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John Friend
Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame
Athlete/Meritorious Service
John Friend

John Friend attended Lipscomb University from 1954-1957 where he was an outstanding player for the Bison basketball team and named team captain.  He played a leading role in Lipscomb’s march to the VSAC Tournament all four years, including the championship game in 1956.  After graduation John returned to his Indiana home, where from 1980-2001 he served as Director of Athletics at Purdue University Calumet, garnering an Administrator of the Year award and the university’s prestigious Bob Hayes Award for service to athletics.  He led the formation of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, solidifying its traditions in his role as conference commissioner. He also served on the Executive Committee of NAIA District 21 for thirteen years and received the district’s Administrator of the Year award in 1994.  His athletic accomplishments were acknowledged by his selection into five Halls of Fame: Purdue Calumet, the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, the National College Football Coaches Association, the American Football Coaches Association, and the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.  Upon his retirement from Purdue Calumet John’s colleagues honored him by establishing the John Friend Scholarship Endowment.  In April 2011 he achieved the distinction of being the first in Purdue Calumet’s athletic history to be inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame.  A leader with integrity and a commitment to excellence, John is a respected voice in athletics on levels both regional and national.

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.