I’ve been a college basketball for as long as I can remember. Growing up in North Carolina, college basketball season is as just another season of your life. The rivalries are just part of who you are growing up. I’m an ’01 graduate of UNCG. Whether it’s blogging or podcasting or just being courtside yelling my head off, I’ve been engrossed in Southern Conference basketball for almost 20 years. And I love it.
When I’m not at the arena or camped out in front of my TV, you can catch me chasing my two young, energetic children everywhere. I’m also known to be roaming the sidelines of a women’s lacrosse field, where I officiate at the youth, high school and collegiate level of the sport.
I grew up in Chattanooga, TN, in a family that did not particularly like basketball- we were a football family (and loved Tennessee football). My dad got free tickets to a Chattanooga basketball game when I was about ten years old. I went to the game and was hooked.
I went to a small college far from home, but continued to follow and be a fan of Chattanooga basketball from afar. In the mid-2000s, I complained about the lack of coverage of Chattanooga and SoCon basketball. Instead of just complaining, I decided to do something about it and started a blog dedicated to Chattanooga basketball. I quickly realized the posts that got the most page views were those that were covering all of the SoCon, and decided that the blog needed to go that route. That was how Scanning the SoCon was born. Unfortunately, life got in the way and I had to back off some of my writing for the blog. Brad and I always talked about working on a project together about Southern Conference basketball and it just never came together. Then, in spring of 2017, we decided to work on a podcast together and then work on creating a blog and seeing where that would take us. That’s how we got to where we are today.
I spends his time when he is not watching Southern Conference basketball chasing my kids and working too much. I also watch way too much college football. So there’s always that.