athlete Impact:

To be a successful student-athlete, you have to be self-motivated. If you want to win, take it upon yourself to do whatever it takes. Make time to practice and prepare. Similar to your career, if you want to be good at something, you find out how to make that happen ... don't wait for someone to hand it to you. Find a way. 

Coach's Words of Wisdom:

Roger helped me keep things in perspective. I distinctly remember losing the National Championship in 2006 and I was so mad that I wouldn't talk to anyone. He told me to go give my parents a hug and thank them for coming to watch me play. They didn't care that I lost and I needed to remember what was important at the end of the day.

Life After College:

I currently work at Builders FirstSource (formerly Carter-Lee) as an Office Administrator. My husband, Zach, and I have a 4-year-old son named Nolan. He is an aspiring golfer and I love it! 

Jason Sibley – Basketball - 1995-1999

Fondest Memory:

My fondest memories of Franklin were all the people I met.

Student-Athlete Impact:

Being a student-athlete taught me to not to give up, and always keep trying to be the best person you can be.

Coach's Words of Wisdom:

My coach taught me to always begin with the end in mind, and that to be a leader you have to learn how to follow.  

Life After College:

I currently work at Kingdom HealthShare as a Broker Support Specialist. 

Mount St. Joseph University

Betsy Owens Jones – Volleyball - 1998-2001

Fondest Memory:

My fondest memory of Mount St. Joseph is going to the Elite 8 for the first time my sophomore year. We beat the host team, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. 

Student-Athlete Impact:

Being a student-athlete, and also interning at the local Prosecutor's Office, I was challenged to manage my time efficiently and multi-task, which definitely helps me as a parent. I have four children with very busy schedules, and I also work part time, so managing their schedules takes a lot of organization.

Coach's Words of Wisdom:

Our coaches always reminded us that, although we were an undersized team, if we played smart, determined and with energy, we always had to a chance to win.

Life After College:

I am currently a part-time administrative assistant in the division of Arts and Humanities at Mount St. Joseph. My husband Scott, is Mount alum who played on the baseball team. We have four children: Maggie, a sophomore setter at Seton High School; Sam, a 13-year-old at Our Lady of Victory who plays football, volleyball and basketball; Grace, an 11-year-old at Victory who plays volleyball, basketball, soccer and knot-hole baseball for the school; Lucy, an 8-year-old at Victory who plays volleyball, basketball, soccer and dances for the Seton Twinkles.

Mike Lovell – Football - 2004-07

Fondest Memory:

One of my favorite Mount St. Joesph memories was when we made a pact as a team to take the seniors from a 0-10 season to a 10-0 season. We also decided to dedicate the season in honor of Coach Huber's son who passed away that year. 

Student-Athlete Impact:

Determination helps me to succeed and reach my goals. Football taught me to be the man I am today by teaching me discipline. Coach Huber also taught me the importance of respecting others. 

Coach's Words of Wisdom:

I learned to be selfless and to always work as a team. This is an especially important lesson to learn because I am a firefighter/EMT. Teamwork is crucial for our safety and the safety of the people we care for.

Life After College:

I'm a firefighter/EMT for the City of Lebanon. Our station's number is 41, which is the same as my football number. I am also a Junior High football coach for Lakota Ridge and I teach exercise classes for people with Parkinson's Disease. My wife's name is Lindsay, and she is also a MSJ graduate. We have been married for 10 years. I have a newborn baby (16 days old as of November 9) named Connor Andrew Lovell.

Story credit to Tracie Hitz, Hitz and Branding