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Wednesday, September 15, 2010Jennifer Cannon Wheeler played softball at Lipscomb during the transition period from NAIA to NCAA Division I. She had the opportunity to compete in Atlantic Sun Conference games and played first base for the first Lady Bisons team to play in the A-Sun Tournament in 2005. She spent some time this week with LipscombSports.com to talk about her memories of Lipscomb.
What sport(s) did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
“I played softball from 2001-2005. My freshman year I played for Amy Becker. Then I played for Andy Lane.”
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
“Overall, being able to be part of the transition from NAIA to NCAA and to be able to go to the conference tournament my senior year. Beating Alabama in one of the last games of my senior year was pretty good too.
“The transition was hard recruiting-wise. We started out with eight or nine freshman girls and Danielle Catalano and I were the only ones left at the end.”
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
“I would have to say it was Kristin Peck. She was a very hard worker. She was a great student with top of the line grades. She was very motivating with a great attitude. She was a great team leader.”
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
“Probably staying up late and talking in the dorm with friends. Some of my closest friends are from Lipscomb. We talk all the time.
“I was in Elam for three years and in Johnson my senior year.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
“I talk to people about this quite a bit. When I was there I took chapel and Bible for granted. I thought it was such a burden. And after being out of school for a month or two I thought, `oh man, I miss it.’ Now I realize it is very important to have family and faith in God. When I got out of Lipscomb I realized I needed a church with a strong congregation I could really get involved with. I wanted to have church friends, work friends and friends in general.
“Jonathan and I are extremely involved in church. It is very important to us.”
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
“I majored in Kinesiology so I would have to say it was Kent Johnson in the Kinesiology department. It started out because he was my advisor. His classes were extremely challenging. But he always had in mind what was best for the students.
“He was always willing to help. If you needed to talk to him he would sit in his office for hours and hours talking about whatever you needed to know.”
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
“I work at Star Physical Therapy in Cool Springs as an exercise physiologist. I have been working for them for five years.
“I mostly work with physical therapists on rehabbing patients and getting them back to normal. I work with a wide range of things from total hip replacement to total knee replacement or typical things like shoulder tendinitis. “
Tell us about your family.
“My husband’s name is Jonathan. We have been married for three years. We don’t have any children yet. But we do have a dog."