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Wednesday, November 03, 2010Jim Maddux worked with the Lipscomb soccer program as both a player, an assistant coach and head coach. He was also part of the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division I. The James R. Byers Award winner is a member of the Lipscomb Athletics Board. He is busy in the financial world today but spent some time talking with lipscomb.sports.com.
What sport(s) did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
“I played in the 1996 season. I then played in the fall of 1999 and 2000. The program was disbanded in 1997 and 1998. My first coach was Eddie Long who was assisted by Charles Morrow who was a student assistant at the time. I played two years for Jon Goad.
“I was a graduate assistant for the 2001 season. I was an assistant coach in 2002 and 2003 and the head coach in 2004.”
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
“In the 2003 season we had come through the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division I. We had redshirted a lot of players and we had taken our lumps for two years. We finally had a team that we thought was very capable of competing in our first year in the NCAA.
“We went down to Florida Atlantic which was still a part of the Atlantic Sun Conference. They were the league leaders. They had us warm up before the game on the football field. As we were warming up their football coach, Howard Schnellenberger, walked straight through our warm ups with a pipe in his mouth like we weren’t even there. It was almost like he was thinking what are you guys doing on our field. He didn’t think too much of us and neither did Florida Atlantic’s soccer team.
“But we had a nice strong squad. We had put together a great game plan. We came out and beat Florida Atlantic 3-2 on its home field. We really surprised them. After the difficulties of the transition, redshirting players and being down in numbers it was a huge release to get that victory against the top team in the league on its home field when it was least expected. That was a lot of fun.”
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
“I would have to say Jon Goad. Jon brought expertise from a leadership standpoint in the coaching position. He had a great ability to communicate with us. He was certainly a players’ coach. That allowed us to be tremendously successful the first year the program came back in 1999. We went straight from a team that didn’t exist to being one of four teams that qualified for the conference tournament.
“We played Birmingham-Southern, the No. 3 team in the nation in the NAIA. We took them to penalty kicks and lost in the shootout. We almost knocked them out of the tournament. That is a hidden gem that no one knows about.
“I’m a little biased towards our soccer program, but I would consider it the greatest game ever played by a Lipscomb sports team that no one knows about. Birmingham-Southern had the NAIA National Player of the Year. It was a powerhouse team. During the regular season we lost to them 8-0.”
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
“I’m going to have to tie this in a little bit to athletics. It was back in 1996 when the program was barely funded. We didn’t have much at all.
“We had to market our games for the student body. It revolved around everyone on the team creating signs and humorous posters. The signs were timely and entertaining, but it was a job off of the field to drum up that support. We drew some good crowds.
“The players now don’t have to worry about that and I am glad that they don’t. I went into Moe’s Southwest Grill in Brentwood this week and I saw a Lipscomb soccer poster on the wall. I just shook my head. I am thrilled that this is where the program is right now.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
“The most valuable thing for me is the relationships from a playing standpoint and from a student standpoint. I have life-long friends from Lipscomb not only from the guys that I played soccer with, but the players that I coached and the coaches I worked with.
“I had the unique perspective of seeing things from beginning to end. That was a true blessing for me.”
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
“It would have to be Jeff Jewell in the Department of Finance and Economics. He was the first finance teacher that I had at Lipscomb. Jeff and I got along great. He had a way of making the subject, and what I do now for a living, interesting. He created the initial interest that led me into the position that I have today. He is definitely still someone I admire and look up to because of his teaching.”
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
“Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management. I am a financial advisor. I provide a complete range of financial services with a focus on small businesses including dental and medical professionals.
“I graduated from Lipscomb in 2000 with a double major in finance and management. I also received my Master of Business Administration from Lipscomb in 2002 with an emphasis in financial services.”
Tell us about your family.
“I am single. My brother, Jeff, played soccer at Lipscomb from 2000 to 2003. I played on the same team with him and then also had the chance to be his coach. Those were great memories.”