A right-handed pitcher from Dallas, Texas, he came to Lipscomb with the chance to play immediately at a school with a rich baseball tradition. His fastball reached the low 90s, and Logan Powell made a name for himself as a dependable pitcher for the Bisons. We learned a lot about this soft-spoken man who has become a successful businessman when he sat down this week with LipscombSports.com.
What years did you compete for Lipscomb?
I pitched for the Bisons from 2003-2006. Wynn Fletcher was the head coach and Lantz Wheeler was my main pitching coach.
What teammates were most memorable?
Rob Smithson, Nathan Sensing, David Ayre, Ryan Price, and Zac Miller – Rob, Ryan, Zac, and I all started together in 2003, and Rob was my roommate all four years at Lipscomb. Ryan was my catcher and is now coaching for the Bisons. Zac was one of the funniest guys I know, and he unfortunately passed away unexpectedly in 2013. I count Nathan and David as great friends, and Nathan is still bitter about my hitting him in an intra-squad game in the fall of 2003.
What degrees have you earned?
I earned my B.S. Finance & Economics with an Accounting Minor from Lipscomb in 2007, and I added an MBA from the Cox School of Business at SMU in 2011.
Why did you attend Lipscomb?
I wanted the opportunity to play NCAA Division I baseball without having to redshirt, and that – combined with the scholarships – made Lipscomb a great option.
What is your favorite athletic memory at Lipscomb?
I’m honestly not sure I have one specific favorite memory. We had a lot of great road trips, and it was always rewarding to beat an opponent at their own field.
Who influenced your athletic career at Lipscomb?
Lantz Wheeler, our pitching coach at Lipscomb, and Sam Carpenter, my long-time coach and mentor (still) of the Dallas Mustangs Baseball Organization.
What do you remember about Lipscomb campus life during your time here?
Rob Smithson and I were some of the few baseball players who lived on campus all four years, and we roomed together the entire time. We had a lot of fun, but we were both academically focused, so there was a lot of work that took place, too. Dr. Lowry became President our junior year, and the campus really started to come to life.
What is the most valuable lesson you learned in your time at Lipscomb?
The biggest lesson I learned, and have now seen in practice, is that, despite what you may see or hear in the press, you can be both successful in business and ethical. The professors at Lipscomb focus not only on the academics, but on building a well-rounded person and preparing students for the real-world after graduation. That was a valuable lesson and example for me.
Who were your favorite professors & why?
Jeff Jewell and Steve Little are two who immediately come to mind. I had several courses with Dr. Jewell, and he was always willing to help in any way. Dr. Little taught my capstone business course, where we participated in the Business Simulation Game. I’ll always remember Dr. Little’s saying: “Do well, and do good.”
What do you do now?
I am the Chief Financial Officer for Puttshack, Ltd. (www.puttshack.com), which is a high-growth family-entertainment business created by the founders of Topgolf.
Tell us about your family:
Cari (Lewis) Powell (Lipscomb, ‘07) and I were married in October 2007. We have four children: Emmalyn (9), Andrew (7), Rose (5), and Gentry (almost 2). We have lived in Dallas, Texas, for the past 12 years, and we’re moving to London in September for my job.
- Favorite food: Texas BBQ
- Favorite TV show or movie: The Natural
- Favorite Bible scripture: Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I have seen God working in my life, and, so many times, it’s so obvious in hindsight that his plan was, of course, perfect, even when I couldn’t understand the plan at the moment.
- Favorite sports team: Texas Rangers
- Person I most admire: Mike Lewis (my father-in-law). He is the most selfless person I know, and he works tirelessly to serve and love those normally forgotten and rejected.
- Rather ride or drive? Drive, anything fast
- Pick one – salad or dessert: Is that even a question? Dessert
- Dream vacation spot: Scotland is currently our favorite place.
- Early morning or late night person? Early morning
Feel free to contact Logan via email: firstname.lastname@example.org