Where Are They Now with Alex Ratliff

February 3rd, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Where Are They Now?

Alex Ratliff

Alex Ratliff

Sport Participation: Men’s Golf

Graduation Year: 2013

  1. What have you been up to since graduating from UTC?

Living and working in Chattanooga as a Financial Representative for Northwestern Mutual

  1. Why did you decide to join the C Club?

I was introduced to the C Club by the director, Joe Levine, during a meeting in which I expressed the interest in becoming more involved with UTC alumni opportunities, and the C Club was a perfect fit!

  1. What was the most memorable moment while being a student-athlete at UTC?

It’s a tie: Celebrating a SoCon championship my junior year after winning by 19 strokes, and the whole team being gathered in one living room watching my teammate Steven Fox win the U.S. Amateur my senior year.

  1. How had being a student-athlete at UTC impacted your life after college?

Being a former student-athlete has served as an advantage to life after college in several ways. Personally, it has always been a point of pride for me and has definitely helped me in the professional arena. It has also been a great conversation starter with new acquaintances in the area, as pride in the direction of Mocs athletics is trending in a really cool direction within Chattanooga.

  1. Who had the biggest impact on you during your time at UTC?

Although I absolutely despised him three mornings a week, I’d have to say it was our strength and conditioning coach, Jeff Andrews. He always treated me fairly, but still managed to further instill the presence and execution of both physical and mental toughness.

  1. What would be one piece of advice that you would want to share with current student-athletes?

At the risk of sounding cheesy, cherish the moment! Cherish the sacrifices and time commitments. I know how easy it is to be envious of students that might have more freedom in their schedule, but one day you’ll be thankful for the discipline that you were forced to learn, as well as the friendships and memories you made along the way because of it!

  1. Outside of your respected sports, what was your favorite thing to do while a student at UTC?

Probably playing ping pong or Mario Kart against my teammates. It got heated!

Staff Spotlight – Ken Jones

February 3rd, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in UTC Athletics Staff

Ken Jones
Ken Jones
Director of Compliance

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

I started my career in compliance at the University of Arkansas as a graduate assistant and worked at the University of North Carolina Wilmington for six years as a Compliance Coordinator prior to being named the Director of Compliance at UTC.


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

After visiting Chattanooga on my interview, I thought it would be a great place to stay and a good fit for me. However, I was sold on David Blackburn’s vision for the athletics department. I want to be a part of a winning program, and I believe the model he has for UTC athletics will allow all sports to succeed and compete on a high level. Furthermore, it was time for me to pursue other opportunities within my career and I felt like this position was in line with my career goals.


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

Collegiate athletics is a great industry with many rewarding aspects. From watching student-athletes graduate college and rise to professional levels in their careers to being able to watch sports as part of my job are all rewarding to me.


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

I enjoy playing basketball, golf and flag football. Occasionally, I will play tennis, frisbee golf or go bowling. I also enjoy going out with friends.


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

I really haven’t explored the city yet, but so far downtown is my favorite part of the city. It’s vibrant with a lot to do.


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

I would say Michael Jordan. I think it would be inspiring to sit down with one of the greatest players to ever play the game of basketball. I grew up watching him and always admired his skill set and work ethic.


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

I always wanted to attend the summer Olympics and the next location will be in Brazil. Therefore, I will say Brazil. If the summer Olympics were not a factor, I would like to spend a week in Sydney, Australia. It’s a beautiful city with major attractions and an amazing beach scene.

Get to Know Terry Roderick

February 3rd, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Mocs Club Members

Terry Roderick

Know Mocs Club Members

Terry Roderick

Occupation: General Manager – Tennessee Sling Center, which is a fabricator and distributor of products that provides safe lifting solutions to the construction and manufacturing industries.

City of Residence: Hixson, TN

Alma Mater: UT-Chattanooga 1986

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

My wife Pam and I loved attending UTC athletic events as students and that carried on after school. It was a natural progression to go from student to supporter and join the Mocs Club to help support the student athletes we so enjoy watching.

2. How long have you been following UTC Athletics?

We began in the early 1980’s as students and continue to attend most all football and men’s and women’s basketball games. In the last 20 years you can count on one hand the games we have missed.

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

I think the 1993 football game win against #1 rank Marshall at Chamberland Field is one of my favorites. The stands had over 9000 fans and it was load, rowdy and great environment for college athletics.

