Where are they now? Kim Puckett Scott
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
By Mark McGee
Where are they now? Kim Puckett Scott

Kim Puckett Scott is a medical doctor, an OB-GYN to be exact. Life can get a little hectic. In fact, she did this interview on the way to a hospital call. In addition to her practice, the 1999 Lipscomb Athletic Hall of Famer and a former NAIA All-American, is married and raising three children. Despite all the demands on her time she managed to find some time to talk with lipscombsports.com.

 

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

"I played from 1985 to 1989.

"Frank Bennett was the head coach. April (St. John) Ezell was an assistant coach. Trish Duty was an assistant coach my first two years."

 

Why did you decide to attend Lipscomb?

"At the time I had narrowed my schools down to MTSU and Ole Miss. I had visited both campuses.

"I played in a high school tournament at Smyrna and Coach Bennett came to watch. To be honest I really didn't know where Lipscomb was. I had never heard of it.

"He came up to me after the game. I played for Eagleville (Tenn.) and the team we were playing triple-teamed and double-teamed me the entire game. My coach made me stand at the half line the whole game. Two girls from the other team stood with me. I didn't even run down the court. It was the craziest thing. We were playing three against four.

"My Dad, Leon, had a huge influence on me. He had talked with Coach Bennett. After the game my Dad came up to me and said he wanted me to go visit Lipscomb. I didn't want to go. The morning we were going to visit there were several inches of snow. I told my Dad, `we aren't going down there'. But my Dad said I am going to drive you and we are going to go.

"We went on the visit and I remember Coach Bennett telling me I could be a big fish in a small pond or a little fish in a big pond. He was very committed to academics first, which I knew long term was going to be most important for me.

"I remember when I visited Ole Miss they really didn't want a student-athlete at that time taking classes that included labs. It may be different there now.

"When I talked to Coach Bennett about that he said I could take whatever classes I wanted to take and we would make it work. And it did. He never discouraged me from taking any classes I wanted to take."

         

What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?

"My junior year we went into double overtime with Union, one of our biggest rivals at that time. We won by a three-pointer I shot at the last second. That is the game that is most memorable for me."

 

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

"Coach Bennett. I always felt very much believed in by him. For me, I didn't have huge amounts of athletic ability but I worked hard.

"I was not overly confident even though I had a lot of things to gain confidence from. Coach Bennett was a great coach for me because if someone believed in me I felt like I could do anything."

         

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

"I enjoyed being a part of the team and spending time in the girls' dorm. We were over at Yearwood.

"Coach Bennett kept a pretty tight rein on us. We would have lights out at midnight on weekdays and1 a.m. on weekends.

"Michelle Parker and I had to study quite a bit. We would go in the closet and hide so we could study. We weren't trying to break rules, but we had to study. April would come through the dorm and check on us."

 

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

"I grew up Methodist. I was from a Christian family. But I appreciated a lot the Church of Christ background at Lipscomb.

"I really feel like it molded me and changed my spiritual path. At that time I realized I didn't know the Bible as well as I wanted to. I really delved into it."

 

Who was your favorite professor? Why?

"I majored in biology and minored in chemistry. I loved Dr. (Paul) Langford. I still see him sometimes in Franklin. I also loved Dr. (Phillip) Choate. He was hilarious.

"I also loved Dr. (Johnnie) Breeden too. We had such good professors. One of the things that drew me in to Lipscomb was the acceptance rate to medical school. That is because of the good professors.

"I went to medical school at the University of Tennessee-Memphis. I graduated from medical school in 1995. I finished my residency at the University of Tennessee at Memphis in 1999."

 

Where do you live now?

"Franklin, Tennessee."

 

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

"I am part of the Women's Group of Franklin. There are five of us involved."

 

Tell us about your family. 

"I am married to John Scott. He is a doctor specializing in internal medicine and pediatrics. We met in medical school. 

"We have three children. We have two daughters, Claire and Hannah, and a son, Cole."

 My email address is scottdox@msn.com.