2015 Homecoming Hall of Fame Awards


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On Friday, September 25, 2015 Briarcrest Christian School Alumni Association honored Athletic Hall of Fame inductees during half time.  The Briarcrest Athletic Hall of Fame was established to recognize the various coaches, administrators, athletes, and friends who have contributed to the overall outstanding nature of the BCS athletic program.  This year’s recipients are:

Mrs.  Julie Rose Knowles  ’98 was a Varsity Girls Basketball (point guard) and Soccer (forward) player starting in 8th grade at Briarcrest and was a four year starter in both sports in high school.  She was the school all-time assist leader in basketball and her team went 33-0 her senior year winning Briarcrest’s first State Championship in girls basketball. She was selected to play in the All-Star game for the State of Tennessee in both basketball and soccer in 1998.    Julie received Best of the Preps, All Region, All Metro, All Tournament and Super Five awards throughout her career.  She was a Wendy’s High School Heisman nominee, and named AA player of the year in 1997and 1998.  In addition, she won the Female Athlete of the Year for private schools in 1998. Julie earned her Bachelor’s in Education from Auburn University and a Masters in Education from Arkansas State University. She and her husband Mike have 2 daughters attending Briarcrest, Addyson age 5 and Georgia age 3.  The Knowles attend Hope Presbyterian Church.

Mr.  Brent Frayser  ’05 was actively involved with the football, basketball and baseball programs throughout his high school years.  He served as equipment manager, statistician and coaches’ assistant under Hugh Freeze for football, Brian Stewart and Allen Pavette for baseball and John Harrington for basketball.  Brent was a part of two football state championships in 2002 and 2004.  He attended the University of Mississippi and graduated in 2011 with a degree in Business Administration.  He currently works at Northpoint Christian School in Southaven, Mississippi.  He serves as the athletics assistant and sports information director and also coaches baseball and football for Northpoint.  “My favorite Briarcrest Athletics memories are winning the football State Championship over ECS my senior year and Coach Freeze’s pre game speeches right before kickoff on Friday nights.  GO SAINTS!!!!”

Mr. Michael Oher ’05 is a member of the 2005 graduating class.  Michael joined the Briarcrest football team his junior year. In his senior year, he took over as the starting left tackle and quickly became one of the top prospects in the nation.  He was a multi-talented athlete for the Saints being named state runner-up in the discus and helping lead the basketball team to a 26-6 record which resulted in the district championship. He still holds the discus record in track & field.  Michael went on to Ole Miss where he was a 4 year starter beginning his career at guard, then moving to left tackle his sophomore year.  He ended his career with the Rebels with the third best active consecutive starting streak (47 games) among SEC players.  He was a consensus first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC choice as a senior in 2008 when he won the SEC’s Jacobs Award given to the conference’s top offensive lineman.
Upon completing his collegiate career Michael was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the NFL Draft. He went on to spend 5 seasons with the Ravens and was a starter on the winning 2013 Super Bowl team.  In 2014 Michael signed with the Tennessee Titans as a free agent and started the first 11 games of the season as right tackle before being placed on the injury reserve.  This past March, Michael was signed by the Carolina Panthers where he remains on the roster as a 6’4, 315 lb. tackle.  Michael was the subject of the best seller “The Blind Side: The Evolution of a Game” by Michael Lewis, which was made into a major motion picture in 2009.  He also authored the book “I Beat the Odds” published in 2011.

Athletic Hall of Fame Service Award

Dr. Don Carson served as President of Briarcrest Golden Saints Booster Club for several years in the 1980s  and was instrumental in starting the first Golden Saints newsletter.  He was innovative in ways to raise financial support for athletics and after 1 year donations quadrupled, taking Briarcrest Golden Saints to a new level financially.  Dr. Carson’s sons Chris, class of 1985 and Todd class of 1987 are Briarcrest graduates.   Dr. Carson graduated from the University of Kentucky and went on to earn a PH.D in Diplomacy. After receiving his PH.D., He held numerous positions at the University of Memphis over 30 years. These include Dean of Students, Vice President for Student Affairs, adjunct Professor of Political Science and Interim Athletic Director. Dr. Carson was awarded the Martin Luther King Human Rights Award in 1990 and was the commencement speaker in 2002.In 1989 he founded the Regional Memphis in May Student affairs Conference and has served as Leader since its inception.