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

A lot of our time revolves around UTC and traveling to as many gamed as possible but a good book setting on the beach in Destin is hard to beat.

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

Steve’s Landing in Soddy Daisy. When Steve will prepare the Teriyaki Ribeye is great but if not the ribs are the best around.

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

We should be a community of generosity and giving back to the school that helped you to achieve should be natural.

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

I think it would be great to get to experience dinner with my Grandfathers. What an opportunity now as an adult to gain from their experiences and wisdom. Both men while different were models of generosity and men of character. What a comfort to know I will be able to feast with each again.

Question and Answer with Melissa Green

February 3rd, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Cover Story

1. Why did you choose UTC?

I chose UTC for a variety of reasons but the two biggest reasons were the city and the change and excitement within the athletic department. The city is absolutely wonderful and I loved ( and still love) how you get a city feel but then you drive ten minutes and you are on a beautiful mountain with an even better view!

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

My favorite memory as a Moc would have to be when we (the volleyball team) upset Samford in three at home. This match defined us as a team; showing persistence, teamwork, and hard work…it was seeing their shocked faces too.


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

I love to explore the outdoors with friends and family.


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

I’m an over thinker! I also care a lot and love to help people.


5. Do you have any pre-competition rituals?

I don’t really have something I do before games, but sometimes I like to visualize myself and the team making amazing plays.


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

I think being a student-athlete has given me a sense of family that I wouldn’t have had as a regular student. It has been so nice to have an extended family away from home.


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

I love burgers so I would have to say Urban Stack!!!


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

My boyfriend, Mark has had a really big impact on me during my time at UTC. We met freshman year and he has been with me and encouraging me through the highs and the lows. I also would say my teammates, especially this past year.


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

My dinner date would definitely be Ellen DeGeneres. She has a huge, giving heart and is hilarious as well… If she unavailable, I guess I would take Zac Efron as well.

Hall of Fame Announcement

February 3rd, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Sports Highlights

Mocs Announce Class of 2015 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee

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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Athletics Department and the Office of Alumni Affairs announced the Class of 2015 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees today.  There is a treasure trove of history and prestige, along with some of the most decorated student-athletes in school history, in this class of honorees.

The 2015 group is five strong and includes the late David Fussell (baseball), Grace Keith (women’s basketball), Lani Marchant (Track & Field/Cross Country), David McCrary (football) and Melissa Ramirez (softball).  They will be inducted at the annual banquet on Friday, Feb. 20, at the Chattanooga Country Club.

“This class represents many eras of UTC athletics,” stated UTC Vice Chancellor & Director of Athletics David Blackburn.  “It celebrates the history of our baseball and football programs, the start of women’s basketball as a varsity sport and more recent success in softball and track.  It will be an honor to celebrate their accomplishments at the festivities in February.”

The banquet is open to the public but seating is limited and reservations are required. The cost is $30.00 per person which includes dinner. Payments and RSVP’s can be submitted to the UTC Office of Alumni Affairs (423) 425-4785).  For more information, email Jayne-Holder@utc.edu.

The UTC Athletics Hall of Fame was established to formally recognize outstanding contributions to the heritage and tradition of the university’s intercollegiate athletic program.  A total of 199 individuals have been inducted into the UTC Athletics Hall of Fame during special ceremonies held each year.

Below is a brief biography on each member of the 2015 class. Be sure to check back to GoMocs.com over the next few weeks for a more in-depth look at each inductee, as well as photos from their days at Chattanooga.

David Fussell – Baseball – 1966-69
David Fussell was captain of the University of Chattanooga baseball team in 1969 and is considered to be one of the best baseball players in UC/UTC history. He was a standout catcher for some of the best teams in school history.  He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 1969 following his playing career with the Mocs. Unfortunately, he passed away on Oct. 24, 2014, and is inducted posthumously.

Grace Keith – Women’s Basketball Head Coach – 1975-76
One of the founders of the Chattanooga women’s basketball program, Grace Keith coached the first scholarship team at UTC. She headed the Mocs program for two seasons, from 1975-76, and recruited Hall of Famer Sharon Fanning.

