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Wednesday, June 30, 2010Kendra Ramsey Jackson was a sparkplug for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons basketball team which made history during the 2003-2004 season winning the Atlantic Sun Tournament and earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament in the program's first year of eligibility. Kendra always wanted to coach and teach and she is doing both at Station Camp High School. She has been busy this summer with team camps for her girl’s basketball team, but she found some time to talk with LipscombSports.com about her experiences at Lipscomb,
What sport(s) did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
“I played basketball from 2001 through 2004. I played for coach Frank Bennett. His assistants were Cheryl Smith and Billy Snell.”
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
“Winning the Atlantic Sun Tournament and getting the bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2004. After we had won the Atlantic Sun Tournament Billy told us that no team had ever gone to the NCAA Tournament in its first year of eligibility. I thought it was pretty cool but at the time I probably didn’t realize what an accomplishment it was.”
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
“Coach Bennett. He knows a lot about basketball. He is such a great person. He taught me you can know a lot about the game and still care about the kids on your team as people.”
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
“Probably graduation and getting through college. I knew I wanted to teach and coach. I had coached AAU basketball so I got my feet wet when I was playing for him.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
“I learned from coach Bennett that I could be a good basketball coach and care about kids on a different level than whether they could play basketball or not.”
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
“Trish Hodgson. I had her for multiple classes. She just really cared about what she was doing. She really cared about her students as persons. She was very knowledgeable about her profession. Whatever she did she did it 100 percent even when she taught us how to be a flower in elementary P.E. class.”
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
“I am the girls’ basketball coach and I teach health and wellness at Station Camp High School. This will be my fifth year as head coach.”
Tell us about your family.
“I have one daughter, Kolby, who is 15 months old. I am pregnant with my second child due Dec. 21. My husband’s name is Bobby.”