Randy Bostic, Jr., came to Lipscomb University to play baseball, but an arm injury in the fall of his freshman year ended his time on the mound, but not on the field. He was offered the opportunity to be a student-coach by head coach Ken Dugan and he gladly accepted. From Lipscomb Bostic would go to Harding as an assistant coach and then to Memphis for law school. Bostic practices law in Nashville and also teaches in the College of Business at Lipscomb. He has his goal of completing his fifth Ironman competition in 2017. He spent some time this week talking with Lipscombsports.com.
What years did you play at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
"I played my first fall in 1993, but basically I was an assistant coach from 1994-96. Coach Dugan, after three weeks, told me and Kolin Holladay he was taking the` student' off and calling us assistant coaches. We were counted as student-assistants, but we were assistant coaches in his mind because of the jobs we did.
"Ken Dugan was the head coach.
"I hurt my arm. I threw pretty hard for a small righty. I did okay in high school. I came out and pitched in the fall and Coach Dugan said, `Randy, you can't do it.' I took the spring off and came back in the summer and started coaching."
Why did you choose Lipscomb?
"I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Monroe, Louisiana. My Dad, Randall, was a high school coach in both places.
"Coach Don Meyer and Coach Mike Roller are the reasons I came to Nashville. My Dad would bring his teams to Lipscomb's basketball camps. When Mike Roller decided to move to coaching at the college they hired my Dad to take Mike's spot at Lipscomb Academy. We moved to Nashville in 1988 and he was the coach until 2002. He retired as a teacher at Lipscomb Academy three years ago."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"We were down at Bethel and we were playing a doubleheader that was supposed to start at 1.
"One of the umpires wasn't there. We only had one. We waited a few minutes and decided to start the game. We were hitting first. We had runners on first and second with no outs in the first inning. Chris Gainer drives a ball down the left field line.
"The umpire calls it fair. The Bethel coach comes out on the field and starts screaming `that's a foul'. The umpire changes his mind and says it was foul.
"Coach Dugan was not in great health at the time. He was using an oxygen tank. He goes out to see the umpire and he is pretty hot. He starts talking to the umpire pretty strongly.
"The umpire says, `no it's a fair ball'. Both coaches are out there and the umpire says "do over". The coaches were so flabbergasted and so frustrated. I don't remember what Gainer did the second time at bat because we were all so flabbergasted."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"Athletically, Coach Dugan. No question.
"Coach Dugan was the most humble, honest and absolutely Christian man I have been around except for my father.
"Coach Dugan loved the kids who played for him. And he was pretty straight forward. In the fall he would make cuts and he truly believed the best thing to do was to cut them and be done. He felt that was the best thing for everybody.
"Coach loved people and it wasn't just his players and it wasn't just people at Lipscomb. I remember going with him to the Bluebird Café and we were treated like royalty. The national coaches' convention was in Nashville one year and one of his buddies was a country music fan. Coach Dugan got a couple of his songwriter friends together and had a round in the Hall of Fame room. There were also other coaches there he had invited.
"There was a painter working at Lipscomb who was trying to be a songwriter. He had that guy be a part of it. That guy, and I wish I could remember his name, had a chance to play with eight or 10 of the best songwriters in Nashville and he was considered a peer because Coach Dugan said he was.
"That was the kind of man Coach Dugan was. He was like a second father."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"There are so many. One would be Kolin Holladay and I having conversations with Coach Dugan in the dugout during rain delays. That's a pretty special memory.
"I got to play intramural sports because I was an athlete. The first team I played on was a football team. I was the center and John Pierce was the quarterback.
"John looked at me in the huddle and said, `you are going to score a touchdown'. He told me to go to the end zone and turn around and the ball would be in my stomach. I was on the goal line, but it was a rocket coming at my head. I caught it and fell into the end zone. Coach Meyer never knew some of his best players were playing intramural football."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"I could talk about this for an hour, but I think the thing I took away is you can be excellent in everything you do and be a Christian at the same time.
"You try to be the best you can in everything you do, but you also want to be the best Christian you can be.
"There are so many good people at Lipscomb who are good at their jobs and good at teaching, but they love all the people around them like their co-workers and students. You want to be around them."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"Lynn Griffith would have to be one. I enjoyed his classes. Lynn and I coached together on the baseball team.
Another favorite was Dr. Dwight Tays. I really enjoyed his classes.
"I also have to include Dr. Kent Johnson and Dr. Ruth Henry.
"I was a student, but because I was an assistant coach, I got to run with them in the middle of the day. I was treated like I was one of them.
"I majored in exercise science.
"When Coach Dugan was retiring I was looking at what I might do. Harding University was hiring a new coach and there was an assistant coach position open. Coach Dugan called and got me an interview and I got the job.
"I coached college baseball for five years. I got a Master’s in education at Harding. And then I came back to Nashville and then went to law school at the University of Memphis. I graduated in 2003.
"In 2010 I started teaching at Lipscomb in the College of Business. I still teach the Sports Management class. On occasion I teach business law and entrepreneurship."
Talk about your Ironman competitions?
"I plan to do my fifth one in November of 2017. Not everybody can do it and I am lucky my body has held up well.
"I enjoy the people involved in the Ironman Triathlons. I am building my base training now, but I will really pick it up in June. Most Saturdays I get up early so I don't mess up our family schedule.
"There are some long days where you go for a 100-mile bike ride and a run. My wife and kids are awesome. They really support me."
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"My law firm is Bostic Law. I help people with wills, estates and trust and probate law. My areas are to help people with their financial planning and asset protection for their families."
Tell us about your family.
"My wife's name is Amanda. Her maiden name was Corn. She graduated from Lipscomb in 2000.
"Reid, our son, saw his first baseball game when he was 18 days old. He watched a game coached by Jeff Forehand. Our daughter, Kayleigh, is in kindergarten at Lipscomb Academy."
My email address is email@example.com.