2008-09 All-Decade Team - Where Are They Now: Part 2

2008-09 All-Decade Team - Where Are They Now: Part 2

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.

Bluffton

Sarah (Betts) vonSeggern - Softball
 
Fondest Memory:
Making all of the great life-long friends from teammates and people that I met at Bluffton is definitely what I cherish the most.  I have many great memories of bus rides and playing at the many different venues in the HCAC. I enjoyed every minute of it!
 
Student-Athlete Impact:
I learned a lot of time management and how to stay on top of things even when you are busy.  As a college player you have to learn to balance both athletics and academics.
 
Coach's Words of Wisdom:
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Life After College:
I'm a Chemistry teacher at Archbold High School in Archbold, Ohio. My husband, Charles, and I have a 2-year-old daughter named Olivia and a baby on the way in January.
 
Scott Bergman - Basketball
 
Fondest Memory:
Going to school on a close-knit campus, developing relationships with my basketball teammates and competing at the collegiate level are what stay with me.
 
Student-Athlete Impact::
I learned to work hard in the classroom and on the court in order to succeed at the college level.  This amount of hard work and preparation throughout college has benefitted me dramatically in the professional world. In addition, balancing classwork and travel during the season gave me insight of how to manage the demands of a career with other life events.
 
Coach's Words of Wisdom:
Coach Neal was a big reason why I chose to attend Bluffton.  Coach Neal expected a lot out of his players, but was also able to relate to us off of the court, which helped forge great relationships.  One thing coach always stressed was the importance of not being soft and working hard so you could compete at a high level.  He wanted everyone on the team to not settle for mediocrity, but to strive for excellence.
 
Life After College:    
I'm a Senior Analyst at Marathon Petroleum Corporation in Findlay, OH. My wife, Angie, and I have three children, Mckenna, Clayton and Brody.
 

Hanover

Leah (Peelman) Mysock – Track & Field and Cross Country
 
Fondest Memory:
They are so many great memories, it is hard to pick one, but I loved our annual Halloween cross country run. We always took a lot of time picking out a clever costume, one year a few of us were Ninja Turtles, and another year we were Alvin and Chipmunks. It was so fun to see all the creative costumes and we had a blast running through all of the campus buildings.
 
Student-Athlete Impact:
I think it has really helped me with time management. After Hanover, I went on to graduate school, where I worked part time and also made time to train for three marathons. It really makes you think about your priorities in life, which for me are my family, my work, and my health, so I strive to balance all three, which means taking time to exercise (even if it means getting up early), but also taking time to rest and enjoy time with my family.
 
Coach's Words of Wisdom:
 "Trust your training". Josh Payne would tell me that, especially before big meets, and I still think about it when I train for races, marathons, etc. I recently just passed on the advice to a friend before a half marathon.  
 
Life After College:
I'm a registered dietitian at DaVita, a dialysis clinic. My husband Adam and I have been married for nine years. We have a 4-year-old daughter, Ainsley, and a son, Josiah, (called "Cy"), who is 20 months. Cy was born with a congenital condition called microtia atresia, which causes severe hearing loss, but he is doing great with his hearing aids, and we are learning sign language.
 
Brett Dietz – Football
 
Fondest Memory:
My fondest memory of Hanover isn't just one moment - it was my entire experience at Hanover.  It starts with the people who were most influential to me, which were my coaches and teammates. I remember all my coaches being very supportive of me pursuing multiple sports.  Football was my #1 sport and we had a great team culture under Coach Wayne Perry.  Everyone had a clear mission and that was to compete everyday and win.  My teammates are probably what I remember most about my experience at Hanover.  It wasn't just the victories that we shared together, but the friendships that formed that helped shape the person I am today.
 
