Hall of Fame

Buddy Harston

TYPE Athlete
YEAR INDUCTED 2009

Buddy Harston played baseball for Lipscomb from 1971-1974 when he helped lead the Bison baseball program to three NAIA National Tournaments, including twice as runner-up (1971, 1972.) Under Buddy's leadership, the Bison baseball program began its dominance as one the most successful teams of the decade in college baseball. Throughout his four-year career he was a key contributor in 14 NAIA World Series games, 160 wins, and the first 40-win seasons (44 wins in 1971, 46 in 1974) in Lipscomb baseball history.

Considered one of Lipscomb's most consistent players, he compiled a .310 career battting average, 125 RBIs, and an outstanding .952 fielding percentage. He set school records twice by hitting 13 doubles in a season.  In 1972, Buddy was honored for his exceptional second base play at the NAIA World Series by being named All-Tournament and being awarded the Gold Glove Award as the most outstanding fielder in the tournament.  Coach Ken Dugan also honored Buddy, the 1974 team captain, as one of the greats in Lipscomb baseball history when he named Buddy to the Lipscomb Baseball 25th Anniversary Team, calling attention to his ability to turn the double play. 

At the end of his playing career Buddy continued to serve the Lipscomb baseball program as the first assistant coach hired by Hall of Fame Coach Ken Dugan (1975-1977), helping lead the team to the 1977 NAIA National Championship in St. Joseph, Mo. 

In recent years Buddy rejoined the Lipscomb athletic family as head golf coach for both men and women.  He also plays on the PGA Senior circuit and continues his work as a teaching professional.  Buddy Harston, an outstanding player, coach and professional, will always be considered one of Lipscomb's all-time greats.