Andy Jordan was looking for a Christian college to finish his education and he left California for Lipscomb University. While he was here he ran track. He still keeps up with the track program and has been especially impressed with the work of Bill Taylor, Lipscomb's director of cross country and track and field. Andy spent some time this week talking with Lipscombsports.com.
What years did you run track at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
"I transferred in as a junior from Cerritos College in Southern California where I ran track for two years.
"I ran track for one year at Lipscomb and that was in 1975. At Lipscomb I ran 600 yard, the mile relay and the quarter and half mile both indoors and outdoors.
"I graduated in 1976 with a degree in accounting.
"Joey Haines was my coach. My coach at Cerritos was a guy named Dave Kamanski. Both of them are in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame. That is pretty cool to have both of my coaches in the Hall of Fame.
"When I was there at Lipscomb we had some really good athletes. I was impressed. Robert Smith was nationally-ranked in the 100 yards."
Why did you choose Lipscomb?
"Cerritos was a two-year school and I finally figured out I was going to major in accounting. Mark Jordan (Andy's cousin and former sports information director while he was a student at Lipscomb) said Lipscomb had a great accounting program.
"I wanted to go to a Christian college my last two years. My parents are from Tennessee and my grandparents were from Johnson City. I was born in Ohio and I knew people there who went to Lipscomb back In the 1960s. I liked that Lipscomb was a smaller school.
"Mark knew Joey Haines. He talked to Joey about me.
"I ran because I enjoyed running. I liked the team environment. I liked the competition."
I understand you follow the track and cross country programs at Lipscomb on a regular basis.
"Kent Johnson (Lipscomb faculty athletics representative) and I went to the same church for many years. We both have that California connection.
"I have been following the program. Bill Taylor is having a lot of success. He has brought in some good athletes. It is like a breath of fresh air. It has been really refreshing to see how well they have been able to perform."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"In 1975 we were competing at the TIAC Championship at the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro. I was fortunate enough to run with three great athletes on the mile relay team. I ran a leg with Robert Smith, Robert Cobb and Jim Bloomberg. I think Jim won the NAIA championship in the 440. And Robert Smith was great. If Robert Cobb could have pole vaulted he would have been a great decathlete. He could do everything.
"We won the mile relay. As a team we won the TIAC Championship."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"Probably Coach Haines. I ran middle distance mostly like the 880 and 440. He tried to convert me to be a miler which he did with limited success. It would have probably been my best race had I worked on it a little bit more.
"Just like anything your teammates are an influence. Some you gravitated to more than others. One guy, Bill Smith, ran some sprint stuff. There wasn't a person on the Lipscomb campus he didn't know. The comradery of the team was a lot of fun."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"I met my wife, Darlynne. Her maiden name was Shrader, Mark had a female friend, Lydia Nussbaumer, who had grown up in Clarksville with Darlynne. I was introduced to Darlynne through Lydia.
"I can remember sitting on the wall over by Alumni Auditorium. You would always see people there.
"But one interesting story was my first day on the campus. Mark and I drove up from Florida and we arrived on Friday night. The school didn't open up until Sunday to move in.
"We drove over to campus and walked around. There was nobody there. There was a sidewalk that headed over to the administration building and there were some trees there. We were walking along and Mark said the squirrels on campus were really friendly. As soon as he said that a squirrel ran over and went up his leg. That was crazy. It startled him. He wasn't expecting it."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"The lifetime friendships that you make at a school like Lipscomb with both students and faculty are valuable. I met so many people with a like mind like I had. I wanted to be around that type of person.
"Obviously, it was also the education you received. The accounting program was really strong. I was taking intermediate accounting and it was scheduled for three days a week. Charles Frasier was teaching it and it was decided to go to five days because there was so much to cover.
"You really got a quality education. Changing the class schedule like that was an extra effort you don't see at a lot of schools."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"Axel Swang, Charles Frasier and Bill Ingram.
"Bill Ingram was the economics guy. I enjoyed economics. I had to take two or three economics classes and a statistics class. I would have been an economist but there were more jobs in accounting.
"I still saw Dr. Swang up until his passing. I see Charles at CPA meetings. Axel would throw an eraser at you. Charles would say, `now folks, if you flunk this exam 10 years from now it won't matter'. He had a different way of motivating you."
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I work for LBMC Investment Advisors LLC, a Registered Investment Advisory firm. I am the Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Operations. I manage fixed income investments for clients and I am a bond manager. I oversee the compliance requirements of the firm."
Tell us about your family.
"My wife, Darlynne, graduated a year after me. She has been a teacher in Williamson County schools for 20 years. She teaches at Brentwood Middle School.
"We have two sons and one daughter. Justin played baseball at Belmont and played in the Seattle Mariners organization after playing in independent baseball. He is a computer guy.
"Lindsey, our daughter, went to Lipscomb where she majored in Spanish. She also has a masters from Lipscomb and taught for a couple of years in Spain. She teaches in North Miami Beach, Florida.
"Jarrett went to Tennessee-Knoxville where he majored in finance. He is a real estate analyst in Columbus, Ohio."
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