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Wednesday, October 13, 2010George McIntosh was a tennis and basketball player at Lipscomb and later served as the tennis coach. He is the president of the Jim Wood Golden Bison Club, part of the National Bison Club, that meets each month in the Hall of Fame room at Allen Arena. He spent some time last week to talk about his Lipscomb experiences with lipscombsports.com.
What sport(s) did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
“I played tennis from 1946-49 for `Fessor’ Gene Boyce. I played basketball from 1943-44 and then from 1946-49 for `Fessor’ Gene Boyce and Herman Waddell.”
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
“There are actually two. I was in the Tennessee Collegiate Tennis Tournament in 1949 at the University of Tennessee in 1949 playing against players from the University of Tennessee, Vandy, MTSU, Memphis and Tennessee Tech and a group of schools from East Tennessee. I won the tournament.
“Looking back it was an honor to have played with Jennings Davis, Frank Downing, Harry Moneypenny and John Henderson.
“The other memory was being voted the Most Valuable Basketball Player in 1948. I really enjoyed playing basketball more than I did playing tennis.”
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
“There was no one like Gene Boyce. No matter what the game he was coaching or playing he had a solid character and a love for sports.
“The way he coached he developed his players for both sports and for life. I think he was one of the most influential persons at Lipscomb in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.”
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
“From 1946-48 I lived with my wife on the Lipscomb campus. I was the only basketball player who was married.
“We lived in an army barracks that had been moved to campus. There were 20 units. We lived with 19 preachers. The way they were divided the walls were very thin. The floors were cement and we had oil heaters for warmth.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
“To set goals that would allow me to be a better ball player and later a better husband, father and Christian.
“The Christian influence has stayed with me all of my life. I started attending Lipscomb in the sixth grade and continued through college except for my years in the army.”
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
“It has to be Axel Swang. He was working towards his accounting degree so he had a lot of patience with me. He was a great sports fan. He was an outstanding husband, father and grandfather. And he was an excellent teacher.”
Where do you live?
“My home is in Nashville in the Green Hills area.
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
“I retired from National Life and Accident Insurance Company and American General Life and Accident in 1991 after 42 years. I was the senior vice-president of administration after American General bought out National Life.
“From 1993-99 I coached the men’s and women’s college tennis teams at Lipscomb. That brought me much fun and satisfaction.”
Tell us about your family.
“I was married to Marty McIntosh for 54 years. We had two children, Linda and John who attended Lipscomb High School. They both had two children. Three of the four attended college at Lipscomb.
“Marty passed away in 2001. In Sept. 2002 I married Sue McMahan, a graduate of Lipscomb University. Later she taught 20 years in the Lipscomb middle school. She also has two children, Charles and Janet who both graduated from Lipscomb University."
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