Ali Watson was a pitcher for the Lipscomb softball team for two years, but decided to hang up her glove for good after a solid sophomore season. She stayed at Lipscomb and was one of the first two students to graduate with a degree in Entrepreneurship. She has been traveling the globe for various missions projects, but plans to settle in Nashville before the end of the year. Ali spent some time this week between trips to talk with Lipscombsports.com.
What years did you play at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
"I played softball in 2010 and 2011. Kristin Ryman was the head coach. Lexi Myers was the pitching coach."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"Our bus rides to and from games and getting to spend weekends with the girls on the team.
"It was always a blast. We had to find ways to entertain ourselves. We really got the chance to know each other better. You could be with your friends and that was the best thing about it.
"My best memory on the field would definitely be when we won the ASUN championship in 2010 and went to the NCAA Tournament (in Tuscaloosa, Alabama)."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"Alaina Jacobson. When I came in as a freshman there were several senior members on the team and Alaina was one of them. She was a pitcher. I spent a lot of time training with her.
"Alaina and I didn't hit. So when the rest of the team was practicing hitting we would go on long runs. We spent a lot of time talking and working out together. Athletically, she really pushed me to work hard and be the best I could be. She wanted me to be an influential pitcher the next year after she graduated."
What attracted you to leave your home in Athens, Georgia and attend Lipscomb?
"My grandfather, Archie Crenshaw, went to Lipscomb. That was one of the biggest draws. I was not planning to go to a small school, but he brought me to Lipscomb for a visit. My cousin, Chelsea Futrell, was also going to Lipscomb at the time.
"While I was there a meeting was set up with Coach Peck (Ryman). After meeting with her I decided to come to Lipscomb. I had always wanted to play Division I softball so having an offer to play for the team was a childhood dream come true for me.
"I had visited Lipscomb but it was before I started thinking about schools. It is just a beautiful campus. There is a lot of greenery."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"I joined Delta Sigma after I finished playing softball. I think being part of that social club and having friends love you really well and be able to share your life with them gave me a ton of memories.
"Camille Cross had been on the softball team as well. She left the softball team after her freshman year and joined Delta Sigma so I got to know the girls through Camille. I loved them. They were solid women who were also fun-loving."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"All of my friends there were mostly Christians. I had been a Christian my entire life.
"Being at a Christian school really helped keep me on the right track. Professors are Christians and most of the students are Christians. Christ was part of the conversation and that was a big thing.
"College is a time to grow and Lipscomb helped my faith to really become my own and be my own person. I was actually following Christ instead of doing it just because I was born into it."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"Joe Ivey. He was my advisor and he really mentored me well in entrepreneurship. He set me up with internships and was really prominent in helping me learn about business and discover what it would be like to run my own business.
"I am from a long line of entrepreneurs. I knew I wanted to do something in business but I wasn't sure If It was marking or management. I knew I wanted to open my own business one day."
Where do you live now?
"I live with my family in Athens, Georgia. I am moving back to Nashville In December."
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I will be looking for a job in Nashville.
"After I graduated I went on the World Race, an 11-month mission trip through 11 countries. It is nondenominational. It is based out of Gainesville, Georgia.
"It is basically about sharing Christ with people and working with them. It was an amazing experience out of college.
"A year after I got back from the World Race I became a leader and led another group for five months. I am still currently in that position and headed to Indonesia until they get off the field at the end of November.
“I went to a discipleship program in Spain called G42 Leadership Academy. I was first there in 2015 for six months, and I just spent August and September there working on staff.”
Tell us about your family.
"I am single."
My email address is email@example.com.