She came to Lipscomb from Fairfax, Virginia in search of both a good soccer program and a good English department. She fell in love with Nashville, and she helped lay the solid foundation that has propelled Lipscomb Soccer to consecutive NCAA tournaments. Kelsey Reiman learned a lot in her four years on campus and turned those lessons into her dream job. She shared some of her memories and lessons with us when she sat down this week with LipscombSports.com.
What years did you compete for Lipscomb?
I played Soccer from 2010-2014, and my coaches were John Ireland and Kevin O’Brien.
What teammates were most memorable?
If I were to give this answer the attention it deserves, this would be a novel. You see, when you’re on a college sports team, you’re part of a family. You suffer and celebrate together and that makes you close – whether you started out liking each other or not!
But I suppose there are a few teammates that I share extra special memories with: Stephanie Romero is of my closest friends to this day, and she’s the only other person from our graduating class who stayed the full four years. I roomed with, played alongside, cried, and laughed with the “Florida Sisters,” Taylor Ann and Hunter Summers, and I now claim them as my sisters. Karli Crosby is memorable for the time we devoted to loving each other well, sharing stories and confessing struggles, and playing with over-energetic El Salvadoran children. I remember Kate Spellman for never failing to make us all laugh, and for quite literally pushing me the last 100 meters of the timed mile my freshman year so I would make the 6:00 mark (or at least 6:08). And I’ll never forget Niamh Rawlins, who I enjoyed sharing my faith with and who I discipled and loved (and was loved by) during one of the most challenging times in both our lives.
What degree have you earned?
I earned my English: Writing degree from Lipscomb in 2014.
Why did you attend Lipscomb?
Lipscomb University was not my first choice, but I believe it was the best choice. I attended Lipscomb for a few reasons: I grew up in northern Virginia and honestly, I was just ready for a new chapter. As a 16-year-old, Nashville seemed pretty dang cool. Of course, soccer played a big role in my decision, but not bigger than the draw of the English department. I knew that I wanted to pursue a writing degree (to the dismay of my parents, who were a little worried I wouldn’t find a job after college), and the English department at Lipscomb had a high rate of job placement in comparison to other schools. I attended Lipscomb for what I thought to be logical reasons, but ultimately, I believe God wanted me there.
What is your favorite athletic memory at Lipscomb?
This is going to sound like a cop-out answer, but I promise it’s not (entirely). I don’t have one favorite memory. I have favorite feelings.
I miss the feeling of standing in starting line-up for the national anthem. I miss the huddle on the field with 10 other girls just before we take our positions. I miss the nerves right before kickoff and how they immediately went away once the whistle blew. I miss knowing my right wing had my back even if I couldn’t see her standing there. I miss making the perfect pass and timing the perfect slide tackle. I miss being able to drop my shoulder and fight for the ball. I don’t miss the fitness tests, but I do miss working so hard for something and watching it pay off when it’s the 80th minute, you’re down by one, and your mark is gassed. There are a million feelings just like that, and I remember and cherish them all.
Who influenced your athletic career at Lipscomb?
The better question would be “who didn’t?”!
Everyone influenced my athletic career: My parents, every teacher who gave me grace for my travel schedule (and the teacher who didn’t), my teammates and coaches (the ones who stayed and those who did not), my roommates who put up with my ridiculous hours, my friends and classmates, the athletic trainers and doctors and surgeons who I spent way too much time with, and frankly, everyone who helped develop and shape me into the player I became.
But I can’t say all of that and not specifically call out “OB”, Coach Kevin O’Brien. As many know, he completely turned Lipscomb’s soccer program around, and it’s not just because he’s a fantastic coach who built amazing teams. He’s also wise enough to bring assistant coaches alongside him who complement him; who have different strengths than he does and can coach and befriend and care for the players in ways that, as the head coach, he can’t. So thanks, OB, for what you did for me. I wish I’d had more time to play for you.
What do you remember about Lipscomb campus life during your time here?
Now that I’m on the outside looking in, I realize how amazing it is that I was always able to run into, hang out with, or find a friend on campus. Sitting in the student center, bouncing from table to table as friends and classmates shuffled in and out—I can remember that with such joy because of the simplicity.
What is the most valuable lesson you learned in your time at Lipscomb?
I learned a lot at Lipscomb, and I’m still discovering and uncovering the many layers of those lessons today. But the most valuable lesson I learned during my time at Lipscomb wasn’t at Lipscomb at all. In fact, I was thousands of miles away with some of my teammates in San Salvador, El Salvador playing soccer and sharing the gospel with kids. I can’t really put into words what I learned from that experience, but I can tell you it shaped my life. We can all point to defining moments in our lives . . . times we regard and say, “That was the moment everything changed. That was when it happened.” El Salvador taught me about love—childlike, selfless, freeing, Christ-centered love.
Who were your favorite professors?
Oh boy, let me just apologize first for any name not listed next, and to each of the unlisted I say, “Thank you for teaching lessons in and out of the classroom, and also, no offense.”
And to each of you listed next, I say, “Thank you for shaping me into who I am today.” A few of my favorite professors in no particular order are: Mr. Aaron Burtch, who taught Introduction to Communication. He and I have remained friends to this day, and he’s given me the incredible opportunity to guest speak in his classes over the last couple years. In my freshman year, he supported me in my insecurities, fostered my love of public speaking, and equally challenged and encouraged me. Dr. Jan Harris – Girl, if you’re reading this, just thank you. Thank you for always believing in me. Thank you for influencing my passion for writing, and my skill and style more than any other person. Thank you for being a friend, a mentor, a teacher, a poet, and an inspiration. You are truly special. (Honorable mention goes to Dr. Stacia Watkins, who gave me the freedom to write one of my favorite papers.)
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Fairfax, Virginia.
What do you do now?
I get to do something every single day that I truly love and am immensely proud of, and how many people can say that and really mean it?! I work for Ramsey Solutions, Dave Ramsey’s company here in Nashville, as the Content Product Manager for Financial Peace. Basically, that means I strategize and plan for the content that we produce for our main financial membership. And for the time being, I’m also actually writing the majority of the courses and lessons. So, here I am, actually putting that English Writing degree to work . . . imagine that.
Tell us about your family:
The whole three swings and a ring thing didn’t really work out for me, so I’m unmarried, which means I’ll tell you about the family I’ve had for the last 27 years.
My folks, Paul and Lorna, don’t know I’m writing this, so you know I’m being honest when I say I have the most incredible, intelligent, loving, God-fearing parents. I was raised to believe in and love God, and to this day, my parents are still the best role models for how to exemplify and follow Christ. They live in Fairfax, Virginia (where I grew up), along with my older brother of two years, Taylor. He graduated from George Mason with an art degree and works as a graphic designer today.
- Favorite food: Burger and sweet potato fries
- Favorite TV show or movie: Inglourious Basterds
- Favorite Bible scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
- Favorite sports team: S. Women's National Soccer team
- Pet peeve: Indecision
- Person I most admire: My dad
- Person I’d most like to meet: Hitler’s mom. Just kidding! Probably Winston Churchill … wait, dead or alive?
- Rather ride or drive? Drive
- Pick one – salad or dessert: Salad (yea, I know)
- Dream vacation spot: Greece
- Early morning or late night person? Early morning
You can reach Kelsey by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect on Instagram: knreiman