Where are they now? with Bill Connelly
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Where are they now? with Bill Connelly
Bill Connelly played basketball for Lipscomb before the switch from NAIA to NCAA Division I basketball. He now works as a CPA and spends his time keeping up with his three children and six grandchildren with his wife, Patti.

Bill recently took some time to talk with lipscombsports.com about his time here at Lipscomb.

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

"Basketball was my sport in college.  Actually my first game in McQuiddy Gym was when I was in third grade playing with my future college teammate Stacy Myers.  We beat Mrs. Meador’s fourth grade class. She was not happy.
Charlie Morris was my coach my first two years in college and Guy Phipps took over when Charlie took the job at the NAIA office."

What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?

"Of course there are all those Belmont games, but my fondest memory is personal. I can still see my dad standing over the basket at the north end of McQuiddy and cheering with his hands clasped over his head. I must have made the shot!"

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

"Charlie Morris was a great coach.  I still remember him showing us something on the court and then saying, “don’t do it like I did it; do it like how I told you to do it” He always knew what we were thinking.  That prevented a lot of problems."

What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?

"Probably being selected as Bachelor of Ugliness.  All my best friends said I met both requirements— a bachelor and yes, ugly."

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

"Lipscomb at that time was a very controlled environment in which one could grow and mature.  Sometimes we resisted this and complained, but looking back I understand that it was probably good for me. I had plenty of time later to experience the “real world”.  Sometimes I think the young have to deal with too much, too soon. I think we often take the “tomato plants” out of the “hot house” a little too soon.  My grandchildren probably disagree."

Who was your favorite professor and why?

"Axel Swang. Doc Swang dedicated his life to developing a first class and respected business and accounting program at Lipscomb.  He loved Lipscomb and his students (especially if you played baseball or basketball). I think his voice still echoes from the bleachers."    

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

"I am a CPA and just finished my 42nd tax season.  Connelly & Beeten was established about 15 years ago when my partner Rachel Beeten moved from Cape Cod with her song writing husband.  Lucky me!  I spend most of my time now consulting with individual clients, both young and old.  I provide tax and financial planning services and financial products, including life and long term care insurance."

Tell us about your family

"My beautiful wife Patti is Vice President of commercial sales with Louisville Tile, a regional tile and stone distribution company serving Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana and Ohio.  She is absolutely the best sales person I have ever met in 40 years of business."  

"I am very proud of my three children; they are all very accomplished, yet very different.  Marla is a ER doctor in Indianapolis.  Hunter is a real estate developer in Tennessee.  Will is a homeless program director living in New York and working throughout     the USA. Did I mention my six grandchildren?"

Where do you live now?

“My wife Patti and I live out in the country on Old Hickory Lake. We recently purchased a condo at the Icon in the gulch where we will reside during the work week. It’s a young and vibrant atmosphere.  I’m going to think of it as my “boomer’s” retirement home.”

You may contact Bill Connelly at bill@cpatn.com