Jamie Loftis McFerrin played soccer for Belmont from 2008-2012. She played in 75 career games, posted 11 goals and 29 points and was named to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team in 2008. In addition, she was a member of the 2008 team that won the Atlantic Sun title and earned the program’s first berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Jamie recently spoke with BelmontBruins.com about her Belmont career, recent marriage, and life as a middle school teacher for Metro Nashville Public Schools.
Why did you choose Belmont?
I felt that I would have the opportunity to impact the program as well as to be able to study and get a degree for what I wanted to do once college was over. I also liked the size of Belmont with smaller classes and a community feel.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Belmont?
Either winning the A-Sun Tournament my freshman (we won on penalty kicks – Morgan McBride and I scored and goalie Sari Lin saved four penalty kicks) or the following game playing at Auburn in the NCAA Tournament.
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Belmont?
Either Lisa Howe or Kyle Roelke.
Lisa Howe was extremely motivating, honest, and she pushed me to be better than I knew I could be. She had genuine trust and belief in me and gave me all the confidence an athlete could possibly need.
Kyle Roelke was a motivator, he was always encouraging and provided stability over my four years. With many coaches changing, he was always there.
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Belmont?
Friendship. I am still in contact with some of the girls and have truly built friendships that will last a lifetime.
What advice would you give to current members of the soccer team?
Be fully engaged in all that you do. Push yourself to be the best you can in soccer and in the classroom. Take time to genuinely build friendships with teammates that will last a lifetime. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Soak it in and make memories. When it’s all said and done, the memories are what will stay with you.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
Mrs. Vicky Doner. I absolutely hated writing and any ELA class. She made writing so fun and enjoyable that I looked forward to her class.
Where do you live now?
I live in Mt. Juliet Tennessee.
Who is your employer?
I work for Metro Nashville Public Schools at DuPont Hadley Middle Prep. I am a math teacher. I started teaching here my first year out of college and taught seventh grade for five years. This year I will be teaching eighth grade math and a high school credit class. I also coach girls’ soccer and basketball.
Tell us about your family.
I am married to Seth McFerrin. He is a high school PE and Health teacher at Beech High School in Hendersonville, Tennessee. He also coaches football there. We have been married for almost a year and a half. We have two dogs who are completely spoiled and we love them very much. In our free time, we enjoy playing in adult sports leagues and spending time with family and friends.