Staff Spotlight

June 4th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in UTC Athletics Staff

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Geoff Wilcox
Marketing Director

1. Having recently been named the Director of Marketing, please tell us about what you were doing previously.

I have held two positions within the UTC athletics department prior to becoming the Director of Marketing. I was the Assistant Director of Ticket Operations and the Director of Ticket Operations. I managed all ticket operations for UTC athletics (single, season, and flex) and events at the McKenzie Arena.


2. What were the reasons behind your decision to pursue a career with UTC Athletics?

I didn’t pursue a career within UTC athletics specifically but pursued a career within collegiate athletics and was fortunate enough to be giving the opportunity to work here. I always tell co-workers and fans I lucked out by moving to Chattanooga, I love the city.


3. What is the most rewarding aspect of working in college athletics?

I love the passion and competition within this industry. The people who work in this industry typically have a sports and/or competitive background and that is something I feed off of.


4. What are some of your interests outside of UTC Athletics?

I spend my free time with my wife, Lisa, and daughter, Genevieve. I love being outdoors hiking, biking, camping, etc. Church is also a big portion of my life and I try to get involved any way I can there as well. With all my family in New England and spending most of my life there, when I’m not cheering on the Mocs I’m rooting for the Red Sox.


5. What has been your favorite part about the city of Chattanooga?

Winters aren’t as bad as in New England, so not having snow on the ground four or five months out of the year isn’t a bad thing. My favorite part of the City of Chattanooga is the family focus and outdoor opportunities. There’s always family friendly events going on and the opportunity to get outside and do something is always there.


6. If you could have dinner with one person who would it be and why?

Vince Lombardi. Just admired how he was successful within each of, what he called, the three most important aspects of his life: faith, family, and work.


7. If you could spend a week anywhere in the world where would it be?

I’m going to make the assumption that my wife and daughter will be able to join me, but I would be at a lake house on Lake Winnipesaukee, surrounded by the White Mountains in New Hampshire. I grew up going to that lake with my family and nothing beats it in my opinion.

Ask the Donor – Get to Know Pam Henry

June 4th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Mocs Club Members

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Know Mocs Club Members

Pam Henry

Occupation: Cyber Security Business Analyst, TVA

City of Residence: Chattanooga

Alma Mater: UTC, ‘99

1. Why did you decide to become of member of the Mocs Club?

My husband, Sam, and I joined years ago because of the sheer fun of being a Mocs fan.  We have come to appreciate over the years how important financial support from alums and others in the community is to improving the quality of UTC’s sports, including the experiences of the student athletes as well as the fans.

2. How long have you been following UTC Athletics?

Since Sam and I were married students in 1970. As soon as we started our careers, we bought men’s basketball and football season tickets.  We have enjoyed them every year since and have added season tickets for other UTC sports as well.

3. What is your favorite memory of being a Mocs fan?

Being on the Mocs Club bus trip to see the Mocs beat Georgia and Illinois to advance to the 1997 NCAA Sweet 16.  A bonus was the next day when I bought the USA Today with Johnny Taylor’s picture on the front page.  We still have it.

4. What are some of your interests outside of UTC Athletics?

Nothing tops being Grammy to 6th grader Eliza and Blake, a rising junior at UTC.   I enjoy playing hand bells at and being involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  Also, my husband and I own Scrappy Sam’s, a seasonal shop in Northgate dedicated to selling UTC-branded items.

5. Where is your favorite place to eat in Chattanooga?

It’s a toss-up between Foodworks and Tony’s.

6. Why is it important for young people/alumni to get involved with the Mocs Club?

It doesn’t take long for college friendships to be replaced with the busy-ness of life. UTC athletic events are great places to keep in touch. We probably would not have had the student experience that we did had not been for donors of all levels supporting the programs. The Mocs Club is a community investment worthy of getting a little payback from alumni and fans.  Athletics has been called the front porch of the university. The Mocs Club builds the steps leading to that front porch.

7. If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be and why?

I would enjoy having dinner with Pulitzer Prize-winner Doris Kearns Goodwin because she has a gift for making political history so much more than textbook.  However, if I could somehow have dinner with someone who is no longer with us, I would most want to have dinner with my dad, Glen Frederick, because I would so love to hear his stories and enjoy his teasing one more time.

