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Where are they now? James Poindexter

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Two constants for James Poindexter during his time as a student-athlete at Lipscomb University were his infectious smile and basketball. Poindexter still easily flashes that smile. And he remains close to the sport of basketball as a high school coach. Poindexter returned to campus, along with many other former players, to welcome new Bisons basketball coach Casey Alexander. Poindexter also spent some time with Lipscombsports.com.

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

"I played basketball from 2002-2006. I played for coach Scott Sanderson. The assistant coaches my first year were Tim Cornwell, Shaun Senters and Jay Walton. My junior year coach Hubie Smith joined the staff."

Why did you choose Lipscomb?

"Nashville was a large city and comparable to my hometown, Birmingham. Lipscomb had a Christian environment. People were very welcoming on my visit. I had an opportunity to meet Dr. Steve Flatt who was president at that time.

"It just felt like home. I felt like everyone was accepting. With me having a Christian background that helped out a ton as well in leading towards my decision.

"My high school coach, Marty Smith, went to Lipscomb for four years. He played baseball. So I knew a little bit about the program. Coach Sanderson was actively recruiting one of my teammates, but he decided not to come here. But I didn't know the rich history of the program until I came here."

What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?

"My favorite memory was playing at Kentucky against a bunch of future NBA stars. We played in front of a big crowd. And we had a very good chance of beating them. It was a great experience for us.

"Plus just being around my teammates.  I had a really good group of teammates. My last two years in particular we were very close-knit. I still keep in contact with those guys. Building those relationships, besides the Kentucky game, is my most favorite memory."

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

"Coach Shaun Senters. He was the main guy who recruited me out of high school. He was very personable with my family. He built a great relationship with my grandparents.

"He was always someone I could count on as a father figure in my home away from home. I leaned on him for a lot of guidance and a lot of wisdom in my transition from Birmingham to Nashville. Coach Shaun was an integral part of my development as a player and as an individual.

"Coach Shaun made an emphasis on going about doing things the right way. He never liked to cut corners. He wanted things done in a manner that was pleasing to everyone around. He was definitely a good role model, not only for me, but for my teammates and some of my friends."

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

"It is kind of along the lines of athletics. It would have to be our road trips. We had guys like Eddie Ard, Cam Robinson, Mike Lusk and Trey Williams. We would play a lot of practical jokes on each other. We wouldn't spend a lot of time sleeping. We were always talking, laughing and joking around.

"We still laugh and joke and talk about certain times we had, not just on the basketball court but in the locker room, the bus and in the cafeteria.

"I was probably the biggest practical joker. But Eddie would be a close second."

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

"One thing that sticks out with me from my experience at Lipscomb goes back to this being a close-knit community. I grew up being very involved in the church. But I wasn't very receptive at first about going to university Bible classes and chapel.

"It was one of those things that grew on me. It was a time of meditation…a time to gather my thoughts and get myself ready for the day. I still take time out in the mornings before I start my job to reflect and to think about things I want to accomplish for the week.

"I also learned about building relationships with people who can't, in a sense, do anything for you. Lipscomb definitely taught me that. There were tons of people that I had relationships with who talked to me on campus. It was definitely a great experience."

Who was your favorite professor? Why?

"My favorite professor of all time was Trish Hodgson. My major was Health and P.E. Teaching. She was my academic advisor. She was also one of my best teachers.

"She was very by-the-book. She was very meticulous on how she wanted things done in her classes.

"But she was always a very caring individual. She would come and observe me when I was doing my student teaching. She would always start with the positive things. But she would also tell me things I should work on. She was always willing to help other people out as well."

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

"I am the head basketball coach at McAdory High School in. This will be my sixth year. I also teach health and P.E. at the McAdory Middle School in McAlla, Ala.

Tell us about your family.

"I have been married to Linda Poindexter for five years this month. I met her in Nashville while she was in school at Tennessee State.

"We have a son due in October. He will be named James, Jr."

My email is poindextjc@yahoo.com.