A Sit Down with Laura Herron

December 19th, 2012 Posted in Sit Down

Laura Herron is in her 19th year working in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Athletics Department and has served the University in a variety of capacities during her tenure. She is currently the Interim Director of Athletics.

Herron was the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Administration and served as the Mocs’ Senior Woman Administrator. She plans to return to this position once the new Director of Athletics is in place.

Herron has oversight and supervision of the UTC compliance office staff, serves as sport administrator for five sports and oversees student-athlete welfare. She is the director of gameday operations for volleyball, women’s basketball and softball and has served as Tournament Director for several NCAA and Southern Conference postseason events.

1. Having worked 19 years for the University, what has been the most rewarding
    aspect of your job?
I have enjoyed seeing the transformation of the Athletic Department in to a business-minded profession that places the welfare of the student-athlete as our top priority. I have also enjoyed seeing the growth and progression of women’s sports. However, the most rewarding aspect of my tenure at UTC has been the ability to work closely with the student-athletes and support so many of them fulfill their dreams in the classroom and the field of competition.

2. What has been your favorite memory or memories in working with UTC
    Athletics?
I have had the pleasure to witness many great victories over the past 19 years but the Lady Mocs basketball team’s victory over the Lady Vols in front of 9,000+ fans stands out as my favorite.

3. What are some of your interests outside of UTC Athletics?
I have a large family and spend most of my free time being Super Aunt to my nine nieces and nephews. I also enjoy going to the movies and working on home improvement projects.

4. Where is your favorite place to eat in Chattanooga?
My favorite place to eat in the whole world is in Rising Fawn, GA at my parent’s house—there is   nothing better than your mama’s cooking.  After that, Big River Grill has been a favorite of late.

5. If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be and why?
I would want to have dinner with my grandmother, Edna Heatherly, who passed away the year I graduated from high school. I remember her as a strong, feisty woman and think that she could give some wonderful advice.

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