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Wednesday, February 10, 2010What sport(s) did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
I came to Lipscomb in the fall of 1963 to play baseball and go to school.
Unfortunately that is the order I had my priorities in. I started my sophomore year in the fall of 1964 and at the end of the fall baseball season and the fall quarter I let the tug of some of my old high school buddies and transferred to Austin Peay.
In the Spring of 1965, after a car accident as I was coming home for the weekend, I realized I had made a mistake in leaving Lipscomb.
A week or so later Lipscomb was at Austin Peay for a game. After the game I went into the Lipscomb locker room and told Coach Ken Dugan that I wanted to come back to Lipscomb and play baseball. It was music to my ears when Coach Dugan said "I would be happy to have you back".
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
We won the District championship in 1966 and went to the Regionals as the first athletic team from Lipscomb to ever accomplish that feat.
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
I was with Coach Dugan more than any other mentor while at Lipscomb so he was certainly the most influential on me. Coach Dugan was "ahead of his time" as a baseball coach. I took pride in learning as much as I could from him and used his techniques and management in my own coaching career.
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
I thoroughly enjoyed Chapel while at Lipscomb. I can still hear the beautiful A cappella singing that came from the students.
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
I learned that if I worked hard and always finished my work I could have a successful life.
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
Eugene (Fessor) Boyce impressed me very much. He was the head of the Health and Physical Education department and I had a great deal of interaction with him. He was a very kind man and gave me confidence and made me feel important. Dr. Robert Hooper was also a favorite of mine and he is my friend today.
Where do you live now?
I live in my home town of Nashville, Tenn. (about a half mile from the Lipscomb campus).
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
I am semi-retired. I have an amateur baseball site (www.sandlotter.com) that I operate for about 175 teams.
Tell us about your family:
I have two daughters. My oldest daughter, Paige, graduated from Lipscomb University in 2004. She is married to David Patton (Lipscomb baseball player that still has a school baseball record and a 2003 graduate). Paige has quite a legacy with Lipscomb Baseball. Her grandfather is Bill Ezell who was a baseball player at Lipscomb (very good I may add). So her grandfather, dad, and husband all are Bison baseball lettermen.
Ashley graduated from Auburn University in 2007 and works in Franklin, Tennessee. She was an All-District volleyball player at David Lipscomb High School.