Branden Cadavid’s life was heavily impacted by his time at Lipscomb. He met his wife, Whitney. He made connections that led him to his job. And he played on an ASUN Championship baseball team that won the tournament in one of the most historical games in the history of the conference. He spent some time this week talking with Lipscombsports.com.
What years did you play baseball at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
"I played baseball from 2005 through 2009. I played all over the infield and ended my career at shortstop.”
"Wynn Fletcher was the head coach my freshman year. Cliff Terracuso and Lance Wheeler. Jeff Forehand became the head coach my sophomore year. His assistants were Chris Collins and Wheeler.
"I was also a graduate assistant from 2012-2014. As I was pursuing my Masters of Business of Administration Degree (MBA) at Nova Southeastern University in my hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, I was notified that this fantastic opportunity opened up and Coach Forehand was gracious enough to allow to be part of his staff. I was able to be back in the game I love and finish my MBA.”
Why did you decide to attend Lipscomb?
"Assistant Coach Cliff Terracuso. He came out to one of my high school games and a few weeks later I was up visiting campus. Cliff grew up in South Florida so we had a lot in common. I could tell he was one of those guys that had that baseball sixth sense and a savviness for the game. We still have a great relationship today. Cliff is currently a Florida area scout for the Texas Rangers.
"I also saw a tremendous opportunity for Lipscomb to be a top D1 baseball program in the country and a chance for me to get playing time right away. Being in Nashville, I knew what kind of city it was and the potential that was there. That is what I based my decision on.
"The campus was awesome and knew the education was first class. As soon as I stepped foot on campus for my visit, I knew it was where I was supposed to be.”
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"Definitely in 2008 when we won the Atlantic Sun Championship my junior year. It was a 15-Inning game that lasted around 5 1/2 hours in the Florida heat.
"We went to the NCAA Tournament and beat Georgia on their home field in our first game. That was a huge win for us. We had a lot of fun there."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"Without a shadow of a doubt, Coach Forehand and his servant-style of leadership. All opinions and input matter to him which ultimately made our team develop an unbreakable chemistry. When he came in my sophomore year to take over the head coaching position, he was able to gain lots of respect early on and immediately made us accept responsibility for our own actions.
"He always pushes you to be your best. He will give you the shirt off of his back if you need it. But at the same time, you want to work as hard as you can for him because you know what he is willing to give up for you. Without Coach Forehand and the opportunities he presented me with, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
"And, of course, my teammates. We all held each other accountable on and off the field. That 2008 team was so successful because of our chemistry and camaraderie."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"I met my future wife, Whitney Wolfe. I met her through some mutual friends.
"We met on campus my sophomore year. We got introduced to each other and started hanging out."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"Emotional intelligence and ways to deal with success and failure. In baseball, you are going to fail more times than you succeed. In life and business, we will all come up a little short and the ability to positively deal with the situation and learn from the past will benefit your future. You have to maintain that positive outlook and stay with it. We started with a program that didn't make the tournament. We did my second year and in my third year we won it. It was a whirlwind."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
There were a number of professors that impacted my life in a positive way. I still contact many of them today for opinions and mentorship.
"I majored in political science."
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I work for Power Consulting Associates, LLC (PCA). I am the Vice President of Operations.
We provide engineering design, construction oversight, and environmental inspection services for the infrastructure that transfers electricity to communities around the world.
“As part of the executive team, I oversee the day-to-day operations to support growth and execute PCA’s strategy. I am responsible for strategic planning and ensure all activities are consistent with the mission and values of PCA.
“Believe it or not, David Grooms, former Atlantic Sun Umpire, owns the company. He umpired many of our games and remembered me as a player. To make a long story short, during my MBA orientation at Lipscomb we both kind of recognized each other and struck up a conversation. Connecting all the dots, we remembered specific plays and games that he umpired in. We had some classes together and towards the end of my MBA program he offered me the Marketing Coordinator position at PCA.
“I eventually moved on and served as the Director of Sales and Marketing at Hobbs & Associates before coming back to PCA as VP of Operations this past September.”
Tell us about your family.
“Whitney and I have a son, Greyson Cade, five-months old."
My email is Cadavidbm@gmail.com.