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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Andy Blackston’s boy’s basketball teams at Madison Academy in Huntsville, Ala., have been to the 3-A State Championship five of the last six years with two state championships and two runner-up trophies. In addition to developing a perennial state championship program Blackston also serves as the athletic director and as a Bible teacher for freshmen and sophomores.
Blackston played for legendary coach Don Meyer at Lipscomb and also learned a thing or two about coaching and life. Blackston came to Madison Academy after three years as the head women’s basketball coach at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., earning Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year for 2003-2004. He also was the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Alabama-Huntsville for two years.
Blackston and his wife, Stacy, have two children. Despite his busy schedule Andy took some time to answer a few questions for Lipscombsports.com.
What sport did you play at Lipscomb?
Who were your coaches?
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
“Being with my teammates, developing bonds through the grueling summer basketball camp season and advancing to the NAIA Final Four in 1995 on a team that no one really expected to go that far.”
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb?
“Don Meyer. I was exposed to a program that taught me how to pursue excellence in every aspect of my life. Coach Meyer invested in me as a person and a student. He took several of the players who wanted to be coaches to watch Rick Pitino, Bob Knight, Pat Summitt, Dean Smith, and Mike Krzyzweski practice. Those were memorable trips.”
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
“Becoming a Christian and being baptized by my best friend Klint Pleasant, meeting my wife Stacy Glenn and hanging out with my teammates in the dorm.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
“The power of Christian community. I was changed for the better, not just by the basketball program, but by the entire community that surrounds and supports Lipscomb.”
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
“Randy Harris, because his chapel talks absolutely captivated me. The times that he took outside of class to meet with me and Klint Pleasant to discuss our theological issues helped to shape my faith in immeasurable ways.”
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer?
What is your occupation?
“I am the Athletic Director, varsity boys basketball coach and a Bible teacher for the 9th and 10th grades.”
What does your position entail?
“I oversee all the athletic teams at Madison Academy. We have been able to have a successful program winning the state championship in 2006-07 and 2007-08.
“I teach Apologetics, the Gospels of Matthew and Luke and Acts.”
Tell us about your family?
“My wife, Stacy Blackston, teaches sixth grade at Madison Academy.
“Our son, Drew, is nine. He is in the third grade. His favorite sport is basketball, but he also loves playing football and baseball. He also loves NFL fantasy football.
“Reese, our daughter, is six. She is in kindergarten at Little Madison Academy. She plays soccer, gymnastics, and basketball.
“Quan Cothron lives with us. He is our unofficial son through a ministry in our church. He is a junior at Madison Academy and is on the basketball team.”