Where are they now? Stephanie Lane
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
By Mark McGee
Where are they now? Stephanie Lane

Stephanie Shouse Lane, a Lipscomb Hall of Fame Tennis Player, is still active athletically. Stephanie captured a National Pickleball Gold Medal in the Women's Division that was played just outside Phoenix, Ariz. Pickleball is a sport that combines tennis, badminton and ping pong to make it one of the nation's fastest growing sports.  Stephanie, and former Lipscomb tennis player Nicole Lawson Hobson, also captured the Bronze medal in Women's Divisional Doubles. Stephanie is this week’s “Where Are They Now?” selection.

What sport did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?

“I played tennis from 1987 to 1991 for Trish Hodgson.”

What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?

“The camaraderie of playing with the team, the tough, thorough practices that only Trish could run and the fun spring break trips.”

Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?

“Without a doubt it was my coach, Trish Hodgson.  As a collegiate athlete this time in your life is such a growing time.  Trish was so wonderful at molding and shaping us not only as tennis players, but helping us grow in the classroom and most importantly as people. She was our `Solid Rock’ that we knew we could always go to at any time!”

What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?

“The time that I spent as a member of the Pi Delta Social Club.  I really enjoyed being a part of such a strong group of spiritual ladies. I also really enjoyed all intramural sporting events.”

What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?

“One of the biggest blessings I received at Lipscomb was the opportunity to get to know and be around Coach Don Meyer.  Before arriving at Lipscomb as a student-athlete, I had the privilege of attending the Lipscomb Basketball camps for nine consecutive summers.  Coach Meyer's influence truly changed my life and outlook. 

“To this day, the characteristics that shape my life were formed by the things he stressed while teaching basketball.  A lot of people thought he was just teaching a sport, but what he was really doing was teaching us how to handle life.”

Who was your favorite professor? 

“There would be several. Obviously Trish Hodgson, but also Don Meyer, Paul Prill, Doug Varnado, Lynn Griffith, April Ezell, Ralph Samples, Marlin Connelly and Doc Adams.”

Where do you live now?

“Nashville, Tenn.”

Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?

“I am a physical education teacher at Glengarry Elementary School here in Nashville. I am in my 21st year teaching.”

Tell us about your family.

“I have been married to Andy Lane, who has worked for Lipscomb Athletics for 21 years. We have a daughter LeEllen who attends Lipscomb Academy.”

Stephanie’s e-mail is stephilane.sl@gmail.com.