Herd Media

(2022 Graduate) Danny Kotula serves as editor-in-chief and sports editor for Herd Media and program director for The Bison, Lipscomb's on-campus radio station. A Fulbright Scholar grant recipient for 2023, Danny has obtained extensive sports communications experience while still an undergraduate student, including nationally-relevant sports commentary, award-winning radio and written student journalism, multiple leadership positions in student media, successful blog and podcast creation, an internship with a world-renowned public relations agency, and media relations experience in a leading semi-professional sports front office. Danny is a senior studying public relations and Spanish; he has lived in eight states but currently calls Georgia home when he's not in Nashville.

  • Sports

    Volleyball victorious in finale

    FLORENCE, Alabama – The Lipscomb volleyball team outdid North Alabama Sunday 3-0 at Flowers Hall in the final match of the 2022 regular season. With the win and results elsewhere, the Bisons clinched the fourth seed in next weekend’s eight-team ASUN Conference Tournament. Freshman setter Sophia Hodepohl paced the Bisons with 41 assists, adding three kills, five digs, and three blocks. The Mason, Ohio native has been the lone setter on Lipscomb’s roster since a season-ending injury to senior setter Ashleigh Albert. “It’s been a lot of work,” Hudepohl said. “I miss [Ashleigh Albert] and I’m so sad she’s hurt right now, but being the only setter in the gym…

  • News,  Sports

    Basketball drops Thursday night three-OT thriller

    HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Kentucky – For the first time since February 10, 2005, a Lipscomb women’s basketball game lasted for at least three overtimes. Just like that fourth-overtime decision in DeLand, Florida, the Bisons came up short. After 55 minutes of basketball, the visitors dropped their second game of the season to the Northern Kentucky Norse by a whopping 101-95 final score. A sparsely-populated Truist Arena, which seats nearly 10,000 fans at its capacity, was treated to the best game of basketball in either team’s recent memory. The contest was complete with physical play, high scoring, nine players fouling out, and a 4-on-5 finish. Unfortunately for the Bisons, six of the…

  • News

    Introducing Herd Media

    We are Herd Media. As our predecessors in Lipscomb student media have done on multiple occasions since our beginning in 1923, we usher in a new name, identity, and direction for our content nearly a century later in 2022. Lumination Network has officially become Herd Media, Lipscomb’s student media outlet and the flagship offering of the Department of Communication and Journalism. Lumination Network, the previous moniker for Lipscomb’s student media source, saw a transition from a printed, physical newspaper to all-online news content. Rather than casting Lumination aside and starting anew, Herd Media stands to build on and continue the online journalism base that Lumination established. Specifically, Herd Media will…

  • Arts and Entertainment,  Multimedia,  News

    Winans, Wilson dominate at Doves

    Lipscomb hosted the 53rd annual Dove Awards at Allen Arena Tuesday, welcoming the Gospel Music Association (GMA) and honoring its picks for the best Christian music and entertainment across various genres. Chris Tomlin and Erica Campbell were the hosts of GMA’s flagship event, while other stars such as TobyMac, Maverick City Music, and Phil Wickham graced the stage at Allen Arena during the performance. Lipscomb prepared for the event by completely transforming the Student Activities Center. Completely decked out with a red carpet, a press room, and interview booths, it was a hive of hype hardly recognizable to students.  The day started around 3:30 p.m. when artists, presenters and more…

  • Sports

    Roeser writing new story with tennis team

    After a period of particularly high peaks and cavernous lows in the past five years, it’s time for the Lipscomb men’s tennis team to start anew. Last year’s 4-14 record included a 1-7 ASUN mark, and at the helm of an impending rebuild is first-year head coach Ben Roeser, whose hire was announced by Lipscomb Athletic Director Philip Hutcheson this summer. While Roeser’s arrival indicates an opportunity for Lipscomb to start anew, it’s also a chance for Roeser himself to do the same. The 32-year old will make his return to a head coaching role after the men’s and women’s tennis programs he led at Wright State were cut due…

  • Opinion,  Sports

    Men’s basketball picked 8th pre-season–why they’re right and why they’re wrong

    Lipscomb Men's Basketball Stock Photo

    It may come as a shock to the system for fans of the Purple and Gold to see a disappointing 6th and 8th position in the ASUN Conference Coaches' and Media Polls, respectively. The rankings, announced by the league office earlier this week, represent what would be a season of stagnation rather than a return to recent dominance. What's yet to be seen is how true those rankings will turn out to be come March.

  • News,  Sports

    Lipscomb dining feeds Florida football team

    In the face of catastrophe two states over, the Sodexo dining staff at Lipscomb University has stepped up to the plate. While Daytona Beach, Florida-based Bethune-Cookman University is under evacuation and it surroundings continue to suffer due to Hurricane Ian, Lipscomb dining services have been offered to the uprooted football program and cheerleaders. The Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman are scheduled to face Nashville’s Tennessee State University in a football game this Friday, making Nashville an ideal location to stay and receive on-campus dining. At the head of the decision to welcome the Wildcats is Anthony Bates, the Sodexo General Manager at Lipscomb. Bates says that when approached with the situation, he…

  • Sports

    Newfound lunacy around Lipscomb sports

    Lippy Lunatics

    Duke has the Cameron Crazies. Ohio State has The Nuthouse. Texas A&M has the 12th Man. And this year, Lipscomb might just be forming their answer to great student sections at the biggest athletics programs in the nation. Behind a few friends who are new to campus, a simultaneous idea birthed in separate states, and pure passion for the Purple and Gold, an upstart fan base has quickly snowballed into an official student section. It’s complete with watch parties, trips to away games, and dreams of much more. They’re the Lippy Lunatics, and by the looks of things, they’re only getting started. Everything began with two student managers on Lipscomb’s…

  • Opinion,  Sports

    Boulevard victory escapes men’s soccer again

    Men's Soccer game

    Battle of the Boulevard demons continue to haunt Lipscomb as they fail to score against their archrivals NASHVILLE – Over the past three and a half years, a generation of Lipscomb fans has watched their men’s soccer team accomplish just about everything imaginable for a mid-major program. The Bisons have packed Lipscomb Soccer Complex on countless occasions, reached the National Tournament, knocked off multiple top-25 teams, and even reached a #18 ranking nationally themselves. But the one thing they’ve never managed in this golden age of Bisons soccer is the holy grail for any Lipscomb sport–laying claim to the Boulevard and beating Belmont. There have been infamous almosts, from the…