Lanni Marchant – Cross Country/Track & Field – 2004-07
The 2007 Southern Conference Female Athlete of the Year, Lanni Marchant is one of the most decorated runners in school history. She was the 2006 Cross Country Champion and Runner of the Year, leading the Mocs to the league championship. She qualified for the NCAAs in 2006 and was a two-time NCAA All-South Region performer in Cross Country. She won three SoCon titles in Indoor Track and four in Outdoor Track. She still holds the SoCon record for the 5,000M and the 10,000M races.

David McCrary – Football – 1982-85
David McCrary was all All-Southern Conference defensive back from 1982-85. In 2003, he was named to the Times Free Press UC/UTC All-Century team as one of the top defensive backs in school history. He earned All-SoCon honors as a defensive back in 1984, helping UTC to the league title and an appearance in the FCS Playoffs. He is tied for fourth all-time at UTC with 11 interceptions, including three pick-sixes. He is one of the top punt returners in SoCon history, holding the league record for returns (118) and second in yards (1,253). He also ran back two punts for touchdowns in his career.

Melissa Ramirez – Softball – 2002-05
Melissa Ramirez was a two-time SoCon Tournament Most Outstanding Player and 2004 SoCon Player of the Year. Her 286 career hits, 63 career doubles and 15-game hitting streak from 2003 remain unbreakable stats in the Chattanooga record book. She was a three-time SoCon All-Tournament selection and two-time SoCon Player of the Week. During her tenure, the Mocs claimed two regular season crowns, three SoCon Tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament three times. She also had 25 homeruns (third all-time) and drove in 177 runs (second all-time) at UTC.

Special Award Winners
The A.C. “Scrappy” Moore Award is presented to a current UTC student-athlete who best personifies the athletic department’s mission of equipping for success, in the classroom, in competition and in the community.  Davis Tull was a three-time Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, a three-time All-American and a two-time Academic All-American.  He is the SoCon leader in career sacks and was also named to three FCS ADA Academic All-Star teams.

The Gordon Davenport Award is given annually by the UTC Athletics Hall of Fame to a person who has shown outstanding commitment to the Chattanooga Mocs athletics program.  Todd Duff is a long-time season-ticket holder and supporter of the Mocs men’s basketball program.

The Joe Morrison Award is given annually by the UTC Athletics Hall of Fame to a former student-athlete or coach for notable accomplishments and life experiences.  Former Chattanooga football standout Pete Pullara (1974-77) is the superintendent of Yankee Stadium.  He oversaw stadium operations during the transition from the old stadium to the new facility in 2009.

The Harold Wilkes Award was established to recognize a volunteer, coach, staff member or University administrator who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in furthering the Vision of Chattanooga Athletics – to achieve excellence.  Dale Rutemeyer has been volunteering his services as the unofficial staff photographer for over six years.  His countless hours of work on the sidelines helped UTC publications win a number of national awards, as well as record traffic on GoMocs.com.

Mocs Top 3.0 GPA For the Second Time

February 3rd, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Sports Highlights

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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Athletics Department keeps moving in the right direction based on the academic news released by the program today.  Student-athletes at UTC scored a 3.04 grade-point-average and 12 sports had over a 3.0 team g.p.a. during the recently completed 2014 fall semester.

This is the second time the Mocs have posted a 3.0 semester g.p.a., following the school-record 3.07 g.p.a. in the spring.  UTC’s 3.04 is the best mark for a fall semester while the 12 teams with a 3.0 equal a record for the third consecutive term.

“Our student-athletes have an outstanding reputation of achieving success in classroom, in competition and in the community,” stated UTC Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics David Blackburn.  “This is our second-straight semester with a 3.0 and it is a tremendous accomplishment by our student-athletes, coaches, support staff and University administration.”

Of the 296 student-athletes enrolled at UTC in the fall, a school record 139 (47%) made the Dean’s List with a 3.2 or better g.p.a.  A total of 171 made the Athletics Director’s Honor Roll, meaning 58% of all Mocs made at least a 3.0.  It is the 11th semester in a row at least half of the student-athletes at UTC scored a 3.0.  Chattanooga also had a school-record 41 make a perfect 4.0 g.p.a.

The men’s cross country team led all programs with a 3.692 g.p.a.  That was slightly higher than the 3.691 posted by the women’s track & field/cross country squad.  The women’s cross country team had a program record 16 on the A.D. Honor Roll and the Dean’s List, while extending its streak to eight-straight terms with at least a 3.5 g.p.a.

