Lacey Printz Klotz came to Lipscomb from Seattle to run cross country and track. She spent a year away from the campus for her first job, but her ties to the school have deepened. She is married to Chris Klotz, director of spiritual formation for athletics. She works as a public relations specialist in the communications and marketing department. She spent some time talking this week with Lipscombsports.com.
What years did you run cross country and track at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
"I ran cross country and track from 2010-2014. Bill Taylor was my coach.
"When I came here as a freshman there were 16 runners in the class. We kind of dominated the team. Coach Taylor said he recruited on character. Everyone on the team had a really good bond. We all felt we were a good fit for the program and the culture. We wanted to grow in our faith and have good relationships on the team.
"The assistant coaches I worked with were Luke Syverson, Jenny Randolph and Marcus Evans."
What attracted you to want to attend Lipscomb?
"I was looking for a place where I could run cross country and track, but I was also looking at the music side of it. Nashville is `Music City' and it was really enticing coming from Seattle, Washington to a place where I could do music or work in the music industry which I did for a year after graduating. Just being around the musical influences was a huge pull for being this far away from home.
"I really liked the idea of being on a Christian campus. I was looking at some schools in California. But coming to Lipscomb and being around the community that was there was not like any other school I had visited.
"I had received a recruiting letter from Bill Taylor. I didn’t know anything about Lipscomb so I looked it up on-line. I visited here with my parents and my Mom said, `I can see you here'. That was pretty affirming in my decision-making process. The team was really friendly and inviting. I knew I wanted to be a part of that team and that I would be part of a family away from home."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"Aside from being on the team it was being a part of Lipscomb's Fellowship of Christian Athletes. That was really cool.
"The cross country team was a place I grew in my faith. I was baptized my sophomore year. It was great being a part of team devos, but FCA gave me a chance to walk in my faith and really grow in my faith with other athletes."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"Jenny Randolph was a part of the team. She was a friend. She was a team captain my freshman year. We called her `mom.'
"We would go to her room and talk and she would help us feel at home. She took three of us home with her on Thanksgiving. She helped us feel welcome and loved. She showed us the ropes about being in college. She was a huge influence on us growing in our faith and also in our college careers. She is someone you just love and want to be around.
"Shannon O'Brien mentored me more on my faith side which is really important to me as well."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"Being a part of musical things on campus was really fun. I did the Tau Phi Cowboy Show all four years. My senior year I was one of the hosts for Sing-a-rama. I also enjoyed playing in the coffee house events."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"My relationship with Christ grew here. I really found my faith for myself while I was a student here. It is also about the relationships I made with people.
"There is a deep community here. It is a place where there are good people. I found that in FCA and on the cross country team.
"Now being an employee here there are deep relationships in different parts of Lipscomb. It is encouraging throughout the day to know you are around people who love the Lord and that are on your team. That has been a rewarding experience of being a part of the Lipscomb community."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"I really loved Alan Griggs and Dr. Jimmy McCollum. Everyone in the communications department helped me and challenged me.
"I took one class with Alan Griggs that really stretched my thinking. It wasn't a P.R. class. It was a news class. I was challenged in my writing and there are things I learned in that class that I can see help me now.
"I also liked Marriage and the Christian Home with Phillip Camp. That class was really cool to see things from a Biblical perspective."
Where do you live now?
"We live in Nashville."
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"Lipscomb University. I work in Communications and Marketing as a public relations specialist. I started working here in mid-June after working in public relations in the music industry for a year at Wortman Works Media and Marketing. That was an awesome experience. I really grew a lot as a professional. But when I heard a job was open here at Lipscomb I couldn't pass it up."
Tell us about your family.
"Chris and I got married in March in Nashville. We just bought a house.
"It has been a cool kind of journey with Chris. We were friends. We developed that relationship. It has been a fun transition."
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.