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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Darren Henrie was a two-time All-American for the Lipscomb Bisons basketball team in 1988-89 and 1989-90. Known for his 3-point shooting skills Henrie scored 3,004 points in his career and grabbed 963 rebounds. After coming within one player of making the Atlanta Hawks roster in the NBA, Henrie went on to play 13 years of professional basketball in the United States, Western Europe, Eastern Europe and South America.
The Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame member spent some time with LipscombSports.com for our new feature, “Where are they now?”
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
“That’s a tough one, but I would probably say the first `Battle of the Boulevard’ at Vanderbilt on Feb. 17, 1990. It was awesome with more than 16,000 people there and we won the game 124-107 so that was a good thing too.”
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb?
“No doubt it would have to be coach Don Meyer and assistant coach Ralph Turner. Ralph was a big Darren Henrie fan. He would work with the big guys and got me into games. He was big on giving us confidence.
“Coach Meyer is coach Meyer. He teaches you the game, but he teaches you a lot about life, too. In the moment when you are here it is about basketball and your grades and all of the social stuff. But as you graduate and get away it ends up being more about the life lessons. It is kind of a full circle thing because I talk about the same things with the guys I am coaching now.
“Being in the program was a grind. It was very demanding and very detailed, but in the back your mind you knew it had to happen for you to be a good player and to have a good team.”
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
“Both the faculty and student body would be my fondest non-athletic memories. It was very much back then a special time and place for me and I think for the program.
“It was very much a family atmosphere. It was great to see the connections our team was able to make with the students. We weren’t a group that was separate. Faculty members would come and watch the games. I think that place and time created connections that will be there for a long time.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
“The times I look back and value are the perseverance and toughness situations. We were on the road at Union and the place was packed. They were up by six or eight points with about 1:20 on the clock. I was with a group of guys and with a coach that never gave up from top to bottom. I never thought we were out of the game. We fought back and won.
“To me it is a matter of perseverance through adversity. I am really proud of my guys when they can persevere through situations like that.”
Who was your favorite professor?
“I don’t really have a favorite. I probably could name you about 10 of them. Dr. Marlin Connelly, Dr. Linda Garner and Professor Paul Prill are some that I remember. I know I am leaving some people out, but all of the education professors were favorites. I don’t think I had a bad experience with any of the teachers here.
“I learned a lot of life lessons with the Bible teachers I had here. I had a lot of very influential Bible teachers. You could tell they cared about you and the type of person that you were. As a student-athlete it was nice that someone to be interested in you for more than athletics.”
Where do you live now?
“I live in Franklin, Tenn.
Where do you work?
“I am a teacher and a coach at Centennial High School. I teach wellness classes, weights and kinesiology. I am in my first year as the head boys’ basketball coach. I was the athletic director and the boy’s basketball coach at Independence High School.”
Tell us about your family
“My wife’s name is Andrea. We have one son, Jack, who is one-year-old. He was born Nov. 4. He is an election baby.”