The Southern Conference Champion football team had a program record 24 on the Dean’s List.  Men’s tennis set a new mark with eight on the Dean’s List while volleyball upped its high to 16 on the A.D. Honor Roll.  The men’s basketball team had a program best 2.66 team g.p.a., marking its second semester in a row with a team record.  Four on the Dean’s List was also a program record.

“There were a lot of positives to build on from the fall semester,” added Blackburn.  “Our football team reached new heights, volleyball is improving and there is a lot of excitement around our winter sports.  Our work in the classroom reinforces my belief that our student-athletes are representing our University in an exemplary fashion, and I could not be more proud of them and their accomplishments.”

Academic Notes
– 3.04 overall g.p.a. … second term with a 3.0+ GPA … highest fall g.p.a.
– School record 139 on the Dean’s List with a 3.2 g.p.a.
– 170 on the Athletics Director’s Honor Roll … 57% of all student-athletes … 11th straight semester with over half of all Mocs at a 3.0 or better.
– 41 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 third straight term.
– Men’s basketball had a program best 2.66 team g.p.a. … second straight term with a team record g.p.a. … program record four on the Dean’s List.
– The SoCon Champion Football team had a program record 24 on the Dean’s List.
– Men’s tennis had a program record eight on the Dean’s List.
– Women’s cross country had a program record 16 on the A.D. Honor Roll and the Dean’s List … eight-straight terms with at least a 3.5 g.p.a.
– Volleyball set a program record with 16 on the A.D. Honor Roll.

Student-Athletes With a 4.0 Semester GPA – 41 (School Record)
Eric Robertson – Men’s Basketball
Destiny Bramblett – Women’s Basketball
Kayla Freeman – Women’s Basketball
Alicia Payne – Women’s Basketball
Oluwatosin Ayotunde – Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Austin Casassa – Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
John Gilpin – Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Matthew Marshall – Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Patrick O’Brien – Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Harry Smithers – Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Drake Watson – Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Alysia Bright – Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Joanna Elmore – Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Madalyn Garland – Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Helenka Kis – Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Maddison Melchionna – Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Keeley Stewart – Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Nick Pollard – Football
Wes Gosselin – Men’s Golf
Stuart Thomas – Men’s Golf
Isabella Loza – Women’s Golf
Megan Woods – Women’s Golf
Skylar Brewer – Soccer
Hailey Callis – Soccer
Hannah Dunn – Soccer
Clare Latham – Soccer
Lauren Thomas – Soccer
Anyssa Robles – Softball
Michael Birnbaum – Men’s Tennis
Gino Delavalle – Men’s Tennis
Kaylene Chadwell – Women’s Tennis
Alison Storie – Women’s Tennis
Sarah Batterton – Volleyball
Catherine Chason – Volleyball
Lauren Gainer – Volleyball
Caroline Hildebrand – Volleyball
Nicole Sumida – Volleyball
Levi Clemons – Wrestling
John Lampe – Wrestling
Bryson Popp – Wrestling
John Shrader – Wrestling

Programs With a 3.0+ Team GPA – 12 (Ties a School Record)
Men’s Cross Country – 3.69
Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country – 3.69
Women’s Cross Country – 3.68
Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country – 3.56
Volleyball – 3.48
Women’s Golf – 3.46
Men’s Tennis – 3.38
Soccer – 3.28
Men’s Golf – 3.19
Women’s Tennis – 3.14
Women’s Basketball – 3.09
Softball – 3.06

Dean’s List (137) – School Record
Men’s Basketball (4) – Program Record
K.J. Bates, Casey Jones, Eric Robertson, Ronrico White.

Women’s Basketball (8)
Queen Alford, Destiny Bramblett, Ansley Chilton, Kayla Freeman, Jasmine Joyner, Anna Noblit, Alicia Payne, Ka’Vonne Towns.

Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field (14)
Oluwatosin Ayotunde, Marquis Carter, Austin Casassa, Zachary Darby, Austin Ethridge, John C. Gilpin, Trevor Janssen, Matthew Marshall, Geoffrey Nelson, Jacob Noorbergen, Patrick O’Brien, Harry Smithers, Paul Stuart, Drake Watson.

Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field (16)
Alysia Bright, Hannah Chamblin, Amanda Cotter, Makala Diggs, Emily Drouin, Joanna Elmore, Madalyn Garland, Rebecca Greenwall, Teghan Henderson, Kianna Howard, Helenka Kis, Maddison Melchionna, Katherine Ray, Jasmine Snell, Keeley Stewart, Jessica York.

Football (24) – Program Record
Cody Bennett, Ryan Bossung, Josh Butler, Derrick Craine, Tanner Dillard, Taylor Dodds, Alex Hooper, Jacob Huesman, Casey Hybarger, Trevor Jachimowicz, Kevin Niethammer, Emory Norred, Branden Parker, Nick Pollard, Oscar Prado, Zack Rayl, Devin Scates, Jerkerious Scott, Faysal Shafaat, Will Sharpton, Nikolay Timoshchuk, Hunter Townson, Eduardo Trevino, Muhasibi Wakeel.

Men’s Golf (4)
Wes Gosselin, Ewan Scott, Stuart Thomas, Kory Webb.

Women’s Golf (5)
Sarah Dolmovich, Isabella Loza, Emily McLennan, DeeDee Russell, Megan Woods.

Soccer (16)
Hailey Callis, Kelly Crew, Hannah Dunn, Sarah Ghale, McKenzie Gregg, Brandy Herrera, Samantha Hogan, Clare Latham, Taylor Mangrum, Taylor Pannell, Loryn Queen, Ashley Simmons, Allie Sullivan, Lauren Thomas, Alanna Warrick, Courtney Williams.

Softball (8)
Savannah Goldsmith, Katie Henderson, Nicole Osterman, Kailey Palazzolo, Sarah Beth Roberts, Anyssa Robles, Alyssa Taylor, Sam Taylor.

Men’s Tennis (8) – Program Record
Michael Birnbaum, Gino Delavalle, Pavels Grigorjevs, John Peacey, Lucas Plesky, Luke Saunders, Jorge Varon, Nick Wingord.

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

Wrestling (14)
Payton Demos, Sean Boyle, Levi Clemons, Clay Dent, Radley Gillis, Austin Gould, Jared Johnson, John Lampe, Kevin Malone, Jacob Murphy, Bryson Popp, John Shrader, Nick Soto, Barrett Walthall.

Volleyball (11)
Julimar Alvarado, Anne Bachmann, Sarah Batterton, Catherine Chason, Lauren Gainer, Brianna Guzinski, Caroline Hildebrand, Madison Marshall, Emily Morrison, Briana Reid, Nicole Sumida.

Athletics Director’s Honor Roll (171)
Men’s Basketball (6)

Martynas Bareika, K.J. Bates, Alex Bran, Casey Jones, Eric Robertson, Ronrico White.

Women’s Basketball (9)
Queen Alford, Destiny Bramblett, Ansley Chilton, Kayla Freeman, Jasmine Joyner, Anna Noblit, Alicia Payne, Ka’Vonne Towns, Sydney Vanlandingham.

Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field (14)
Oluwatosin Ayotunde, Marquis Carter, Austin Casassa, Zachary Darby, Austin Ethridge, John C. Gilpin, Trevor Janssen, Matthew Marshall, Geoffrey Nelson, Jacob Noorbergen, Patrick O’Brien, Harry Smithers, Paul Stuart, Drake Watson.

Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field (16)
Alysia Bright, Hannah Chamblin, Amanda Cotter, Makala Diggs, Emily Drouin, Joanna Elmore, Madalyn Garland, Rebecca Greenwall, Teghan Henderson, Kianna Howard, Helenka Kis, Maddison Melchionna, Katherine Ray, Jasmine Snell, Keeley Stewart, Jessica York.

Football (31)
Cody Bennett, Ryan Bossung, Josh Butler, Derrick Craine, Tanner Dillard, Taylor Dodds, Gage Frady, Marquis Green, Alex Hooper, Jacob Huesman, Casey Hybarger, Trevor Jachimowicz, Kevin Niethammer, Emory Norred, Montrell Pardue, Branden Parker, Nick Pollard, Oscar Prado, Zack Rayl, Jacob Revis, Devin Scates, Jerkerious Scott, Faysal Shafaat, Will Sharpton, Beau Simmons, Nikolay Timoshchuk, Hunter Townson, Eduardo Trevino, Davis Tull, Muhasibi Wakeel, Cam Walker.

