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John Kimbrell
Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame
TYPE
Athlete
YEAR INDUCTED
2002
John Kimbrell played basketball for David Lipscomb from 1982-1986. After arriving on the Lipscomb campus from the tiny town of West Point, Tennessee, John would lead the Bison basketball program to national prominence. In 1986, John was named Most Valuable Player as the Bisons captured the NAIA National Championship. During the national tournament John averaged an impressive 19.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. During John's four years he led the Bisons to a school record 109 wins and two appearances in the national tournament. In 1986 the Bisons were ranked number one in the NAIA for the first time in school history. John was named NAIA All-American in both 1985 and again in 1986. In 1986, John became the first Lipscomb basketball player to earn first team All-American honors. After graduating John was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks and later played in both the United States Basketball League and the Continental Basketball League. John Kimbrell will always be remembered for leading the Lipscomb basketball program to the NAIA National Championship and national prominence.
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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.