During the month of September, our Alumni Spotlight is going to profile our 2018 Belmont Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees.
Our next profile is Felipe Lima.
Lima was a standout on the Belmont men’s tennis team from 2002-2006. He was a four-time All-Atlantic Sun honoree, who helped his team to the 2006 A-Sun title and a berth to the NCAA Tournament. He is tied for fourth in career singles wins with 52 and ranks second with partner Felipe Abreu in career doubles wins at 36. He is the first men's tennis player from the Division I era to be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Sao Paulo, Brazil native recently spoke with BelmontBruins.com about his time at Belmont and his present life here in Nashville.
Why did you choose Belmont?
As a native of Brazil, I wasn’t very familiar with the schools here in the US. However, I felt Belmont was an exceptional fit for me due to the size of school, academic level and the potential of the tennis team.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Belmont?
We had a bit of a rough start to our regular (tennis) season my senior year. However, I’m proud to say that we came together as a team and made Belmont Tennis history by winning the A-Sun Conference Championship. It was definitely the greatest moment in my Belmont Tennis career.
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Belmont and how?
Hard to point out one person. Everyone in the Athletics Department and in the tennis team had a big influence in my career. If wasn’t for their work off court (Colette Keyser, Heather Copeland, Renee Shultz, John Langdon, Coach Barrick and Mr. Strickland), I wouldn’t be able to be as successful as I was on the tennis court. And if the tennis team wasn’t a family like we were, I wouldn’t be able to succeed either.
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Belmont?
I came to this country/school not knowing anyone. I left Belmont with not only an exceptional education, but also a close knit family. The relationships and experiences I had while attending Belmont helped mold me into the person I am today and for that, I’m extremely grateful.
What advice would you give to current members of the tennis team?
To enjoy every minute and to work as hard as they can. There will be times when you will get tired and you won’t have the desire to practice, play or travel…but your college career goes by so fast that you will miss every minute once it’s over. So play hard, have fun on the tennis court, and make some great memories!
Who was your favorite professor and why?
It’s hard to say who my favorite professor was because so many of them helped me a lot through my college career. But it was great to work and get to know my advisor, Beth Woodward. She guided and helped me through my entire college career.
Where do you live now?
My family and I live in Brentwood.
What is your present occupation?
I am the Director of Sales for Latin America at Confirmation.com.
Tell us about your family.
After graduation, I met my wife Angela in the spring of 2007. Angela, originally from Michigan, oversees Business Development at Cornerstone Financial Credit Union here in Nashville. We married in the May of 2014 and welcomed our little girl Isa into the world in July of 2015. Being a parent is such an amazing experience. Isa is absolutely everything to us.