Continuing our ongoing Valentine’s Day edition of Student-Athlete Alumni Spotlight, BelmontBruins.com checks in with Leah and David Moss.
Leah Primm Moss played basketball for Belmont from 1996-2000 and is one the best long range shooters in program history. She is one of 27 players to score 1,000 career points (1,022) and is the school record holder season and career three-point shooting. David Moss was a member of the Belmont men’s soccer team from 1995-1998. He played in the defense for the Bruins and helped the program transition from the NAIA to the NCAA Division I level.
Why did you choose Belmont?
Leah: I chose Belmont because I wanted to play Division I basketball, get a great education, and be around great people. On my visit everyone was great and made me feel at home, but Betty Wiseman sealed the deal. It was also fairly close to my hometown, Hendersonville, TN and was excited to still see my parents at all of my games.
David: I chose Belmont because of its Christian reputation and for having a high standard of education. Also, because I was offered a scholarship to play soccer.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Belmont?
Leah: My teammates! I remember good and bad practices that we survived…barely. I remember long bus rides and so many silly games and deep conversations. I remember making sure my teammate to my right was staying awake during game film. And I remember us being there for each other, even when we were tired of each other!
David: Beating Kentucky in overtime my senior year.
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Belmont?
Leah: Betty Wiseman. She is such a treasure. I went with her and my teammates on 4 sports evangelism mission trips that changed the way I looked at the world and my faith. She was always available if I needed to talk. She lives as an example of how we all need to live and how to love God.
David: Earle Davidson. He taught me a lot on the field, but also about how that translates to the real world…class, character, hard work, and ethics.
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Belmont?
Leah: I knew I had God-given talent to play basketball. What I didn’t know was how to use that talent in service to God. The mission trips and the good people I was surrounded by at Belmont taught me that sports are a great place to be an example of good character and faith. All talents have a place in service to God.
David: Trust in the Lord and be yourself!
What advice would you give to current members of the basketball and soccer teams?
Leah: Enjoy it! I know it’s hard, and the season is long, but it is such a great ride! Take care of your teammates. They are family! It’s been 15 years, but I still consider the girls I played with as sisters.
David: Don’t take playing for granted. Stay focused and work hard.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
Leah: There were so many great professors! I had several that invited us students into their home for dinner. I was a Marketing major and Dr. Lambert had all of us out for a crawfish broil! I remember Dr. Gonas stopping by my pre-class Finance study group meeting to see if we had any Finance questions and we weren’t even in his class! This is what made Belmont so special.
David: Dr. Bill Bandy. He was a great mentor and always gave me a hard time. He would even critique my food choices in the cafeteria!
Where do you live now?
Leah and David: In Nashville’s Belmont-Hillsboro neighborhood
What is your occupation?
Leah: I work at TSW Investments and Cumberland Transit. I am their book keeper. The rest of the time I am trying to keep up with my three boys.
David: I am self-employed. I own 3 personal training studios here in Nashville called Takes 2 Fitness. I run operations, marketing for business, and help individuals improve their lifestyles.
Tell us about your family.
Leah and David: We married in 2001. We have 3 boys: Aidan (10), Caleb (7), and Luke (5), and a dog named Lily. The boys love sports and keep us busy driving them to practices and games. The older 2 boys play soccer for Tennessee Soccer Club where David coaches them. I love watching them play and have fun.
Tell us how you met your spouse at Belmont.
Leah: As boys do, David waited until just after Valentine’s Day (1997) to call me for financial reasons, and to avoid the holiday pressures. I still give him a hard time about that! My teammate Denise Farrell was David’s A&P lab partner and helped get us set up.
David: I met Leah my sophomore, her freshman, year. Her teammate Denise Farrell was my Anatomy & Physiology lab partner, and she got me her phone number. Here we are almost 20 years later!
What dating advice would you give to Belmont student-athletes?
Leah: Look for someone you are comfortable around, that supports you, and that cares about your happiness. These early adult years are a journey, make sure you surround yourself with good people that will look out for you…and you have to do the same for them!
David: None. I have no idea how to date these days! Spend time with people that you enjoy being around and that you can be yourself around.
If you are a former Belmont student-athlete and want to particpate in this series, please contact John Langdon at firstname.lastname@example.org.