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Barbecue for Forehand attracts approximately 300

Friday, July 14, 2006

July 14, 2006

Approximately 300 people crammed the south lobby of Allen Arena Thursday night to officially welcome new Lipscomb University baseball coach Jeff Forehand.

Grilled hot dogs, barbecue beans, chips, potato salad, Pepsi products and Purity ice cream were on the menu. After the meal, Dr. Steve Potts, director of athletics, welcomed the crowd which included fans, former and current players and their families.

Forehand's wife Karen, and sons, Brooks and Gant,, were also on hand for the event.

"I'm overwhelmed that this many people turned out," said Forehand. "There is a rich baseball tradition at Lipscomb. I find out more about that tradition everyday. There is a lot of energy and a lot of support here for baseball. I'm happy that everyone can take ownership in what we are about to do here."

Forehand is the former head baseball coach at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. He has extensive experience in coaching on both the high school and college level. Lipscomb is his first NCAA Division I job.

Looking out on Ken Dugan Field at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium Forehand envisions a day when every seat will be filled.

"We want to lead this team to better days," said Forehand. "We are going to put a good product on the field. It will be a product that you can be excited to call your own. I am 100 percent convinced that we can fill this place up for each and every game."

Forehand also officially introduced assistant coaches Brian Ryman and pitching coach Lantz Wheeler. Both also worked last season on the staff for former head coach Wynn Fletcher.

"These are two great young men who are eager to work and eager to help," said Forehand. "I look forward to the days ahead. The baseball program is going to go in the right direction, not because of me, but because of all of us."