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Ralph Samples
Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame
Coach Samples came to Lipscomb as a student in 1956, returned as a faculty member in 1966, and has served as Lipscomb's golf coach since 1968. He has served as the NAIA District 24 golf chairman, president of the NAIA Golf Coaches' Association and was inducted into the NAIA Golf Coaches' Hall of Fame in June, 1988. He served as coach to Will Brewer in 1976 when he won the NAIA National Golf Championship. He has been a father-figure to many Lipscomb golfers and has been requested by a number of them to perform their wedding ceremonies. Coach Samples will always be remembered for building the Lipscomb golf program to one of the best in the nation.
Hall of Fame Nominations

Nominate Someone to the Athletic Hall of Fame

To nominate an individual for the Lipscomb University Athletic Hall of Fame please forward nomination material to Philip Hutcheson, Lipscomb University Athletics, One University Park Drive, Nashville, Tennessee 37204-3951. The formal deadline for nominations is December 1 of the year prior to induction. To nominate an individual for the Lipscomb University Athletic Hall of Fame please provide as much data as possible in support of your nomination.

Nominees must fall into one of three categories with the following criteria taken into consideration:

  • Athlete: Career statistics; Conference, Regional, All-American and National honors; Leadership, service and continued support of Lipscomb University are all taken into consideration for each nominee.
  • Coach: Career record; Length of tenure, number of all-conference, all-region, all-american and scholar-athletes, as well as, impact made on the school. Post Lipscomb success is also taken into consideration for the Coach category
  • Meritorious Service: Truly exceptional contributions and service to the athletic program by one who does not qualify for the athlete or coach category.