Jayme Washington, Class of 1998



By Jayme Washington, class of 1998

Jayme Washington

 Through the internet, consumers meet your brand long before seeing it in person. Today’s digitally driven world is centered around first impressions that are based on what we find when we do an internet search, paving the way for a face-to-face introduction. Combining social media marketing strategies with the brand building knowledge that I have gained while expanding my WashTone Media brand has enabled me to create powerful online brands for Fortune 500 companies. As an entrepreneur who built my brand with bootstrap funding, I know first-hand that you can’t afford to have a mediocre brand online and I will never forget the foundation that Briarcrest has provided for me over 18 years ago. As the COO of WashTone Media, these life lessons provided me with an early education on the role branding plays in both our personal and professional lives:

  • Having a consistent prayer life and communicating with Jesus Christ
    When you have faith and prayer at the foundation of your career; you are never alone in leaving your footprint while building your business network.  Knowing that I have Jesus Christ there and He hears me and He cares about me. It makes the outcome of my day so much better even when the stressful days occur.
  • Being a servant to my clients and always giving them my best
    When we focus more on serving versus selling our outcome will always be great.  My clients would ask, “What do you need from me?” No matter who they were I would say just have faith that we will reach your customer if serving became their focus more than selling. You see the fundamentals of Christ like faith is so needed in business because when they would focus more on serving versus selling their profits would soar. The highest ROI in this generation is relationship, so I’d encourage them to be human and have a heart to serve. Then I’d tell them to have faith.
  • When making tough decisions and I don’t have the answers, knowing that I have Jesus Christ there to guide me
    I built my first company with a small email list, a newsletter, PPC ads and faith. I believed that I could do this and God would show me how. I still find myself bowing my head at my desk asking Jesus for help.
  • Keeping integrity
    Focusing less on the division between “righteous” and “unrighteous” and honing in on my connection with the core values of my faith has been an influential force in establishing my branding and social media strategizing firm’s influential reputation for developing brand trust and affinity with digital communication channels.
  • Knowing that I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me
    Whether I am speaking in front of an audience of 30 or 2,000, I turn to Christ before stepping on stage to discuss practical strategies and tactics that empower my audience.

jayme washington 1JAYME WASHINGTON BIO
COO & President of WashTone Media

Branding & Social Media Marketing Expert
Starting up a business is always an adventure where everything does not come together for each entrepreneur in the same way.  The COO & President of WashTone Media, Jayme Washington’s unique combination of brand building combined with her deep insight on social media strategizing has enabled her to offer high-profile clients a fresh spin on the strategies used by major conglomerates to develop brand trust and affinity with digital communications channels.
Washington moved to Boston in 1998 as a dual major at the Berklee College of Music majoring in vocal performance and songwriting.  Always believing that marketing and branding was in her DNA; it wasn’t long before Washington found herself “cashing in” on her childhood years of on-the-job training with her mother, VP of Marketing for the Holiday Inn Corporation.  Washington took an initial investment of $1,200 and turned her passion for branding into a million dollar business servicing brands from various industries worldwide.  The co-owner of an international music school and a performing arts school with 3 locations in New England and 3 satellite locations, this “Mommy Mogul” understands that branding matters more than ever before in today’s digitally driven world.
Washington is a results-driven, strategic marketing influencer with a reputation for delivering results globally through the development of campaigns that are custom designed to make her clients stand OUT in a crowd.  As a content marketing curator that helps brands to adjust the vision for their company as it grows, Washington combines the deep brand building knowledge she learned while expanding the WashTone brand with her social media marketing experience to show business professionals exactly how to create a powerful online brand.

About WashTone Media

The winner of Boston Parent Magazine’s prestigious “Best Business Award” for two consecutive years; WashTone Media works with high profile clients that include Apple, Home Depot, Merrill Lynch, PayPal & Chic Fil-A in developing strategic digital media packages that encompass each client’s customized marketing goals.
In a competitive market that is centered around first impressions that are based on what we find through searching the internet, WashTone assists small businesses and Fortune 500 companies in using the internet to build the type of brand awareness and client loyalty that increases company growth.

