Joey Henson was a baseball standout for the Lipscomb Bisons, good enough to get drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. Henson and his family were back on campus Thanksgiving week. While they were visiting Joey took some time to talk with lipscombsports.com.
What years did you play baseball at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
"I played from 1989 through 1993. Coach Ken Dugan was the head coach. Al Austelle, Andy Lane and Lynn Griffith were my assistant coaches."
Why did you decide to attend Lipscomb?
"Coach Lane came down to watch another guy where I was playing in Birmingham. They saw me play. I had a good game. They made me a good scholarship offer.
"I knew it was a good school. A small school was kind of what I was looking for. I wanted to play. I didn't want to have to sit on the bench a year or two before I got a chance to play. It actually worked out for me.
"We made two visits. I liked that the school was small. I was from a small town. I didn't want to go to a huge school and feel lost. I went to Pinson Valley High School in Pinson, northeast of Birmingham."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"Probably winning the district championship in 1991. It was the first year we played on Dugan Field (at Stephen L. Marsh Stadium). I got to play on the old field, Onion Dell, my freshman year.
"It was kind of neat watching them build it. We lived in High Rise. We could see the whole thing coming along."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"Coach Dugan. As far as baseball goes he looked at a lot different.
"I had three different coaches in high school. I had never gone to a classroom or had meetings about baseball until I came here. We had a thick notebook filled with plays.
"When I thought of baseball I didn't think of it from that standpoint. We would spend hours and hours in the classroom going over stuff.
"It didn't matter who you were or where you came from. Everybody started from square one. He would pretend like you didn't know baseball at all.
"Coach Dugan was very successful and there is something to be said for that. He always harped on the small things…the little things that could beat you in a game. We always practiced those things and it paid off in the long run.
"He took care of me. He was always there for us. He was rough on us, but it paid off.
"Coach Dugan was a large figure to us when we came in. He had more than 900 wins. I was part of his 1,000th win. He was a living legend. It was intimidating going into his office. It was a long walk through the (old) Hall of Fame room to the big office with the big desk. He was the program for many years here."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"Meeting my wife, Tracey (Hemby). We met in Dr. (Marlin) Connelly's Acts class in Swang B-108. We had a big class.
"He put us in alphabetical order. She sat right beside me. That was our freshman year and we have been together ever since."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"That hard work can lead to success. We have always worked hard. We have been blessed very much."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"I liked Dr. Connelly. I enjoyed his class.
"I liked his energy. He did whatever he could to keep you from going to sleep in class."
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I manage a water treatment facility in Shelby County, south of Birmingham.
"I started out in trucking and changed professions. I have been blessed to be in the water treatment business. I have been there since 2008.
"I officially graduated from Lipscomb in the fall of 1995. I was a business major. I was drafted by the St, Louis Cardinals in 1993. I was taking those two classes in the summer to graduate, but when I was drafted I had to move to New York and had to drop the classes.
"I played one year in their farm system in Glen Falls, New York. It was interesting to live up there for a summer. We learned a lot. We were in the New York-Penn League. I went to spring training the next year and decided to move on."
Tell us about your family.
"Tracey (from Waverly, Tennessee) and I married in May of 1993.
"We have a daughter Brooke, 15, and a son, Reed, 10."
My email address is email@example.com.