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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Know Mocs Club Members

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

GoMocs.com is the official website of the Chattanooga Mocs.  The Mocs can also be followed on their official Facebook page or on Twitter.  Find out how to join the UTC Mocs Club and support more than 300 student-athletes by clicking here.

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.

Mocs Club Introduces New Events Surrounding Football

September 12th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in Sports Highlights

The UTC Mocs Club will be hosting a monthly Coaches Luncheon. The next event will be held at the SpringHill Suites located downtown at 495 Riverfront Pkwy.  Chattanooga football head coach Russ Huesman will give UTC Mocs Club members an exclusive look at game film and a sneak peak at how the Mocs are preparing for their upcoming showdown against Georgia Southern that weekend.

Who: UTC Mocs Club Members
When: September 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Springhill Suites – Tennessee Room – 495 Riverfront Pkwy (Downtown)

Cost of the event is $15, which includes lunch. RSVP to Ryan Lowe at ryan-lowe@utc.edu or (423) 425-5866.

Coaches Luncheon Fall Schedule
August 29 – 11:30 a.m.
September 26 – 11:30 a.m.
October 31 – 11:30 a.m.

The UTC Mocs Club will also host a pregame tailgate party prior to each home contest this season.  Festivities begin two hours before every kickoff of the 2013 season. The UTC Mocs Club tailgate is located in the First Tennessee Pavilion, and is the first spot on the left as you walk in from Finley Stadium.

Cost to attend the tailgate is $10 for UTC Mocs Club members and $15 for guests. The tailgate will include Budweiser and Coke products, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and T.V.’s to view other college football action from around the country.  Pay at the door or RSVP to Ryan Lowe at ryan-lowe@utc.edu or (423)425-5866.

Know Your Mocs Club Member Dave Uren

September 12th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in Mocs Club Members

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Occupation: CPA Retired/Former Senior V.P. & CFO of Gerber Childrenswear, Inc.
City of residence: Hixson, TN
Alma mater: University of Chattanooga ‘67

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

Supporting student athletics at my alma mater is one way to give back to the community and the university.  It’s important to me to help future generations of students live their dream of participating in sports while earning a college degree.

2. How long have you been following UTC athletics?

I have followed Mocs athletics since before becoming a college student at UC myself.  My father was a commercial general contractor, and he would work UC football players in the summer.  I met one such former football player a couple of years ago in the stands at Finley Stadium.  We had never met before, but he said I was the spitting image of my father.  He told me he might not have got his college degree were it not for working for my father in the summer.

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

My most favorite memory of being a Mocs fan was being in the stands at Neyland Stadium during my junior year at UC when the Tennessee Vols edged out the Mocs 10-6.  I was married and I told my wife that she might have to bail me out of jail if the Mocs won the game.  The Mocs had the ball on the Tennessee 30 yard line very late in the game when the Knoxville police moved a paddy wagon into the open end of the horseshoe stadium.  The police no doubt remembered when the Mocs beat UT in 1958.

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

I’ve been an avid outdoorsman.  For several years, I enjoyed living my own version of Thoreau’s Walden at a recreational log home I built on a wooded lake lot near Knoxville while working outside the State of Tennessee.  After retiring and returning to Chattanooga, I have been a volunteer counselor at SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives, to small
business.  I am also involved in my church and I teach Sunday school on a rotation basis.

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

My favorite place to eat in Chattanooga is Mt. Vernon Restaurant, and I usually go for one of their excellent seafood entrees and great Southern vegs.

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

By becoming an active Mocs Club supporter, you stay connected to UTC and you will experience great camaraderie of fellow athletic supporters and sports enthusiasts.

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

I would love to have dinner with the Son of our Creator and ask Him many questions, but this will have to wait until there is a new earth and a new heaven.

Get to know Rob Robinson

September 12th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in UTC Athletics Staff

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Know Your UTC Athletics Staff…

Name:                          Rob Robinson
Job Title:                      Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance
Hometown:                 Chattanooga, TN
Alma mater(s):           University of Tennessee

1. What most excites you about returning to Chattanooga to work at UTC?

I couldn’t be more excited to return to Chattanooga to work at UTC. David Blackburn and Laura Herron are two athletic administrators for whom I have a lot of respect for and the opportunity to learn from them is very special. Ben Messerli is someone about whom I had heard wonderful things about from others in collegiate athletics and I knew working alongside him would be a great fit. Overall, the entire UTC community, from the athletics staff, coaches, student-athletes and faculty, have been very welcoming and supportive. It is truly an honor to work at UTC and the opportunity to return home to the Mocs family is very special to me.

