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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Chad Fromm made two college stops before finding his way to Lipscomb. He knows that God had a purpose for leading him to Lipscomb and that it wasn't just to get an education and pitch for the baseball team. Fromm still marvels at what God has done for him and is confident that his future is being guided by a higher power. Fromm spent time talking with lipscombsports.com about what his time at Lipscomb meant to him and how it still affects his life today.
What sport did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
"I played baseball at Lipscomb from 2009-2011. I played at Belmont my freshman year and then played at Cleveland State my sophomore year.
"I played for coach Jeff Forehand. I was a closer and a middle reliever sometimes…whatever was called for. Chris Collins was an assistant coach and Tyler Shrout was the pitching coach.
"I majored in communication and also studied biology.
"I graduated in December of 2011. I went and played for the Wichita Wingnuts for about a month in independent baseball after that."
What made you decide to finish your college baseball career at Lipscomb?
"As corny as it can sound sometimes I knew No. 1 that I wanted to get back to Nashville. No.2, after being recruited by a couple of other Division I schools like Troy, Memphis and even Tennessee; the Christian atmosphere and coach Forehand were the biggest keys to It.
"I wanted a place that was intentional about putting Christ in the center of everything they did whether it was in the weight room, on the baseball field or in the classroom. I knew I could find all three of those pieces, plus a private education and baseball at the NCAA Division I level at Lipscomb."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"Without a doubt it would have to be a walk-off win against Belmont my senior year at Dugan Field. It was Friday night game. Lee Wilson hit a double off the right-center field wall. Shawn Mehring, who was a pinch-runner, came all the around from first to score. It was off of John Ivey, the big closer for Belmont."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"It would probably have to be coach Forehand. No matter what, I have always respected him for being selfless in his approach to the game and always putting others above himself.
"We had some rough years when I was there. But that didn't change the vision of the program. I read where they have a top 100 recruiting class this year. Even though there are ups and downs Jeff has always been one who has stuck to his vision. There is no doubt in my mind that Lipscomb will not only be back in the Atlantic Sun Tournament but will win it and go on to the regionals and the super regionals.
"There are a lot of good influences in the athletic department. I remember Brent High (Associate Athletic Director for Spiritual Formation and the Annual Fund) was always intentional about being involved with us. I remember on faith night he challenged me to not just claim to be a Christian, but to go out and share my testimony."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"It was my junior year. We were having a rough season. We weren't going to make the conference tournament.
"Coach Forehand had organized a day for us to come to the school where his son Brooks attended. Even though we were going to miss the conference tournament, and even though I didn't have the performance personally that I wanted to have, I just remember how that put everything into perspective.
"That has always been special to my heart. It has helped me keep my life in perspective."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"If I had to put it in one word it would be perspective. It goes back to my story about going to Brooks' school. At Lipscomb you can take an hour out of every day to attend chapel and be intentional about keeping things in perspective. No matter how the week was you realized there was something bigger going on.
"I didn't come into Lipscomb with my faith being of any relevance to me. Growing up in Cleveland, Tenn., it was just something that you were. You knew how to act like a Christian or a believer.
"I was kind of a blender of denominations. I grew up being Methodist. I went to Belmont and it was Baptist. I went to Ethos when I was in Nashville.
"Something that I saw in people at Lipscomb was they were not scared to stand for what they believed in. Now more than ever where faith, Christianity and being a follower of Jesus isn't as popular as it used to be Lipscomb is still not scared to stand in that gap.
"Lipscomb taught me to be intentional not only in chapel or in church but also on the field and understanding who you are playing for. You have to intentional in your faith. People like Brent and the professors and others aren't scare to talk about their faith. That is something that is huge that I took away. I am not scared to stand alone."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"That is tough because I have several. In the communication department they would be Alan Griggs and Mark McGee.
"Sometimes professors at Lipscomb can feel a little scared to teach on certain topics because it is a Christian campus. But in classes with Alan Griggs and Mark McGee it was the first time we really took an objective look at real world issues. It was not just from a perspective from within the church, but also how certain issues are generally viewed.
"Being a communications major that was something that was huge. It is all about how people perceive things."
"In the biology department it would be Dr. Phillip Choate. I always respected Dr. Choate. It was the most challenged I ever felt in college with the study of anatomy and physiology. I appreciated the way he challenged me.
"I once thought I wanted to practice medicine. I wanted to go to medical school or be a physician's assistant. Now I work with a lot of folks in financial advising who practice medicine. It is funny how God used that. God continues to amaze me in how he can redirect your life."
Where do you live now?
"I live in Cleveland, Tenn.
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I work at Northwestern Mutual in Chattanooga, Tenn. I have a financial practice. The official title until I get licensed would be financial representative. I have been with them eight months."
Tell us about your family.
"I am single."