Where are they now? with Richard Taylor
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Where are they now? with Richard Taylor
What sport(s) did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
Basketball from 1983-1987  Don Meyer
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
Of course, winning the National Championship in 1986; but also receiving the  Sportmanship Award in that same tournament in Kansas City, Mo.

I also remember the Rolo Classics at summer camp, and pregame pep talks from the legend, and Coach Meyer's secret brother, Chuck "the telephone man" Ross.

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

Coach Meyer - what he taught not only prepared us to be a championship program, but more importantly to be great as a husband, father, employee, child of Christ.

Some of my favorite learnings from Coach are:
  • What you pursue will define who you are.
  • It's not what you achieve, it's what you become.
  • What you do when no one is watching is what is important.
  • Do the next right thing right.
  • Enjoy the journey.
  • Attitude and effort are what we really control.
  • Always remember that relationships is what you remember the most .
  • If you wrestle with a pig, you will get dirty and the pig likes it!
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?

Meeting my wife  in Bison Square after chapel . I also remember President Willard Collins’ comments in chapel. Living on the seventh floor of High Rise.

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

It's not what you do, it is why and how you do it.  We are not perfect people, but the singleness of purpose in our lives is to `Glorify God ‘ in all that we do and all that we are. In this perspective, "Who you pursue defines who you are."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
Dr. Axel Swang. He was serious about learning, but he made it fun.  He cared about each student and made an effort to get to know them. He held us accountable.
Where do you live now?

Franklin, Tenn.
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
I work for Merck&Co, Inc., as a Senior Executive Customer Representative. I work with physicians, physician groups, and medical accounts around the products and resources our company provide.
Tell us about your family

My wife, Stacey, is a pharmacist.  We have been married for 22 years.  We have three absolutely beautiful girls.  Alex is 17, Abby is 15, and Anna Beth is 11.  The oldest two are at David Lipscomb High School and the youngest will be at the middle school next year.