Parents: Barry and Lynn Mathis
Occupation: Mathis works as business manager with Next Level Training and is an assistant basketball coach at Knoxville Catholic High School.
Kelly Mathis played girls basketball at Maryville High School and was a Blount County Player of the Year. Mathis graduated from Maryville High School in 2005 and received a basketball scholarship to play at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C., near Charlotte. As a student-athlete, she was a four-year starter, four-year captain, representative for CHAMPS Life Skills, Student Athlete Athletic Committee and co-chairman of Game Environment.
Mathis graduated this past May with a B.A. in Sports Management and a minor in Business Administration. She recently finished an Administrative and Select Camp internship in August with the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Mathis has fond memories of playing basketball in Maryville.
“Blount County has always had awesome basketball teams. I played against Cait McMahan when I was little. We would call each other up and play, but when it was Maryville versus Heritage, we were battling again,” she says.
Mathis says basketball relates to any part of life. “If you go the extra mile, you are going to be successful,” she says.
Mathis says it is nice to be home. “I’m extremely thankful I’m able to come back home and start my career in the Maryville/Blount County area,” she says. “It has been extremely rewarding, and I’ve enjoyed it.”
Here is Kelly Mathis:
Who are you most like, your mother or your father and why?
“I would say that beauty and smarts come from my mom, Lynn Mathis, and stubbornness and work ethic from my father, Barry Mathis.”
How do you like your steak cooked?
“I like a steak cooked medium from the Dancing Bear Lodge in Townsend.”
What are you guilty of?
“Eating too many hot fudge cakes from Shoney’s. They are the best hot fudge cakes. I had five knee surgeries and every time I would feel bad, someone would bring a hot fudge cake.”
If you could do one impulsive thing, unrestricted by cost, what would it be?
“Book a flight and go around to different countries to teach less fortunate young girls how to play basketball.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“My hair straightener. I could not go a day without it.”
What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?
‘”You know that thing when you see someone cute, and he smiles, and your heart kind of goes like warm butter sliding down hot toast? Well, that’s what it’s like when I see a store. Only it’s better.’ Rebecca Bloomwood in “Confessions of a Shopaholic.”
What are you reading currently?
“ ‘The Choice’ by Nicholas Sparks.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“I would have to say after basketball practice my freshman year at Pfeiffer I flushed my car keys and keyless remote down the toilet. The maintenance men went to get it out of the sewer. When they knocked on my door to tell me they have never had to fish keys out of the sewer, it was terribly embarrassing. But I got the keys back, and they still worked.”
If you only had a week to live, what would you do and why?
“Go sky diving, and pray for more time.”
What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?
“I was more of a ‘Saved By the Bell’ and ‘7th Heaven’ watcher because I was not a morning person. Saturday mornings, I slept for as long as I could.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“Determined. My senior season at Pfeiffer I played with a meniscus tear in my right leg. After the season I had my fifth knee surgery. I have had three ACL reconstructions, one scar tissue scope and one meniscus cartilage repair.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“I really would not change anything because every obstacle that I have encountered has taught me a lesson, made me stronger and molded me into the person I am today.”
What is your passion?
“Sports. My family has always been tied to sports, and I was able to go to Pfeiffer University on a basketball scholarship and major in Sports Management.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“Pat Summitt. She has always been a role model of mine, and I have always been a big Lady Vols fan. Now that I have graduated and become interested in coaching at the collegiate level, I would ask her some advice and, of course, her secret to winning championships.”
If a movie were made about your life who would play you and why?
“Sandra Bullock or Julia Roberts. They are both hilarious and very confident.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“Not sure if I received it in a box, but the best gift I ever received were Billy Ray Cyrus and Dolly Parton concert tickets. This was when Billy Ray Cyrus had his hit song ‘Achy, Breaky Heart.’”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“Study and save your money.”
In the workplace, would you rather be powerful or popular?
“I think if you are popular and well-liked in the workplace then you earn the respect of your co-workers therefore becoming powerful.”
Do you use Myspace, Facebook or Twitter?
“I use Facebook, but I enjoy texting a lot more. Unfortunately, it is a more expensive habit because I pay for unlimited text messaging.”
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
“If you ever drive by our house, you will see my mom in the yard doing yard work. When my sister and I were little, my mom would make us earn a Sonic drink. We would help pick weeds out of her flower beds, and each weed was worth a penny. Once we picked 100 weeds, we would get to ride down to Sonic and enjoy a nice, cold drink. So it was rewarding, but hard work.”