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By Emma Grimes '18 / Athletic Communications Assistant
From Lookout Mountain with a degree in sport administration to a powerhouse NCAA Division I program, Kaitlyn (Sirmons) Purdy '17 has achieved much in her career.
A four-year softball player and Covenant graduate, Purdy is putting her degree to work as she is in her third year in the compliance office inside the athletics department at Duke University.
After graduating from Covenant in 2017 with a bachelor's in sport administration, Purdy went on to enroll in Florida State University's Sport Management (Masters of Education) program, which she completed in the summer of 2018.
In the fall of 2018, she began working at Duke University as a compliance assistant. In January 2020, Purdy was promoted to Compliance Coordinator.
"My current job as the compliance coordinator has been great," emphasized Purdy. "Since my promotion, I've been overseeing the Time Management and Amateurism Bylaws. My time at Covenant helped prepare me to be a better person in general, which has translated to how I perform with my job."
Purdy credits Covenant with making her well equipped for her career in the world of sport. She especially believes that her sports classes and work-study opportunities were huge factors in how she approaches her work today.
"My time as a work-study student under [AD] Dr. Tim Sceggel helped me grasp concepts and opportunities that were available to me," noted Purdy. "Covenant didn't have a sport administration major until my junior year, and I am so thankful they decided to add it.
"In taking sport administration classes, I understood and could relate to all my subject matter in a way that made sense. I think I learned the most though through my hands-on experience during my time at Covenant."
In her time as a Scot on the field, Purdy was a constant presence of leadership on the field. Her top batting average of .385 came during her junior year. During her senior season, Purdy batted .261 with 15 RBIs and recorded a six-game hitting streak. Mainly an outfielder, she did not commit an error over her last two years. She finished her career with 64 hits, 26 RBIs, and 50 runs scored.
Purdy was also gifted in the classroom as she was a three-time USA South All-Academic honoree. Additionally, she was honored as an NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete and was Covenant's representative on the USA South All-Sportsmanship team in 2015.
She looks back on her time on the mountain with thankfulness and is grateful for the many memories she has from being a part of the Covenant softball program.
"My favorite memories as an athlete at Covenant were made off the softball field with my teammates," said Purdy. "I absolutely loved all of my teammates and enjoyed the time we spent together off the field as friends."
Purdy believes that being a student-athlete at Covenant prepared her well for her life and for her career. She credits her time here as an influential experience in all areas of her life.
"Being a Division III student-athlete helped me play the sport I love while allowing me the opportunity to work, study, and grow in all aspects of my life," claims Purdy. "I learned so much from my professors and mentors at Covenant that prepared me to be well equipped in my field and to stand out as a well-rounded graduate."
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