BBC August 12, 2015






Kyle has spoken in Washington, D.C. for 3 U.S. Presidents and in London for Prince Philip.  At the pinnacle of his athletic career, Kyle took a year off to assist Mother Teresa and others in the battle against hunger. He was selected “One of the Ten Outstanding Young People in the World” in 1985.Athletically,  ESPN The Magazine named him the greatest athlete of all time in its “Year 2000 – Special Edition”  due , in part,  to his dominance in the wildly popular ABC-TV  “Wide World of Sports”  SuperStars  Competitions that aired  in the 1970’s.    In those 10 event challenges, Kyle defeated 3 Olympic Decathlon Gold Medalists  and dozens of future Hall of Fame members like OJ Simpson, Lynn Swann, Roger Staubach, Reggie Jackson, Lou Brock, Sugar Ray Leonard, Joe Frazier,  Bobby Hull,  and “Dr.J” Julius Erving,  . Kyle won the event 3 of the 4 years he participated.

Kyle is also a Soccer Hall of Fame member – and was the first American born player to win the North American Soccer League’s  Scoring Title.  He  enjoyed the honor of playing for the U.S.A.’s National team for 4 years against some of the world’s best teams and players.

Today, he is  the retired CEO of a 29-year-old sports agency he started that has represented hundreds of this generation’s greatest athletes  including Reggie White, Darrell Green, Scottie Pippen, & Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow.  In addition, the agency  has also represented dozens of coaching  icons and personalities like Alabama’s Nick Saban, South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier, and  the NFL’s Bill Parcells among many others.

Kyle has  been very active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (“FCA”) as a popular speaker and multi term member of the Board of Trustees.

Author of 4 books including publisher ThomasNelson’s recent release of Living Life In the Zone  (with co-author Dr. Joe Pettigrew) a 40 day “easy to read” devotional  using short stories of modern sports and business personalities to teach and reaffirm eternal  Biblical truths.

Kyle and his wife Mary Lynne have been married for 40 years while having the additional joy of raising Will, John, Josie and Ben in their 31 years of residency in Memphis, Tennessee. Their children graduated from Briarcrest and Kyle is a former Briarcrest Trustee.

Contact Information:                              Email:   kyle.rotejr@gmail.com

2015 Briarcrest Fine Arts Hall of Fame


2015 Fine Arts Hall of Fame winner

Paula Ward Hedgepeth, ’84

The Briarcrest Alumni Association inducted one new member into the Fine Arts Hall of Fame during the 7th annual Briarcrest POPS concert on May 2, 2015.  The 2015 Fine Arts Alumni Hall of Fame Recipient is Briarcrest Alumnae Paula Ward Hedgepeth class of 1984.

Mrs.  Hedgepeth was drawn to the piano at an early age. She would crawl up on the piano bench to play and her mother began recognizing her ability to play by ear. By the age of 6 she was enrolled in formal classical lessons and continued for the next 14 years.

During High School she was the Concert Choir Pianist and accompanist for All West Tennessee Honor Choir. As a vocalist she made All West and All State Tennessee Honor Choir. She was a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and was awarded outstanding senior in the vocal music department.

Currently she is serving in her 10th year as pianist at Grace Evangelical Church and in her 28th year as a private piano instructor in her home studio. She is innovative and current in her teaching methods by using the latest technology and is creative in ways to keep her students excited about. She has taught hundreds of children and adults and has former students who are now music teachers and many are volunteer musicians. She has played in countless venues and sings each week with her church worship band which has recorded at Ardent studios. She is an active member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers and the Germantown-Collierville Area Piano Teachers Association, serving Festival Chairman and President.

Paula and her husband Jeff have five grown children and recently became grandparents.


David Lenoir Shares Glass Half Full Message

David Lenoir and Coach Heinz

David Lenoir and Coach Heinz

On Wednesday, February 12, 2015, Briarcrest Business Connect gathered at the Crescent Club to hear a message from Shelby County Trustee, David C. Lenoir.

Mr. Lenoir addressed the financial literacy issue in Shelby County among other topics. He is passionate about financial education and highlighted some of the programs that provide financial assistance.  Workshops are also being held periodically in conjunction with other financial assistance programs.  For more information about Community Outreach & Financial Empowerment visit Shelby County Trustee.

The audience included alumni, current students, faculty and business professionals, all connected to Briarcrest Christian School.

A special moment was when Mr. Lenoir’s recognized his high school football coach, Jim Heinz in the audience.  Mr. Lenoir held back tears as he expressed gratitude for the positive influence coach Heinz had on him as a teenager.

Briarcrest Business Connect is a professional networking group that meets quarterly.

#GivingTuesday is Simple! Give!

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We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, schools, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

That being said, we would be grateful for your participation in helping us reach Briarcrest parents, grandparents,  alumni, business connections and more!

