Carla Lilly was born and raised in Bristol, Virginia. I graduated from John S. Battle High School in 1994. During my high school career, I was a four time-state qualifier in the Cross-Country AA state meet, finishing in the top 25 three times. I competed in many track events, including the 200, 400, 800, 4x800, 1600, 3200, long jump, and high jump. I qualified for state my freshman through junior year in the 3200 meter run. Then, I changed gears and qualified for state my senior year in the 200 meter dash. I went to Lincoln Memorial University on a Cross-Country scholarship where I led the team for three years. I graduated from Lincoln Memorial University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Mathematics and an ABA in Business Administration. I graduated with my Masters plus 30 in Educational Leadership from Union College. In 2001, I was the coach at John S. Battle High School where I coached three years in Cross-Country and two years in track. In 2004, I stated teaching and coaching at Tennessee High School. I have coached Cross-Country and Track since I started at Tennessee High. Two years ago I started helping with Robotics and now I also coach Robotics at Tennessee High. I have also taught summer school, online classes and much more. When I am not teaching or coaching you can probably find me out running, biking, snowboarding, wakeboarding, hiking, backpacking, or any number of other outdoor activities.