Student-Athlete Impact:
I was fortunate enough to continue my playing career after college and mainly played in the Arena Football League for the Tampa Bay Storm (2006-2010).  At Hanover we ran a pass-heavy offense and that became very helpful in the Arena League.  I learned that everyone has an important role on the team and one player can't do it alone.  The role of the quarterback is no more important than any other position on the offense.  On championship teams, every position is important to the success of the whole.  I wish I would have realized this earlier in my career, but it was a process of learning throughout my years at Hanover.  I only realized this to the fullest after I graduated, but it made me realize just how important each of my teammates were to the success of our team.  As a father and college football coach now, I try to teach the same lessons of leadership, teamwork and collaboration to my sons and players.
 
Coach's Words of Wisdom:
"Play hard, stay loose, and enjoy the game of football" is one of the sayings that our coaches said that I still remember often.  While it was a lot of hard work with ups and downs - football is still a game that is to be enjoyed.  I think our entire team took that to heart and it was fun to play football at Hanover.  I think that is part of the reason I continued playing after college and why I am a college football coach now.  The entire Hanover Football experience had a big impact on me and I am a better person because of it.
 
Life After College:
I'm an assistant coach at DePauw University and the offensive coordinator coaching quarterbacks and wide receivers.  I have been coaching at DePauw since 2010. I met my wife, Dana, at Hanover.  She was a basketball player and graduated the year after me in 2005.  We have two boys – Brayden (6) and Hudson (3).
 

Transylvania

Ethan Busald - Men's Tennis
 
Fondest Memory:
I had an incredible time during my four years at Transylvania; however, I would have to say that my fondest memory occurred long after I graduated when I was inducted as a member of the 2015 class into the Pioneer Hall of Fame.  It was such an amazing honor to be recognized and included with a select group of incredible athletes and coaches from the Transylvania athletic community.  What made the moment even more special was having the ability in my acceptance speech to thank each and every one of my family members, teammates and coaches that played such an important role in my career.
 
Student-Athlete Impact::
I never really considered myself to be the best athlete or the most talented.  I learned from an early age that, if I was going to succeed, I was usually going to have to outwork my opponent.  I think of all the skills and life lessons learned playing competitive tennis, it was the ability to force myself to work harder than anyone else that has ultimately had the greatest impact in my life today. 
 
Coach's Words of Wisdom:
Coach Charles "Chuck" Brown was the ultimate "players' coach", which ended up being a perfect fit for me during my college career.  He had the unique ability to calm me down and to allow me to work through difficult situations on court.  Tennis is often as much a mental struggle as it is physical one.  Chuck would see me five courts away on the brink of a meltdown and would walk over to me and tell me a joke.  His ability to keep me level was a large reason for my success.
 
Life After College:
I have been a partner at Busald Funk Zevely, PSC in Florence, Kentucky since 2014.  My practice is focused on personal injury litigation and worker's compensation. I have been married to my incredible wife, Ashley, since 2007, but we had been dating throughout my entire college career at Transylvania.  She sat through many matches in 30-degree weather, and often times was responsible for making sure I wasn't late for the van for our road trips.  I can easily state that I would have never had the level of success during my tennis career or afterwards without her support.  We now have three awesome boys, Emery (7), Easton (5) and Everett (2) who are providing us with more fun than I think either of us could have ever imagined.  I would also like to recognize my Mom, Jane, and Dad, Andre.  I don't think I could ever thank them enough for all of their love and support over the years.  
 
Erin Hunter Alcorn – Softball
 
Fondest Memory:
The fondest memory I have of Transylvania was the time I spent with my teammates and coaches. Whether on the field or off we all developed such a close friendship and were there for each other.  
 
Student-Athlete Impact:
I learned to be committed and to maintain a strong work ethic to make sure I was successful in academics and athletics.  This is something I still believe in applying to daily life.
 
Coach's Words of Wisdom:
Coach Anderson and Coach Hunter (my dad) were great at helping me stay focused in the very newly independent situation of college. They helped drive me to work hard to always get better and do my best at everything not just softball.
 
Life After College:
I am the General Manager at Johnny Carino's in Frankfort, Kentucky. My husband, Jeremy, and I have three kids, Hunter (4), Colt (3), and Isabella (2 months).
 
Story credit to Tracie Hitz, Hitz and Branding