David Patton was a junior college transfer when he became a part of the Lipscomb baseball team. At one time he held the school record throwing 19.2 consecutive scoreless innings. Off the field he made a connection that changed his life when he met Paige Owens who would become his wife. Patton operates a company called Pure Turf. He spent some time this week talking with Lipscombsports.com.
What years did you play at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
"I played baseball from 2002 through 2003.
"Wynn Fletcher was the head coach and Jay Chittam was the pitching coach."
Why did you decide to attend Lipscomb?
"I transferred in from a junior college, Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, in Andalusia, Alabama. I had a few opportunities, but my deciding to come to Lipscomb had a lot to do with the city of Nashville. It was the summer of 2001 and the city was not quite the big city it is now. The main attraction was the city itself.
"The facilities and the campus were great. Allen Arena was being finished. We were switching to NCAA Division I which was a big attraction too, but unfortunately we were in that probation period where we couldn’t really play for anything.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"Probably pitching down in Starkville against Mississippi State my senior year. That was one of my better games as a player. We ended up losing in the eighth or ninth inning. We had an opportunity to win, but we didn't pull it out.
"We beat Kentucky a couple of times, but they weren't that great at the time.
"Being with teammates off and on the field and going through the daily grind with them brings back good memories. We had that bond whether it was on the bus or in the weight room."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"It would have to be my teammates. We didn’t exactly have the best record on the field, but we still had a great time. It was a great bonding experience. There were so many great guys that I played with. I am still really close to several of those guys. It was a unique and wonderful experience."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"I would definitely say it was meeting my wife Paige. We have been together ever since. It is far and away the best thing that happened to me athletically or non-athletically.
"We had a group of mutual friends. She was in Vienna my first fall on campus. When she came back in the spring in 2002 we met at a dinner with a group at the Marriott."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"In general being a part of a college athletics program was a huge blessing. It instilled a work ethic and a healthy fear of failure that still drives me today."
Your interest in the athletics program is a strong one. What have you seen in the program since you graduated?
"Paige and I have two kids and we try to come to four or five baseball games each year. It is fun, especially when the baseball team is good. And they have been good.
"Coach (Jeff) Forehand has taken over and that has been really exciting to see, especially when you can get an NCAA Regional berth. That brings a lot of excitement to the alumni."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"I would have to say it would probably be Charla Long. I was a marketing major. She was very entertaining and engaging. She always had some anecdote from her time working at Disney. That was always a fun class to be in."
Where do you live now?
"We live in Brentwood, Tennessee."
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I have a turf management company called Pure Turf. Basically, we do turf maintenance - commercial and residential - with fertilization, weed control, aeration and fungicides."
Tell us about your family.
“My wife is Paige. We have two children. Our daughter, Charlotte, is 4 ½. Our son, Foster, is 17 months.”
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.