When Tuesday Hunt got the email on that Friday afternoon, she’d hit a low point. It was all too much.
Tuesday and her husband, Blake, had come to Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) so Blake could interview for a job as an assistant baseball coach. Both had been serving at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., for a number of years—Tuesday as the director of sports medicine, and Blake as a volunteer baseball assistant.
The move would make Blake’s professional dream of coaching at a Division I school a reality. But for Tuesday, the move meant leaving her dream behind.
“It was a pretty good little battle in my heart and my head about who’s going to have to give up— me being the director of sports medicine or is he going to have to give up his dream of being a coach? ” Tuesday says. “So we came up here to see what it was like ... we were driving around looking at apartments and houses. Finally, emotionally I was done, so much so that Blake had to pull the car over and give me a little bit of a pep talk. We pulled into the parking lot, and that’s when I saw the email from Mark Elliott.”
That email from Trevecca’s athletic director changed everything.
SEARCHING FOR DIRECTION
Elliott, who has been at the helm of Trevecca’s athletic program since 2011, had been without a head athletic trainer for a while after former director, Stephanie Scott, moved on to another job.
Trevecca’s three athletic trainers—Austin Krause, Nicole Burnett and Cody Jefferson—stepped in and shouldered the training responsibilities for the remainder of the year, while Elliott began his search.
He started researching NCAA Division I schools with larger athletic programs, focusing on colleges and universities with a mission similar to Trevecca. For Elliott, the first priority was to find an athletic trainer who had spiritual leadership experience.
Liberty University aligned with Trevecca’s values, so he started there. A quick search of Liberty’s faculty and staff directory led him to Tuesday.
He composed a quick email asking if she had anyone on her staff who might be ready to take the next step.
“I didn’t think there was any chance that she would be [interested in the job],” Elliott recalls. “I sent this email and basically said, ‘I’m looking for someone. Is there anyone on your team that would fit this description?’”
It was late afternoon on a Friday, and Elliott didn’t expect a quick response—but he got one.
FOLLOWING THE MAP
Tuesday remembers handing the phone to her husband, Elliott’s email open on the screen. “What do I do?” she remembers asking.
Blake’s answer? “You reply back to it!”
So Tuesday sent back a simple message—right there in the parking lot—explaining that she and her husband were actually in the Nashville area, and he was interviewing for a coaching position in Murfreesboro.
I have no idea what this means or what God is trying to tell us, she wrote, but something big is going on, and I’m not sure what it is.
Upon receiving that reply, Elliott wasted no time in calling Tuesday. Before the weekend was over, Elliott had formally interviewed Tuesday. The job was hers if she wanted it.
“It felt like a fork in the road. It was the kind of thing that felt like it was from [God],” Tuesday says. “Stuff like that just doesn’t happen every day.”
FACING THE FUTURE
As Trevecca’s head athletic trainer, Hunt oversees the healthcare needs of Trevecca’s student athletes. It’s more than simply treating sports-related injuries.
“An athletic trainer is a health care professional,” Tuesday says. “While [training and fitness is] a portion of the job, we’re also in charge of the entire health care of the student athlete, whether it be sickness, an injury, even down to mental health issues, we help facilitate, direct and provide care.”
Tuesday leads a team of three trainers who travel with Trevecca’s athletic teams, attend practice and become vital members of the teams they serve. She’s dedicated to serving Trevecca’s student athlete population holistically, including health, training and spiritual needs.
“My vision for the future is to provide excellent health care to student athletes,” Tuesday says, “and doing that in relationship to the athletic department’s focus on Christian-scholar-athlete, making sure that’s our focus, too.”