This season, the Belmont women’s soccer program celebrates its 20th Anniversary Season. During this landmark season, we will check in with some former Bruins through our Student-Athlete Alumni Spotlight.
Our first profile is Lauren Uremovich. Lauren played soccer for Belmont from 2004-2008. She played in 74 career matches for the Bruins and helped lead the program to 30 wins during her career and a trip to the A-Sun Semifinals in 2007. Lauren recently spoke with Belmont Athletics about her college experience and her current job in Texas.
Why did you choose Belmont?
I chose Belmont for a few reasons. First, it was a beautiful school that gave me the opportunity to continue doing what I loved, play soccer and play for a Division 1 school. This was a dream I had all my life and I was finally going to be able to accomplish it. Second, it was close to a family member. Since this was the first time I would be living away from home, having a close relative nearby made it a little easier. Third, Belmont has a great academic record in the athletic department proving that academics were just as important as athletics to our coaches and staff. And lastly, after visiting the school, spending a day with Renee Schultz, touring in the freezing cold and enjoying Mellow Mushroom with Kaitlin Moore and Erin Drury, I was sold on the school! Also, who wouldn’t want to live in Nashville, it’s awesome!
What is your fondest athletic memory at Belmont?
I have so many memories from my years at BU, but my best memory is making it to the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Semifinals my senior year. Although, we lost in a dramatic shootout, we had come so far since I joined the team as a freshman back in 2004. We played as a team, we won and lost as a team and achieved something extremely special as a team. That was a major turning point for our program. The next year, the girls made it to the NCAA tournament for the first time in Belmont history!
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Belmont?
I was lucky enough to have so many people who influenced me and help make me who I am today at Belmont, but the most influential was Rich Tiner. Being my advisor, teacher, friend and fan, I learned so much from him over the years. He is smart, caring and passionate for his work and his students and it showed every single day and in every single class. He truly cares about each one of his students and thrives on watching them become successful during their days at Belmont and beyond. He reinforced things my parents taught me many years before, to always strive to be the best version of myself, never give up, in both athletics and academics, and to always rely on my faith. Those are things I utilize in my everyday life to this day.
In addition, my parents were and are huge influences in my life. They taught me from a young age to believe in myself and to always work hard. They have always been my biggest fans and seeing the joy on their faces when I would step on to the field, made me want to work even harder. As my teammates and many other people know, my mom only missed one Belmont women’s soccer game in the four years I was on the team and she lives in Texas! That is just a small example of the dedication and passion that my parents had and also instilled in me. Thank you Mom and Dad!
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Belmont?
I learned to never give up and always give 100%. As an incoming freshman to the women’s soccer team, we had our fair share of challenges. We had a lot of work to do to become a force in the conference and I had to prove to the team and coaches that I deserved to be there. With a group of eight amazing freshman, we came in ready to fight. After four years, a lot of hard work, beep tests, blood, sweat and tears, we helped make Belmont Women’s Soccer a team to be reckoned with in the league. I take pride in the fact that I was a part of the team that truly turned this program around and made it what it is today.
In addition, the most valuable thing I gained was the friendships I gained over my four years at Belmont. My teammates, who I’m lucky to call my friends, are such amazing people and I was so thankful for them. Many of them I still speak to and see today and I’m truly grateful for that.
What advice would you give to current members of the soccer team?
You are representing so many people on and off the field, don’t ever forget that. You get to be one of the few ladies in the country that get to represent a university, by playing a sport you love. Make sure you take pride in that. Many people are watching your every move, so make good decisions and strive to be a role model to those who one day hope to be in your shoes.
Who was your favorite professor?
Rich Tiner. As I mentioned earlier, Rich held his students to extremely high standards, therefore, always pushing us to be better. As a professor to many athletes, he worked with us to maintain excellent GPAs while also allowing us to always compete with our team. His appreciation for his students and our sports program was instrumental to the success of his students. I know every one of his student athletes loved seeing him in the stands cheering them on!
Where do you live now?
Plano, TX (a suburb of Dallas)
What is your occupation?
I am an Associate Activation Manager in the Marketing group at Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. I manage national retail promotions for Dr. Pepper. So, anytime you see a promotion on the Dr. Pepper brand, whether it be with a movie partnership or sports partnership at your local grocery, mass or convenience store, think of me, I’ve worked on it!
Tell us about your family.
I have an absolutely amazing family. I am blessed to live in the same state as my parents and am able to spend quality time with them. I have one older brother, who lives in Austin with his family and an adorable Golden Retriever, Chase. I also consider my friends, here in Dallas, my family too. I am very fortunate to have such incredible people around me to enjoy life with.
If you are a former Belmont student-athlete and want to participate in this series, please contact John Langdon at firstname.lastname@example.org.