Dillon Seigenthaler's first year as head coach of The Ensworth School's girl's high school track team was a successful one. He guided his team to the 2015 State Championship with a narrow 125.5-124 decision over Harpeth Hall. He was awarded "Girls High School Track Coach of the Year" by the Tennessean newspaper for his efforts. He and his wife, Laura, are also new parents with a five-month old son, Eli. Seigenthaler has also been busy this summer with training sessions and camps. Seigenthaler spent some time this week talking to Lipscombsports.com.
What years did you play at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
"I was on the track team in 2011 and 2012. Bill Taylor was head coach and Chris `Campy' Pounds was an assistant coach.
"I went down to the athletic weight room with my now brother-in-law Lee Bennett and saw how cool it was. I saw there was a record board for weight lifting and I really wanted to be on it. The only way to do it was to be an athlete. I asked Coach Taylor if he would let me walk on and be a decathlete for him. He said that would be great.
"I thought my best chance was to walk on and throw the javelin. I went to my high school coach, Gary Kinder, at Brentwood High to learn how to throw the javelin. Coach `Campy' Pounds developed my love for the decathlon as a specific event. I wasn't very good at anything so I had to do it all and try to be decent at most things."
Why did you choose Lipscomb?
"All along I thought I was going to go to the University of Tennessee, but that didn't work out. My parents (Debbie and Ronnie Seigenthaler), really wanted me to go to Lipscomb because they both went there.
"So I thought I would try it out. I went to Lipscomb and fell in love with the school my first semester. I stayed and ended up loving it. I met Laura and I ended up being very happy."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb
"My P.R. (personal record) in the pole vault my junior year in the decathlon. I went 14 feet, three inches. That was a big deal for my coach and me. I was really excited when that happened."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"Campy Pounds. He was a good mentor on and off the track. He was someone who had competed in the decathlon and done it very well. He was pretty young so we connected pretty well. His first year with the team was my first year. He was great."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"The first year they did the dodgeball tournament on campus I was on a team with a bunch of guys and we ended up winning the tournament. We were Team Belmont. We dressed up like a bunch of weirdoes.
"It was on Halloween my freshman year. We had to dress up so we thought it would be fun to dress up as Belmont students."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"One thing I learned there was to take time to get to know everybody and to not judge anyone. Give everyone a chance and hopefully everyone will give you a chance."
"My best friend at Lipscomb was Caleb Clayton. I thought I didn't like him the first time I met him. He ended up being my roommate for three years. He was a groomsman in my wedding. We are still best friends today."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"My favorite professor was Dr. Theodore Carruth. He was a no-nonsense Bible teacher. He taught you what was right. I took Revelations with him. I probably learned more in that class than I did in any other class in my time at Lipscomb.
"He was the man. He was awesome. He got me to read the Bible which was really good. His tests were really hard so you had to know the stuff. He gave you his honest opinion on things backed by scripture which I really enjoyed.
"Plus he walked a lot. He was a big time walker. I appreciated that."
Where do you live now?
"My family and I live in Grassland, Tennessee, near Franklin."
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I work for The Ensworth School. I have been the head cross country coach for both boys and girls the past two years. This last year was my first to be the head coach for boys and girls track.
"My major at Lipscomb was health and physical education. I am also a fitness instructor at Ensworth. We don't have physical education. Students are required to go to fitness just as much as any other class."
Were you surprised to be named Midstate Girls Track Coach of the Year by the Tennessean?
"I was one hundred percent surprised. I didn't even know it was an award. I would have probably given it to the Harpeth Hall coach (Jim Romero) more than myself. If if wasn't for his team we wouldn’t have been half of the team we were. He is an incredible coach. He has a very strong program. It was a team effort for us. Everything came together."
Tell us about your family.
"My wife's name is Laura (Bennett). I saw her in the SAC (Student Activity Center) my freshman year. I turned to my friend, Caleb Clayton and I said to him I am going to marry that girl. I thought she was super beautiful. And I married her.
"She didn't know who I was. I started hanging out with her friends so I could meet her. For her to notice who I was took about the whole year.
"We have our first child, a son named Eli. He is five months old."
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