Where Are They Now? Men's Basketball's Justin Glenn
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Where Are They Now? Men's Basketball's  Justin Glenn

Justin Glenn, a former Lipscomb basketball player, earned a MAcc degree (accounting and finance). He is living the hectic life of a New Yorker where he works for Deloitte in mergers and acquisitions. His day often starts with a run through Central Park and a subway ride to his office in Rockefeller Center. He arrives early and works into the night. Despite his hectic schedule he managed to spend some time with Lipscombsports.com.

 

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

"I played from 2008 through 2012. I had to redshirt my first year. Scott Sanderson was the head coach. Jay Walton, Shaun Senters and Pete Froedden were the assistant coaches."

 

Why did you decide to play basketball at Lipscomb?

"I played at Centenary College before coming to Lipscomb. My plan was to go to Oral Roberts University. Centenary was in the same conference as ORU.

"Growing up, I was a ball boy at ORU. My Dad was friends with the head coach, Scott Sutton. I blew out my knee in high school and ORU chose to wait on a scholarship. I literally grew up a mile from ORU. I had planned my whole life to go there.

"Basketball was such a big part of my life. My first word was `ball'.

"In my first college game at Centenary we played Lipscomb in a tournament at Iowa State. I was nervous. I remember looking at the Lipscomb team and seeing Thomas Pfaff and Jason Hopkins. They had a lot more meat on their bones than I did.

"When I decided to transfer Lipscomb called me. I had played against some of the guys on the Lipscomb team like Brian Wright and Brandon Brown on AAU teams growing up.

"I ended up at Lipscomb where I obviously think God wanted me to be. Shaun Senters recruited me. Before I came for a visit he told me they had a spot for me on the team. I was planning on going to a junior college or a really good Division II school.

"Shaun said if we can get you here for at least one day you are going to fall in love with the campus and fall in love with the city. I had been to Nashville on a mission trip when I was in the eighth grade. Once I landed for my visit I met some of the guys and hung out. The atmosphere just felt right. I prayed about it. It was honestly an easy decision.

"I knew Lipscomb had a great business program. I visited on a Saturday and the next morning at the Pancake Pantry I committed. It worked out better than I expected. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life."

 

What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?

"It would have to be my senior year when we played Belmont at Belmont and we came back to beat them 87-74 (Jan. 6, 2012). I didn't play as much my first two years because I was playing behind Adnan Hodzic, one of the best players I have ever played with.

"I almost posted a triple double (14 points, game-high 10 rebounds, six assists, five blocks, four steals) that game. It was my best overall game in college. We were underdogs. We had a lot of freshmen. It was a tough game and we ended up pulling it out. That was a great experience for me."

 

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

"All three of my assistant coaches, in their own way, had a major part in shaping my athletic drive and experiences. I worked closely with Jay Walton. He was the `big man' coach.  He was one of the toughest coaches, but he was also one of the kindest coaches. He would work your butt off and run you to death, but you knew he meant well with everything he did.

"Coach Shaun and I always had a special connection. He was always very respected among the players.

"It was the same with Pete Froedden. He always had your best interests at heart. He would also push you very hard but you knew it came from a place of love.

"With all three of those coaches it came from a place of love. We were a team, but we were also part of something bigger overall. It helped you to dig deeper. It was not all about you."

 

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

"The mission trips. We went to the Dominican Republic. It was great to be part of something along with your team that was bigger than basketball. I was able to realize the impact you can have as a leader.

"It was a great experience realizing how blessed we are. It was a humbling experience, but a great experience.`

"I also went to China on a mission trip with Athletes in Action for a month.

"You don't realize until you are done how important basketball is in your life. Most of my relationships are with teammates. You spend so much time with those guys. Josh Slater, Brandon Brown and Brian Wright are still close friends. We shared something that is hard to share with anybody else."

 

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

"Transitioning from sports to the real world you realize how you really have to be a servant-leader. The morals and character I developed while being at Lipscomb was about being a servant-leader foremost. You were serving your team, but you also had a better and higher purpose.

"Even in New York City, where there are people trying to climb the ladder, having that foundation I learned from my family at home and at Lipscomb of servant leadership always prevails. That was the defining characteristic that was instilled in me in me in my time at Lipscomb."

 

Who was your favorite professor? Why?

"I have three. In accounting it would be Charles Frasier and Perry Moore.

"Those are two professors I still keep in contact with to this day. They were teachers in the classroom, but also teachers in life. They are men to look up to. They are very humble. They made learning easy for me. They me enjoy what I was doing.

"Joe Ivey taught our capstone class. Learning from his real life experiences was very influential and motivating for me. It allowed me to think outside of the box from a career perspective."

 

Where do you live now?

"I live in Manhattan. I live about two blocks from Central Park close to Columbia University and work In the Rockefeller Center. I live with two roommates who are great guys. It is a pretty cool experience to work in that building every day. I came from Oklahoma and now I work at 30 Rock. I can take a step back and realized how blessed I am."

 

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

"Deloitte. I moved here to work the in mergers and acquisitions group as a senior consultant. I mainly work with private equity companies when they are looking to buy another company. We look for ways to improve the purchase price for our clients."

 

Tell us about your family.

"I am dating a woman from Nashville. She plans to move to New York City."

 

My email is juglenn@deloitte.com