Know Mocs Club Members
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.