Kelli Dobbins Hasley was one of the early members of the Lipscomb softball team. She started her college career in 1997 and played in the NAIA days from 1998 through 2001. In 2002 she served as a student assistant coach.
She works as an X-ray technician and spent some time with Lipscombsports.com to talk about her time as a Lady Bison.
What sport did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
"I played softball. My freshman and sophomore years I played for Andy Lane. My junior year coach was Sherri Wright. My senior year coach was Amy Becker. I played from the 1998 season through 2001. I stayed on a fifth-year to do some graduate assistant work."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"Playing ball in Hawaii on spring break both my freshman and senior years was awesome to say the least. It was also pretty to go to the NAIA National Tournament in Decatur, Ala., as a freshman.
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"It had to be Coach Lane. He just motivated us in such a way that we wanted to win, but we wanted to do so well to make him so proud of us. And we knew that he was proud of us.
"He had a baseball background. He had never coached girls before. He was really open to our feelings. We could come to him and talk about anything other than softball. His door was always open to us and I love him for that.
"I remember I had a small disagreement with him and had a lot of personal things going on with my family. After practice one day he sat down on the field and talked for me for two hours. He was willing to sit with me as long as I needed to talk with him. He got me through what I was going through at the time.
"The girls on the team at the time had each others' backs. It was the best time in our lives. Coach Lane always told us academics was No. 1. We weren't going to Lipscomb to play softball and get our education along the way."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"I was between classes and everyone was in the square. It started to snow very quickly, and everybody instinctively started a big snowball fight. It probably lasted for 30 minutes and we were all late for class. It was awesome!
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
I learned the meaning of true friendship. We weren't just on a team together. We were all best friends.
"That's another thing that coach Lane always stressed to us. The friendships we made there were going to last a lifetime. We have always pretty much stayed in touch with each other. I wouldn't trade my friendships with these girls for anything."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"I have two. Dr. Kent Johnson and Dr. Lynn Griffith.
"Kent Johnson had very high standards. He made you learn and he made you like learning.
"I have a B.S. in Exercise Science. Both he and coach Griffith were so passionate about their teaching and you could see that. They made it interesting and fun. I always looked forward to their classes."
Where do you live now?
"I live in Spring Hill, Tenn.
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I work for Family Health Group which is a group of family health doctors. I am an X-ray technologist. I have worked there for six years."
Tell us about your family.
"My husband's name is Shawn."