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Where are they now? with David Martin
David Martin
David Martin

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

David Martin played basketball at Lipscomb, but he is most well-known in athletics for his success as the football coach at Goodpasture Christian School. During his tenure Goodpasture has won three state championships and been the runner-up four times. Martin is also active in the Jason Foundation, a teen suicide prevention program. He has been a national award winner for his work with the foundation. High school football practice is underway, but Martin took time off from his duties to talk with Lipscombsports.com.

What sport did you play at Lipscomb?

“Basketball.”

What years?

“I played some guard and forward from 1969-73.”

Who were your coaches?

Mike Clark.

What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?

“I would have to say the games with Belmont. Those games were one of my favorite things.  It was always a tremendous rivalry. At the time my cousin, Bill Bandy, was coaching Belmont so that made it even better. Anybody who has been around it knows what it means, how much fun it is and how exciting it is.”

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


“Coach Clark taught is an awful lot. He did a nice job working with us. I learned a lot about basketball, about competing, about toughness and learned that it is important how you react to things that go wrong.”

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


“I would say there were two big things. No. 1 was chapel. And then there was the time in the student center after chapel.  That was a really fun time. Everybody got together and you were able to see and visit everybody. And the Tuesday night devotionals were a really fun time.”

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


“I think I learned as much about raising life to a different level than I had ever understood before both spiritually and academically. It was a whole new experience for a country boy who had not been out of Portland, Tenn., very much.

“I was around other successful people. I learned a lot from people on how to live life on a whole new level in serving others and serving God.”

Who was your favorite professor? Why?

“Dr. John Holland. Dr.  Duane Slaughter and Tom Hanvey.

“Dr. Holland was from Lafayette and we had something in common since we both grew up in the same area. He took a personal interest in me and helped me through calculus.

“I had Dr. Slaughter for several classes. He had excellent leadership and teaching abilities. He was able to relate to us in that era.  He took a personal interest in us.

“I didn’t feel like I got close to coach Hanvey, but you understood where he was and how demanding he was. He had high expectations of you mastering his material. That was what he expected and we had to work to meet that goal.

“My wife and I have talked about his and we have talked with other people. We went through an era where we had some of the greatest Bible teachers that Lipscomb has ever known _ Batsell Barrett Baxter, Mack Craig, Harvey Floyd, Carl McKelvey, Marlin Connelly and Carroll  Ellis. To sit and at their feet and learn was an incredible experience.”

Where do you live now?

“Hendersonville, Tenn.

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


“I have been at Goodpasture for 19 years.  We have been on a great run in football. I got here in 1992 and it took us about four years to get things straightened out and on the right track. Since that time we have been fortunate to have a lot of great young men who made it important and have been successful.

“I also teach weight lifting classes and I have taught math.”

Tell us about your family.

“My wife, Celeste Hardeman Martin, is a graduate of David Lipscomb High School and David Lipscomb College. We have been married for 36 years, 37 in December.”