First, we want to thank Jeff Simmons for being our leader and mentor for the last two years at the WCSA. Trevor and I have learned so much from Jeff and we are so grateful for the opportunities. We had no idea when we started at the WCSA two years ago that we would now be running the show, but here we are. Most of you know us, but we are going to do a little introduction so you know a little bit more about the WCSA crew!
My name is Ansley Mullican Murphree. I am 26 years old and am originally from McMinnville. I am married to Ty Murphree, who is from Dickson, TN. We do not have any children yet but we do have a dog named Nash!
I am currently a teacher at Warren County High School where I teach Economics. At school, I also am involved in creating a homecoming float for the Class of 2024, in a Fantasy Football League with other staff members, and am on the WCHS Climate Committee in order to bring positive change to the high school.
Outside of school I am involved at my church, Westwood church of Christ, where I am the commissioner of the Westwood Wiffleball League. I also enjoy watching my brothers play sports, going to sporting events, and hanging out with my family and friends. My sports teams are: The Warren County Pioneers, LSU Tigers, and Tennessee Titans. I also enjoy watching the Atlanta Braves and Nashville Predators but I am not an avid fan like I am for the others.
As you can probably tell, my life revolves mostly around sports. I love to watch sports, play sports, and talk about sports. Growing up, I played soccer. From 4 until 18 some of my best memories were on a soccer field. I was able to get a scholarship to play college soccer, but overall that didn’t work out.
After that point in my life, I felt empty. I spent so much time playing sports and now it had all come to a halt. Luckily when I transferred colleges I was able to still be around sports.
First, I was able to play intramurals with my sorority which was a blast. I also was able to take a class over soccer, volleyball, and bowling. I interned with the Nashville Sports Council which plans and facilitates different events and activities with the Titans, the Predators, and other teams around the area. They also plan the Music City Bowl.
I also interned with Tennessee Tech athletics doing Marketing and Promotions. Ultimately after college I didn’t seek a profession in sports marketing/media even though I had a love and passion for it. For two years after I graduated I worked for a bank and wasn’t doing many things involving sports and again I felt empty.
In August of 2019, I started my masters degree in Teaching in order to move back to McMinnville to teach, coach soccer, and be closer to family. When COVID hit, I decided to leave my job at the bank. I moved back to McMinnville thinking I was going to teach and coach soccer. I ended up getting a job pretty quickly at the school and was able to get on with the WCSA.
For the last three seasons, Me and Trev have been on the sidelines for all the Pioneer games.
Funny story - I actually ended up at the WCSA by accident. I wasn’t planning on doing this in the future but Jeff told me that if I joined and did sideline reporting for football then I could get into all the games. That doesn’t seem like a big deal until you realize that in 2020 there were a very limited number of people who were able to go to games due to COVID. So, on week two of the football season in 2020, I started my sideline reporting career and I loved it.
At this same time, I had started working with All In which is a travel soccer team out of Cookeville. I was coaching a 10U team at the time and while I did enjoy it, I realized I was way too busy with everything else going on and decided to step away so I could do the WCSA for other sports, not just football. For the past two years I have really enjoyed getting to work with Jeff, Trevor, and Geoff Griffin.
We're thankful for this journey and I hope everybody who has supported the WCSA before will continue to stick with us as Trevor and I move forward in a bigger role.
I have no clue what is in store for the future of the WCSA, but I know it will be great!
Ansley Mullican Murphree, WCSA Co-owner