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Wednesday, July 21, 2010Jack “Jackie” Bradford was a basketball player for Lipscomb University from 1964-66. He played for two years after going to junior college. He played for the 1965-66 team which went 20-4, one of the best records of the 1960s for Lipscomb. He coached a year at Lipscomb High School and one of his players was Lipscomb Lady Bisons coach Frank Bennett. Bradford moved to Atlanta where he won several state championships at Greater Atlanta Christian School where he also served as principal. The gym at GACS is named for him. He left education to work in real estate. For several years he was head of the Atlanta Tip-Off Club which gives the Naismith Player and Coach of the Year Awards in college basketball. Bradford spent some time with LipscombSports.com to remember his days at Lipscomb.
What sport(s) did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
“Basketball from 1964-66 for coach Charles Morris.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
“Our 20-4 won-loss record in the 1965-66 season and playing with some great guys.”
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb?
“The daily coaching.”
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
“Bible classes and Batsell Barrett Baxter.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
“I could be very good at anything in life if I applied myself.”
Who was your favorite professor?
“Dr. Robert Hooper and Batsell Barrett Baxter.”
"Dr. Hooper and I were close friends and he loved sports. Dr Baxter was such an inspiration and I attended Hillsboro where he preached.”
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer?
“I am self-employed.”
What is your occupation?
“Real Estate Broker and Investor.”
Tell us about your family.
“I have one daughter and four grandchildren who live in Charlotte, N.C.”