Question and Answer with Cross Country All-American, Teghan Henderson

June 4th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Player Spotlight

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1. Why did you choose UTC?

I chose UTC because I really liked the team, the coaches and the city.

2. What has been your favorite memory as a Moc?

Cross-country nationals, it was a great experience.


3. What is your favorite thing to do outside of your respected sport?

I really like spending time with my friends and family, especially when I go home because I don’t get to see them very often.


4. What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

I played soccer for 12 years.


5. Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I have a lot; my main ones are eating the same pre-race meal and doing the same warm-up.


Teghan Hederson - XC & TF6. How has being a student-athlete affected your college experience?

It definitely changes your priorities; you can’t do everything a normal college student does. You don’t just have to focus on your social life and school, but also the pressure of playing the sport, practicing every day, and traveling every weekend.


7. What is your favorite place to eat in Chattanooga?

I would say it’s between Tony’s, Taco Mamacita, and Sugar’s.


8. Who has had the most impact on you during your time at UTC?

Definitely my coach and teammates.


9. If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be and why?

My grandfather who passed away when I was 15. We were very close and his death was really sudden so we never got to say goodbye.

Mocs Top 3.0 GPA for the First Time

June 3rd, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Sports Highlights

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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Athletics Department hit a major benchmark for the first time following the 2014 spring semester.  The Mocs student-athletes posted a school record 3.07 grade-point-average for the recently completed term, topping the 3.0 mark for the first time in program history.

UTC flirted with a 3.0 GPA in the fall, scoring a then-record 2.993.  The spring semester saw Chattanooga tie a mark with 12 programs over a 3.0 team GPA, while nearly half of all student-athletes made the Dean’s List.

“This is such a tremendous accomplishment and I can’t express how proud I am of our student-athletes,” stated Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics David Blackburn.  “They put in countless hours in practice and in the weight room, and that same dedication and focus is evident in their academic endeavors.”

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Of the 276 student-athletes enrolled at UTC in the spring, 135 made the Dean’s List with a 3.2 or better GPA.  A school record 176 made the Athletics Director’s Honor Roll, meaning 63% of all Mocs made at least a 3.0.  It is the 10th semester in a row at least half of the student-athletes at UTC scored a 3.0 and the first time over 60% reached that mark.

Chattanooga also had a school-record 37 make a perfect 4.0 GPA.  Some notables on that list include SoCon Women’s Golfer of the Year Jordan Britt, SoCon Women’s Basketball Player of the Year Taylor Hall, 2012 U.S. Amateur Champion Steven Fox, All-American and SoCon Cross Country/Track & Field Champion Teghan Henderson, SoCon Women’s Golf Champion Emily McLennan and SoCon Wrestling Champion Alex Hudson.

The women’s cross country team led all programs with a department record 3.85 GPA.  That just beat men’s cross country’s previous mark of 3.82 set last spring.  The women’s team also had a program record 18 on the Dean’s List while eight of the runners had a 4.0.

Men’s basketball (2.59), men’s cross country/track & field (3.71) and women’s golf (3.82) all set new program bests for team GPA, while women’s basketball team had a program record 11 on the Dean’s List.

“I also think it is also important to point out the work of our coaches and Student Support Services staff,” added Blackburn.  “A lot goes into reaching a goal like this and our coaches should be commended for creating a culture in their programs that promote academic success.  They set the tone in the way they recruit and run their programs, while our Academic Staff does an outstanding job supporting each of our student-athletes.”

2013-14 has been a banner academic year for the Mocs.  The men’s cross country team has the nation’s highest team GPA in the fall, while Davis Tull became the first Academic All-American in the history of the football program.  UTC set a school record with 20 individuals on the Winter Academic All-SoCon team and two Mocs programs were recently recognized for their high APR scores.

