A high school sharpshooter from Clarksville, Tennessee, Andy McQueen came to Lipscomb to study and to play basketball. He left for law school a few years later with a degree in accounting, 515 three-pointers – more than any player in the history of college basketball – and a wife with whom he was “head-over-heels” in love. Before his November 11 induction into the Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame, he spent a few minutes this week with lipscombsports.com.
What years did you compete for Lipscomb?
I played basketball for Coach Don Meyer from 1991-95. The assistant coaches were Ralph Turner, Mike Roller and Jason Shelton.
What degree(s) have you earned?
I graduated from Lipscomb with a degree in accounting in 1995. I earned my law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 2001.
Why did you attend Lipscomb?
Lipscomb provided the opportunity to play an exciting style of basketball and to compete for championships while also pursuing a great education in a Christian environment. I looked at other schools that offered a high level of academics but not particularly good basketball programs, and some that played good basketball but were not so great academically. I remember Coach Meyer calling me at home one night and asking me “why not come to Lipscomb and get both?” I thought that made sense so that’s what I did.
What is your favorite athletic memory at Lipscomb?
Some of my favorite memories are really little things – being part of the team and the bonds you build through that experience, the sights and sounds and feel of the game, the thrill of competition – all the things you get to experience as a basketball player. In terms of big things I remember hitting a buzzer-beater in the NAIA National tournament, beating Tennessee State at Vanderbilt, and being on the floor when John Pierce broke the all-time scoring record.
(Editor’s note: McQueen was more than “on the floor” on February 24, 1994, the night John Pierce broke Philip Hutcheson’s record to become college basketball’s all-time leading scorer. McQueen himself set a school scoring record that night, hitting eleven three-point baskets.)
Who influenced your athletic career at Lipscomb?
Coach Meyer had the greatest influence on my career at Lipscomb. His influence went well beyond the basketball court. He wanted us to be the best basketball players we could be, but he really wanted us to be the best men we could be when basketball was over.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my dad. It would be hard to measure the influence he has had on my athletic career and, more importantly, the influence he and my mom have had on me as a person.
What’s your favorite non-athletic memory from your time here?
When I was a sophomore I was head-over-heels for a freshman girl named Candice from my hometown. When I finally got up the nerve to ask her out on a weekend, she told me she had other plans. After this happened a couple of times I figured out she liked to go to the library to study. So I started asking her to go study at the library with me on weeknights, which she usually agreed to do. Eventually I convinced her to go on a real date with me, and after she graduated I convinced her to marry me.
What did you learn in your time at Lipscomb?
- Honor God in all you do, whatever it is and no matter how big or small it might seem.
- Treat others with respect and kindness
- Always consider how your actions might affect others.
- Pursue excellence.
- Details matter.
- Practice humility.
- Try to leave a place better than you found it.
- Keep learning – you can learn something from almost everyone and every situation.
Who were your favorite professors?
Charles Frasier and the other great faculty in the accounting department were my favorites. Mr. Frasier was an excellent teacher and, like so many of the professors at Lipscomb, took an interest in me as a person. The professors at Lipscomb really instilled in us the idea that a person can be successful in his career and pursue excellence without compromising his faith.
What do you do now?
I’m the Chief Legal Officer for American Physician Partners, an emergency department management company based in Brentwood.
(Editor’s note: McQueen has also worked as a certified public accountant with Ernst & Young, Assistant General Counsel for Spheris Inc., and as a partner with Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, a law firm based in Nashville. He serves as a deacon at Hillsboro church of Christ.)
Tell us about your family:
My wife, Candice, is the Commissioner of Education for the state of Tennessee.
We’ve been married for 21 years. She’s the girl I took on dates to the library, and I’m still head-over-heels for her. We have two children – Abigail, our daughter, is 14, and Henry, our son, is 11. Abigail is in 9th grade and Henry is in 5th grade. They are wonderful kids.
FAST FIVE FINISH:
- Favorite food: Brisket and/or cherry pie
- Favorite scripture: Proverbs 3:5-7
- Favorite TV show or movie: Hoosiers
- Dream vacation spot: Anywhere with my family
- Early morning or late night person? Early morning