2. As Assistant A.D. for Compliance for UTC Athletics, describe a typical day around your office.

One of the great aspects of working in collegiate athletics is that no two days are the same. Overall, Ben and I are focused on supporting our student-athletes and coaches in their pursuit for comprehensive excellence while also furthering the educational mission and core values of the university.

3. What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

The most rewarding aspect of my job is helping the young men and women that I come in contact with be successful. My favorite day of the year is seeing our student-athletes who have worked so hard and represented the university in a first-class manner walk across the stage at graduation to receive their diplomas. Any role that I can play, whether it be big or small, that contributes to that special moment occurring is what drives me every day. Plus, working alongside the talented and selfless individuals within the athletics department and on campus makes my job very enjoyable. Overall, I am very thankful for the opportunity to join the Mocs family and I am excited for all the great moments that lie ahead.

4. What is the most memorable collegiate athletics game you have witnessed in person?

Growing up, my dad and I really enjoyed going to UTC men’s basketball games. Gary Robb, Wes Moore and Johnny Taylor were my favorite players. Several great games stand out and obviously the Sweet 16 run in 1997 was special but my fondest memories were sitting next to my dad as a young kid with a foam finger on one hand and popcorn in the other and cheering on the Mocs. Every one of those games, win or lose, will always be very special to me.

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

As a Chattanooga native, I enjoy getting involved in the community as much as possible. I am a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters and a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House. Any free time left over usually revolves around being with my friends and family, running with my Labrador Retriever (Murphy) and trying to land a trout on a fly rod.

6. If you could have dinner with any person, living or deceased, who would it be and why?

My two grandfathers. I was fortunate to spend my childhood around one but the other passed away before I was born. Based upon my own personal experiences and from the stories that I have heard about them from others, they have certainly made a tremendous impact on my life and it would be great to spend some time with them and thank them for setting such a wonderful example for me to follow.

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

I spent the summer after my freshman year of college studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain. Overall, I had a great experience but it only gave me a deeper appreciation for how fortunate I am to call Chattanooga home!

Mocs Wrestling Season Preview

September 12th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in Sports Highlights

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University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling head coach Heath Eslinger announced the Mocs 2013-14 schedule today.  UTC has six home dates that include six dual matches and the prestigious Southern Scuffle, presented by Defense Soap and Flip Audio.

The Mocs open the season with the Blue & Gold Match at the First Tennessee Pavilion.  This is the second year in a row the wrestling team will take its exhibition to the Mocs football tailgate party.  Action begins at 11:30 a.m. as a part of the pregame festivities for UTC’s 2:00 p.m. football game against The Citadel.

The regular season kicks off on Friday, Nov. 8, when Chattanooga hosts Cumberland and Wisconsin.  After a Nov. 8 trip to the Hokie Open, the Mocs return home to host Life and Shorter in Maclellan on Nov. 16.  UTC closes out a busy opening month with a Nov. 23 trip to the Navy Classic in Annapolis, Md.

Chattanooga faces Purdue in a neutral match on Dec. 15 in Atlanta, Ga., before kicking off Southern Conference action at home against Gardner-Webb on Dec. 16. The Mocs close out the calendar year with a trip out west that includes a Dec. 20 match at Stanford and the Reno (Nev.) Tournament of Champions on Dec. 22.

Chattanooga will ring in the new year with the 2014 Southern Scuffle.  This is the third edition of this event in the Scenic City.  The Southern Scuffle has grown into the premier in-season tournament in college wrestling.  A full list of teams and participants for the Scuffle will be announced in the coming weeks.

UTC is back on the road at the Virginia Duals on Jan. 10-11, followed by SoCon trips to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (1/19) and The Citadel (1/22).  The final home match of the season is Feb. 2 against Appalachian State.

The Mocs close out the regular season at Campbell (2/8), at Davidson (2/9) and at VMI (2/23).  UTC will also take part in the NWCA National Duals in Columbus, Ohio, on Feb. 16.

The Southern Conference Tournament is set for March 8 and the NCAA Championships are March 20-22 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

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