Dr. Elizabeth McFarlin came to Lipscomb to play tennis and prepare for medical school. She was successful in both endeavors. She played on the tennis team for four years and went to the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State. She is a busy pediatrician and spent part of a lunch hour talking with Lipscombsports.com.
What years did you play tennis at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
"I played from 2000-2004. Dr. Lynn Griffith was my coach."
Why did you want to attend Lipscomb?
"I fell in love with the atmosphere on the campus and the people on campus. The girls on the team were very nice, warm and welcoming. I grew up in Murfreesboro so it was close to home. I grew up in the Church of Christ so I came here for the Christian environment as well.
"I also knew I wanted to get into med school and I knew Lipscomb had a good reputation of getting students in medical school."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"Hanging out with the girls and spending time traveling on the road and on spring breaks. We were all really close. I bonded with them. Those were good memories.
"My senior year we played Western Kentucky several times. I remember beating them on our home court. They became a rival and it is always fun to beat a rival."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"Definitely my brother, Trey. He played at Austin Peay. My tennis coach growing up, David Thornton, was also an influence. From both of them it was all about the work ethic. You have to work hard for the things that you want. Things aren't going to be handed to you. They all helped encourage me to put the time on the court to get the results that I wanted.
"Coach Griffith is wonderful. I love him. I still talk with him some. He was always there and supportive of me wanting to be a doctor. He made sure I was able to do my academics as well as being able to compete on the athletics side."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"After chapel when everybody would hang out in front of the student center and socialize is a favorite memory.
"I was in Delta Sigma social club. I have many great memories of events and formals. I made great friends through that. My doubles partner was Julie McDonald for all four years. She was in Delta Sigma as well. It was fun."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"I definitely learned a lot about making lasting friendships and treating people the way you want to be treated. The most important part of success is to keep your priorities to God, family and friends intact.
"The smaller environment and having kids live in the dorm and having a curfew helped develop relationships. Also being part of clubs and teams and having a smaller student body make a difference."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"Dr. Jon Lowrance taught cell biology and Dr. Kent Gallaher taught plant biology. I majored in biology with minors in chemistry and psychology.
"They both made learning fun. It was challenging, but they made it fun to learn and they were able to keep our interest. They were willing to help us and make sure we succeeded.
"We went on a trip to Seattle with both Dr. Lowrance and Dr. Gallaher during a Maymester.
"We were studying about changing environments so we went up to Seattle for a week. That was a really fun trip. We went to some of the forests and looked at where the volcano, Mount St. Helens, had exploded and how it had killed the landscape and how it was growing back."
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I work with Capstone Pediatrics. They have several offices. I work in the Brentwood office."
Tell us about your family.
"I married Trevor Coe who went to Lipscomb. We have two boys, Benjamin (2 years old) and Jacob (11 months)."
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org