As the second installment of Alumni Spotlight series focusing on sets of twins who competed for Belmont, we check in with Meredith Brandt Govea and Sarah Brandt Adams, who played soccer for the Bruins from 2004-2008. Together, they started 142 career games and each was named Academic All-District. They also helped lay the groundwork for the program’s 2008 run to the NCAA Tournament.
Today, we spotlight Meredith Brandt Govea, who lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee with her family.
Why did you choose Belmont?
There were a lot of great things that led to my decision to play at Belmont. It gave me the chance to continue to play Division 1 soccer with my twin Sarah. It was also close to family, and it’s a great school in a great city.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Belmont?
One of my greatest memories is making it to the semi-finals of the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament. Although the loss in a shootout was heartbreaking, making it that far in the tournament really proved how far the program had come since my freshman year. It provided a bit of validation for all of the hard work my class specifically had dedicated to the program for four years. I also have fantastic memories of playing with my twin. I value those four years we got to spend together even more now that we are adults.
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Belmont?
Renee Schultz had the biggest influence on me during my athletic career. Before attending Belmont, she actually coached me in club soccer, and she was the assistant soccer coach my freshman year. While attending Belmont, she was one of the Athletic Academic Advisors. Not only did she have an impact on my life, but I saw the impact she made on the lives of other students. She was the person who inspired me to pursue my Master’s Degree in Sport Management, so I could become an Athletic Academic Advisor. I wanted to be able to make the same impact on others that I saw her make every day. Her influence and care went beyond who you were as an athlete.
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Belmont?
During my time at Belmont, I learned how to be a leader in the midst of tough times. When I first joined the Belmont women’s soccer team, we struggled to be successful. I was a starter in the defense as a freshman and had to learn to lead even though we were still developing as a team. Ultimately the women’s soccer team grew to be a success and I was able to grow my leadership skills as the team turned the soccer program around. These leadership skills continue to serve me in life outside of college soccer.
What advice would you give to current members of the soccer team?
Work hard every day in everything you do. One of the beautiful things about soccer is it is a team sport. You are in it together, and you have many other women relying on you. Not many things will bring you close together like three-a-days in 100 degree temperatures. Push yourself year round to be the best player you can be, not only for yourself, but also for your teammates. There is no greater feeling than accomplishing something you have dedicated yourself to with a group of women you have trained with and worked so hard with. Also, enjoy every minute. Playing a Division 1 sport is a privilege and makes you unique. Enjoy the moments, because it doesn’t last forever.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
Professor Richard Tiner was my favorite professor. He was my advisor in my academic major of media studies, and I had many classes with him. His passion for teaching was so evident year after year. He was a joy to work with, and really invested in me as a person. Not to mention he was a great advocate for the student athletes at Belmont. Many years after graduating, I was interviewing for a job in media, and I immediately reached out to Rich for help in preparing for the interview. He was beyond helpful, and I got the job! Professors you can rely on years after graduation are special.
Where do you live now?
I currently live in Hendersonville, TN
Who is your employer?
I worked for HGTV and DIY television networks for 5 years as a National Sales Planner in Dallas, TX until I had my daughter. Now I am a stay at home mom to my daughter and son.
Tell us about your family.
I am married to Michael Govea, who I’ve known since High School. We have a 2–year-old daughter, Lydia, and a five month old son Brandt. We also have our dog Dolce, who we rescued off the streets of Houston, TX. We are blessed to live near our siblings and our parents in the Nashville area.
Tomorrow, we will check in with Sarah Brandt Adams, who also lives in the Nashville area.
If you a former Belmont student-athlete and would like to participate in our Alumni Spotlight series, email John Langdon at firstname.lastname@example.org.