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Tuesday, July 06, 2010Andrew Nickerson’s playing days are over for the Lipscomb Bisons, but he will still be in uniform next season.
Lipscomb coach Jeff Forehand has named Nickerson as a graduate assistant for the 2010-2011 school year. Nickerson, from Brentwood, Tenn., will work on his Masters of Business Administration degree.
“Andrew has such a good mind for the game,” Forehand said. “He is the kind of guy you want to keep around and working with you. He understands our system. He understands what we want done, and how we want it executed.
“He is just a special guy. Hopefully, he will stay in coaching. He is going to be able to instruct this game. He is going to be able to manage it and coach it. He often speaks up in practice and says things I hadn’t thought about, the other coaches hadn’t thought about and, for sure, the other players had not thought about. He always has great ideas.”
Nickerson played in 43 games this past season, starting in 42. He missed several games after injuring his shoulder. Despite the injury he was able to come back after a three-week absence. He finished the season with a .278 batting average including eight doubles and four home runs. Her also drove in 27 runs and posted a .407 slugging percentage.
Forehand stressed that Nickerson’s value to the team was great than any statistical measurements. Those intangibles were the main reason that Nickerson was awarded the Ken Dugan Award, honoring the long-time Bisons’ coach, which is presented each year to the player who best displays the following characteristics:
• a commitment to excellence as a baseball player
• an uncommon display of Christian character
• a burning desire to be a true champion
• outstanding leadership qualities
• an unbridled passion for the game of baseball
“Andrew is a baseball junkie,” Forehand said. “He lives it, sleeps it and thinks it all the time.
“He was a good guy to have on the team. He had the experience to be a good player and he had the work ethic to go with it. He always wanted to be in the center of it all as a player."
Forehand thinks that Dugan would have admired Nickerson for his approach to the game.
“If he had for coach Dugan he would have looked at Andrew as one of the reasons his teams won games. Andrew was a steady, grunt player. He did his job. He always pre-thought the next play. He was way ahead of the game. That was what helped him have success.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.