Academic Notes
- School record 3.07 overall GPA … first term with a 3.0+ GPA.
- School record 49% on the Dean’s List
- School record 175 (63%) on the A.D. Honor Roll with a 3.0 or above.
- 10th straight semester with over half of all Mocs made a 3.0 or better … first time over 60%.
- 37 4.0s is the most in a semester … school record 13% of all student-athletes made a 4.0.
- Tied a school record with 12 teams posting a 3.0 or better for the second straight term.
- Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field tied a program high with a 3.71.
- Men’s basketball had a program best 2.59 team GPA.
- Women’s Cross Country had a school record 3.85…beat the men’s cross country record 3.84 from last spring … the women’s cross country team has scored at least a 3.5 for seven straight terms … program record 18 on the Dean’s List and A.D. Honor Roll and eight with a 4.0 GPAs.
- Women’s Golf had a program-record 3.82 … tied a program mark with seven on the A.D. Honor Roll … scored at least a 3.35 for 10 straight terms.
- Women’s basketball had a program record 11 on the Dean’s List and 14 on the A.D. Honor Roll.
- Men’s golf had a program record 10 on the A.D. Honor Roll.
- Softball tied a program record with 21 on the A.D. Honor Roll.

Student-Athletes With a 4.0 Semester GPA – 37 (School Record)
Eric Robertson – Men’s Basketball
Kayla Freeman – Women’s Basketball
Taylor Hall – Women’s Basketball
Oluwatosin Ayotunde – Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Mark Cole – Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Lucas Cotter – Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Austin Ethridge – Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
John Gilpin – Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Patrick O’Brien – Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Paul Stuart – Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Harry Smithers – Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Joanna Elmore – Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Madalyn Garland – Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Teghan Henderson – Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Helenka Kis – Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Maddison Melchionna – Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Katherine Ray – Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Keeley Stewart – Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Jessica York – Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Will Johnson – Football
Sam Mullaney – Football
Steven Fox – Men’s Golf
Jordan Britt – Women’s Golf
Sarah Dolmovich – Women’s Golf
Emily McLennan – Women’s Golf
DeeDee Russell – Women’s Golf
Hailey Callis – Soccer
Clare Latham – Soccer
Anyssa Robles – Softball
Liana Rodrigues – Softball
Gino Delavalle – Men’s Tennis
Roberto Vieira – Men’s Tennis
Alison Storie – Women’s Tennis
Anne Bachman – Volleyball
Brianna Guzinski – Volleyball
Nicole Sumida – Volleyball
Alex Hudson – Wrestling

Programs With a 3.0+ Team GPA – 12 (Ties a School Record)
Women’s Cross Country – 3.85**
Women’s Golf – 3.82*
Men’s Cross Country – 3.76
Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country – 3.71*
Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country – 3.62
Volleyball – 3.42
Women’s Basketball – 3.37
Softball – 3.35
Women’s Tennis – 3.31
Soccer – 3.24
Men’s Tennis – 3.22
Men’s Golf – 3.20
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*Program Record

Dean’s List – 135 (49% of all student-athletes on the Dean’s List is a school record)
Men’s Basketball (2)
Eric Robertson, Ronrico White.

Women’s Basketball (11) – Program Record
Alex Black, Destiny Bramblett, Ansley Chilton, Ashlen Dewart, Meghan Downes, Kayla Freeman, Lauren Hall, Whitney Hartlage, Tatianna Jackson, Jasmine Joyner, Alicia Payne.

Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field (14)
Oluwatosin Ayotunde, Marquis Carter, Mark Cole, Lucas Cotter, Zachary Darby, Austin Ethridge, John Gilpin, Trevor Janssen, Matthew Marshall, Geoffrey Nelson, John O’Brien, Dequantez Sandifer, Harry Smithers, Paul Stuart.

Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field (18) – Program Record
Gabby Cader, Hannah Chamblin, Anna Chance, Amanda Cotter, Joanna Elmore, Madalyn Garland, Rebecca Greenwall, Teghan Henderson, Kiaana Howard, Helena Kis, Maddison Melchionna, Jessica Philpott, Katherine Ray, Chandler Rogers, Mary Smith, Jasmine Snell, Keeley Stewart, Jessica York.

