David Lipscomb basketball coach steps down; former coach steps in

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 9:36pm

Mike McPherson has stepped down after four seasons as boys basketball coach at David Lipscomb High School.

"I'm looking for a little down time in my life,'' McPherson said Tuesday afternoon. ''This really is a 12 month-a-year job, and at this point, I'm ready to take a break from it.'”

Richie Pickens will take his place for the coming season. McPherson replaced Pickens four years ago, and Pickens has been the middle school principal since then.

McPherson was an assistant under Pickens.

“Guess things have come full circle,'' McPherson said.

McPherson had an 89-38 record and guided the Mustangs to a state tournament quarterfinal appearance in 2009.

"That was a special season,'' he said. "We came from 22 points behind with seven and a half minutes left against Marshall County with a 43-point fourth quarter in the region final and won in double overtime. That got us a sectional home game against Harpeth in a game we were down by five in the last minute and won in overtime in the game that got us to state.''

In addition to the region title, McPherson’s teams finished second in the district three times.

He said he wasn't sure in what capacity he would continue at Lipscomb, but it still might be in coaching.

"I could continue in some capacity at the middle school level, and maybe someday possibly return at the high school level.,” he said. "I know I'll miss it.

“I need to downsize some things in my life and spend a little more time with my wife Lisa."

McPherson emphasized how much he appreciated the work of his assistants Michael Mays, David Carter, Gary Waller (the middle school coach) and student assistant Andrew James.

He leaves behind a solid team, headed by Jacob Turner, along with several players who played a lot, but will lose senior starters Carter Sanderson, Blake Bell, Matthew Powell and Andrew Dickerson.