Men’s Golf (5)
Wes Gosselin, Liam Johnston, Ewan Scott, Stuart Thomas, Kory Webb.

Women’s Golf (6)
Sarah Dolmovich, Isabella Loza, Emily McLennan, DeeDee Russell, Agathe Sauzon, Megan Woods.

Softball (12)
Taylor Deason, Courtney Ervin, Jenny Garcia, Savannah Goldsmith, Katie Henderson, Nicole Osterman, Kailey Palazzolo, Sarah Beth Roberts, Anyssa Robles, Amanda Ross, Alyssa Taylor, Sam Taylor.

Soccer (20)
Kat Andrews, Skylar Brewer, Hailey Callis, Kelly Crew, Hannah Dunn, Sarah Ghale, McKenzie Gregg, Brandy Herrera, Samantha Hogan, Clare Latham, Taylor Mangrum, Emily Moseley, Amanda Ortiz, Taylor Pannell, Loryn Queen, Ashley Simmons, Allie Sullivan, Lauren Thomas, Alanna Warrick, Courtney Williams.

Men’s Tennis (9)
Michael Birnbaum, Gino Delavalle, Pavels Grigorjevs, John Peacey, Lucas Plesky, Luke Saunders, Jorge Varon, Nic Wilson, Nick Wingord.

Women’s Tennis (6)
Samantha Caswell, Claire Mulyadi, Kayla Jones, Kaylene Chadwell, Katie Polk, Alison Storie.

Wrestling (17)
Payton Demos, Scottie Boykin, Sean Boyle, Levi Clemons, Jordan Davis, Clay Dent, Radley Gillis, Austin Gould, Shawn Greevy, Jared Johnson, John Lampe, Kevin Malone, Jacob Murphy, Bryson Popp, John Shrader, Nick Soto, Barrett Walthall.

Volleyball (16) – Program Record
Julimar Alvarado, Anne Bachmann, Sarah Batterton, Catherine Chason, Allie Davenport, Lauren Gainer, Melissa Green, Lauren Greenspoon, Brianna Guzinski, Caroline Hildebrand, Madison Marshall, Emily Morrison, Briana Reid, Nicole Sumida, Kasey Talley, Kristy Wieser.

C Club Weekend a Smash Hit

October 24th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Alumni News
C Club

The Chattanooga Mocs decided to re-kindle the “C Club” and if the initial effort is any indication, it is a good thing we did.

“It was great to get to meet so many of our former student-athletes,” Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics David Blackburn said. “One thing I noticed in my first year on the job was that not having a letter winner club was a glaring disconnect. It’s important to keep that tie strong throughout life, not just during the four to five years of their college attendance.”

The Friday reception drew around 100 attendees. There were 200 able to join us at the C Club tailgate for the football team’s exciting 38-24 win over Samford. Speakers at the reception included Blackburn, Chancellor Dr. Steve Angle and current University of Tennessee Alumni Association president and former Moc Tom Losh. Click here to see the photo album from the weekend events.

The C Club currently boasts more than 300 members in still the infant stages of development. Of the 200-plus who made it to campus this past weekend, graduation years spanned seven decades from 1950 to 2014.

If you are a former student-athlete, it is not too late to sign up. Just go here on GoMocs.com to join.

 

Question and Answer with Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete, Greg Pryor

October 24th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Cover Story

1. Why did you choose UTC?

I chose to attend UTC because of my coach, Will Wade.

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

The most memorable moment so far has to be my first game as a Moc. It was the first time I was able to see all of those who support our program.


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

I really enjoy spending time with my teammates outside of the gym. Normally, we go out to eat a lot of the time.


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

I have the desire to someday become a chef.


5. Do you have any pre-competition rituals?

I normally pray and listen to music. I normally listen to my favorite rapper, Yo Gotti.


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

This opportunity to be a student-athlete has allowed me to meet so many people and make new friends who I would have not have ever met if it was not for UTC.


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

My favorite restaurant to eat is Ichiban Japanese Steak House.


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

The one individual who has had the biggest impact on me during my time at UTC is my teammate Rico White.


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

Denis Price Jr. I would like to tell him about college and how much everyone misses him.

Staff Spotlight – Scott Altizer

October 24th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in UTC Athletics Staff

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Scott Altizer
Senior Associate Athletic Director for International Operations

1. Having recently been named the Senior Associate Athletic Director for International Operations, please tell us about what you were doing previously.

