Continuing our spotlight of 2017 Belmont Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, we now profile Lorie Warren Drake.
Lorie Warren Drake played golf for Belmont from 2005-2009 and will be the first women’s golfer inducted into the Belmont Athletic Hall of Fame.
Drake is one of most celebrated student-athletes during Belmont’s Division I era. She was a two-time Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year as well as one of only 19 golfers in league history to be named four-time All-Atlantic Sun. In addition, she won seven individual tournament titles, posted 30 top-10 finishes and holds the school record in 10 different statistical categories. Warren ended her career as the 2009 Belmont University Presidential Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Lorie recently was interviewed by BelmontBruins.com about her time at Belmont and her present role as wife and mother in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
Why did you choose Belmont?
There were many reasons why I chose Belmont. First was the proximity to my family, especially my dad who was also my swing coach. Next, Belmont was and is such a highly respected university, not only for its athletics, but the education I’d be receiving would be the best. Finally, Coach Lissa played a huge role in creating a picture of what playing golf at Belmont would be like, and giving me the freedom to work on my game in the best way I knew how.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Belmont?
My fondest memory would have to be my hole-in-one during the conference championship. It was my first and only hole-in-one thus far! Both of my parents were also there to witness it too, which was pretty special.
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Belmont?
The person who had the biggest influence on me during my athletic career prior to and while attending Belmont would be my dad. My dad and I have such an amazing relationship, which made it really fun and easy to have him as my swing coach. Most parents would not be able to coach their children for several years without having some conflict, but we never did. He molded me into the player that I was. Without him, I know I wouldn’t have had the success that I did while at Belmont. My dad, mom, and brother were always my biggest supporters and were always encouraging me to be the best version of myself.
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Belmont?
The most valuable thing I learned from my time at Belmont would have to be the confidence I gained there not only in my athletic ability but the confidence to make important decisions surrounding what career path I would take. Being a student-athlete can be difficult at times because once I decided to play competitive golf, I wasn’t thinking too much about what I’d be successful at after graduating if golf didn’t work out for me. The knowledge I gained at Belmont led me to choose a career path in education.
What advice would you give to current members of the golf team?
My advice to current members of the golf team would be to put in the hard work to become the best teammate you can be. Set goals for each practice session, each tournament, and season. It’s also important to know that you are not only representing yourself on the course, but your team, coach, and university.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
My favorite professor would have to be Dr. Flynn-Hopper (Dr. FH). She was the professor of my first class as a Masters student. I was so nervous starting the program, especially after completing my undergraduate in a totally different area of study. The excitement and passion that Dr. FH has for teaching elementary-aged children was so contagious. I knew the minute I left her class that I was right where I needed to be. I had several classes with Dr. FH and my love for teaching continued to grow with the more time I spent learning from her.
Where do you live now?
I currently live in Hendersonville, TN, in the same city where I grew up.
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
Currently, I am a stay-at-home mom to my daughter, Kennedy, who will be two in November. Prior to having her, I was a fifth grade teacher at Lakeside Park Elementary School in Sumner County.
Tell us about your family.
My husband of almost six years is Jordan, who I met in my senior year at Belmont. He is a State Farm agent near downtown Nashville. We have a daughter, Kennedy, who will be two in November. Our lives revolve around our daughter and experiencing new things with her.