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Where are they now?: Ricky Bowers

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ricky Bowers is a busy man at the Ensworth School serving as associate head of the school and athletics director, as well as the football coach and boy’s basketball coach. He also follows the play of his daughter Anna, the leading scorer for the Lady Bisons so far this season in addition to spending time with his wife and three other children. Despite a full schedule he took some time to talk with lipscombsports.com.

What sport did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?>/b>

“I played basketball from 1980-84. I played for coach Don Meyer.”

What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?

“When I was a sophomore we went to Lemoyne-Owen in Memphis to play. They were undefeated. That was one tough circumstance for us. It was a hostile environment. If we won we continued to advance in the NAIA Tournament and if we lost we were done. I think that either moved us into position to play Lincoln Memorial or it may have been our last game before we went to Kansas City for the national tournament.”

Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?

“Coach Meyer. He was a basketball institution. Quiet honestly I spent more time with him and the basketball program than I did with any other thing. It was all-consuming. We went all year and then we went all summer. There were very few breaks.

“There are very few days that go by that I don’t think about how he handled things and how he managed his program. The thing that influenced all of us the most was his relentless work ethic.”

What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?

“It is kind of a non-sports memory, but I enjoyed working the basketball camps. I still to this day have people come up to me from all over the country and tell me that I was their counselor. Of course thousands of kids came through that camp in four years. It was nice to have been so young and to have played a very small part in the lives of so many kids.

>p> “There was chapel. There was intramural softball and other stuff that we all played. There was class time. But back then there was very little free time.”

What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?

“The most valuable thing I gained at Lipscomb was my wife. She had transferred from Tennessee Tech. She was a cheerleader. I met her through Rick Colson who was brave enough to invite her to the gym.

“What Lipscomb does best is provide an education and an experience with Jesus.”

Who was your favorite professor? Why?

“I had a number of professors that I really enjoyed. What I liked the most about the educators there is that they all took a personal interest in each of us. We were never a number. We were a person and a name.

“It is hard to name one. But Tom Holland was one of my favorites. I enjoyed all of my teachers. I didn’t dread going to any classes. I actually enjoyed going to classes.”

“I majored in business management at Lipscomb and have a Masters in Education Administration from Tennessee State.”

Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?

“I work for Ensworth School. My first year was 2002-2003. My title is associate head of the school. I also serve as the athletic director, the football coach and the boy’s basketball coach.

“As associate head of the school I am involved in a lot of things from the building committee and a little bit of fundraising. I am directly overseeing our service learning program. We started the school from nothing so I have been involved in literally every part of the school business.”

Where do you live now?

“We live in Nashville.”

Tell us about your family.

i>“My wife’s name is Debbie. Anna is a junior at Lipscomb where she plays basketball. We have a son, Richard, who is a sophomore at Samford. Another son, Andrew, is a sophomore at Ensworth. Our youngest, Mary Rae, is an eighth grader at Ensworth.”

The e-mail address for Ricky is bowers@ensworth.com.