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Where are they now? Lynn Dearing

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Lynn Randolph Dearing played for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons basketball team from 1992-96. She graduated in 1996 with a degree in Health and Physical Education.  She also holds a Masters in Health and Physical Education from Tennessee State University. She teaches, balances the schedules of three busy children and also coaches the varsity volleyball team at Goodpasture High School, guiding her team to the school's first-ever TSSAA 2012 State Championship in Class AA, finishing with a 45-3 record.  She paused for a few minutes to talk about her time at Lipscomb with lipscombsports.com.        

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

"I played basketball from 1992-96. Frank Bennett was the head coach. April (St. John) Ezell was the assistant."

What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?

"It would have to be going to the NAIA National Tournament all four years I was there. We made the championship game my sophomore year and played in the Final Four my junior and senior years.

"It was special team. We had the most wins of any team in a four-year period there. We loved each other and took care of each other on the floor and off of the floor."

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

"I would have to say coach Bennett and coach St. John.

"Coach Bennett was just an unbelievable teacher of the game. He developed me as a player. He was very patient and very kind as a coach. He able to get everything out of his athletes in a very calm and soothing way."

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

Beth (Stewart) Stark and I were roommates and we played a lot of practical jokes.  We did a lot of fun things. We once tried to change the Belmont fountain water to purple. That was one of my favorites.

"We would dress for fire drills in the most random outfits we could dress in to surprise our head resident. We dressed as fireman once. We dressed like athletes from other sports. We always knew ahead of time about the drill so we had time to dress."

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

"Lipscomb prepared me for teaching Health and P.E. and for coaching.  I was able to be a part of a social network that has helped. It is hard to put a value on the people I got to know from playing basketball there."

Who was your favorite professor? Why?

"Dr. Kent Johnson, Trish Hodges and Dr. Lynn Griffith.

"I really liked Kent Johnson's classes. I felt like he demanded excellence from all of his students. A lot of us were athletes. He pushed us to the absolute limits. A lot of things I learned from his class I still use today.

"I loved Trish. I thought she did a really good job of making her classes fun. I still do a lot of the things I learned in her class.

"Dr. Griffith was awesome too.  Everybody in that department had a big influence on me."

Where do you live now?

"I live in Mt. Juliet, Tenn."

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

"I work for Goodpasture High School. I teach Team Leadership and Advanced Placement Psychology. And I coach the volleyball team.

"I am all over the charts. That is why I like teaching. It is always different.

"I played volleyball in high school. It just fell into my lap when I got here. I started coaching volleyball my second year here."

Tell us about your family.

"I am married to Keith Dearing, a teacher in the Metro School System. Our oldest son is Will, 12, a seventh grade at Goodpasture. LeighAnne is 9, a third grade at Goodpasture. Jackson is 5 and is also at Goodpasture."

Lynn's e-mail address is ldearing@goodpasture.org.