C Club Weekend a Smash Hit

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

Where Are They Now with Dr. Charles Mitchell

October 24th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Where Are They Now?

Dr. Charles Mitchell

Dr. Charles Mitchell

Sport Participation: Football/Wrestling/Undergraduate Defensive Line Coach

Graduation Year: 2002

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

I earned my master’s degree (2005), EDS degree (2007), and Doctorate degree (2010). I have also taught social studies at Lakeview middle, coached the defensive line at LFO High School (2003-2006), taught social studies, defensive line coach and head wrestling coach at Dalton high (2006-2011). Currently, I am the Assistant Principal Hamilton County Schools Hixson High/Brainerd High. Outside of my career, I have been very involved with the local community, including the UTC Alumni Board of Directors, Principal Leadership Academy, Outreach Coordinator for the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church. I am currently married to Erin Mitchell and we have five children Gavin, Kambria, Annaston, Hallie, and Haidyn

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

I want to help give back to UTC and the athletic department that gave me a foundation of success that I continue to build on.

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

Being named Dayle May award winner for the male senior athlete with the highest G.P.A. I also received the team award for our football win vs VMI.

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

Being a student-athlete at UTC taught me delayed gratification and to work for my long and short term goals to be a contributing member of society.

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

Several people had a large impact on myself while at UTC. Included in this group were James Buddy Green (head football coach), Ralph Manning (Academic advisor), Molly Kortarski (Academic advisor), Mary Tinkler (Academic Advisor), Adam Wingarden (football teammate), and Dr. Bibler and Dr. Rutledge (College of Education). They all gave me wisdom and insights on life.

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

To work hard and make the most of every opportunity in life and never give up when you face adversity. Take stumbling blocks and make them building blocks to your road map for success. I was homeless at the age of five and stayed across the street from UTC at the Salvation Army Women and Children’s Shelter. Before I entered UTC I made a 14, 15 and 17 on the ACT and just barely made it in. When I left UTC I was one of the top students.

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

Work out, enjoy the outdoors, meet new friends, and motivate people to be the best that they could be.

Question and Answer with All-American, Davis Tull

August 28th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Cover Story

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1. Why did you choose UTC?

UTC offered me what I wanted athletically and academically.

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

Meet the mocs last year when a group of three of us all grew out mustaches so the fans could “meet the men behind the mustaches”.


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

Eat. I like to try new food and experiment with old food. I like a lot of food and appreciate anything that taste good.


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

I used to skateboard before football.


5. Do you have any pre-competition rituals?

I’ve worn the same socks for two years if that counts.


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

It put a strain on my studies my first semester but once I became used to being a student-athlete it was easier and opened up a lot of doors for me by creating relationships with people I would have otherwise probably never met.


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

Wally’s


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

My first touchdown catch my freshman year of high school.


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

Vern West

Brent McMillian

August 28th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in UTC Athletics Staff

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Brent McMillian
Director of Ticketing

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

Before being named the Director of Ticketing last year, I served as the Assistant Director for a year. Prior to that, I was working and going to grad school at Old Dominion University, working as a GA in their Athletic Department.


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

I was originally born in Chattanooga, and have some ties to the area. I was looking to get back to the South, and was thrilled to see the UTC job come open to get closer to family.


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

I would say being able to come to work every day and doing something that I love. I knew I wanted to work in sports, and college athletics provides the opportunity to work with multiple sports year-round instead of being faced with the same task day-in and day-out.


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

I will watch just about any college football game at any time. I love the sport and the passionate fan bases. I also enjoy relaxing on my off weekends at the house. There’s nothing better than grilling a few steaks on a lazy Saturday afternoon with the family.


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

I love how Chattanooga has big city conveniences with a small town feel. My wife and I used to live in the North Shore district and I love taking walks across the Walnut Street Bridge. The restaurants are amazing. Some of my favorite spots are Tremont Tavern, River Street Deli and Brewhaus , and I look forward to trying out even more places.


