What sport(s) did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
“I played basketball from1988-1992. Don Meyer, Ralph Turner, Mike Roller, Duwain Houston, Jason Shelton, Barbara Anderson and Chris Snoddy were my coaches. Barb and Chris were as much a part of the program as any of the on-the-floor coaches.”
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
“There are many. The night Hutch (Philip Hutcheson) passed the all-time scoring record in Kansas City, the Belmont game at Vanderbilt, the Oral Roberts 138-130 game in McQuiddy, bus trips to away games with sack lunches after the game, minus Snickers bars that mysteriously disappeared out of our bags, eating the salad bar with water on the way to Birmingham Southern, Thanksgiving in Duluth, Minn., riding scooters in Hawaii with Paul Rogers, and Senior Night.
“Basketball camps dominated my summers for 7 years beginning in high school. It was hot and hard work, but I have great memories of “the Rock” with Coach Frank Bennett and Lee Anderson and living in Fanning dorm with Brian Ayers. My most fond memory was the six consecutive “William James Day” victories. The only regret was the poor defense I played in the 1.8 seconds I got to play at Trevecca one night and their best player made a 3-pointer at the buzzer. We were ahead by 24 at the time but I understood then why Coach Meyer didn’t play me more.”
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
“My teammates. Coach Meyer built a program where guys who played before were honored for what they had done and the present guys understood they stood on giants’ shoulders with a responsibility to the future Bisons. When I need advice or help those are the guys I call on today. It is great to see the success of teammates. Always a Bison, never a former Bison.” What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
“Refereeing intramurals for Jeff Spivey. Otherwise, I didn’t do too much besides go to class, study for my accounting classes, and play basketball.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
“The value of teammates and being on a TEAM. Also, to learn to think for myself and form my opinions based on my own reasoning. It was a great time of social and spiritual growth for me. I began Lipscomb in kindergarten and am thankful for the Christian faculty and coaches for all the years.”
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
“Axel Swang. I’ve known Dr. Swang from my earliest memories because of my mother being a business professor too. I liked how he told the truth in love. He was straight forward and loved accounting, but loved the students more. He loves Jesus the most.
“He loved going to the baseball games and yelling at the other team and umpires. He was funny but his style would be frowned upon these days. Also, my mother (as a business major I had to have her for two classes). But she was a real encouragement to me and kept me accountable.”
Where do you live now?
“Franklin, Tenn. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
“Rich Printing. I have been in printing sales for 14 years. I sell what people need to communicate their message so they can be effective.
“I also spent this winter coaching freshmen at Ensworth High School. I felt Ricky Bowers needed some help developing a winning team. Ha, ha.”
Tell us about your family.
“Kathy (Popham, class of 1988) and I have been married for almost 18 years. Mattie is 14 and a freshman at Franklin High. Lucy and Ed are 10 and fourth graders at Hunters Bend Elementary. They come to Bison and Lady Bison games hoping there is no half time entertainment so they can perform their jump rope routine as the Jr. Bison Jumpers.”
Sydney Poe, a student assistant in the Lipscomb athletics media relations department. conducted the intereview.