Football (20)
Ryan Bossung, Derrick Craine, Alex Hooper, Jacob Huesman, Will Johnson, Zach McCarter, Vantrell McMillan, Sam Mullaney, Kevin Niethammer, Nick Pollard, Oscar Prado, Zach Rayl, Jacob Revis, Jerekerious Scott, Logan Teichmann, Hunter Townson, Davis Tull, Montario Washington, Lucas Webb, Tyler Williams.

Men’s Golf (6)
Steven Fox, Wesley Gosselin, Chris Robb, Stuart Thomas, Andrew Weathers, Benni Weilguni.

Women’s Golf (6)
Jordan Britt, Porsche Campbell, Sarah Dolmovich, Isabella Loza, Emily McLennan, DeeDee Russell.

Soccer (13)
Skylar Brewer, Hailey Callis, Micalah Crafton, Kelly Crew, Sarah Ghale, Natalie Irwin, Clare Latham, Crystal Mackezyk, Allie Maguire, Taylor Mangrum, Taylor Pannell, Ashley Simmons, Hannah Wyatt.

Softball (15)
Taylor Deason, Courtney Ervin, Savannah Goldsmith, Kaitlyn Henderson, Victoria Hunter, Nicole Osterman, Stephanie Rieck, Sarah Beth Roberts, Anyssa Robles, Liana Rodrigues, Amanda Ross, Jesslyn Stockard, Alyssa Taylor, Sam Taylor, Hannah Thurley.

Men’s Tennis (5)
Derrick Brown, Gino Delavalle, Pavels Grigorjevs, John Peacey, Roberto Vieira.

Women’s Tennis (5)
Kaylene Chadwell, Alexa Flynn, Claire Mulyadi, Katie Polk, Alison Storie.

Wrestling (11)
Levi Clemons, Shawn Greevy, Michael Hooker, Alex Hudson, Jared Johnson, John Lampe, Campbell Lewis, Kevin Malone, Dawson Peck, Austin Sams, John Shrader.

Volleyball (9)
Anne Bachmann, Sarah Batterton, Catherine Chason, Melissa Green, Brianna Guzinski, Caroline Hildebrand, Hannah Merkle, Briana Reid, Nicole Sumida.

Athletics Director’s Honor Roll – 176 (School Record)
Men’s Basketball (4)
Tre Mclean, Greg Pryor, Eric Robertson, Ronrico White.

Women’s Basketball (14) – Program Record
Alex Black, Destiny Bramblett, Ansley Chilton, Ashlen Dewart, Meghan Downes, Faith Dupree, Kayla Freeman, Lauren Hall, Whitney Hartlage, Tatianna Jackson, Moses Johnson, Jasmine Joyner, Alicia Payne, Chelsey Shumpert.

Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field (14)
Oluwatosin Ayotunde, Marquis Carter, Mark Cole, Lucas Cotter, Zachary Darby, Austin Ethridge, John Gilpin, Trevor Janssen, Matthew Marshall, Geoffrey Nelson, John O’Brien, Dequantez Sandifer, Harry Smithers, Paul Stuart.

Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field (18) – Program Record
Gabby Cader, Hannah Chamblin, Anna Chance, Amanda Cotter, Joanna Elmore, Madalyn Garland, Rebecca Greenwall, Teghan Henderson, Kiaana Howard, Helena Kis, Maddison Melchionna, Jessica Philpott, Katherine Ray, Chandler Rogers, Mary Smith, Jasmine Snell, Keeley Stewart, Jessica York.

Football (32)
Bryan Belew, C.J. Board, Ryan Bossung, Brandon Bourk, Malcolm Colvin, Derrick Craine, Kristifir Frady, A.J. Hampton, Alex Hooper, Jacob Huesman, Casey Hybarger, Will Johnson, Zach McCarter, Vantrell McMillan, Sam Mullaney, Kevin Niethammer, Nick Pollard, Oscar Prado, Zach Rayl, Jacob Revis, Henrique Ribeiro, Daniel Ring, Jerekerious Scott, Will Sharpton, Beau Simmons, Logan Teichmann, Hunter Townson, Davis Tull, Muhasibi Wakeel, Montario Washington, Lucas Webb, Tyler Williams.

