BGA celebrates another group of notable grads

Five join school’s halls of fame, Moseley tabbed for alumni honor

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BGA Hall of Fame inductees

Dr. Allen French Anderson, Ronald Sanders Ligon, Bradley Kenneth Jones, Brandon Scott Jones, Matthew Ryan Ridings and Tara Hodgson Moseley were inducted into the BGA Alumni, Sports and Faculty Hall of Fame.

Battle Ground Academy on Saturday inducted new members into its Alumni, Sports and Faculty Hall of Fame. In addition, the school honors a distinguished young alumna in a ceremony at the Hilton Franklin Cool Springs as part of the school’s homecoming weekend festivities.

The honorees are Dr. Allen French Anderson, Ronald Sanders Ligon, Bradley Kenneth Jones, Brandon Scott Jones, Matthew Ryan Ridings and Tara Hodgson Moseley.

“The induction of these deserving men and women is a reminder to our students, families, and alumni that BGA graduates really can do anything with their education,” said BGA head of school Will Kessler. “Whether prepared for medicine, commerce, athletics, or community service, our graduates excel in every field possible.”

Mike Keith, a 1986 BGA graduate and Hall of Fame member, served as the presenter.

Dr. Allen French Anderson

Honor: Alumni Hall of Fame

At BGA: A member of the Class of 1968, he was captain of varsity football team and was voted most athletic his senior year.

Career: He attended UT-Knoxville, with double major of economics and pre-med, and earned his doctorate at UT’s medical school in Memphis. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Vanderbilt University in 1981. 

Before he died in 2017, Anderson served for 37 years at the Lipscomb clinic, which later became TN Orthopedic Alliance. During his career, he published over 100 scientific manuscripts in peer review journals and also had 21 scientific exhibits at national and international meetings. 

Voted to the list of best doctors in America by his peers six times, he was internationally known for inventing a technique of ACL reconstruction in pediatric patients that has become the standard of care for treatment of this injury. 

Ronald Sanders Ligon

Honor: Alumni Hall of Fame

At BGA: A member of the Class of 1955, he was vice president of his senior class and vice president of the student council, honor council, Greer Society and Beta Club. He was voted most dependable, friendliest and most energetic as a senior. 

Career: After attend Vanderbilt University, Ligon has gone on to work in the banking, real estate and travel industries. He began his career with Union Acceptance Corp. of Nashville in 1957, becoming president of the company the following year. 

Ligon established Security Realty & Mortgage Corp. and Christus Gardens of Gatlinburg. In 1970, he acquired controlling interest in Harpeth National Bank, where he served as vice chairman of the board until 1978. 

Bradley Kenneth Jones

Honor: Sports Hall of Fame

At BGA: A member of the Class of 1986, he contributed to the success of basketball team, which played in the state tournament his junior year and reached the region championship his senior year.

 Career: Jones earned a degree in biology at Lambuth University before receiving a master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Memphis. At Lambuth, Jones was an NAIA National Scholar-Athlete in 1990 and was also named Lambuth’s athlete of the year. 

After becoming an assistant basketball coach at Lambuth, he became head coach in 1997 and was named conference coach of the year in 1997 and 1998. 

Jones became an advanced scout with the Utah Jazz in 2002. He would later become the head coach of the D-League Utah Flash before joining the San Antonio Spurs to coach their D-League team.

Jones joined the Utah Jazz as an assistant in 2012 and in 2018, he was named head coach of the Memphis Hustle. This past July, Jones was hired as assistant coach of the Memphis Grizzlies. 

Brandon Scott Jones

Honor: Sports Hall of Fame

At BGA: A member of the Class of 1989, Jones served as captain on the football, basketball and baseball teams his senior year. He is the only BGA athlete to be named MVP in three sports in one year. In basketball, he scored over 1,200 points during his high school career. A quarterback, he threw for over 1,000 yards in his senior year alone. 

Career: Jones’ legacy continued at Lambuth University, where he was named Lambuth’s male athlete of the year in 1992 and 1993. He scored 1,235 points in his three-year basketball career at Lambuth. He was also a member of the baseball team for two seasons and batted over .300 both years. 

Jones found his niche outside of sports in 2006, when he became a State Farm Insurance agent. He developed and administered the Madison County AAU organization for nine years and organized and supervised a sanctioned AAU tournament for seven years.

Matthew Ryan Ridings

Honor: Sports Hall of Fame

At BGA: A member of the Class of 2006, he was named to the all-state baseball team and was a two-time region player of the year. He was also a member of the National Honor Society.

Career: After BGA, he attended Western Kentucky University and earned a degree in business management. He holds Western Kentucky’s record for strikeouts, with 354, and wins, with 34 — also a Sun Belt Conference record. He was named an All-American and Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2010.

Drafted by the Washington Nationals in 2009 and by the Kansas City Royals in 2010, he played three seasons in the Royals’ system, reaching AA. He was named a Midwest League (Single A) All-Star after pitching in 65 games over three years and going 14-10 with a 3.21 ERA. 

After wrapping up his baseball career, Ridings became patient care coordinator at 4UMD before leaving to pursue a project management role with Schneider Electric’s Data Center Solutions Department. 

Tara Hodgson Moseley

Honor: Distinguished Young Alumna

At BGA: A member of the Class of 2005, Moseley was a member of the soccer team and was named all-region and all-state all four years. She also led the team in goals and assists all four years.

Career: Moseley went on to attend the University of Washington on a soccer scholarship, where she made the dean’s list, before graduating from the University of San Diego with a degree in English in 2009. 

She started an international wedding photography business based out of Newport Beach, California, has traveled to over 54 countries, and her work has won multiple international awards.

In 2012, she founded PR12, a humanitarian organization based out of Nashville, bringing freedom to Central Uganda’s most vulnerable. Since its founding, more than 160,000 lives have been changed through PR12’s work to provide access to clean water, education, job training and safe housing for at-risk women, children and families. 

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