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Student-Athlete Alumni Spotlight -- Kelli Davis Weathers

Student-Athlete Alumni Spotlight -- Kelli Davis Weathers

One of only three players to have her jersey retired, Kelli Davis Weathers (1990-94) garnered NAIA First-Team All-America honors in 1994 after earning honorable mention accolades in 1993.  Kelli ranks third on Belmont’s all-time scoring list with 2,351 points, and she is the owner of three school records - most points in a season (794), most three-point field goals in a career (415), most three-point field goals in a season (126).  She recently spoke with about her time at Belmont and her family and her coaching career in Loretto, Tennessee. 


Why did you choose Belmont?

I chose Belmont because early in my senior year, Coach Cross stepped up and made me a scholarship offer. He made it clear that he liked what I had to offer Belmont. I was being recruited by a few other teams, and they seemed to think it was important to tell me what my deficiencies were. Coach Cross believed in my skill set. I'm sure he knew that I had things I needed to work on, but he waited until he got me to Belmont to work on those things. After my final game at the state tournament my senior year, I had a team that I had really wanted to play for ask me to reconsider my decision. I didn't even think twice. I knew that Belmont was the place for me.

What is your fondest athletic memory at Belmont?

I think it was my junior year. We had lost several players to graduation. Our season had not gone the way we had hoped. We had battled our way into the TCAC championship game against Union University at Union. Assuming they would win the game, they had a big celebration party set up in their gym lobby complete with a huge cake that said TCAC Champs. We beat them! Our team had to leave the gym by walking through the lobby. It sure was sweet.
Obviously, going to the national tournament would rank at the top. Really the day to day things are what I remember most: becoming like a family with my teammates, struggling through two a day practices after Christmas, studying on the floor of the bus…. the little things.

Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Belmont? 

Coach Cross taught me so much about the game of basketball. I thought when I got to college that I would no longer have to work on silly fundamentals. I was wrong. Coach Cross was a master at setting up practices. He drilled us to the point that when things happened in the game, we didn't have to think because instinct would take over. He taught me that fundamentals are the most important part of the game. I still use a lot of his drills in my coaching.
Coach Barrick was my sounding board. Everyone knows that sometimes players get upset at the head coach. I needed Coach Barrick to calm me down from time to time.

What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Belmont?

There is no substitute for hard work. You get out of something what you are willing to put into it, whether it be academics, athletics or your work


What advice would you give to current members of the basketball team?

Enjoy every moment as much as you can. Some days it will seem like the weight of the world is on you, like you are juggling two full time jobs. You will survive. It will not last forever. It will be over in the blink of an eye.

Who was your favorite professor? Why?

I had 3 favorites.

Ronald Barrett- I had him for Anatomy & Physiology I and II. He was tough. When you studied for his tests, you had better study EVERYTHING!! He might take a test question from the caption under a picture. To pull an A in his class was one of the greatest things I accomplished at Belmont.

Bill Bandy- He was always encouraging me to lead a healthy lifestyle. He was usually in the dining hall when we ate, and he would always look at the food on your tray and make healthier suggestions.

Betty Wiseman - She was like a temporary mom. She was helpful in guiding me in the right direction academically as well as spiritually. I always knew that she was there to listen if I had a problem or if I was just having a pity party.

Where do you live now?

I live in Loretto, Tennessee


What is your occupation?

I just finished my 6th year of being the girls basketball coach at South Lawrence School in Loretto, TN. My husband and I also own Elite Sports in Loretto, which is a sports training facility offering private lessons, speed and agility training, batting cages and mounds, tumbling and many other things. I am also the AWANA commander at Liberty Grove Baptist Church and teach a Sunday school class of young adults and a junior high class.

Tell us about your family.

My husband, David, retired in 2009 from a 21 year career in Major League Baseball. He was a member of the 1992 World Champion Toronto Blue Jays and the 1996 World Champion New York Yankees. He is currently ranked 19th in all time appearances with 964. He is currently an assistant baseball coach at Loretto High School. He serves as a deacon at Liberty Grove Baptist Church and teaches an adult Sunday school class and a high school class.

My son, Ryan (16), is a sophomore at Loretto High School. He plays on the golf, basketball and baseball teams. He recently made a verbal commitment to the University of Alabama to continue his baseball career after graduation.

My daughter, Karly (12), is a 6th grader at South Lawrence School. She plays on the volleyball and basketball teams. Karly played with the Alabama Southern Starz AAU team this past summer who won the 5th grade AAU D1 National Championship in Bloomington, IN. Karly was ranked the #14 player in the nation for the class of 2022.

My daughter, Ally (9), is a 3rd grader at South Lawrence School. She plays basketball for the Loretto 5th grade TVBA team. She is also her brother and sister's biggest fan!!

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