Where Are They Now: Cooper Wood
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Where Are They Now: Cooper Wood
Cooper Wood is a busy man. He works for the family business, Jim Wood and Associates, and also coaches softball and serves as an assistant in basketball at Nashville Christian. He and his wife, Diane, also keep up with four children and three grandchildren. He pausedlong enough to share some information with lipscombsports.com.

What sport did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?

“I played basketball from 1970-73 for coach Mike Clark.

What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?

“Playing against Belmont. It was always a great atmosphere. And hitting a late basket against them to help send the game into overtime which we won.

“I also combined in back-to-back games with Bruce Bowers to score a total of 52 points each game. Bruce had 50 points in each game. I was his sub.”

Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?

“Fessor” Boyce. He was always a positive influence to me and all of the athletes. He had such a strong love for Lipscomb and for what it stands for. It rubbed off on the student-athletes.”

What is your fondest athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?

“Chapel services when they were led by the basketball players.

“Also the friendships you gained with your teammates and the members of the student body.”

What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?

“Friendships that last forever through good and bad times.”

Who was your favorite professor? Why?

“Coach Ken Dugan because he was like he was on the baseball field. He got straight to the point and made it and you understood.”

Where do you live now?

“Franklin, Tenn.

Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?

“I am a sales representative for Jim Wood and Associates. I set up and retain accounts.

“At Nashville Christian I am the head softball coach. I am an assistant to my son, Brandon, with the girl’s basketball team.”

Tell us about your family.

“I have been married to my wife Diane, a former Lipscomb cheerleader, for 21 years.

“Our son Brandon is a teacher and coach at Nashville Christian.

“Bennett works in my business with my brother and me. He and his wife, Julie, have been married for three years. They have a son, Waylon, born Aug. 7, 2010.

“Whitney is a freshman at Lipscomb University.

“Sarah is the mother of twins, Kayla and Madeline, age 7.”

Cooper Wood’s e-mail address is cooperwood.jwa@bellsouth.net.