When I was a little girl, sports ran in the family. I started playing soccer when I was only five years old and man, did I love running around the field. No, I was not chasing butterflies, but I sure found myself inside the net quite often.
Nets were kind of my thing. First it was soccer, then basketball and last but certainly not least, volleyball.
My families favorite sport was volleyball. My cousins and sister played, as my dad video taped and commentated every game. I grew up watching my family and falling in love with the game. I used to ask my sisters coaches if I could play with them or shag balls. No matter what, I wanted to be on the court.
Every time I had a vacation, I wanted to go watch my favorite school, Michigan State University, rock the socks off of any Big Ten team. One of my favorite childhood memories was going to the football game early afternoon, catching a basketball game before dinner and head to a phenomenal Big Ten volleyball matchup against the University of Iowa. Summers were spent watching the Lansing Lugnuts and the Detroit Tigers with a freshly squeezed lemonade in one hand and a ball park dog in the other. Sports were and are just my thing.
When I headed to college, I decided that I could not leave any part of sports behind. One of the best days of my life was signing my letter of intent to play volleyball at the University of West Alabama. I spent all day, every day, trying to get better. On the side, I found a certain love for the UWA Baseball team. Every spring, I would head out to the field and eventually got picked up as a diamond doll.
Now I know what you are thinking, what in the world does a diamond doll do? Well, we are the number one supporters of the team, run concessions, game day activities for fans, sell gear and marketing and promotional material on social media platforms. During my four years, I became the social media chair and by my senior year, the president.
Also during my senior year, I took on the position of coordinator of athletic digital media for UWA. My position consisted of all highlight videos for men’s and women’s basketball, softball and baseball. Also, I created themed game nights and promotional items for volleyball and baseball. Although, my favorite part of my job was getting to design all of the content for the first ever video board at Tartt Field.
Tartt Field is the home of the UWA Baseball team where I designed 42 roster videos, introduction videos, senior videos and at-bat graphics. Also, I captured footage to send to the local news stations and did a little game day announcing on the side. When the games were over, I did a stand up and sent it to my student news. I love sports reporting, it has been my dream since I was little to be a game day host at a Major League Baseball stadium.
May 6th, 2017, I ended my collegiate volleyball career and my degree in Integrated Marketing Communications: Sports Track at UWA. After becoming the starting setter for over 90% of the games since my freshman year, you can imagine how hard it was to give it all up. Not because I wanted too, but because my time was regulated by the NCAA. Being able to play Division Two volleyball was the most amazing experience I have ever had in my lifetime. I have created life long friendships, rivarlies, memories and horribly choreographed dances, with these crazy people I like to call my teammates. My coaches and teammates will tell you that I am the most outgoing, caring and loud individual you will ever meet in this lifetime. I remember one of my teammates saying that, “There will never be another Callie Murphy on this team.”
So since I can’t get paid for telling my own “retired athlete” story, (even though you can read mine here) studying to work with athletes seemed to be the right fit. Please take the time to look at my writing, videography and reporting. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me here.