Gary Colson, a native of Logansport, Ind., was a multi-sport athlete from1952-56 at Lipscomb University, earning all-conference honors in ’55 and ’56 in basketball. He was the conference most valuable player in 1956. He has remained in basketball all of his life with college coaching stops at Valdosta St., Pepperdine, New Mexico, the University of California-Berkeley and Fresno St. In 34 years as a college coach he compiled a record of 563-385.
In the National Basketball Association he worked with the Memphis Grizzlies along with his long-time close friend Jerry West, an NBA Hall of Famer and legendary star from the Los Angeles Lakers.
Colson, named to the Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998, keeps busy with a number of projects. He took time out to answer some questions from Lipscombsports.com.
What sport did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
“I played three sports while at Lipscomb basketball, baseball and track. My coaches were Elvis Sherrill, Jennings Davis and Charles Morris."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
“My senior year getting MVP in the conference tournament.”
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
“Jennings Davis and Charles Morris had the biggest influence on my life on the court and off the court...great men!!
“They were my heroes, my idols. They were what I dreamed of being. I love both of them and I strive be like them every day.”
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
“Chapel every day at 10 a.m. and getting to meet so many fellow students who today are still some of my best friends. I also enjoyed living in the dorm.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
“Going to Lipscomb was the highlight of my life, especially the Christian influence of my peers, coaches and teachers.”
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
“Jennings Davis was and is today my very favorite person. He is one of the best people I have ever met.
“Charles Morris was second even though he only coached me my senior year. But he did hire me as his assistant the next year while I got my master’s degree at Vanderbilt.”
Where do you live now?
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
“I have several things I do:
No. 1: I teach at UCSB here in Santa Barbara.
No. 2: I write blogs for a company out of New York on basketball (Fastmodelsports.com) and (colson.fastmodelsports.net).
No. 3: I scout part time for the National Basketball Association.
No. 4: I do basketball clinics for kids all over the world with emphasis on shooting.
No. 5: I work with the poor people in our area.”
Tell us about your family.
“I married Mary Katherine 23 years ago while coaching at the University of California. I have two sons Rick Colson and Wade Colson.
“Wade is married and has two sons also.”
Gary may be contacted at email@example.com.