By Devyn Foti
The athletics department has a few new faces around campus and here is your chance to meet them.
Michael Spivey Soccer
Coach Spivey attended University of West Florida in Pensacola Florida. After spending 15 years in advertising, marketing, technology and business ownership and software he came to the realization that “money was no longer a driver for me”. Spivey went back to school to get his Masters in education/teaching and decided that he wanted to coach soccer as well. For Spivey, his family and his passions (coaching and teaching) are the driving forces. After visiting different colleges, Spivey felt that Wesleyan fits his personal and professional goals. Over the next few years he intends to gain his degree at Wesleyan while coaching the girls’ soccer team. As for the 2009 soccer season, he explains that, “Coming into your first year not knowing all the team and their capabilities presents interesting challenges, but that is how I have rolled all my life…tackle challenges without fear of failure, because every failure builds a stronger character and every success keeps you coming back for more.” Spivey is happy with the progress of the season so far and says that next season the team will be adding more experience to the roster. Spivey pronounces, “My intention over the next three years is to put Wesleyan Soccer in a very high profile position in our conference.”
J.D. McAllister Volleyball
Coach McAllister is bringing back volleyball to Wesleyan students. McAllister comes from a large background of Wesleyan graduates including his great-great-grandmother who was a member of the school’s first graduating class. McAllister is a graduate of University of Georgia Law School and spent the beginning of his career as a lawyer and working in politics. McAllister’s intent for the girls’ volleyball team is to emphasize basic techniques and team movement on the court. “I am excited about helping to reinstitute the varsity volleyball program at Wesleyan. This is an ideal campus to achieve the highest ideals of the NCAA concept of the Division III student-athlete,” said McAllister. He spent four years coaching at Mt. Zion High School and additionally, he helped coach the girls’ track & field squad as well.
Melissa Bush Cross Country
Most students have probably seen Coach Bush’s face around campus since she teaches as well as coaches. She is a certified personal trainer and you can find her teaching quite a few classes this year at Wesleyan: anatomy & physiology, sports psychology, exercise physiology, nutrition, and business management and out running around with the cross country team as well. Bush has been involved with sports for the past 12 years and her experience in sports covers a variety of athletes. She has certifications from International Sports and Sciences as well as serving as a Personal Training Instructor for the American Professional Institute and focuses on weight loss, strength, flexibility, balance, endurance and speed with her clients. Bush is an avid runner herself and is currently training for her first half marathon.