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Where are they now? Drew Davis

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Drew Davis was in Nashville this week on a two-fold mission. First, he was helping his daughter, Audrey; work on her plans to attend Lipscomb in the fall. Second, he was involved in discussions with members of the Lipscomb athletic department and former gymnasts about plans to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the beginning of the gymnastics program at the school. He also took some time to talk with lipscombsports.com.

What sport did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?

"I was a member of the gymnastics team and attended school at Lipscomb from 1976-81. Tom Hanvey was my coach. I was from Atlantic Highlands, N.J. Coach Hanvey recruited me out of Henry Hudson High School.

"That is an interesting story. It is a bit of a mystery. My coach never knew how Coach Hanvey found out about me. Coach Hanvey never told me how he found out about me. He was a good recruiter.

"I majored in Bible."

What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?

"Competing on our team with guys like Tim Richards, Kit Bunger, John Biggs and Walter McDade. We became such close friends. It felt like we were brothers out there. We trained together and lived together on the seventh floor of High Rise.

"We traveled around the Southeast going to places like Georgia Tech, Georgia and Memphis State. It was exciting."

Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?

"Tim Richards. He was one of my teammates and has always been a close friend.

"He always pushed me in gymnastics. We went to church together. We hung out together. We attended different classes together.

"We also worked together. We coached gymnastics on the side at First Presbyterian Church on Franklin Road.

"Tom Hanvey also had a big influence on my life athletically. Dr. Harvey Floyd had a big influence on me academically."

What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?

"I always enjoyed the walkability of the campus and the seasons changing. I just enjoyed being part of day-to-day life here.

"Lipscomb is still Lipscomb. It is the people here. The facilities are wonderful now. But Lipscomb has always attracted good people."

What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?

"I told my daughter, Audrey, who is coming here in the fall that half of what you are going to learn at Lipscomb is going to be in the classroom and the other half is going to be from the great people she will be around.

"I learned what it means to have a work ethic, the importance of being organized and getting things done. At Lipscomb I went to class and to practice and then I worked on the side at the church. I would then come back to my room and study.

"When Harvey Floyd was one of your professors you studied late into the night. I learned to manage my time and to be disciplined."

Who was your favorite professor? Why?

"A big influence on my life was Harvey Floyd, a professor of Bible and Greek for years and years. He really had a strong influence on me spiritually. Through my education he helped me understand Christianity and the Judeo-Christian world view. He changed my life dramatically."

Where do you live now?

"I live in Atlanta, Ga."

Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?

"I have a gymnastics school in Atlanta, Rockdale Gymnastics School. My wife, Cynthia, coaches with me. My two daughters, Audrey and Grace, are gymnasts there.

"It is actually a sports school. We have gymnastics, dance, cheerleading, karate and swim lessons. We have a summer day camp. We host birthday parties. We do it all.

"We have a staff of about 30 young coaches and office people. We are there early and leave around 8 at night."

Tell us about your family.

"I met Cynthia in Atlanta. We have two daughters, Audrey and Grace."

My e-mail address is drew@rockdalegymnastics.com.