In the Paint

Player Turned Coach: A Look from the Other Side

Guest post by Assistant Coach Ann Dorris ’14

For around 13 years, being a basketball player defined much of my life. I began playing on teams from the second I was old enough and when that final horn blew in the ODAC semifinals last year, I was nowhere near ready to stop. I had all kinds of weird and crazy emotions running through me once I started to realize it was coming to an end. Read more ›

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Study Abroad – Jaimie Grace ’17 in Australia

Sophomore Jaimie Grace, a business major and a forward/center on the Hornet women’s basketball team, narrates her unique summer study abroad trip to Australia.

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This summer I traveled to Australia with 19 other Lynchburg College students for a month long study abroad trip. The trip, organized by the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), focused on the study of Australian Public Relations and Australian Character and Culture.

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Summer Internship – Lauren Penley ’15 at Maritime Aquarium

Rising Senior Lauren Penley, a key member of the Hornet women’s basketball team, had an interesting internship this summer. Here is a summary of her experiences in her own words.

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In order to become a veterinarian, you need to experience working with animals in a variety of fields. Previous summers, I’ve worked at a small animal hospital which included dogs and cats and on two different large animal farms, containing cows and horses.  However, this summer, I wanted to experience something unique, and accepting an internship at an aquarium seemed like the perfect opportunity. I received an internship at the beautiful Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Connecticut.
This aquarium is not your average aquarium. While it does contain many aquatic species, some land animals inhabit it as well. The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk focuses on the Long Island Sound and beyond, incorporating sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, harbor seals, meerkats, reef fish, sea turtles, frogs, reptiles, and other several species of fish. I worked with a different aquarist each day of the week and got to experience each section of the aquarium multiple times throughout the three months.  Within this aquarium, it was divided into seven sections, including temperate, jellies, seals and otters, shark and rays, frogs and reptiles, reserves, and tropical.

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The “Ticos” and I

Note: Hornet sophomore women’s basketball player Sarah Coon spend six weeks this summer studying abroad in Costa Rica.  She writes about her trip below:

I was at lunch when I received my acceptance to the study abroad program I had applied to.  Shortly after, I set my dates, June 22 to August 3, and chose my destination: Heredia, Costa Rica.  The rest of the school year and summer leading up to my date of departure was an anxious waiting game.  Then, finally, departure day arrived. With passport in hand, I left my family, friends and comfort zone behind to set out on what would become a life -hanging experience.

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Study Abroad with the Beatles

Note: Lynchburg College women’s basketball senior guard Ann Dorris recently spent two weeks in London, England as part of a study abroad program for her English major. Below, she writes about her experience.

At the beginning of this summer, I spent 13 days in the massive and beautiful city of London, England for a study abroad in British Drama and Travel Writing. From the second we stepped off the flight on the morning of May 22, there were tour buses to ride, tube stations to get lost in, and an entire city waiting to be explored. Every single day we had things scheduled starting around 9 a.m. and we weren’t back in our flat until 11 p.m. From classes at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts to workshops with British actors and directors, our days were filled with academic opportunities found outside of the classroom through first-hand experiences.

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Love Lynchburg

After two years, to say that our program has evolved is a true understatement.  I stepped foot onto campus in August, a little over two years ago, with one focus: elevate Lynchburg College Women’s Basketball.  To give back to a program, a school, and a community that had given so much to me.  I carry the impact from that experience in a special place in my heart daily.  This is the compassion I strive to instill in current players.  Passionately, I display my pride for the success and hard work of all those involved with this specific program.  It’s time to leave a legacy!

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Why I Love LC Women’s Basketball

Juniors Ann Dorris and Caleigh Patterson

The most common response I get when telling someone about transferring all the way from Texas, away from my family, friends, and home, is praise for my courage and strength. As much as I would love to accept the praise and pretend my “courage” is what made the transition possible, I can’t. I’ll be the first to say that starting over at a new college and on a new team is a challenge; however, not once did I feel alone or discouraged. My teammates wouldn’t allow it. That is something I’ve learned about being a part of Lynchburg College Women’s Basketball. We are a family. I could talk all day about the hard work and skill, which is in abundance, but I’ve discovered that when a teammate is feeling discouraged, it is not the hard work or skill that picks her up, but the overwhelming sense of family. No matter what, the girl standing next to you is loved and respected by every other girl on the team. That is Lynchburg College Women’s Basketball.

