In honor of Valentine's Day this month, the Student-Athlete Alumni Spotlight will present profiles of couples made up of former Belmont student-athletes. Our first profile is of Ashley and Duncan Borders. Each made an impact on their softball and baseball programs during Belmont's transition from NAIA to NCAA Division I.
Ashley (Wilson) Borders '99 played softball for the Bruins from 1996-1999. She played in 177 games at shortstop and ranks in the top-10 in Belmont history in four statistical categories. Ashley also helped her team win one conference and one sectional title during her four-year career.
Duncan Borders '98 was a four-year letterwinner for Belmont's baseball program from 1995-1998. He played in 105 games at catcher, batting .252, and had a career fielding percentage of .998. He helped Belmont to 104 wins over four years and also was a member of BU's first Division I team in 1998.
Ashley and Duncan recently talked with BelmontBruins.com about their time at Belmont and their present life here in Nashville.
Why did you choose Belmont?
Duncan – I chose Belmont for the opportunity to play baseball and it felt like a good fit for me.
Ashley – I chose Belmont because it was close to home and Coach Corey gave me an opportunity to continue to play softball.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Belmont?
Duncan – My senior year we were playing at Lipscomb in a tight game. It was the bottom of the ninth with two outs and a runner on second. We had a one run lead. The batter hits a base hit to the left field and Josh Colbert fielded the ball, threw home and I tagged the runner out at home to win the game.
Ashley – My favorite softball memory is also a "Battle of the Boulevard" memory. It was the NAIA conference championship my freshman year and Lipscomb was beating us by at least five runs late in the game. We had bases loaded and managed to hit a grand slam followed up by a solo home run to tie the game and go on to win the conference title.
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Belmont and how?
Duncan – Coach Jarvis….he completely transformed me as a catcher.
My teammates – It was no one person that had the biggest influence on me but my teammates on the field. As student-athletes, we were brought together at Belmont for different reasons and came from different paths but we all had similar interests and a love for the game. We instantly became each other's friends, family and mentors. I will never forget the relationships I formed at Belmont and how they shaped me into the person I am today.
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Belmont?
Duncan – Friendships and my wife, Ashley.
Ashley – Definitely, life-long friendships.
What advice would you give to current members of the baseball/softball team?
Duncan – Enjoy the times with your teammates and don't take anything for granted.
Ashley – The four short years you are given to play the game you love will be gone in a minute, so don't take a second for granted. Always be a team player and one that encourages others. You will be remembered for how you act as a teammate not for the amazing things you do on the field.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
Duncan – Dr. Greg Faulk (Finance) – Dr. Faulk made his class fun and taught me many things that are applicable in my life today. I still see him periodically when he comes to shop in my Garden Center.
Ashley – My favorite professor was Dr. Jane Finley (Accounting). Dr. Finley is the reason I chose to continue my education at Belmont and get my Masters of Accountancy (MACC). She is the reason I chose to pursue a career at a public accounting firm (Deloitte) after college and without her influence I would not have the career in accounting that I have today.
Where do you live now?
Duncan and Ashley – Nashville
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
Duncan – I am the owner of Moore and Moore Garden Center. We are a retail lawn and garden store on Highway 100 in Bellevue. We are a full service garden center with both landscape and design.
Ashley – I am a certified public accountant and Director of Finance at Lipscomb University. Prior to joining the team at Lipscomb, I was in public accounting (Deloitte) for four years and at a public healthcare company for 12 years.
Tell us about your family.
Duncan and Ashley – After meeting at Belmont and dating for several years after graduation, we married in 2002, stayed in Nashville and had two boys: Wilson, age 13 and Mason, age 10. Wilson and Mason attend Lipscomb Academy and play multiple sports including golf, football, basketball and baseball. Aside from running a Garden Center, Duncan coaches travel baseball, flag football and is on the Board at Crieve Hall Baseball.
Tell us how you met your spouse at Belmont.
Duncan – Ashley played softball and I played baseball so our circle of friends was close. I first met her at a campus fish fry in the fall of 1995.
Ashley – Duncan and I met my freshman year (Fall 1995) at Dr. Trout's Fish Fry in front of Wright/Maddox. Duncan and I became good friends and didn't start dating until several year later.
What dating advice would you give to Belmont student-athletes?
Duncan and Ashley – Don't take yourself too seriously! Learn to laugh and enjoy being around others. Have fun with your friends and if you're lucky, your best friend will become your spouse.