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Wednesday, June 09, 2010At one time gymnastics was a perennial nationally-ranked sport at Lipscomb under the direction of coach Tom Hanvey. The gymnastics team members are planning a reunion. Kit Bunger, a former member of the team, who was the most valuable gymnast for the 1979-80 school year, is still involved in the sport as co-owner of Let It Shine Gymnastics. He spent a few minutes answering some questions for lipscombsports.com.
What sport(s) did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
â€œI was on the Men's gymnastics team from 1976 to 1980 under the direction of Coach Tom Hanvey.â€
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
â€œMy fondest athletic memory was when our team placed 4th in the 1979 NAIA National Championships.â€
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
â€œMy biggest athletic influence was coach Hanvey, because he believed in me as a freshman and provided four years of being part of a great program and a great group of guys.â€
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
â€œMy fondest non-athletic memory was meeting my wife Sondra (Tice) Bunger my Soph. year. We dated for two and a half years and were married in 1980.â€
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
â€œThe most valuable thing I gained while at Lipscomb would be my Education degree and opportunity of working with the other men on the gymnastics team.â€
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
â€œMy favorite professor was coach Don Meyer. His approach to his classes and coaching was quite the same. He expected everyone to be the best they could be in whatever they were doing.
Where do you live now?
â€œI now live in Franklin, Tenn.â€
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
â€œI work at Let it Shine Gymnastics as part owner with Tim Richards, also a 1980 Lipscomb graduate. I am the program director at our Cool Springs location and schedule all of our special group activities, so if you have an event coming up and would like to have it at a fun place let me know.â€
Tell us about your family.
â€œI am married to Sondra Bunger (Class of 1980) and we have three children. Alan, 27, will soon be working at Star Therapy in Dickson Tenn., and is married to Krissy. Andrea, 24, works at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital as a pediatric intensive care nurse and is married to Andrew Roebuck. Jason, 21, is a senior at the University of Tennessee.â€