Former Lipscomb softball standout Kellie Sirus was back on campus over the weekend for an alumni game. Sirus, back in her home of Sarasota, Fla., where she works as a cardiology nurse, was an All-Atlantic Sun Conference performer in 2010, 2009 and 2008 and a member of the All-Freshman Team in 2007. She was a member of the A-Sun All-Tournament team in 2010 and 2009 and was the tournament MVP In 2010. She also excelled in the classroom where she majored in psychology. She was twice named a CoSIDA First Team All-American in 2009 and 2010 and was a member each year of the A-Sun Scholar-Athlete list. She took some time out from visiting with her former teammates to talk with Lipscombsports.com.
What sport did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
"I played softball from 2006-2010 for coach Kristin Ryman."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"My senior year when we won the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament and finally got to go to the NCAA Regionals. Being MVP of the tournament was a cool thing to end my senior year with.
"It was very exciting to go to the regional, especially at the University of Alabama which was the best team in the nation. We had been working four years to get there and our senior year we made it happen."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"My teammates. Coaches are always influential in your athletic career, but really I think it was the people I played and interacted with every day.
"On the field and off the field we were best friends. They were the ones who picked me up when I was having tough times. They would pick me up and help me out and give me the confidence back that I needed. They were always there for me."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"It seems like everything was sports related. But it was great to be in Nashville for four years and to meet all of the new people here at school.
"It's a great school. It is fun being in Nashville. Seeing the city and being a student-athlete here were great experiences. There was country music and the idea that I could bump into a country star at any time. I ran into Taylor Swift at Kroger's. That was pretty awesome. I had my picture taken with her."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"I had grown up in the church and have always been around church and Christians. I had a good bringing up from my parents. So coming here to Lipscomb reinforced it all.
"I was able to go to college, get a good education, learn, play sports and have the college life, but also still remember where you came from and what to focus on. God gave us this gift of being an athlete. In the end it all goes back to Him.
"Being here at Lipscomb helped me to remember that even more than being at a big school. The atmosphere here is very different from any other university. It was kind of nice to be here and give all the glory to Him. That is what they focus on here."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"I liked Ben May who was a Bible professor. He always remembered me every time he saw me which was weird because our Bible classes were really big.
"Dr. Paul Turner in psychology was another teacher I liked a lot. He was really calm. He was kind of quiet, but he was very knowledgeable. He was easy-going and understanding with my softball schedule."
Sydney Clayton was my anatomy teacher. I loved her. She was always helpful and worked around my schedule. She made anatomy a little more tolerable."
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I am a cardiac nurse at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. I have my bachelor's in nursing. I got that degree in December of 2011 at the University of South Florida in Tampa. I graduated and got a job in March.
"We get a lot of patients with all kinds of problems. It is just routine nursing. My twin sister, Kristie, is a medical surgical nurse at Vanderbilt Medical Center."