Continuing our ongoing Valentine’s Day edition of Student-Athlete Alumni Spotlight, BelmontBruins.com checks in with basketball players Brandi Miller and Alex Renfroe, who were married in 2011.
Miller and Renfroe were two of the top players at Belmont during the first decade of the 2000s. Brandi, who lettered from 2001-05, was a two-time All-Atlantic Sun honoree and who is one of the just two Belmont women’s players to score 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds in her career (1314 points and 1005 rebounds). Alex played two seasons at Belmont (2007-09) after transferring from Trevecca. He was Atlantic Sun Player of the Year in 2009 and is one of five men’s basketball players to earn All-American honors.
Why did you choose Belmont?
Brandi: I chose Belmont because I wanted to play Division I basketball and their well- known doctoral program in Physical Therapy. I thought I'd have a better chance of getting in if I did my undergraduate here. That was the initial plan, but I ended up getting my Doctorate in Occupational Therapy instead.
Alex: I was looking to stay close to home after leaving Trevecca. Belmont offered, which was perfect because they were Division I and I already knew all the guys from high school or playing in open gym over the summer.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Belmont?
Brandi: Reaching 1000 career points and 1000 career rebounds.
Alex: Playing in the 2008 NCAA Tournament against Duke, although we lost by 1.
Who had the biggest influence on your athletic career at Belmont?
Brandi: My teammates. I was surrounded by a great group of girls that pushed me to be better every day. There was never a dull moment.
Alex: My parents, they were always supportive and pushed me to do better and never settle.
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned during your time at Belmont?
Brandi: I learned the true value of a dollar! While in undergrad, I had a basketball scholarship that covered the cost of my tuition, room/board, meals etc. It wasn't until I graduated and put myself through grad school using student loans that I realized just fortunate I was to have had that basketball scholarship to cover the first part of my education. Sallie Mae and I have a love hate relationship.
Alex: I met my wife while was a redshirt junior at Belmont. She’s the most valuable "thing" I gained.
What advice would you give to current members of the basketball team?
Brandi: Live in the moment and enjoy every single day. People will tell you this all this time, but in five years you'll look back and understand exactly what they meant.
Alex: Enjoy each day, but don't let that stop you from giving you your all each day at everything you do. You never know what you may need down the road
Who was your favorite professor and why?
Brandi: Dr. Murphree was my favorite professor. That doesn't mean I did the best in his classes, but he made science interesting, which I thought was impossible. Never in a million years did I think I'd be interested in hissing cockroaches
Alex: Nancy Hunt was my favorite professor because she made nutrition fun!!! She was also a basketball fan.
Where do you live now?
We currently live in Munich, Germany.
What is your occupation?
Brandi: I'm a certified Occupational Therapist. I work as an independent contractor during the summer months because I'm out of the country with Alex each season from August-June. In addition, I became a certified travel agent about a year ago and also own and operate AbstractSoles.com an online boutique women's shoe boutique.
Alex: I am the starting point guard for Bayern Munich in the in the German BBL and Euro League.
Tell us about your family
Brandi and Alex: We have been married since June 25, 2011 and just welcomed our first child (Olivia Rose) May 5, 2015.
How did you meet your spouse at Belmont?
Brandi and Alex: We met through mutual friends and bumped into each other several time in the Curb Cafe. It took several months for Alex to work up the nerve to approach me.
What dating advice would you give Belmont student-athletes?
Brandi and Alex: Don't count anyone out, you never know who may be your spouse down the road.
I was in my second year of grad school and Alex was a red shirt junior at Belmont. There is a three year age difference between us, which is pretty significant when you're a 21 year old man and 24 year old woman. When we met, we never imagined in our wildest dreams that we would be married some day. We just really loved being together because we made each other laugh. Here we are 9 years later, married with a baby girl.