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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Sarah Marcrom McKamey has been honored this year as a legend of the Lipscomb athletics department for her accomplishments during her basketball career. She works at the family pharmacy and is the mother of two active young boys. Her brother, Samuel, played golf for Lipscomb. Despite all of the demands on her time she was able to spend some time this week with lipscombsports.com.
What years did you play basketball at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
"I played basketball at Lipscomb from 1993 through 1997. Frank Bennett was the head coach."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"That is a hard one. I don't know if I could pick just one. We were very fortunate to play in a time where we all got along. I think, for the majority of my time there, we were all close friends. Anything you accomplish together when you are close like that is pretty incredible.
"We had a good group of girls. We were able to go to the NAIA National Tournament every year. Accomplishing that together is my fondest memory."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"Coach Bennett and coach April St. John Ezell. They emphasized excellence. They emphasized the kind of life you should live in addition to how you should play the game. From a general day-to-day standpoint those two would be my biggest influences.
"But there were so many people who were so supportive and so connected to the team. They would have us over to dinner or have us come to their houses over Christmas break. There were so many great fans."
Why did you decide to attend Lipscomb and play basketball?
"I started coming to camp when I was 11 or 12. I just fell in love with the game and I fell in love with Lipscomb. I liked the concept that you could be successful in basketball but learn life lessons as well."
What impact did the Lipscomb basketball camps have on you?
"I think that during the camps there was such a sense of discipline. You were definitely there for a purpose. You had a specific schedule and agenda. You were expected to show respect.
"But there was also such a great teaching of the game, more so than just going somewhere and doing the drills and playing. There was a teaching of the fundamentals of the game that I don't think you got anywhere else at the time.
"In turn, in playing and working the camps, it taught us how to teach the game. I don't think we fully realized the knowledge base we were getting until we were away from Lipscomb."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"I personally loved the smaller chapels that they started when I was in school. Coming from a public high school where we hadn't experienced anything like that made those chapels unique."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"It was the ability to be in an environment there where you could achieve excellence in a sport and also strive for excellence in the classroom. We were also challenged and molded spiritually.
"We realized that every single aspect of your life can be used to glorify God. And to learn that during your college years, and to have that as you go out into the work place and while you are raising your own kids, makes such an impact.
The great lesson for me was maturing spiritually during the time I was at Lipscomb."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"I majored in kinesiology but I also wanted to go to physical therapy school so I had a lot of science classes as well. There are so many good teachers there who have the ability to teach the whole student and help you grow in so many ways than just in the classroom. To teach at a private school you have to love teaching and love the students.
"There were so many who were willing to help you if you missed class for basketball. If you were putting in the work in class they were willing to spend time to help you.
"In the chemistry department I remember Professor Kent Clinger. If you were interested, and were willing to put in the time, he would help you.
"In the kinesiology department I remember professors Kent Johnson and Lynn Griffith. I loved learning how the body works. I loved the challenges and the study of exercise physiology."
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I was a physical therapist, but now I work at my Dad's pharmacy, Marcrom Pharmacy. My husband, Joe McKamey, runs the pharmacy. Primarily I pay the bills."
Tell us about your family.
"I went to Memphis for physical therapy school. While I was in Memphis our church, Forest Mill Church of Christ, hired a new youth minister. I came home one weekend from Memphis and met my future husband, Joe McKamey.
"He was not only our new youth minister, but he was living with my parents, Ray and Jane Marcrom. Joe graduated from Lipscomb in 1998 but I didn't know him when I was in school.
"He actually had talked to April Ezell before he met me. She was subbing for Trish Duty at the time and teaching golf. Joe was in the class. April asked him where he was going and he said Manchester to work as a youth minister. She told him about me. So she says she is the reason we got married. She says she predicted it.
"We got married in 2000. We have two sons, Eli, 9, and Micah who just turned 6. They are fun to be with."
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