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

I would have to say my wife- it’s not easy to break away and have dinner with just the two of us with a 2 year-old always by our side.


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

Scotland

Get to Know Tyler Spry

August 28th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Mocs Club Members

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Tyler Spry

Occupation: Financial Advisor

City of Residence: Chattanooga

Alma Mater: UTC

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

After following athletics throughout my time at UTC, getting involved with the Mocs Club was a very natural transition for me. I was excited to have an opportunity to be involved and give back.

2. How long have you been following UTC Athletics?

Since my junior year in high school, when I attended my first UTC basketball camp.

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

There are many great memories, but my favorite was probably when the UT Vols came to the Roundhouse in 2007. The students waited in line for hours and we broke attendance records. Although we came up a bit short at the end, it was an amazing atmosphere and showed me the potential for Chattanooga basketball.

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

I probably have too many hobbies to mention, but some of my favorites would be golf, woodworking, tailgating, and enjoying the outdoor activities that Chattanooga has to offer.

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

Those close to me know that I am quite the homebody, so I would have to say that my favorite meal would be grilled chicken and vegetables on my back deck with friends.

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

We are lucky to live in such a great city and have an opportunity to support such a great school and athletics program. UTC Athletics has so much potential! With a little extra support from the community, I firmly believe that we could be a national powerhouse for mid-major athletics. The Mocs Club is also a great way to meet new people, get access to the best season tickets, and find out what happens behind the scenes.

Where Are They Now with Brian Millican…

August 28th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Alumni News

Brian Millican

Sport Participation: Men’s Golf
Graduation Year:1991

What have you been up to since graduating from UTC?

I was in the transportation industry for 23 years but recently joined Derkel Chemical in sales. We specialize in water treatment chemicals.

Why did you decide to join the C Club?

Some of my best friends were fellow athletes at UTC and the C Club seemed like a great way to reconnect with them.

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

My most memorable moment was meeting Allyson Feagans, my future wife at UTC.  Sports wise, there was a few.  Being part of the first Southern Conference Championship golf team in 1987 was awesome then being named to the All Southern Conference team in 1989 was pretty special.

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

My Chattanooga education has opened many doors for me in my career.  It has offered a great network of contacts and opportunities.

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

I would have to say that Coach Reed Sanderlin had the biggest impact on me.

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

I would tell the current student-athletes to study areas that genuinely excite them.  I don’t know who said it but it is very true. “If you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life!”

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

I loved watching the other sports play.  I was a regular at football and basketball games.  I was also very involved with Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

Mocs Launch C Club for Former Letterwinners

August 28th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Mocs Club Members

LogoThe University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Athletics Department, in conjunction with the Mocs Club, is introducing an initiative to reconnect with former student-athletes, cheerleaders, managers, trainers and coaches. The C Club is formally launching today with the purpose of promoting lifelong bonds and friendships among its members and UTC Athletics.

All former Mocs invested immeasurable time and energy into building a tradition of success in the classroom, in competition and in the community, at UTC. Members of the C Club will continue to serve as ambassadors for Mocs Athletics, while strengthening their relationships with their alma mater.

“Reestablishing a letterwinner’s club was something I felt was very important,” stated UTC Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics David Blackburn. “Strong bonds are formed during competition and this is a way for us to foster those relationships long after graduation. I look forward to watching the C Club grow into an involved group of former Mocs.”

Initial membership into the C Club is free for all former letterwinners for the first year. To sign up for the C Club, click here or the link at the top of the page. If you are a former Moc, be sure to share this link on social media and let as many of your teammates know about this new organization.

Benefits of the C Club include everything that comes with a Mocs Club membership at the Starter Level. Other perks include invitations to semiannual events held throughout the year, the opportunity to network with former student-athletes and members of the UTC Athletics family and periodic e-newsletters and updates from Director of the C Club.

For any questions on the C Club, please contact Mocs Club Assistant Director Joe Levine at (423) – 425-4233 or joseph-levine@utc.edu.