BREAKING: Lennie Acuff named Lipscomb men’s basketball coach

BREAKING: Lennie Acuff named Lipscomb men’s basketball coach

Longtime Alabama-Huntsville coach Lennie Acuff has been named Lipscomb’s next basketball coach, the school announced in a release Tuesday afternoon. The news was initially reported by 247Sports basketball analyst Evan Daniels Tuesday morning, and News Channel 5’s Steve Layman later reported that a deal was in place. Acuff will be formally introduced to the Lipscomb community on Wednesday at 2 p.m. CT in the Paul Rogers Board Room in the Ezell Center. “I am thrilled, very humbled and thankful for the opportunity,” Acuff said in the school’s release. “I understand the tradition that exists with Lipscomb basketball and I will do everything I can to continue to build upon that tradition.” Acuff has served as UAH’s head coach for the last 22 seasons, growing the Chargers into a national power on the Division II level. He owns a 437-214 record at UAH and an overall record of 554-325 in 29 total seasons as a head coach. Acuff was reportedly a candidate for the Lipscomb job in 2013 when then-Stetson coach Casey Alexander got the nod. Ironically, Acuff now replaces Alexander, who left for Belmont on April 10 after guiding Lipscomb to three consecutive 20-win seasons. “I have always wanted an opportunity to coach at the Division I level,” Acuff said. “I felt like if I were going to do it, it would need to be an institution I felt I was in alignment with from a faith-based and values situation, and Lipscomb had that. “The type of players at Lipscomb are the same type I recruit in Huntsville, high-character kids that they’ve developed. Coach (Casey) Alexander built a great culture...
Rhodes coach Lauren Sumski gets Lipscomb women’s basketball job

Rhodes coach Lauren Sumski gets Lipscomb women’s basketball job

Rhodes College women’s basketball coach Lauren Sumski is taking the same job at Lipscomb, athletic director Philip Hutcheson announced Monday morning. Sumski has been head coach at Rhodes since 2017 and compiled a 35-21 record over two seasons. She is the first-ever female to lead the Lipscomb women’s basketball program in the school’s DI era. “I am humbled, honored, and grateful,” Sumski said in a release. “I am excited for the opportunity. I think that Lipscomb has a ton of things in place for us to field a successful women’s basketball program. “More than the things, it’s just such a high-quality type of person there. We’re excited to get to work and start building back up.” Sumski, 27, will be one of the youngest college head coaches in the nation. She graduated from Rhodes in 2014 and also played one year at Tennessee under legendary coach Pat Summit. She was rated the 28th-best high school prospect in the nation by ESPNU Hoopsgurlz, although injuries slowed her time as a Lady Vol, prompting her to return to Memphis to play for Rhodes. Following her graduation, Sumski spent three seasons as an assistant at Union under Lipscomb alum Mark Campbell. Hutcheson said several people highly recommended Sumski for the job, saying that she was “on her way to great things in the coaching profession.” “Those people commented on her energy, her intelligence, her ability to connect with others and her high emotional and basketball IQ, and those involved in the process all found that to be the 100 percent truth,” Hutcheson said. “From the very first phone call to our final...
BREAKING: SGA Senators-at-Large announced

BREAKING: SGA Senators-at-Large announced

Eight students have been elected as Senators-at-Large, the Lipscomb Student Government Association announced Thursday afternoon. On Tuesday, Jack Webber defeated Jase George and Breckin Horton for SGA president. Senior Sierra Sparks served as SGA president this school year.  “I could not have done it without the support of the student body,” Webber said. “I want to thank everyone who helped to give me this opportunity. I promise to make y’all proud.”       Senators-at-Large: Butler Bowen Judson Chaudoin Jase George Breckin Horton Nate Messer Fiona O’Neal Erin Stanley Hank Warren   Macy Glassco ran unopposed for vice president. Mimi Vance beat out Hank Warren for Secretary, while Chloe Allen ran unopposed for Treasurer.  Full results from Tuesday’s election can be found below: SGA EXECUTIVE OFFICERS: PRESIDENT: Jack Webber VICE PRESIDENT: Macy Glassco SECRETARY: Mimi Vance TREASURER: Chloe Allen SENIOR SENATORS Rebekah Duke Carson Meador Deanie Pedigo Chris Schneider Ben Vogel JUNIOR SENATORS Adelia Birdwell Will Huff Grant Lander Eden Melles Dexter Woods SOPHOMORE SENATORS Alex Grilli Mackenzie McConnell Donovan Ross Rylee Russell Denver...
Jack Webber elected as SGA President, Macy Glassco elected as VP