Ann Dorris #23

Class of 2014

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Midnight Madness 2012

Team Introduction at Midnight Madness

Turner gymnasium was stormed by crowds of students, faculty, staff, and alumni on Friday night October 19, 2012. The doors opened at 10 p.m. to long lines of excited fans waiting in anticipation to see the 2012-2013 Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams as well as celebrate the successes of current fall sports. This was just the beginning of the third consecutive Midnight Madness held at Lynchburg College. Students of the Lynchburg College community who attended the event were provided with pizza and plenty of water and lemonade to drink along with a raffle ticket for prizes drawn throughout the evening. Once receiving their evening snack people hurried to find open places in the stands. The night kicked off with President Garren and his wife performing the famous Hornet Hop and continued with the celebration of the fall teams’ successes thus far. Next cheerleaders were introduced and performed an upbeat routine that got the crowd to their feet in spirit. Following the routine the lights went off as members of the 2012-2013 Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams were announced under spotlight. Once all student-athletes were announced the night continued with a 3 point shooting contest, being a fan 101 course, intermixed scrimmage (women’s and men’s teams together) and finally the highly anticipated dunk contest. The night came to an end just at midnight as everyone participated in a group wide dance of “The Electric Slide” and received t-shirts from the event. The evening proved to be very entertaining and enjoyable for all those involved in the effort to show our student-athletes support.

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I love the month of February and how unique it is. No other month is like it. To start, it has 28 days. And every four years it is Leap Year, which means that February has 29 days. February has Groundhog’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, Black History Month, Breast Cancer Awareness month in women’s basketball, and Super Bowl Sunday. So much is packed into such a small month, it makes me value every second even more.

And then there are all the birthdays that we share amongst our team this month, including assistant coach Wilkes and junior guard Shea Kelley. On top of that, I turn the big “30” this month! Without a doubt, February always energizes me.  I believe that February is the month when true magic happens.

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Time to work

This is a guest post by Katie Crump #33, class of 2012.


Basketball season has finally begun! We’ve closed out the second week of practice and I couldn’t be more excited for my senior year. Coach Pyzik has assembled a phenomenal group of players who come in every day ready to work, compete, and learn what it takes to be a member of the women’s basketball team here at LC.

Every program across the country wants to say they’re a family but here at Lynchburg, we are. From coaches to players to alumni, we are a solid unit. WE work hard, WE push each other every day, and most importantly, WE have an ability to come together through good times and tough times. I wouldn’t trade one memory for anything — championships, awards, stats, or anything else you could offer me. All those accolades are great and are goals we will accomplish, but what I’ve won so far can’t be given out on a plaque or certificate or seen on a board in Turner.

I’ve won a place in Lynchburg College women’s basketball history that’s built on tradition, respect, loyalty, trust, and family. There is no doubt in my mind that five, ten, or thirty years down the road I can call any of my coaches or teammates and say, “Hey, remember that one time …” and not start to smile or laugh. Scrambling through shell drill, finally jump-stopping, using your right hand, running the letters, seeing the sun rise and set through the windows in Turner, playing a seven game series, experiencing the heartbreak of one-point losses, feeling  the exhilaration of beating rivals (some nationally ranked!), sharing pre-game handshakes, somehow  making “BELIEVE” and “FOCUS” every other word you say, being a member of the sunrise crew and many other things that may seem miniscule or even gibberish to others – these are the best, most amazing memories you possess just because you were a part of this program.

Maybe I’m sentimental because it’s my last year, but now I know how the seniors before me felt. This year is a year of personal “lasts”- last year of tryouts, last go around in the ODAC, last home game in Turner, last semester of class and many more. That’s not my focus. It’s time for our FIRST ODAC Championship. It’s time to put a banner up and it’s time to show what Lynchburg basketball is all about.

The journey to raising a banner starts with a double header on November 15 against soon- to -be ODAC competition Shenandoah at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men’s basketball game (LC versus Ferrum) at 7 p.m. in Turner Gym.

See you on the floor!

Katie Crump #33

Class of 2012

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Abby Pyzik

LC women's head basketball coach Abby Pyzik '04 begins the fifth season at her alma mater, brimming with enthusiasm.