Some suggestions on ways to GIVE to Briarcrest:

  • Donate today at  http://www.briarcrest.com/donate
  • Share this post and help spread the word!
  • We have numerous opportunities for volunteers.  Contact the Briarcrest PTA or the development office to steer you in the right direction. 901-765-4652.
  • We always need your prayers!

Duncan Williams ’86 Gives HeartFelt Talk at BBC

Briarcrest Deca Students Pose With Duncan Williams

Duncan Williams left no doubt in the minds of the audience at Briarcrest Business Connect that Briarcrest Christian School played a significant role in the strong spiritual foundation that is central to his life today.  His heartfelt words were a mix of playful school day memories that made some chuckle and admirable genuine remarks about faculty that were sitting in the audience.

Mr. Williams spoke passionately about serving and he shared news as it relates to a variety of advancements being made in Memphis.  He serves on numerous boards including the Board of Directors Executive Committee of the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce and he serves as Co-chair of its Chairman Circle.  He is currently serving on the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau Board, is a past Chairman of The Leadership Academy (New Memphis Institute) in Memphis and still sits on their Board.  Mr. Williams is also a Board member of the Memphis Economic Club and serves as an Advisory Board Member of SunTrust Bank.

Mr. Williams concluded the program by taking questions from the audience.  Afterwards, the crowd didn’t leave to get back to work but instead stayed for a chance to speak to Mr. Williams.  The Briarcrest DECA Students (14 of them) made their way over to him and Mr. Williams spent a lot of time speaking to them.  That’s what its all about! Alumni connecting with current students and other alumni which can benefit everyone.

A special thanks to Union University Germantown for being our Sponsor!

Welcome Briarcrest ALUMNI !



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All alumni and their families are invited to participate in the alumni homecoming activities on Friday September 26.   These include a complimentary dinner in the High School Commons beginning at 5:30 p.m.  A sign in table with BCS staff makes it easy for alumni to sign in for dinner, get name tags and update their contact information if they would like.

Admittance for alumni and families into the football game is free (just wear your name tag) and begins at 7:00 p.m.  Before the game begins Briarcrest hosts an alumni award ceremony on the fifty-yard line.  These distinguished alumni and faculty as well as the athletic hall of fame are voted on and recognized for their character, dedication and achievements in their chosen career field.

2014 Hall of Fame

Paul Piper Distinguished Alumni:                                      

Mr. Drew Sippel                                   1984


Danny Childs Distinguished Faculty Society:

Mrs. Sandra Longworth             1997 – Present

Mrs. Karen Fienup                     1997 – Present


BCS Athletic Hall of Fame:

Dr. Andy Russell                   Football, Basketball Track, Soccer       1991

Bubba Gunter                        Football, Basketball                              1987

Kate Freeman Seamans       Volleyball, Basketball                            1982

Rebecca Wilson Macsovits   Soccer, Track, Swimming                     1992

For your outstanding support of the Briarcrest Christian School Athletic Department

Mr. Carly Powers     1988 – Present

Dr. James Sexton

Paul “ T-Bone” Underwood 

1984, 1994 and 2004 Class Reunions




Welcome Upcoming Class Reunions for 2014!

The alumni office invites reunion groups to the Briarcrest’s Football Homecoming weekend on Friday September 26.   All  alumni and families are invited to participate in the alumni homecoming activities on Friday, including a free BBQ dinner, awards ceremony and homecoming football game tickets.

Each Class has planned special events for Saturday evening too!



Sean Petty ’09


Sean Petty '09

Sean Petty, Class of 2009, graduated in May from the University of Miami with a Finance degree. He was honored at the last home track meet for his 4 years as a sprinter on the Track team. After completing a summer internship in Washington, D.C. with Congressman Lee Terry, Sean will be marrying Elle Sanders, a recent graduate of UCLA and a distance runner on their track team. They will wed in Santa Cruz, CA where Elle grew up.

You Must See Our Weight Room Transformation


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Briarcrest Christian School has made a huge transformation improving athletic facilities and the strength and conditioning program. We will offer strength and conditioning class all day, including before and after school with certified instruction. The equipment is stellar and will play a key role in providing us with the facilities that are needed to build our young men and women into champions on the field!   Be sure to stop by or call us so that you can see these improvements for yourself!

Hutcheson ’10 Engaged



Congrats to alumnus Josh Hutcheson ’10! Josh will marry Hannah Smith. a native of Forth Smith, Ark on June 14, 2014. Josh graduated from Univ. of Ark in Bio Medical Engineering and will begin graduate school with a full scholarship toward his PHD. Hannah graduated from U of Ark in May with her undergraduate in speech therapy. She has also been accepted to graduate school.

