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Thursday, August 16, 2007
Aug. 16, 2007
Dr. Steve Potts, director of athletics at Lipscomb University, has announced a restructuring of the tennis program.
Dr. Lynn Griffith, the coach for the program for the past 27 years, has been named Director of Tennis. Andrew Harris will serve as the men's coach and Kristin Lusk will coach the women. They will both carry the title of associate head coach.
As director of tennis Griffith will continue to be responsible for the overall supervision and direction of the tennis program. Turning over the daily coaching duties to Coach Harris and Coach Lusk will enable him to devote more time to special projects, promotion and fundraising.
Griffith received the bachelor's degree from Lipscomb in 1976. He received the Master's of Science and Doctor of Arts degrees from Middle Tennessee State University.
Griffith has coached tennis 21 of the 27 years he has been at Lipscomb. Griffith has overseen the tennis program during the transition from NAIA membership to NCAA D-1 membership. He was named the NCAA D-1 Independent Men's Coach of the Year in 2002. Also as tennis coach, two of his teams participated in the NAIA National Tournament. His teams won three Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference championships. He was named TCAC Coach of the Year in 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, and 1990.
He stepped down from coaching tennis in 1992 for six years so he could watch his two sons play athletics.
Griffith served as Lipscomb's cross country coach from 1994 - 1999. Every year that Dr. Griffith was cross country coach, Lipscomb had runners participate in the NAIA National Cross Country meet. In 1997, he was named the TranSouth Conference Cross-Country Coach of the year.
Griffith is a professor in the Kinesiology Department. He teaches courses in Motor Learning, Kinesiology, Mechanics of Movement, and coaching education. He currently maintains memberships in the Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Association and the United States Professional Tennis Registry. In the past, he has written a regular fitness column for The Sandlotter (publication dealing with local baseball).
He is married to the former Dianne Goolsby. They have two sons, Matthew and Cole.
Lusk played tennis at Abilene Christian University from 1999-2003. She served as co-captain her senior year and was member of the Athlete's Advisory Board. While at Abilene Christian she helped the team advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II National Tournament all four years.
Lusk played high school tennis at Edmond Memorial High School in Edmond, Okla. She was a member of the state champion doubles team in 1996.
Lusk earned bachelor degrees in accounting and finance at Abilene Christian. She has worked in the accounting field in Nashville for the past 3 ½ years. She will be pursuing a Masters degree in business administration.
Harris was a graduate assistant last season for the Lipscomb tennis teams.
He is a native of Atlanta, Ga. He played on a state championship tennis team while attending Greater Atlanta Christian School.
While a member of the Bison tennis team from 2002-2006, Harris played the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions.
In 2005, Harris was named an Atlantic Sun Conference Scholar-Athlete. He also was selected as a member of the Atlantic Sun All-Conference Team in both 2005 and 2006.
Harris received a degree in speech communication from Lipscomb in 2006. He is pursuing a Master's degree in conflict management and dispute resolution.