Lipscomb arrived at Wheeler and built the Wildcat program into a national power. His teams averaged more than 20 wins per season, won six state championships and more than a dozen region titles. The Wildcats landed their first state title in 1994, then won three championships in a four-year span from 2002-05 before claiming their fifth crown in 2009 and sixth in 2015.
Lipscomb has also seen numerous players move on to college programs and six — Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Jaylen Brown, Jermareo Davidson, J.J. Hickson, Dequan Jones and Jaylen Brown — reach the NBA.
Lipscomb reached the 600-win milestone last December with the Wildcats’ 69-45 victory over Region 2AAAAAAA rival Newnan. The National High School Coaches Association selected Lipscomb as its 2012 National High School Boys Basketball Coach of the Year. His name is on the gym Wheeler played in before moving into a new 3,000-seat on-campus facility this past season.