Dale Jackson is a former golfer for Lipscomb University and he still keeps a close watch on the program. After receiving a business degree at Lipscomb he has worked in a number of capacities for several health firms. He also is an active saltwater fishing guide as well based in Sarasota, Florida. Dale spent some time this week with lipscombsports.com.
What years did you play at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
"I played golf from 1982-86. My coach was Dr. Ralph Samples."
Why did you choose to play golf for Lipscomb?
"My family was all related to religious colleges and Lipscomb was the religious college I picked out of that. I ended up choosing Lipscomb based on that.
"I liked the people more than anything. I really enjoyed the connectivity with other athletes and students in general."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"It would be the afternoon practices at Temple Hills. It was about the comradery. We all just had a good time.
"It was great to get out of school every day, go to the golf course and make connections with people from all over the country. We all came from different places. We had fun getting better together."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"Probably a couple of guys on the team - Dale Armstrong and Loren Personett had the biggest influence on me. They were good and I had to improve to get to their level."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"We used to play ping pong at night in the dorm. It was very intense, especially against the tennis players. That was probably my favorite memory."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"I would say it would be how to treat people. In general Lipscomb teaches you are lot about how to treat people. The human element was a big key to what I learned there."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"Dr. (George) Boulware. He was a teacher for sales. He tried to stay up with the times. You can get teachers who are teaching sales and they have not really done sales themselves. He was trying to go out in the real world and keep up with his education as well as the scholastic world.
"I had Charles Frasier for accounting. He was such a good teacher.
"I was a business major with a marketing minor."
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I work in the world of pharmaceutical research and I work for a couple of different companies where I am vice president in sales. We do training n for doctors that prescribe the clinical trials in drug research at Trifecta Multimedical where I am a vice president. I am the president of Virtual Clinical Solutions.
"I am also a fishing guide. I came down to Florida to play golf and people would take me to the ocean on the west side of Florida. I continued to grow that world. For 13 years I flew down here every month to fish.
"I moved down here four years ago full time. I still have a corporate job, but I am a fishing guide on the weekends. I am based out of Sarasota. We catch whatever is in season including chinook, tarpon, red fish and grouper.
"I took so many people fishing in the pharmaceutical world. I had to start charging them. I got my captain's license. I have my own boat. My business is called "The Salt Water Guide".
Do you keep up with the Lipscomb golf team and the strides the players are making under Coach Will Brewer?
"I was up there for the Lipscomb golf fundraiser a couple of weeks ago. I have kept up with the team pretty well. I think I have donated a little bit of money.
"I know the Armstrong boys (Dawson and Dowling) pretty well. They have been to my house in Florida.
"They are doing well. While I was playing in the golf tournament I met a bunch of the players I didn't know. They seem like good kids."
Tell us about your family.
"I have one son, Taylor Jackson, who got his diploma from Lipscomb four weeks ago."
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.