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Whrere are they now?: Mike Hammond

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Mike Hammond stayed close to Lipscomb University after graduating, and is now the vice president and headmaster of David Lipscomb Campus School. He and his wife Carol have four children and eight grandchildren, and he took some time to talk about his memories of playing basketball at Lipscomb with lipscombsports.com.

What sport did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?

“I played basketball from 1964-1968. I played for Charlie Morris, Guy Phipps and Ken Dugan.”

What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?

“The 1964 – 65 and 1965 – 66 seasons were exciting seasons under head coach Charlie Morris. The 1964-65 season we competed in the VSAC under the NAIA and the tournament was held in Belmont’s Striplin Gym which was a new facility. If I remember correctly we lost in the championship game to Carson Newman which kept us from going to the national tournament in Kansas City.

“The 1965-66 season we were not in the VSAC, but competed as an independent NAIA team. We had an excellent record and competed in the District 24 championship in Barbourville, Kentucky. Unfortunately, we lost the championship to Carson Newman again, and the season ended. There was tremendous excitement, great fan support at home and away, and McQuiddy Gym was packed for most games.”

Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?

“There were many teachers which had a great influence on me during my years at Lipscomb. Their example, encouragement, and support shaped my life in a profound way. Also, the friendships that developed among the members of the team were a strong influence.”

What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?

“Meeting my wife, Carol, at Lipscomb holds many memories for me. The time we met in Psychology class, our courtship, and the period of engagement provide many fond memories.”

What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?

“My most valuable lesson learned was the understanding that life with God is rich with meaning and purpose. The most valuable thing I gained was meeting my wife at Lipscomb.”

Who was your favorite professor? Why?

“As a Math Education major, Dr. Earl Dennis was one of my favorite professors. His love of teaching, ability to make complex topics understandable, the way he motivated students, his relationship with students, and his joyful spirit in class every day made a profound impact upon me as a future teacher.”

Where do you live now?

“I live in Nashville, four miles from the Lipscomb Campus.”

Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?

“Lipscomb University. I am Vice President and Headmaster of David Lipscomb Campus School. I oversee the Pre-K through 12th grade programs at Lipscomb.

“My e-mail is mike.hammond@lipscomb.edu."

Tell us about your family.

“Carol and I married on June 20, 1969 after graduation from Lipscomb. We lived a mile from campus for thirty five years and were blessed with four wonderful children. Paul is the oldest followed by Jeff, Beth, and Craig. We now have eight grandchildren. All four of our children attended Lipscomb for some portion of their educational experience.

“Paul graduated from Lipscomb University where he met his wife Emily (Dean). They have two daughters, Ellie and Tess, and twin sons, Cooper and Cole. Paul is a partner in Hammond and Brandt Builders and attends Brentwood Hills Church of Christ. “Jeff graduated from the University of Tennessee with an engineering degree after beginning at Lipscomb. His wife Amber (Everson) is a Lipscomb graduate. Jeff and Amber have two sons, Harris and Harland, and a third son to be born to be born within the next week. Jeff and his family attend Concord Road Church of Christ.

“Beth attended Lipscomb prior to LU offering the nursing degree and completed her degree at Vanderbilt. She married Ladd Campbell an anesthesiologist from Tulsa, Okla., and they now reside in Asheville, N.C., where they work at Mission Hospital. Beth and Ladd are members of Biltmore Church of Christ.

“Craig and his wife, Rhonda (Riley) both graduated from Lipscomb in Education where they earned Master’s in Education. Craig completed his Ed.D. last May and serves at Assistant Principal at John Overton High School in Nashville. They have a ten-month old son, Everett. Craig’s family attends Brentwood Hills Church of Christ also.”