I was the Director of Football Relations at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. My role there dealt mostly with the NCAA Eligibility Center, the admissions office, and the travel and logistical plans for recruiting student-athletes during the contact periods.


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

I spent nearly 16 years working closely with David Blackburn. He is the best at what he does in the business. When he called, I couldn’t wait to throw my name in the ring with the possibility of working with him again. I also saw it as the next evolution of my career. I had taken my previous role about as far as a person could take it, and the timing worked out for me. I visited the city and was blown away with the community and potential of this University’s Athletic Department.


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

It certainly keeps you young. I enjoy seeing student-athletes come in as these wide-eyed and un-molded young adults and watching them grow into confident and contributing citizens. When they come back to campus after being out in the “real world” following graduation and tell you , “man, you guys were exactly right”, it feels like you have prepared them for some of the things they will encounter in life.


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

I enjoy playing golf and finding live music around town. Most of my interests center around my two young girls. Their social calendars are beginning to increase, so dance recitals and soccer practice is becoming more of my cup of tea.


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

People laugh when I try to explain it, but I haven’t felt crowded here. The city has a great pace to it and while places are always full, there never seems to be a crowd. I’m sure it can get that way, but I’ve been avoiding it so far. Great restaurants as well.


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

Because I don’t want to go all philosophical on you I will say Elvis. As to why, who wouldn’t want to have dinner with Elvis. You could see if the circus was really for real!


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

I’m going to cheat a bit here and tell you two places. Either Hilton Head Island at Sea Pines Plantation on the porch of a beach house with my family, or, and this is way less exciting, but the farm I grew up on in Morristown, TN. Everything makes a little more sense when I am there. It’s a great place to get your hands in the dirt and figure it all out. Real adventurous I know.

Get to Know CJ Recher

October 24th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Mocs Club Members

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CJ Recher

Occupation: Senior Marketing Manager @ Five Star Food Service

City of Residence: Hixson, TN

Alma Mater: UTC (’06 & ’08)

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

In short, UTC is my alma mater, college athletics is my passion, and I believe giving is a necessity. Digging a bit deeper, during my six years as a student at UTC, I became emotionally invested in the success of the UTC athletics programs. There have been many ups (big wins, championships, etc.) and certainly some downs (disappointing seasons, heart breaking losses, etc.). After graduation, I found myself distanced and disconnected a bit from the university, which I feel happens quite often to young alumni. I felt a need to somehow reconnect with UTC. To be honest, I had heard of the Mocs Club, but wasn’t sure what exactly it was all about and what being a member meant. Once I learned the true benefits that the Mocs Club provides to UTC Athletics and the student-athletes, I decided it was time to become financially invested in the success of the athletics programs and give back to my alma mater.

2. How long have you been following UTC Athletics?

About 15 years, my older sister, Gina Recher (now Rouse), was an all-conference track and cross country runner at UTC beginning her career in 1998.

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

There are so many to choose from. The 2004-05 Men’s Basketball SoCon Tournament Championship win over Davidson at home was great! The Lady Mocs win over Lady Vols was pretty special as well. However, probably my favorite memory is the last second 38-yard FG Esteban Lopez made to beat Georgia Southern in 2006 snapping a 9-year losing streak. The student section rushed the field and dogpiled the team at the 50-yard line, and somehow I ended up on the front page of the sports section on top of the pile.

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

Anything outdoors and/or on the water. Running, Hiking, Camping, Sailing, Kayaking, Fishing, etc.

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

Another very tough question… So many amazing choices. I’d have to go with Porter’s Steakhouse. Filet Mignon w/ Asparagus Béarnaise and Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes.

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

There are so many reasons, but I think the biggest is mentioned in my answer to the first question, it seems most young alumni get disconnected from the university after graduation and finding a way to reconnect can be tough. If Mocs athletics is a passion of theirs, the Mocs Club is really the best way to reconnect with and support the university. On a side note, another potential side benefit is access to the network of people involved with the Mocs Club. Many of Chattanooga’s most influential people are involved with and support the Mocs Club. It could certainly be beneficial for young alums looking for their first career move or maybe career advancement.

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

Either of my grandfathers. I never met either of them. I would love to hear their stories.