Men’s Golf (10) – Program Record
Steven Fox, Wesley Gosselin, Liam Johnston, Chris Robb, Ewan Scott, Zachary Stolz, Stuart Thomas, Andrew Weathers, Kory Webb, Benni Weilguni.

Women’s Golf (7) – Tied a Program Record
Jordan Britt, Porsche Campbell, Sarah Dolmovich, Isabella Loza, Emily McLennan, DeeDee Russell, Agathe Sauzon.

Soccer (14)
Skylar Brewer, Hailey Callis, Micalah Crafton, Kelly Crew, Sarah Ghale, Natalie Irwin, Clare Latham, Crystal Mackezyk, Allie Maguire, Taylor Mangrum, Taylor Pannell, Ashley Simmons, Lauren Thomas, Hannah Wyatt.

Softball (21) – Tied a Program Record
Cricket Blanco, Shelby Carter, Taylor Deason, Kaiti Dutton, Courtney Ervin, Savannah Goldsmith, Kaitlyn Henderson, Yoshi Hooks, Victoria Hunter, Nicole Osterman, Stephanie Rieck, Sarah Beth Roberts, Anyssa Robles, Liana Rodrigues, Amanda Ross, Jesslyn Stockard, Alyssa Taylor, Sam Taylor, Tyler Templet, Hannah Thurley, Marina Wilkerson.

Men’s Tennis (7)
Austin Boaz, Derrick Brown, Gino Delavalle, Pavels Grigorjevs, John Peacey, Lucas Plesky, Roberto Vieira.

Women’s Tennis (7)
Kaylene Chadwell, Alexa Flynn, Rachele Gazzola, Kayla Jones, Claire Mulyadi, Katie Polk, Alison Storie.

Wrestling (16)
Scottie Boykin, Levi Clemons, D.J. Franklin-Smith, Shawn Greevy, Michael Hooker, Alex Hudson, Jared Johnson, John Lampe, Campbell Lewis, Kevin Malone, Dawson Peck, Austin Sams, John Shrader, Nick Soto, Trey Stavrum, Barrett Walthall.

Volleyball (12)
Anne Bachmann, Sarah Batterton, Catherine Chason, Allie Davenport, Lauren Gainer, Melissa Green, Brianna Guzinski, Caroline Hildebrand, Hannah Merkle, Briana Reid, Nicole Sumida, Kasey Talley.

10 Questions with 2012 Southern Conference Champion Golfer, Jordan Britt

March 19th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Cover Story

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1. Why did you choose UTC?

When I took my official visit at UTC I was very impressed with what was offered. I had lived in Chattanooga four years prior to my official visit, but I was shown a new side of Chattanooga. I was able to experience two restaurants I had never been to before with the team. I was also very impressed with the campus and facilities. Chattanooga completely won me over during my official visit.

2. What has been your favorite memory as a Moc?

My favorite memory and the one that stands out the most is the 2012 Southern Conference Championship. Going into the tournament, we were not the favored to win. We had a hard semester leading up to the championship. Even though we were not the favorites, we came back on the last day after trailing by four shots. We fought with everything we had that day. I had no idea where we were as a team or where I was as an individual coming into the last hole. When I made my putt for par and everyone exploded into applause, I knew we had done it. As a plus, I received the individual title as well. I remember Maju, our senior, saying “The harder the road, the sweeter the victory” which could not have described our experience more perfectly.


3. What is your favorite thing to do other than golf?

I am proud to be a bookworm. I love to read anything and everything.


4. What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

I’m sad to admit that I’m afraid of the dark. Maybe not so much the dark itself, but the things that may go bump in the night. Sometimes I even have to leave my TV on until I go to sleep!


5. Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I’m the most relaxed person when I warm up before tournaments. When we arrive at the course the morning before the round, everyone heads out to begin their warm-up, but not me. I don’t take very long to warm up so I just hang out in the van and take the time to catch up on the latest social networking site. When I finally begin to warm up I just hit until I’m warm then it’s time to go out and do work.


6. How has being a student-athlete affected your college experience?

I often wonder what it would be like to be a normal student but it’s not something I would trade my college experience for. I stay busy but it’s always exciting, I’ve never had a dull moment. I couldn’t replace the opportunities and experiences I have come across these past four years.


