Davey Hackett, like most baseball players, had a dream of playing professionally. He attracted interest from several teams during his junior season at Lipscomb, but he also sustained an elbow injury that he never fully recovered from as a senior. But when God closes a door, he opens another one. Hackett is working in medical device sales and he credits his baseball background for helping him in his job. Hackett has a busy schedule, but he spent some time this week with Lipscombsports.com.
What years did you play baseball at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
"I played from 2009 through 2013.
"Jeff Forehand was the head coach. The assistants I ended with were James Ogden, Paul Phillips and Brian Ryman."
Why did you decide to play for Lipscomb?
"First, it would be Coach Forehand. I had worked with Lantz Wheeler who coached me when I played baseball for the Brentwood A's in summer ball. He was the pitching coach when I first came to Lipscomb.
"At midnight, the first time college coaches could call me my junior year, I got a call from Coach Ryman. I remember talking to my Dad about it and he told me I needed to go where I was wanted the most. Coach Ryman calling me at midnight was a big part of it."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"My complete game shutout against Kennesaw State my sophomore year would be the first thing that comes to mind.
"But what I still think about daily is the time I spent traveling with my teammates and hanging out in the locker room and the jokes we used to play on each other. I will always cherish those times. I had some good buddies there. It was a good time."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"Definitely, it was Coach Forehand. He plays such a huge role in the athletic department. There is a lot of pressure on him, but at the same time he changes the lives of players. They come in as boys and leave as men.
"Daily, he reminded us that he loved us and that is not something you expect to hear from a Division I baseball coach. He treated me like a son. He was a players' coach. It resonated with all of us. We got to know him at a deeper level than other coaches. The way he treated us was why we wanted to play harder for him and win for him.
"It was how Coach Forehand treated people. He had a tremendous impact on my life. I have seen many players come in as one type of person and leave very differently. I try to be the same way that he was in everything that I do.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"My faith grew at Lipscomb. I was challenged daily in my relationship with Jesus. I learned a lot through those years. I learned how to overcome adversity. Being injured was very difficult for me. I learned that my plan for me was very different than God's plan.
"I am very glad it turned out how it has. As a kid I always wanted to play baseball. There was some interest in my junior year with a lot of teams talking with me. I injured my elbow and I never came back the way I was. I learned a lot about my relationship with God as I dealt with the adversity and the injury."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"One would be Dr. Mark McGee. He always had fun and interesting classes. The media culture class is one I still think about. There were a lot of things that were really interesting about that class. I started watching a lot of documentaries on history because of some of the videos he showed us in class.
"Professor Allison Duke also had interesting classes. She was a professor for me in human resources which is what my Dad did. It was interesting to me since I had grown up hearing about it. There were a lot of group projects."
Where do you live now?
"I am living in Brentwood, Tennessee."
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I work for Alpha Orthopedic Systems which distributes Arthrex Surgical Products. I am a medical device salesman. I go to operating rooms every day and work with orthopedic surgeons while they are performing surgeries. I deal with a lot of baseball injuries like elbows, shoulders, knees and ankles.
"Playing baseball helped me a whole lot in the career I am in. I have four to 10 cases a day. Out of college I started in pharmaceutical sales."
Tell us about your family.
"I am single."
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.