Emily Rauschenberger was on the Lipscomb campus this past weekend as part of a celebration of 20 years of Lipscomb softball. Rauschenberger was named a "Lipscomb Softball Legend" for her play during the NAIA era. She is only one of three players all-time to earn All-Conference honors all four years from 1997-2000. In 1999 and 2000 she was an NAIA All-Region selection. She finished her career with 100-plus runs batted in. Rauschenberger spent some time talking with Lipscombsports.com about her memories of Lipscomb softball.
What years did you play softball at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
"I played from 1996-2000. I was a student-assistant coach in 2001. Andy Lane was the head coach. J.J. Dillingham was an assistant. Then Sherry Dickens was head coach and Jeff Spivey was an assistant. Jeff then took over as head coach and Andy Mankin helped him. I was a student assistant for Amy Becker when she was head coach."
Why did you decide to play softball for Lipscomb?
"I didn't even think about Lipscomb at first. I went to high school at Oakland in Murfreesboro, but I didn't really know a lot about Lipscomb.
"I played for the Nashville Eagles in the summer. One day my summer ball coach, Don Lockridge, held our practice at Lipscomb.
"I had a couple of offers from junior colleges in Georgia and Florida but I hadn't signed with anybody. I was taking batting practice and Andy and J.J. were watching me. They came up to me after I got through hitting and asked me if I would like to visit the next week. I said sure. So that is how I got to Lipscomb.
"They didn’t have to look very far for me. I did know a lot of people on the team because I had played summer ball with them. Pretty much the whole first team at Lipscomb when I came there was from the Nashville Eagles.”
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"We went to the NAIA nationals three of the four years I was there. My freshman year was only the second year of the team. That was exciting. We had to win the conference tournament and then the regionals to get there.
“My nickname was `Hot Dog’. They didn’t want to call me `Hamburger’ because of Rauschenberger so they called me `Hot Dog’. Emily Pearman introduced me to everyone at Lipscomb and called me `Hot Dog’. We were creative.”
Are you surprised how far the program has advanced in 20 years?
"I am not surprised. Coach Lane was so involved with it. Since Kristin Ryman has been there she has done such a good job, and she was a great player there as well.
"If you have the right players you are going to be successful and they have done a good job of bringing in those types of players. There have been a couple of down years, but not too many.
"It has been really cool to know I was a part of this. When they played Alabama in the NCAA Regionals in 2010 for the first time that was so exciting. I was like `I went to school at Lipscomb. I played softball there.' It makes you proud."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
“Coach Lane. He was always stressing to us to be on time, to be a team player and to be responsible.
“We always had fun when we went places too so he brought that into the mix. I enjoyed playing for him. He always had good sayings to get you motivated.
“He would just tell you straight what he wanted. He would tell you like it is. He had a good personality. He was funny. But he would get on to you if he needed to do it.”
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"I worked in the SAC (Student Activity Center) when I was there. I kept score for the intramurals and worked at the front desk.
"I also enjoyed hanging out in student center.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"I learned the importance of taking responsibility for my actions and living a good life. I learned good, Christian values.
"Everyone was so nice there. I learned just to be a good person in life and in work. I learned to be a team player."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
“Dr. Phil Choate, my anatomy teacher. Even though he was intimidating I learned a lot from him. I never thought I could be in lab and work with a cadaver, but he made it interesting. It was a really hard class, but it was a cool class.
“I majored in exercise science. I liked coach Lynn Griffith and Dr. Kent Johnson. I wasn’t very vocal in classes. But they were both very entertaining teachers. They kept you interested. I enjoyed my major.
“I minored in coaching. Coach Griffith used his own experiences in the class. He related to us very well.”
Where do you live now?
“I live in Murfreesboro.”
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
“I work for Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance in the Murfreesboro office. I am the lead x-ray technologist. I take x-rays. I have been there for eight years.”
Tell us about your family.
"I have a three-year-old daughter, Anna Kate.”
My email address is email@example.com.