A hard-throwing right-handed pitcher from Brentwood, he came to Lipscomb after a junior college stint for a chance to play baseball close to home. He left with a college degree, a future wife, and a wealth of experience to take back to his high school alma mater. Chandler Ganick is a teacher and coach who took a few minutes this week to sit down and tell his story to LipscombSports.com.
What years did you compete for Lipscomb?
I played baseball from the fall of 2003 through the spring of 2006 for Coach Wynn Fletcher.
What teammate was most memorable?
I will always remember Nathen Sensing, Chris Conn, and Dave Becker. These were guys that I had grown up playing baseball with, so it was fun to finish my playing career at Lipscomb with them.
What degree have you earned?
I graduated from Lipscomb in 2006 with my B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Business.
Why did you attend Lipscomb?
I wanted to be close to home so it would be more convenient for my family and friends to see me play. The opportunity to play baseball with guys I had known for years was a big draw for Bison Baseball as well.
What is your favorite athletic memory at Lipscomb?
Pitching and winning at Florida Atlantic when they were ranked in the top 15 in the country – that was special.
Who influenced your athletic career at Lipscomb?
Brian Ryman and Cliff Terracuso were assistant coaches at Lipscomb and guys that I looked up to. They did a great job of keeping things in perspective and helping me grow as a player, but more importantly, they helped me learn how to coach.
What do you remember about Lipscomb campus life during your time here?
I lived off campus my whole time as a Bison, so I didn’t have the dorm experience that most had. I really enjoyed my time hanging out in the student center, though. My senior year at Lipscomb my roommates were in a social club, so I got to enjoy hanging out with both student-athletes and non-student-athletes. That was a lot of fun.
What is the most valuable lesson you learned in your time at Lipscomb?
I learned how to live on my own and how to make good choices in how to live as a man. More importantly, I learned what it looks like to live as a Godly man. I also learned that sometimes, even when I do the right thing, there are consequences and I must choose how to positively respond to those circumstances.
Who was your favorite professor?
George Goldman taught my first Bible class at Lipscomb. I remember walking into class that first day feeling kind of nervous. He did a great job of making me – and all of us – feel like we were supposed to be there.
What do you do now?
I am a math teacher and the head baseball coach at Brentwood Academy, just south of Nashville.
Tell us about your family.
I met my wife, Niki (Burnette), when we were both students at Lipscomb. We have 2 children – Chloe (4) and Maddox (16 months).
- Favorite food: Fajitas
- Favorite TV show or movie: Any Marvel movie
- Favorite Bible scripture: Galatians 5:22-23 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
- Favorite sports team: Boston Red Sox
- Pet peeve: people who have a lot of pet peeves
- Person I most admire: Carlton Flatt (previous football coach at Brentwood Academy)
- Person I’d most like to meet: Greg Maddux
- Rather ride or drive? Drive
- Pick one – salad or dessert: Dessert
- Dream vacation spot: Australia
- Early morning or late night person? Early morning
You can reach Chandler by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.