7. What is your favorite place to eat in Chattanooga?

This is a tough one. I love foods of all kinds so picking a favorite is almost impossible. I’m going through a brunch phase right now so if I had to choose I would pick Tupelo Honey. I recommend the sweet potato pancake. It’s delicious and bigger than your head!


8. What is your first memory of playing golf?

I had an interesting start to golf. I come from a baseball family, so naturally I played baseball in the beginning. Unfortunately, I was terrified of the ball being throw at me at fast speeds. When T-ball ended so did my little league career. After trying a variety of sports without finding one that “fit”, my grandmother brought home Donna White’s Beginning Golf for Women, on VCR. She had purchased the video for 50 cents at a yard sale that day. I began watching the video with my grandfather who promptly decided I was going to grow up to be a professional golfer on the LPGA. My grandfather constructed targets on cardboard with distances spray painted on them in his back yard and bought me a Wal-Mart set of clubs. We watched Donna White give tips for beginning golfers multiple times every day and gradually my game developed. I have graduated from cardboard targets and have a real set of golf clubs, but I can still quote Donna White.


9. Who has had the most impact on you during your time at UTC?

My coach has definitely had the most impact on me during my time at UTC. With her help, I have been able to develop my golf game and have her to thank for my success. One of my favorite things about coach is that her door is always open. I know that if I need help or have a concern, she is always willing and up for a chat.


10. If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be and why?

The degree of difficulty has been raised a notch since the question about my favorite place to eat in Chattanooga. It would be hard to choose just one person to have dinner with because there are so many inspirational individuals throughout history like Nick Vujicic, Martin Luther King Jr., and, to me, my mom, just to name a few. If I were to pick one person to have dinner with I think I would pick Rosa Parks. I think she is a very inspirational women because she stood up for herself and what she believed in. I sometimes have difficulty standing up for myself. I think Mrs. Parks would be able to give me some good tips on how to do what I think is right regardless what others think.

Meet Our New Assistant Director of the Mocs Club

March 19th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in UTC Athletics Staff

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Joe Levine
Assistant Director of the Mocs Club

1. Having recently been named the Assistant Director of the Mocs Club, please tell us about what you were doing previously.

I previously served as the Administrative Associate at the University of South Florida. I assisted the athletic director and executive staff with the day-to-day operations and special projects related to the department’s 19 sponsored programs.


2. What is the most rewarding aspect of working in college athletics?

There are so many reasons why a career in college athletics is so rewarding. You are able to build so many relationships with various constituents who share a passion for higher education and sports. With that being said, knowing that all the work I partake in goes directly to supporting our student-athletes and all those associated with this fine institution is the number one reason why I chose to pursue a career in higher education and college athletics.


3. What are some of your interests outside of UTC Athletics?

Since I’m new to Chattanooga, I really enjoy exploring the city and surrounding area. I am excited for the spring season in Chattanooga, as I will be able to explore all of the great hiking and outdoor activities this Scenic City has to offer!


4. What has been your favorite part about the city of Chattanooga thus far?

The people within this amazing community and the food! There are so many great locally owned restaurants and each has their own personality and delicious offerings.


5. If you could have dinner with one person who would it be and why?

There are so many individuals who have gone against the norm to establish a new way of doing things in society. One person who sticks out in my minds is Billy Bean, General Manager for the Oakland A’s. After reading “Money Ball”, I was able learn how he took an idea that was against all odds and successfully put it into action. In a field such has athletic administration; we are always looking for new and innovative ways to enhance the experience for all those who have an interest in college athletics. It would be a great opportunity to “pick his brain” about his success.


6. If you could spend a week anywhere in the world where would it be?

Number one on my list is Australia. My older brother has visited a couple times and I have heard so many incredible things about the country! Hopefully someday I will be able to visit.

Get to Know Eddie O’Brien

March 19th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Mocs Club Members

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Occupation: Financial Advisor
Designation: Certified Financial Planner
Title: Senior Vice President – Wealth Management

City of Residence: Chattanooga

Alma Mater: University of Tennessee Chattanooga

1. Why did you decide to become of member of the Mocs Club?

It presented an opportunity to support my college alma mater’s athletic club financially and the the chance to re-engage with old friends and meet new people.