We’re Always Improving!



Please Join Us

for an

Informational Meeting

to preview details on these improvements

to the Briarcrest Athletics Program:

Weight Room Renovation

New Weight Training Curriculum

New Film and Meeting Room

Monday May 19th


Sparks Chapel

Snacks and Refreshments Served

Coaches, Athletic Staff and BCS Administration will be present.

For questions please contact Josh Davis at 901-765-4665 or jrdavis@briarcrest.com


Class of 2003!


Class of 2003 10 Year Renuion

Alicia Dean, Andy Greer, Laura Connerly,  Linnae  Hoppe  and others helped organize the class reunion2003 reunion 2003 Class of 2003 IMG_2982 IMG_2988 2003

Daphne Large ’79 honored by Society of Entrepreneurs


Daphne Large, CEO of Data Facts will be one of this year's Society of Entrepreneurs inductees

Daphne Large, CEO of Data Facts will be one of this year’s Society of Entrepreneurs inductees

Commercial Appeal March 27, 2014

When she was in high school and many of her friends started earning extra money through part-time jobs in retail or baby-sitting, Memphian Daphne Large decided to try a different approach.

During her lunch break one day at Briarcrest Christian School, the then-16-year-old used a pay phone at the school to call the Equifax consumer reporting agency about a job opening she’d learned about in the company’s mailroom. Having discovered that the firm’s president had started in that same division and worked his way up the corporate ladder, the teenage Large figured she would do the same.

“I got in and I got an interview and I got the job,” Large remembered about her first entry into the business world. “I started working there in the afternoon when I finished school and I ended up becoming full-time after I graduated and I stayed there for years while I was in college and afterward. It opened up a lot of doors for me.”

The most significant door for Large opened when she had been with Equifax for nearly a dozen years. By this time a regional manager at the company, Large foresaw shifts in the industry and felt best way to take advantage of approaching opportunities would be to launch her own firm.

And so in 1989, she did just that.

“The mortgage reporting landscape at that time in Memphis was basically being done by one company and I thought I could do that just as well on my own, so I left Equifax and founded Data Facts,” Large said. “Three of my colleagues came with me and that’s all we did at first. We served mortgage lenders in this area and even though people told us it was a crazy idea, we made it work. Now it’s been 25 years and even though we’re a different company than we were back then, I still see it as the best move I could have made.”

In recognition of her business accomplishments, Large is being honored as one of this years Society of Entrepreneurs inductees. From three employees a quarter-century ago, Data Facts Inc. has grown to 56 full-time staffers at its Cordova headquarters and counts hundreds of contract workers across the nation serving customers in 35 states.

“The need for information is greater than ever and as a screening company, we do an enormous amount of consumer and business reporting to provide employers and lenders with that information,” Large said. “In 1989, compliance was often an afterthought, but today companies must run on compliance. We provide information to help them do that.”

About a decade ago, Large bought out her company’s silent partner who had been on board from the beginning and later sold a 25 percent share in the firm to Julie Wink, who lives in Mobile, Ala., and supervises sales and IT. Having grown the enterprise into a $20 million company, Large plans to expand the Data Facts footprint in more states in the next few years.

“I’ve never seen anyone more focused on doing a job right than Daphne. From customer service to making sure her employees have what they need to do their jobs in the best way possible, she gets it done,” said Mike Bruns, founder and past president of Comtrak Logistics. “She’s always on a mission to do her job better than anyone else and her company’s success reflects that principle. She’s gained tremendous respect from her peers.”

Nancy Coffee, chief executive officer of New Memphis Institute, agreed.

“She’s a visionary and a quick thinker and one of her uncanny abilities is to marry practical reasoning with an intuitive sense,” Coffee said. “Daphne lives in a world of possibilities and her enthusiasm and fierce intellect make her remarkable.”

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Jena Maclin Pope ’92 alumna Flying Boeing 737

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Jena Maclin Pope ’92 alumna


Jena is a commercial pilot and flew a Boeing 717 for AirTran for the past 12 years and as a captain for the last 8 years.  Jena went to work for Southwest after the airline purchased AirTran.   

 She just finished training for 2 months in Dallas and will now be flying a Boeing 737 for Southwest Airlines.  We are proud of Jena for all of her accomplishments! 

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