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Where are they now? Trey Williams

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Trey Williams has always had a basketball-inspired name, but it didn't have anything to do with his ability to shoot the ball from deep on the court as a toddler. As he grew older he developed his shooting skills, but he is also remembered for his ability to direct the Bisons on the court. He can still sometimes be found in Allen Arena shooting baskets. During one of those visits he stopped to talk with lipscombsports.com.

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

"I played basketball from 2005 to 2007. I transferred from Kaskaskia Community College. Two of my teammates in junior college, Shaun Durant and Jason Guyette, were already here at Lipscomb.

"I liked the atmosphere and the environment. Probably the No. 1 reason was that my older brother, JanAndre, was already here. He is a big part of my life. That made my decision a little bit easier. Wherever he is, I feel comfortable.

"The second thing was I had already graduated from a private Christian school at Harding Academy in Memphis. I was very familiar with Lipscomb. My high school coach, Pete Froedden, had played as a point guard here at Lipscomb. I had a whole lot of knowledge of coach Don Meyer and the Lipscomb way before I stepped on campus.

"It was just the right fit for me. There were so many factors on the pro side. There weren't many cons at all. I prayed to God about it and he led me to the decision.

"Scott Sanderson was my head coach. The assistant coaches were Shaun Senters, Jay Walton and Hubie Smith."

What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?

"I would say it is the relationships I built with my teammates. It wasn't on the court as much as it was off of the court hanging out together in the High Rise dorm and eating in the cafeteria.

"It is a brotherhood. Eddie Ard and I spent countless hours in the gym together. We grew close working out together. Our friendship remains close. James Poindexter, Cam Robinson, Michael Lusk and Shaun Durant are like my brothers. I can't say enough good things about them.

"We played a bunch of huge games like Kentucky and Vanderbilt. It was standing room only for the Belmont games."

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

"I have more than one. First, there were all of my coaches - coach Jay, coach Shaun, coach Hubie and coach Sanderson.

"But some of the people that had a big influence on me would be shocked that I feel like they had an influence on me - John Ezell, Lin Garner, Mark McGee, Sherie Eubanks and Lint Smith. These are the people who did a lot for me. They kept me humble. They were there for me. They had positive words to uplift me every single day. They are some of the hardest working people in the building.

"To see Sherie, Mr. McGee, Mr. Ezell and Paul Nance always having smiles on their faces was great. That meant a lot to me that no matter what they had going on they went out of their way to sacrifice for me. And Lint would drop everything else he was doing to get the goals up and the court ready."

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

"The times I spent in chapel and in Bible classes as well as my other classes really helped me grow.

"Playing basketball is tough on you mentally. It can wear on you. Being away from your family is tough. You have to stay strong-minded.

"Going to chapel when you are a kid in school here you kind of take it for granted. When you get out in the real world you really understand what that means. There are so many things you have to do working in the real world. That 30 minutes of chapel every single day allowed you to be able to clear your head and give yourself to God. And that is huge."

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

"There is the quote that if you surround yourself with good people, good things are going to happen for you. If you surround yourself with bad people then bad things are going to happen to you.

"The biggest thing I took from Lipscomb is the knowledge I gained from all of the people that I have mentioned as being a part of my life. I put a lot of value in the relationships I have with people. You can't take money and the material things with you when it is your time to go, but I believe you can take the relationships you have with people with you."

Who was your favorite professor? Why?

"I have several - Dr. Randy Steger, Dr. Mark McGee, Dr. Jimmy McCollum, Dr. Tom Seale and Ray Harris. Those are the ones that stand out the most for me as a communications major.

"Nothing was ever given by them. You had to work for everything. It didn't matter if I was playing basketball or not. The most important thing was I was treated equally. They never tried to make me feel that I was better than anybody else because I played basketball. That was huge for me.

"They drove and pushed me to think outside the box and strive for big things. All of those professors set the bar high. And if you needed help getting to that bar they would have done anything they could do to help you."

Where do you live now?

"I live in Nashville."

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

"I work at Lead Academy, a charter school, on Charlotte Pike. I am a special education teacher for seventh graders. There are 25 kids on our case load. I split them up with another teacher.

"I also coach sixth grade boys basketball. It is a challenge. But I like challenges. At the end of the day it does something for me. I try to give back and help kids and make them feel like they are just like everybody else. They might have something that is slowing them down and they may have to do more to reach their potential.

"Any time I can give back something to a child that is what I am going to do. A lot of people out there did that for me.

"I have been there for a year. Before that I worked as a school suspension teacher and coached girls basketball, girls soccer and football at Eisenhower High School for three-and-a-half years in Decatur, Ill."

My email is williamstrey1@yahoo.com.