2. How long have you been following UTC Athletics?

We moved to Chattanooga in 1976 and have been going to games and events ever since.


3. What is your favorite memory of being a Mocs fan?

I would have to say that it’s the way our teams and coaches have represented the university and city with pride and competitiveness. We have had our high points and low points, but we have always exhibited great sportsmanship. That makes me proud to wear the Power C.


4. What are some of your interests outside of UTC Athletics?

Golf, Masters Swimming, biking, traveling, reading, and eating.


5. Where is your favorite place to eat in Chattanooga, and what is your favorite dish?

I don’t know if I have a favorite place or dish. I enjoy the eclectic and varied mix of restaurants in Chattanooga. I have had great meals and times from the Walden Club to Mikes Hole in the Wall. Chato Brasserie soufflé is probably my choice for dessert.


6. Why is it important for young people/alumni to get involved with the Mocs Club?

You need to give back, and athletics certainly is one way to support the university and remain connected. While academics need our support, Bear Bryant once said, “It’s tough to rally around a math class.”


7. If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be and why?

With all of the people I admire from friends, teachers, colleagues, relatives, celebrities, etc., I would have to say my wife Kathy. She has been my inspiration and driving force to help shape the person I am today. No other person has meant more to me than my wife, mother of my children, fellow Moc alum, and “bestest” friend ever.

The New-Look Mocs Club Launches Membership Renewals for 2014-2015

March 19th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Alumni News

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs Club is welcoming renewals for the 2014-15 season beginning this week.  Coinciding with the renewal kickoff is the introduction of a new look for the Mocs Club.

UTC Athletics is focusing its branding efforts on the “Power C” logo.  As a result, the Mocs Club is putting the “Power C” front and center in all of its efforts.  Attached to this release is the updated Mocs Club logo that presents a dynamic, new representation of the department’s annual fund.

The new logo incorporates the rich traditions of our University’s athletics programs, while also allowing the identity of the Mocs Club to evolve.  With the recent and future successes of our 17 Division I teams, it is important for the Mocs Club to have a presence in the community that is consistent with the championship reputation of UTC Athletics.

“I really like the ‘Power C’ logo,” stated UTC Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics David Blackburn.  “I like the way it stands out, its unique appearance and that everyone knows it stands for Chattanooga.  I thought it was imperative to incorporate that mark with the Mocs Club, and tie in our branding efforts to one of the most important pieces of our Athletics Department.”

Current members should check their email this week for renewal information.  Anyone who renews prior to July 1 will be entered into a drawing for a VIP experience at the Mocs vs. Tennessee football game on Oct. 11, 2014 in Knoxville, Tenn.  Members who increase their support to the next level of giving will receive 50 Mocs Club priority points as a token of our appreciation.

The Mocs Club is the annual fundraising arm for the UTC Athletics Department. Support from each Mocs Club member benefits more than 300 UTC student-athletes. Currently, over 750 members commit themselves to help offset the rising educational costs for the UTC Athletics Department.

For more information on the Mocs Club, questions about the renewal process, or to join today, contact the Director of the Mocs Club Caleb Whitted (caleb-whitted@utc.edu – 423-425-4773).

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Women Win 15th SoCon Title Beating Davidson 71-45

March 19th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Sports Highlights

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s basketball team (29-3) won its 15th Southern Conference Tournament Championship 71-45 over Davidson (16-16). It was the 25th win in a row for UTC who punched their dance card for the 12th time in school history and sixth in the last nine years.

Senior Alex Black (Memphis, Tenn.) was sensational scoring a career-high 22 points to lead four Mocs in double figures. Senior Taylor Hall (New Tazewell, Tenn.) added 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Laura Murray scored 17 to lead the Wildcats. Dakota Dukes added 14 points and a game-high nine boards.

It was a see-saw battle early before the Mocs took control with a 13-2 run. The spurt was capped by Senior Meghan Downes’ (Newnan, Ga.) 3-pointer at 7:47 as the shot clock expired. Dukes got the lead under 10 with a free throw with 3:38 to go in the first half, but that’s as close as it got. Chattanooga took a 13-point lead into the break.

