Malcolm Montgomery is back home. The former Lipscomb basketball standout has returned to Gallatin High School as the coach for the girls’ basketball team. After graduating from Lipscomb University he went to Europe where he played professional basketball. He has coached on the middle school, high school and college level. This is his first venture as the coach of a girls' basketball team. He spent some time this week talking with Lipscombsports.com.
What years did you play at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
"I redshirted the 1990-91 season. I played from 1991 through 1995. I was a wing and a point guard.
"Don Meyer was my head coach. The assistants were Jason Shelton, Mike Roller, and Ralph Turner. In my last year Tom Kelsey came in to replace Coach T when he went to Union."
Why did you decide to attend Lipscomb?
"Being from Gallatin I used to see Lipscomb on the news all of the time. A couple of teachers at my high school were graduates of Lipscomb. So I always knew about Lipscomb.
"It is a funny story. I remember watching Coach Meyer on TV. He had that persona where he was always frowning and yelling. When I was young I would tell my Mom I don't think I could ever play for that man. A few years later I ended up playing for him.
"The coaching staff was the main reason I chose Lipscomb. When I came to visit before I signed I saw what a great place it was. They didn't have football so basketball was the big sport.
"When you see the `Battle of the Boulevard' between Lipscomb and Belmont why would you not want to be a part of that?"
What is your favorite athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"It would be going to the NAIA National Tournament all four years and playing the different teams. My first two years we played in Kansas City. Missouri and the last two years we played at Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I really loved both of those places. They were big basketball places.
"My sophomore year we made a huge comeback against Life College. We were down double digits in the first half. They jumped on us pretty good.
"Andy McQueen got on fire from three. We came all the way back and we beat them. Coach Meyer always taught us to have a never say die attitude."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"Of course, Coach Meyer. But I would say all of the coaches. They all had a different angle. All of them helped me both with my life and my basketball career.
"I can see it now. We just did things differently at Lipscomb.
"Summer camps were intense. We had to do a lot of teaching of both boys and girls. That really helped me to coach girls now. This is the first time I have coached girls outside of coaching my daughter's AAU teams."
What is your favorite non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"All of the students hanging out on campus before or after chapel and between classes, especially in the spring time. It was a good time in my life. It is a time that I miss.
"It was like a family. It was great seeing your teammates every day like that. I think we took those times for granted. I have such happy memories of that."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"That would be the things that Coach Meyer said all of the time like treating people the way you want to be treated and doing the next right thing right.
"Dealing with kids you want to treat every kid the same way you would want people to treat yours."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"The one that stands out in my mind the most has to be Dr. Marlin Connelly. He was the biggest basketball fan. He came to every game. He would talk about the games in his class.
"I majored in recreation with a minor in coaching.
"Coach Ken Dugan probably had the most interesting class. I took him for Fundamentals of Coaching Baseball. He had so many life stories he would tie to coaching. As a coach I think all the time about what he said about balancing your family life and your coaching life.
"Your family has to be a big part of what you are doing or you can isolate yourself."
Where do you live now?
"I live in Gallatin, Tennessee."
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I am the (new) girls' basketball coach at Gallatin High School. I was a boys' basketball coach for 13 years.
"This job just felt right when it came up. It kind of snuck up on me. People have been telling me over the years that I would make a great women's coach. John Wild and Mark Campbell have done very well on the girls' side of coaching. And Greg Brown (Lipscomb's women's basketball coach) was in school with me.
"Girls listen. This is my third year to coach a girls AAU team. I started when my daughter was in the fourth grade. There are parts of the game that are a little more positive with girls. I coached at Warren County Middle School this past year."
"I am going to try to do the best I can. It doesn't matter to me whether it is boys or girls. I just like coaching basketball."
Tell us about your family.
"My wife is named J'Rema. Our children are Jeremia (11) and Jevonna (6)."
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.