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Forehand leads Lipscomb forward

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

July 10, 2007

Nate Rau/Nashville City Paper - Jeff Forehand doesn't have any regrets.

One year after he made the bold move across town from Trevecca Nazarene to Lipscomb, the baseball coach said his first year on the job was a positive one.

It's hard to argue with that. Forehand spearheaded a turnaround for Bisons baseball that pretty much speaks for itself.

But aside from winning more games and meeting other benchmarks, Forehand and his staff instituted a positive energy that carried over to the classroom.

When the NCAA released its APR academic progress report, the Bisons program received one of the worst scores. In fact, because two players left the program with unsatisfactory academic standings, the program was docked scholarships.

So besides overhauling the team on the field, Forehand had to change the entire culture off of it. It appears he succeeded. The Bisons placed 20 players on the A-Sun all-academic team, including eight returning players who had never made the team. The team raised its GPA and appears to have washed its hands of the APR fallout.

"I have to throw it back to the players," Forehand said. "It wasn't something where I was beating them to death when they have to get to study hall. It was part of the whole turning around process from where it had been. They bought into what we wanted to do on the field and in the classroom."

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