Baseball's Bryan True: Where Are They Now?
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Baseball's Bryan True: Where Are They Now?

What years did you compete for Lipscomb? 

I played baseball from 1984-1988 for Coach Ken Dugan and Al Austelle.

  

What teammates were most memorable?

Trey Hartman was one of the first baseball players that I met upon arriving at Lipscomb.  We were both outfielders, and we seemed to hit it off from the start.  His family was extremely good to me.

Joe Van Kilpatrick and I spent almost every minute together during my last two years at Lipscomb.  We were either in the batting cage until late or in the outdoors hunting and fishing together.

 

What degrees have you earned?

I graduated from Lipscomb with a B.S. in Secondary Education. I added a Masters from Tennessee State University in Administration and Supervision.

 

Why did you attend Lipscomb? 

I was constantly encouraged by several Christian people from my community to go to Lipscomb rather than going to a larger school.  Finally, my dad told me that I needed to attend.  That’s all it took.

 

What is your favorite athletic memory at Lipscomb?

There are several to choose from, but my personal favorite memory is hitting a home run to lead off the game against Southern Arkansas.  The end of that season was awesome.

 

Who influenced your athletic career at Lipscomb?

There are many people that had a hand in the success I had while attending Lipscomb.  Ken Dugan, Al Austelle, Don Meyer, Barbara Anderson, Lee Marsh, and Farrell Owens all had some impact on me during the four years I was there.

 

What do you remember about Lipscomb campus life during your time here?

I have several good campus memories:

  • Having late games or late practices and getting to go to the Bison Room to eat.
  • Appreciating Lipscomb as a great size campus where you knew almost everyone who went there.
  • Shooting an arrow out of my 7th floor High Rise dorm room into a spot on a tree next to Granny White Pike. That arrow remained in that tree for years.

 

What is the most valuable lesson you learned in your time at Lipscomb?

Coach Don Meyer taught me so many valuable life lessons after chapel as we walked from his office to McQuiddy and back.

 

Who were your favorite professors?

Dr. (James) Arnett was a special person on the staff at Lipscomb.  From day one in the Biology department he had a strong interest in me and was crucial in my education.

 

What do you do now?

I’ve been involved in education for 30 years.  I’ve taught Biology, coached football and baseball, spent 12 years as a principal, and several years as an assistant principal.

I’m currently an assistant principal and athletic director at Loretto High School.

 

Tell us about your family:

I married Holly (Mason) True in August of 1990.  She is a graduate of Lipscomb and currently teaches at Lawrence County High School.  We live in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, and I serve as a deacon at Ethridge Church of Christ.

Holly and I have two sons: Dylan (23), a 2018 graduate of UT Martin, and Mason (21), a student at Lipscomb who serves as student assistant for Men’s Basketball.

 

FAST FINISH: 

  • Favorite food: Ribeye steak
  • Favorite TV show or movie: Top Gun
  • Favorite Bible scripture: John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
  • Favorite sports team: Alabama Crimson Tide (Roll Tide)
  • Pet peeve: Students sitting on desks in the classroom
  • Person I most admire: My wonderful wife, Holly
  • Rather ride or drive? Ride
  • Pick one – salad or dessert: Salad
  • Dream vacation spot: Bora Bora
  • Early morning or late night person? Early morning

 

You can reach Bryan by email at btrue12@hotmail.com.