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Wednesday, August 25, 2010Kelly Houff Ehlert received her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy earlier this month from Belmont University. She is married for Weldon Elhert, a former cross country and track athlete at Lipscomb. She has been applying for various licenses, house-hunting with her husband and preparing for a new job. She took some time out to talk this week with LipscombSports.com.
What sport(s) did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
“I was recruited by Kim Barham. I played all four seasons for coach Brandon Rosenthal from 2002 to 2005. Brandon was my assistant coach my freshman year and was head coach my sophomore year through my senior year.”
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"Alex Scruggs was in town one night and we were trying to recruit her. We had a team bonding thing. We got somebody's washer and dryer and someone's couch which had been left on the side of the road and put them in Brandon's front yard. I think Kate was more upset with us than Brandon was."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
“At that time it was Weldon. When I got frustrated or mad about something he was always there for me. He was a runner and we both completely understood the dedication, the time and the effort. That is how I got through grad school too. He told me to keep going.”
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"My husband was a runner and it seemed like all we did was run or play volleyball. But there were two mission trips to Ensenada, Mexico and the City of Children where we helped out and saw how spoiled we are here. It is so unreal. You come home one day and don't need anything ever again. A little boy had a dirty shirt and was very upset. One of our girls had two shirts on and gave him one. He was ecstatic to have something that someone had given him, even if it had been worn."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
“At Lipscomb you are completely surrounded by chapel, devos and songs. Being around that all of the time instilled in me more of a base from a religion standpoint.”
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"I had Kent Johnson for a lot of classes. He was always very picky on how things should be done. Another one of my favorite professors was Dr. Phillip Choate in anatomy because he made it so easy to remember with some wacky techniques he used in class."
Where do you live now?
“Nashville. We live right behind Pizza Perfect, but we are waiting to hear about a contract on a house in Old Hickory.”
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I am waiting for my license. I accepted a position at Results Physical Therapy and should start in a week or two. It is hard to put in a nutshell what I do but we treat patients that are 99 that need to get out of bed and get around the house instead of a major league baseball player who has had a labrum repair. I will primarily be working in the outpatient area where someone's knee or back hurts or they have had surgery and we are getting them back to whatever their daily routine is."
Tell us about your family.
“My husband is Weldon Ehlert. We were the typical Lipscomb couple. We started dating March of our freshman year and married in July after our senior year.”