Mark McGee is in his 15th year working with the Lipscomb Athletics Media Relations Department where he serves as Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.
Volleyball, softball and men’s and women’s tennis are the primary sports McGee serves.
McGee joined the Lipscomb athletics department in 2003. He also serves as an adjunct professor teaching classes in media law, media ethics, sports and media and culture.
McGee is a 1979 graduate of Lipscomb University with a major in Business Management and minors in Economics and History. He was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta for his academic work in History.
In 1988 he earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree at Nashville School of Law.
He is pursuing at Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution at Lipscomb with plans to complete his degree in December of 2017.
In February of 1992 McGee completed the “Sports Business” Fellowship at the University of Maryland’s Knight Center for Specialized Journalism.
McGee began his career in journalism in high school serving as a part-time sports and police reporter for his hometown daily newspaper, the Shelbyville Times-Gazette under the direction of sports editor Glenn “Bo” Melson.
In college McGee worked for Lipscomb’s newspaper “The Babbler” as a sports writer for two years. He also was a member of the Society for Collegiate Journalists.
McGee was the primary photographer on two yearbooks for the old Opryland USA Park in 1979 and 1981.
In November of 1981 McGee joined the sports staff at the now-defunct Nashville Banner, the afternoon newspaper. He spent almost 15 years with the Banner covering high schools, Lipscomb, Belmont, Trevecca and Cumberland universities, the Nashville South Stars hockey team, the Nashville Sounds baseball team, Tennessee State University, the University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt University.
Some of the highlights of McGee’s time with the Banner were the coverage of Super Bowls XX and XXV, 12 Major League All-Star Games, six Kentucky Derbies as well as the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL and the Birmingham Stallions and Memphis Showboats of the United States Football League.
As a sportswriter with the Banner McGee also covered Lipscomb’s 1986 National Championship in basketball.
In February of 1992 McGee became a Fellow of the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland for his completion of the course “The Business of Sports”.
While working for the Banner McGee was a contributor to a number of publications. He wrote the first-ever feature on women’s college basketball published in The Sporting News in its February 15, 1993 edition on Vanderbilt’s program under Coach Jim Foster detailing his use of NBA players as learning tools for his players.
He also wrote for Lindy’s Southeastern Conference football and basketball annuals as well as the SEC’s football and basketball preseason annuals. He was the South correspondent for Basketball Weekly.
In 1984 and ’85 McGee was a weekly columnist during baseball season for the Detroit Free-Press writing “The Farm Report” which provided coverage of the minor league system of the Detroit Tigers baseball team.
In June of 1994 McGee returned to the Times-Gazette as the editor, a position he held for almost nine years. During that time the newspaper won a number of awards from the Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors (TAPME) and the Tennessee Press Association (TPA). Among McGee’s individual awards was first place in the category of “Best Personal Column (Humor)” in 2001 in TPA competition as well as a second place in sports/outdoors coverage in 1997 in the TAPME.
During his tenure at the Times-Gazette McGee also was honored with Certificates of Merit from the Tennessee Historical Commission in 1999 and 2000 for his work in the promotion of the Tullahoma Campaign Civil War Driving Tour through Tennessee’s Backroads Heritage.
McGee started working in the Lipscomb Athletics Department in August of 2002 on a part-time basis. In Feb. of 2003 McGee left the Times-Gazette to join the Lipscomb Athletics Department, which was then under the direction of athletic director Steve Potts, as a full-time member.
During his time at Lipscomb McGee has covered women’s basketball during its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2004, the men’s basketball team’s first postseason trip to the NIT in 2006, s trips to the NCAA Tournament with the Lipscomb volleyball team, two NCAA Tournament berths for softball and two NCAA Tournaments for baseball.
From 1998 through 2000 McGee also spent time as a free-lance writer with a number of sports publications in Nashville covering the Nashville Kats of the Arena Football League, Vanderbilt athletics and the Nashville Predators for Nashville Sports Weekly, Sports Nashville and Titans Exclusive.
McGee also was a regular contributor to the Nashville City Paper covering the Nashville Kats and the Nashville Predators. He also covered the inaugural basketball game in Allen Arena Nov. 27, 2001 and interviewed Clayton Osborn about his miraculous “last second” shot to give Lipscomb a 75-74 win over North Texas on Nov. 27, 2001.
Some of his other freelance work includes Associated Press (coverage of Nashville Predators and a variety of other assignments), Saber Tooth Times (Official magazine of the Nashville Predators), Nashville Predators.com, The Blue Ribbon (Official Yearbook for Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration) and The Walking Horse Report.
During his time with the Lipscomb athletics department McGee has received 13 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) District IV (Tennessee, Michigan, Alabama, Ohio and Kentucky) Fred Stabley, Sr., writing awards – four firsts, three seconds and three thirds. He also shared first place honors with Caitlin “Dot” Dotson, a former Lipscomb volleyball player, as editor of her blog.
Nationally, McGee won first place in CoSIDA’s Fred Stabley, Sr., writing contest in 2011 and second place in 2004.
McGee was honored in 2010 with the South Region Award for coverage and promotion of the sport of volleyball by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
McGee and Aaron Burtch, a member of the Lipscomb admissions department and an adjunct in the Communications Department, co-wrote and co-presented a paper at the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Symposium on Baseball and American Culture in Cooperstown, New York.
McGee was born in Shelbyville, Tennessee. He has one daughter, Sarah Margaret McGee, who is completing her bachelor’s degree at Lipscomb in journalism and new media.
AWARDS AND SPECIAL HONORS
College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)
Fred Stabley, Jr. Writing Contest
- 2016: First in District IV Alabama, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee), Season Preview/Recap of the Year, Event Coverage of the Year.
- 2015: First in District IV (Alabama, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee), Season Preview/Recap of the Year
Second in District IV, General Feature
- 2014 – First in District IV, Blog/Interview of the Year (shared with co-winner Caitlin “Dot” Dotson)
- 2011-First in the Nation, Event Coverage of the Year
- 2009-Second in District IV, Event Coverage
Third in District IV, Event Coverage
- 2008-Second in District IV, Event Coverage
Third in District IV, Athletic Profile
- 2005-Third in District IV, General feature
- 2004-Second in the Nation, Event Coverage
Best in District IV, Event Coverage
American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA)
2010-South Region Award for coverage and promotion of the sport of volleyball
Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA)
- 2016 – Best Feature Writer, Division 4, Lipscomb University
- 2003-2004-Second, Best Press Guide. Lipscomb University
- 2000-2001-First, Best Feature Writer, Division III, Nashville Sports Weekly
First, Best Event Writer, Division III, Nashville Sports Weekly
Second, Writer of the Year, Division III, Nashville Sports Weekly
- 1999-2000-First, Best News/Event Writer, Division III, Nashville Sports Weekly
Second, Writer of the Year, Division III, Nashville Sports Weekly
- 1998-99-Second, Writer of the Year, Division III, Sports Nashville
- 1993-94-First, Best Investigative/Series, Division I, Nashville Banner (co-written with Jim Molpus)
Tennessee Press Association (TPA)
2001-First in the State, Best Personal Column (Humor), Shelbyville Times-Gazette
Tennessee Association Press Managing Editors (TAPME)
2013 – Co-Presenter of a paper with Aaron Burch “How the Fashions of the 1970s Influenced Baseball Uniforms” at the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture at the National Baseball Hall of Fame
Featured character (Chuck Ross) in the movie “My Many Sons” about former Lipscomb coach Don Meyer
- Rotary Paul Harris Fellow (Shelbyville, Tenn., Noon Rotary Club)
- Eagle Scout (Boy Scouts of America)