How did you choose your derby name? Any special meaning?
I chose it when I started skating with a men’s team in 2010. It refers to my day job as a Professor of Religious Studies.
How long have you played derby?
I started playing derby with Ozarks Derby Brigade when it was founded in 2010. Then I started reffing in 2011, when I was living in Germany for a year. At this point in my life, for reasons of time and bodily well-being, I prefer being a skating official.
How did you get started playing derby?
I saw a facebook post about a group of guys wanting to start a men’s team in Springfield. Since no experience was required, I decided to check it out and attended the informational meeting for Ozarks Derby Brigade. When I went to Germany for a fellowship, I started reffing for the local women’s league, mainly since there was no men’s derby in Germany in 2011. When I came back home in 2012, ODB had folded and I stepped into reffing for Springfield Roller Girls.
Have you been on any other leagues besides SRG?
Ozarks Derby Brigade (2010-11), which was the men’s team affiliated with SRG. I started reffing for Ruhrpott Roller Girls in Essen, Germany between 2011-12.
What is the hardest moment you have over come since joining derby? What have been some of your proudest derby accomplishments?
Learning the rule changes each time a new WFTDA rule set or clarification comes out. I felt that learning how to skate backwards was a big accomplishment for me.
What are three things you cannot live without?
My family, my books, my laptop
What is your favorite quote or saying?
“Doing little things well is the way towards doing big things better.” – Anon.
Who is your derby idol?
I don’t really idolize anyone in Derby. There are a bunch of excellent refs out there, but we’re all just human. However, watching Am-tastic skate for SRG early on helped make me a fan of the sport.