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Ernie Smith
Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame
Athlete/Meritorious Service


Ernie Smith attended David Lipscomb College from 1969-1973, where he was part of the Lipscomb baseball program that advanced to the school’s first-ever NAIA National baseball tournament. During Ernie’s career, the Bison baseball program won 143 games and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament in 1971 and again in 1972. After graduation, Ernie began his long career with David Lipscomb High School where he is considered one of Tennessee’s most successful high school coaches. Ernie will always be one of the few coaches in Tennessee sports history to win 500 games as girls basketball coach and 500 games as baseball coach. Ernie directed Lipscomb to the TSAA girl’s state basketball championship in 1986 and won TSAA baseball championships in 1978, 1982, 1986, and 1998. Ernie Smith will always be considered one of the most successful Lipscomb graduates, not just because of his winning abilities, but the impact he has made on so many young people’s lives.

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.