Jack Webber elected as SGA President, Macy Glassco elected as VP

Jack Webber will be student body president next year, the Lipscomb Student Government Association announced Tuesday afternoon. He defeated Jase George and Breckin Horton for the position. Senior Sierra Sparks served as SGA president this school year.  “I could not have done it without the support of the student body,” Webber said. “I want to thank everyone who helped to give me this opportunity. I promise to make y’all proud.” Macy Glassco ran unopposed for vice president. Mimi Vance beat out Hank Warren for Secretary, while Chloe Allen ran unopposed for Treasurer.  Nearly 1,400 votes were cast during Tuesday’s election. Full results are below. SGA EXECUTIVE OFFICERS: PRESIDENT: Jack Webber VICE PRESIDENT: Macy Glassco SECRETARY: Mimi Vance TREASURER: Chloe Allen SENIOR SENATORS Rebekah Duke Carson Meador Deanie Pedigo Chris Schneider Ben Vogel JUNIOR SENATORS Adelia Birdwell Will Huff Grant Lander Eden Melles Dexter Woods SOPHOMORE SENATORS Alex Grilli Mackenzie McConnell Donovan Ross Rylee Russell Denver Woods Voting for Senators at Large will be held Thursday, April 18. Students can vote for eight candidates from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The ballot includes: Ashley Berry, Ben Blaylock, Megan Bourland, Butler Bowen, Michael Cannone, Judson Chaudoin, Ragan Chaney, Jerod Crockett, Miller Duke, Hannah Duty, Elliot Forst, Jase George, Breckin Horton, Kase Maner, Pari Manoogian,  Morgan Meador, Nate Messer, Jacob Moran, Fiona O’Neal, Kody Smith, Patrick Smith, Erin Stanley, Lesley Walker, Hank Warren, Kevin Witt, Kayla Wood and Alec Wright....
BREAKING: Casey Alexander to take Belmont job

BREAKING: Casey Alexander to take Belmont job

Lipscomb coach Casey Alexander is changing addresses on Belmont Boulevard. In an email sent to students Wednesday morning, Lipscomb president Dr. Randy Lowry III announced that Alexander will accept the open Belmont coaching job. Alexander will be formally introduced as the Bruins’ head coach Thursday at 9 a.m. CT in a welcome event at Curb Event Center. Lipscomb associate head coach Roger Idstrom will serve as the interim while Lipscomb conducts a national search for its next coach. Alexander previously spent 20 seasons at Belmont, including four as a player and 16 as an assistant under the legendary Rick Byrd. Alexander has spent the last eight seasons as a head coach, including the last six at Lipscomb. “It’s an honor and a great privilege to have the opportunity to return to Belmont,” Alexander said in a Belmont release. “I’m grateful that Dr. [Bob] Fisher and Scott Corley believe I’m the right person to lead this incredibly successful program. The experiences gained over the last eight years have shaped and impacted me greatly, and I return to Belmont far better positioned to lead.” Byrd spent 33 years as Belmont’s head coach. He won 805 career games, which ranks 12th all-time among NCAA Division I coaches. Alexander said he is excited to follow the legacy his mentor left with the Bruins. “This will always be Coach Byrd’s program in my mind,” Alexander continued. “So nothing will motivate me more than to make him proud and honor his legacy. We have a history of sustained excellence at Belmont, and everything is in place to build upon recent successes and make new history. We’re...
BREAKING: Lipscomb earns home-court advantage for ASUN tournament

BREAKING: Lipscomb earns home-court advantage for ASUN tournament

Lipscomb fans will get to see the Lipscomb men’s basketball team host every game it plays in the ASUN tournament next week. After an 87-75 win at North Alabama’s Flowers Hall on Friday night, the Bisons (23-6, 14-2 ASUN) secured the No. 1 seed and home-court advantage for the ASUN tournament thanks to a tiebreaker over Liberty. “I’m certainly pleased and proud of our team,” Lipscomb coach Casey Alexander said. “I think people picked us to be first, and we finished first.” The tiebreaker with Liberty (also 14-2 ASUN) came down to how both teams played against No. 3 seed North Florida. The Bisons beat North Florida twice, while the Flames split their contests with the Ospreys. Senior forward Rob Marberry dominated in the paint on Friday night, leading with 22 points (10-of-12 field goals). “It’s good to bounce back, have a good offensive game,” Marberry said. “Pretty balanced offensive game throughout the whole team.” Video by Erin Franklin The Bisons were led in rebounds by senior forward Eli Pepper, who had 10. Junior guards Michael Buckland and Kenny Cooper tied with five assists apiece. The Lions (10-21, 7-9 ASUN) were led by freshman guard Jamari Blackmon, who had 22 points and tied with senior guard and forward Kendall Stafford for a team-leading three assists. Stafford also posted a double-double with 16 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. The Bisons and the Lions struggled for most of the first half. Nobody scored a field goal until Pepper dunked at the 17:32 mark to give Lipscomb the 3-0 lead. With 9:25 left in the first, the Bisons led 21-12, but the Lions...