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Where are they now? with Jamie Pride

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Jamie Pride played third base for the Lipscomb Bisons baseball team and was part of the “Miracle Bisons” team that fought its way out of the loser’s bracket and finished as runner-up in the NAIA World Series. Pride found his way into the NAIA record books this year for a hitting feat in the 1971 World Series. He hit four triples, an all-time record that had not previously been recognized until Pride sent a package of documentation. He has joined former teammate Buddy Harston as an assistant coach for Lipscomb’s men’s and women’s golf teams. He spent a few minutes this week talking with Lipscombsports.com.

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

“I played baseball from the spring of 1971 through 1974. My coaches were Ken Dugan, Gary Davis and Roy Pardue.”

What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?

“The 1971 NAIA World Series in Phoenix, Ariz. We didn’t really expect to be there.

“It was the first time I had ever been on an airplane. We played on the Triple-A field of the Phoenix Giants. There weren’t a lot of people there for the games, but there was a World Series atmosphere.”

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

“It would have to be coach Dugan because of the baseball knowledge that he had that he instilled in us. If you did what he told you to do he was easy to deal with. He ever asked us to do anything that was unfair.

“In my athletic career up to that time I didn’t always do what the coaches said. “He made me realize that not only in athletics but in life that if someone in authority tells you that you need to do something then that is what you need to do.”

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

“Just the friends that were developed overall like coach Harston and Mike Santi. The freshmen on that team still call each other up. Those have been lasting friendships.”

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

“My spiritual development. I was baptized when I was 16. I was a member of the Church of Christ.

“But coming here and having Bible classes everyday and chapel everyday helped me learn so much. If we missed one chapel we got in trouble with coach Dugan.”

Who was your favorite professor? Why?

“Marlin Connelly was my first Bible teacher. I had him all three quarters as a freshman. He was a big influence. He was a down-to-earth type of teacher. When he was teaching it was just like he was talking as opposed to being a professor up there trying to bag it into you.

“Brother Batsell Barrett Baxter made you really, really want to pay attention because of his background.”

Where do you live now?

“I live in Brentwood, Tenn.”

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

“I have worked as an assistant golf coach at Lipscomb for two years. I assist coach Buddy Harston with anything from contacting the players to driving them to tournaments.”

Tell us about your family.

“I have a wife, Bridgette. I have a son, Josh. His wife is Brittany. They have a daughter, Presley, who is a year old. I have a daughter, Brittney, who is married with two sons, Nathan and Hagen. I have a step-son, Blake Turner, who is married and has a son. We have a daughter, Jaci, a graduate of David Lipscomb High School who attends UT-Martin.”

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