Elizabeth Keevil: Women's Tennis Where Are They Now?
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Elizabeth Keevil: Women's Tennis Where Are They Now?

Elizabeth Keevil played tennis for four years at Lipscomb serving as team captain her junior and senior years. After completing her eligibility she stayed close to both Lipscomb and the tennis program serving as a graduate assistant for almost two years working in the University Racquet Club as well as in the weight room as a supervisor. She completed both a bachelor’s and master’s degree at Lipscomb and she works in Long Island, New York as a registered dietitian nutritionist and a certified dietitian nutritionist. She spent some time this past week talking with Lipscombsports.com.

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

“I played tennis at Lipscomb from 2008 through 2012.

“I had three different head coaches – Kristin Lusk, Andrew Harris and Jamie Aid.

“I stayed on and I was a graduate assistant at the racquet club from 2013 through 2015.”

Why did you choose to attend Lipscomb?

“I am a Canadian citizen. I grew up in Toronto, Ontario. One thing that drew me to Lipscomb was definitely the climate and being in the South.

“I also was interested in the courses that were offered. I wanted to study kinesiology so that was a big draw.

“I fell in love with the campus as soon as I got there … the community was so strong. There was a bond. It was small enough that you knew almost everybody and everybody knew you. Everyone really cared for you.

“Being away from Canada and being in a different country the familiarity with everybody and the closeness was a big draw and a huge comfort for me.”

What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?

“The thing that stands out the most in my mind was just the day-to-day team practices. My fondest memory is not special but it is just playing games.

“When I first started at Lipscomb we didn’t have courts on campus. We had to go off site to practice every day. Then a few years later we got the courts on top of the parking garage.

“I remember the process of those being built and being so grateful to have courts on campus. It is a beautiful facility.

“We could look out from the courts during practice and see all across Lipscomb. It was like being in your own little world up there with your teammates.”

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

“Definitely my teammates. They become your family. As small as the team is you really get to know your teammates well. There were only eight girls on the team so it was a close bond.

“International students get so much closer because they aren’t going home every weekend. They weren’t going home on holiday because they couldn’t afford a ticket. That wasn’t a problem for me because I was from Toronto, but the European players and the Australian players didn’t get to go home that often.

“I learned so much from them – the different cultures. They had such a huge influence on me and they still do. I still keep in touch with many of them.”

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

“Just exploring Nashville. I loved Nashville as a city. It was another big draw for me to come to Lipscomb. Nashville is a cool place. It is so trendy.

“My favorite memory outside of athletics is when I had time to go the coffee shops, explore the music scene or to hike. There are so many great hiking trails around Nashville.”

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

“I learned a ton of things at Lipscomb. It was a key development phase for me because I was there for seven years.

“I think the big theme I would draw is I learned what I was really interested in study wise. I found what I was passionate about. When you are passionate about something you go after it and it takes you down a rewarding path.

“Exercise and nutrition are two things I live and breathe and preach. It gives me such fulfillment in life to be doing what I love.

“Lipscomb provided me with wonderful opportunities to explore what I really passionate about. I was able to jump right into it.

“My major was exercise science. Then I went on to get my masters in exercise and nutrition and science at Lipscomb. While I was a graduate assistant I also received a certificate in nutrition sciences from Maywood University where I had a dietetic internship.

“I went on to coach tennis in the Hamptons and studied to become a registered dietitian.”

Who was your favorite professor? Why?

“I would have to say Dr. Lynn Griffith. He was the one who brought me to Lipscomb. I think I was his very last tennis recruit.

“He was also in the kinesiology department which was what I was studying. He may have never coached me personally in tennis, but I looked at him as a life coach and as a mentor while I was at Lipscomb.

“He was able to joke with you and lighten the mood and then he could just as easily get firmer and put you in your place if you needed it. He had so much character and so much wisdom. He had a strong faith and he was so personable.”

Where do you live now?

“I live in Sea Cliff, New York. It is right on the Long Island Sound.”

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

“I am a registered dietitian nutritionist. I am employed by Nutrition in Motion PC.

“It is a private practice. I am there with two other guys. It is pretty close to where I live.

“I oversee a wide variety of patients for nutrition and counseling. We specialize in behavior modification, eating disorders, sports nutrition, weight loss and management.

“There are always new things to learn. It is definitely a growing field.”

Tell us about your family.

"My fiancé is Peter Doran. We met while I was coaching tennis in the Hamptons. We plan to get married July 1."

My email address is keevil.elizabeth@gmail.com.