Wednesday, January 06, 2010Steve Fletcher graduated from Lipscomb in 1977 after a brilliant career both as a hitter and pitcher. In 1977, Steve led the Lipscomb baseball team as the Bisons captured the 21st annual NAIA National Championship in St. Joseph, Missouri. The title was Lipscomb's first-ever National Championship.
After hitting an amazing .500 and pitching in three different tournament games, including earning the save in the championship game, Steve was named the tournaments Most Valuable Player. During Steve's career the Bisons averaged an amazing 45 wins a season.
Fondest athletic memory?
Being a part of Lipscomb’s (and Nashville’s) first ever National Championship Team. In 1977 we won the 21st annual NAIA World Series in St Joseph, MO. One of Coach Dugan’s goals when he took over the program in 1960 was to win a national championship.
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb?
Without question Coach Ken Dugan. I remember like it was yesterday (albeit some 36 years ago) the specific order of priorities he made very clear for us: 1) our relationship with God; 2) our family; 3) our education; 4) baseball. He had very high standards and expectations for us, both on and off the field.
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
The great relationships established and enjoyed with fellow students and faculty members. Their support of our team was unbelievable, but there were many good experiences that had nothing to do with baseball.
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
The fact that so much more can be accomplished when you “buy in” to being a part of a team (versus trying to get things done individually) That collective effort is powerful; the encouragement, the competitiveness, the support, the constructive criticism, the accountability. It has served me well in the business world.
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
That’s a tough question when you consider the Lipscomb community and all the influential staff I was blessed to learn from in those years. If I have to pick one I’ll go with Dr. Ralph Nance. He always had that big warm smile. He rarely missed a bison baseball game. I vividly remember what he said to me many times; “We’re so glad you are here” He was very special to me.
Where do you live now? Employer? Job?
I live in Brentwood. I am a Corporate Account Executive with Con-Way Freight. I represent the company with major accounts in AL & TN.
My wife Denise & I have been married 30 years. My son Clint (26) and daughter Whitney (22) live here in town and daughter Leah is a freshman at Western Kentucky University
I consider myself a “Bison for Life” It is an exciting time for Lipscomb Athletics. I encourage everyone to come be a part of it !