Shneeka Center’s jumper at 12:38 got the Wildcats within 11, 43-32, but it was all Chattanooga from there. Black started and finished a 15-2 run. Her 3-pointer at 6:40 made it 58-34 and put an exclamation point on a career night for the senior from Memphis.

From there it was about history. Murray’s layup with 1:03 etched her name atop the Davidson record books. She passed former teammate Sophia Aleksandravicius by one point.

Chattanooga’s Head Coach Jim Foster found a new first for his Hall of Fame career. He is the first NCAA Division I head coach to lead four different schools to the NCAA Tournament previously directing St. Joseph’s, Vanderbilt and Ohio State as well.

The win extends the women’s all-time SoCon Tournament record to 47-16 and also continued another win streak. The squad has a sterling 15-0 mark in finals appearances.

It was a dominating performance. The bench nearly out-scored the Wildcats with 33 total points. Junior Ka’Vonne Townes (Lilburn, Ga.) and senor Faith Dupree (Knoxville, Tenn.) each had 10 points leading the reserves. Chattanooga shot 48.3 percent from the field (29-60) including a 50 percent (7-14) performance beyond the arc.

As smooth as the offense was, the defense was suffocating. Chattanooga limited Davidson to 32.7 percent (18-55) from the floor with a mere three 3-point field goals (23.1%). The Wildcats were also forced into 17 turnovers which led to 21 points for the champs.

Three Chattanooga student-athletes were honored for their performances this weekend. Hall and Black earned first team all-tourney berths, while senior Ashlen Dewart (Spartanburg, S.C.) was placed on the second team. Hall is the Most Outstanding Player, the 14th in school history.

The Lady Mocs capture the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This year’s field learns its seeding and travel plans on Monday, March 17, at 7 p.m. The selection show airs on ESPN with a party planned for Jefferson’s on Georgia Avenue from 6-8 p.m.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Taylor Hall (Most Outstanding Player)

FIRST TEAM
Taylor Hall, Chattanooga
Alex Black, Chattanooga
Dakota Dukes, Davidson
Laura Murray, Davidson
Justin Taylor, Western Carolina

SECOND TEAM
Ashlen Dewart, Chattanooga
Kelsey Harris, Elon
Sarah Duclaller, Furman
Anna Claire Knight, Georgia Southern
Rena Wakama, Western Carolina

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10 Questions with Preseason All-SoCon Defensive Back, Kadeem Wise

September 12th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in Cover Story

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1. Why did you choose UTC?

The reason that I chose to attend UTC was because it was close to home and I wanted to make sure that my parents and brothers could come and see me play without it being too much of a drive.

2. What has been your favorite memory as a Moc?

My favorite memory as a Moc had to have been when I broke coach Huesman’s freshman interception record against the Citadel. I had made it up in my mind that I was going to do it and I actually did it so that was pretty cool.

 

3. What is your favorite thing to do other than football?

My favorite thing to do besides play football is to play with my son Jaylen and to play black ops 2.

 

4. What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

One thing most people do not know about me is that I tore my ACL I during my sophomore year in high school.

 

5. Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Before the games I like to go out and get use to the field so I will go out and run around for a few before I put my pads on. I also pray before each game.

 

6. How has being a student-athlete affected your college experience?

Being a student athlete has affected my college experience in a positive way. It has taught me how to manage my time, how to be dedicated to my work and how to give it all no matter the task.

 

7. What is your favorite place to eat in Chattanooga?

My favorite place to eat in Chattanooga is Cheeburger Cheeburger and Applebees.

 

8. What is your first memory of playing football?

My first memory of playing football is when I got injured and my dad pulled me off the field without the coaches knowing. Since my coaches didn’t know that I was out of the game they called a play for me.

 

9. Who has had the most impact on you during your time at UTC?

Since I have been here Ms. Marquita and Ms. Tarr has had the most impact during my time at UTC.

 

10. If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be and why?

If I could have dinner with one person it would be Deion “Prime Time” Sanders. The reason I would want to have dinner with him is so that I could pick his brain about the cornerback position.