Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Each ticket for a Lipscomb basketball game this season features a photo of a "Lipscomb Legend". Emily (Pleasant) High was honored prior to the regular season opener with Morehead State. She is a teacher, a coach and a Mom of two sons, which gives her the chance to use both of those careers. Keeping up with two children and her husband, Brent High, associate athletic director for spiritual formation and the annual fund for Lipscomb athletics; keeps her busy. But she found time to talk this week with lipscombsports.com.
What sport did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
"I played basketball at Lipscomb from 1993-97. Frank Bennett was my coach.
"I came to Lipscomb from Waverly (Tenn.) High School. In the fourth, fifth and sixth grades I came to coach Don Meyers' basketball camps. I liked the school a lot.
"Lipscomb was in our region in basketball in high school. We played Lipscomb. I had some interactions with coach Ernie Smith and different people at the high school.
"Coach Bennett started recruiting me my junior year. I came to Lipscomb and worked basketball camps between my junior and senior year. I felt like Lipscomb was where I needed to be.
"My parents never missed a basketball game even when we went to Hawaii. Lipscomb was close to home. It was important for me, and for them, to see my games."
You were an NAIA All-American basketball player. What was it like to be recognized as a "Lipscomb Legend"?
"It was nice. I laughed that it was a little bit embarrassing.
"My kids knew that I played basketball. But when we got to the game my youngest, Hunter, said, `Mom, thank you for being good at basketball so we could come to Lipscomb and do this today'. That was the most important and neatest thing that I took away from it.
"I am just Mom to them. I love that role. But it is neat for them to see a glimpse of what your former life used to be."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"Playing in the national tournament in the NAIA all four years in Jackson, Tenn.
"The crowds were bigger. We were playing against the best. It was a lot more competitive."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"I think it would be coach Bennett. He was such a godly man and a godly influence.
"He was very intense on the court, but his overall focus was on the spirituality of his players. That was very impactful for sure - being very competitive and very driven, but at the same time being focused on the bigger picture."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"The interaction of my teammates with the baseball team. We just had so much fun.
"We would dress up for fire drills. Our R.A. would tell us when we were going to have fire drills and we would dress up in Halloween costumes and stuff. In general we had a lot of fun being silly."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"The ability to build and maintain relationships and the sense of family. Some of the people I was very close to in college I don't talk to every day. But if I picked up the phone and called them they would be wherever I needed them to be within hours.
"It is a sense of family and belonging, of being part of something much bigger than yourself."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"Dr. Richard Goode. I loved his classes. He taught American History, my favorite subject. He was very good at telling stories and bringing history to life. You just kind of got lost in the stories and forgot you were learning history.
"I also liked Rodney Cloud's Bible classes. He taught the Old Testament. I was a history major. I loved learning the history of the different parts of the Old Testament that you don't study that much."
Where do you live now?
"We live in the Crieve Hall area of Nashville."
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I taught for several years until my kids were born. I taught and coached at FRA for the past two years. I am back at home this year. I love the freedom that it gives.
"I love being at home with my kids and helping coach some of their sports teams. I am coaching Hunter's basketball team…fourth graders. I am excited."
Tell us about your family.
"We have two sons, Houston, 12, and Hunter, 9.
"I am married to Brent High. I met him at Lipscomb. He was on the baseball team and I was on the basketball team. Our teams did a bunch of stuff together and that is how we met."
Emily can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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