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Wednesday, October 06, 2010Jamie Aid is returning home…again. She attended Samford University for one year in Birmingham, Ala., but returned to her hometown of Nashville to play tennis for Lipscomb University. After being away from Lipscomb at Ensworth High School for the past five years she returns to campus as the new women’s assistant tennis coach. As she makes the transition Jamie spent some time with LipscombSports.com to talk about what makes Lipscomb such a special place.
What sport(s) did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
“I played tennis from 2003-2006. I played for Lynn Griffith.”
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
“I have only been removed for five years, but when I look back I honestly don’t remember a lot of the matches or whether I won or lost. What I do remember is experiences I had with my teammates. I think those are the kinds or memories you carry through your life when you step away from a college sport.”
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
“Coach Griffith obviously had a lot of influence on me as an athlete. I got injured at Samford and I was looking to come home. Coach Griffith welcomed me to the Lipscomb program with open arms. I was able to medically redshirt for a year.
“Coach Griffith was committed to the entire person - body, mind and spirit. He was not interested in me just as an athlete, but he was interested in me, first and foremost, as a student-athlete. That is something that I have been able to carry over as a coach in the high school area and hopefully I will be able to carry it over as a coach in the college arena. The focus should be on academics first and athletics second.
“My Mom and Dad provided me with huge support in terms of athletics. I would have never been a college athlete if it was not for my family.”
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
”The day I made a 100 on Dr. Kent Johnson’s exercise physiology exam and he called me in his office and asked me, `How in the world did you do this?’” That was a pretty funny way for me to exit the exercise science program upon that quote. I told him I just studied and the answers came to me.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
”You come in freshman year as an athlete and that is kind of your life. But in four years it is not going to be your life. What I took from Lipscomb was the importance of family, the importance of giving back to your community and the importance of really being involved.”
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
”Dr. Johnson and Dr. Phillip Choate were my most challenging professors, but in a good way.
“I always liked to be pushed a little bit. Dr. Johnson was always able to push me. I appreciated that after the fact.
“A semester of my life was dedicated to anatomy with Dr. Choate. It was a little intense. I didn’t know I could be pushed that far in academics. To know you can study, and that you can remember all of this material and put it into practice, makes you feel successful after you have taken the course.”
Where do you live now?
“I live in Nashville. I was born and raised in Nashville.”
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
”I start my new job at Lipscomb Oct. 18 where I will be serving as the assistant women’s tennis coach. I will be working with players in practice and also working with recruiting and other duties.
“There is an excitement about having the opportunity to come back to a place that gave you so much and now you are in a position to give something back. It is a huge responsibility to work with these players. I look forward to teaching these girls and finding out what they can teach me as well.”
Tell us about your family.
” I am single.”
Jamie’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org