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?

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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.

Staff Spotlight

June 4th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in UTC Athletics Staff

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Geoff Wilcox
Marketing Director

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

I have held two positions within the UTC athletics department prior to becoming the Director of Marketing. I was the Assistant Director of Ticket Operations and the Director of Ticket Operations. I managed all ticket operations for UTC athletics (single, season, and flex) and events at the McKenzie Arena.


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

I didn’t pursue a career within UTC athletics specifically but pursued a career within collegiate athletics and was fortunate enough to be giving the opportunity to work here. I always tell co-workers and fans I lucked out by moving to Chattanooga, I love the city.


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

I love the passion and competition within this industry. The people who work in this industry typically have a sports and/or competitive background and that is something I feed off of.


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

I spend my free time with my wife, Lisa, and daughter, Genevieve. I love being outdoors hiking, biking, camping, etc. Church is also a big portion of my life and I try to get involved any way I can there as well. With all my family in New England and spending most of my life there, when I’m not cheering on the Mocs I’m rooting for the Red Sox.


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

Winters aren’t as bad as in New England, so not having snow on the ground four or five months out of the year isn’t a bad thing. My favorite part of the City of Chattanooga is the family focus and outdoor opportunities. There’s always family friendly events going on and the opportunity to get outside and do something is always there.


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

Vince Lombardi. Just admired how he was successful within each of, what he called, the three most important aspects of his life: faith, family, and work.


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

I’m going to make the assumption that my wife and daughter will be able to join me, but I would be at a lake house on Lake Winnipesaukee, surrounded by the White Mountains in New Hampshire. I grew up going to that lake with my family and nothing beats it in my opinion.

Ask the Donor – Get to Know Pam Henry

June 4th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Mocs Club Members

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Pam Henry

Occupation: Cyber Security Business Analyst, TVA

City of Residence: Chattanooga

Alma Mater: UTC, ‘99

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

My husband, Sam, and I joined years ago because of the sheer fun of being a Mocs fan.  We have come to appreciate over the years how important financial support from alums and others in the community is to improving the quality of UTC’s sports, including the experiences of the student athletes as well as the fans.

2. How long have you been following UTC Athletics?

Since Sam and I were married students in 1970. As soon as we started our careers, we bought men’s basketball and football season tickets.  We have enjoyed them every year since and have added season tickets for other UTC sports as well.

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

Being on the Mocs Club bus trip to see the Mocs beat Georgia and Illinois to advance to the 1997 NCAA Sweet 16.  A bonus was the next day when I bought the USA Today with Johnny Taylor’s picture on the front page.  We still have it.

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

Nothing tops being Grammy to 6th grader Eliza and Blake, a rising junior at UTC.   I enjoy playing hand bells at and being involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  Also, my husband and I own Scrappy Sam’s, a seasonal shop in Northgate dedicated to selling UTC-branded items.

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

It’s a toss-up between Foodworks and Tony’s.

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

It doesn’t take long for college friendships to be replaced with the busy-ness of life. UTC athletic events are great places to keep in touch. We probably would not have had the student experience that we did had not been for donors of all levels supporting the programs. The Mocs Club is a community investment worthy of getting a little payback from alumni and fans.  Athletics has been called the front porch of the university. The Mocs Club builds the steps leading to that front porch.

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

I would enjoy having dinner with Pulitzer Prize-winner Doris Kearns Goodwin because she has a gift for making political history so much more than textbook.  However, if I could somehow have dinner with someone who is no longer with us, I would most want to have dinner with my dad, Glen Frederick, because I would so love to hear his stories and enjoy his teasing one more time.

Question and Answer with Cross Country All-American, Teghan Henderson

June 4th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Player Spotlight

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1. Why did you choose UTC?

I chose UTC because I really liked the team, the coaches and the city.

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

Cross-country nationals, it was a great experience.


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

I really like spending time with my friends and family, especially when I go home because I don’t get to see them very often.


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

I played soccer for 12 years.


5. Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I have a lot; my main ones are eating the same pre-race meal and doing the same warm-up.


Teghan Hederson - XC & TF6. How has being a student-athlete affected your college experience?

It definitely changes your priorities; you can’t do everything a normal college student does. You don’t just have to focus on your social life and school, but also the pressure of playing the sport, practicing every day, and traveling every weekend.


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

I would say it’s between Tony’s, Taco Mamacita, and Sugar’s.


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

Definitely my coach and teammates.


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

My grandfather who passed away when I was 15. We were very close and his death was really sudden so we never got to say goodbye.

Mocs Top 3.0 GPA for the First Time

June 3rd, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Sports Highlights

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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Athletics Department hit a major benchmark for the first time following the 2014 spring semester.  The Mocs student-athletes posted a school record 3.07 grade-point-average for the recently completed term, topping the 3.0 mark for the first time in program history.

UTC flirted with a 3.0 GPA in the fall, scoring a then-record 2.993.  The spring semester saw Chattanooga tie a mark with 12 programs over a 3.0 team GPA, while nearly half of all student-athletes made the Dean’s List.

“This is such a tremendous accomplishment and I can’t express how proud I am of our student-athletes,” stated Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics David Blackburn.  “They put in countless hours in practice and in the weight room, and that same dedication and focus is evident in their academic endeavors.”

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Of the 276 student-athletes enrolled at UTC in the spring, 135 made the Dean’s List with a 3.2 or better GPA.  A school record 176 made the Athletics Director’s Honor Roll, meaning 63% of all Mocs made at least a 3.0.  It is the 10th semester in a row at least half of the student-athletes at UTC scored a 3.0 and the first time over 60% reached that mark.

Chattanooga also had a school-record 37 make a perfect 4.0 GPA.  Some notables on that list include SoCon Women’s Golfer of the Year Jordan Britt, SoCon Women’s Basketball Player of the Year Taylor Hall, 2012 U.S. Amateur Champion Steven Fox, All-American and SoCon Cross Country/Track & Field Champion Teghan Henderson, SoCon Women’s Golf Champion Emily McLennan and SoCon Wrestling Champion Alex Hudson.

The women’s cross country team led all programs with a department record 3.85 GPA.  That just beat men’s cross country’s previous mark of 3.82 set last spring.  The women’s team also had a program record 18 on the Dean’s List while eight of the runners had a 4.0.

Men’s basketball (2.59), men’s cross country/track & field (3.71) and women’s golf (3.82) all set new program bests for team GPA, while women’s basketball team had a program record 11 on the Dean’s List.

“I also think it is also important to point out the work of our coaches and Student Support Services staff,” added Blackburn.  “A lot goes into reaching a goal like this and our coaches should be commended for creating a culture in their programs that promote academic success.  They set the tone in the way they recruit and run their programs, while our Academic Staff does an outstanding job supporting each of our student-athletes.”

2013-14 has been a banner academic year for the Mocs.  The men’s cross country team has the nation’s highest team GPA in the fall, while Davis Tull became the first Academic All-American in the history of the football program.  UTC set a school record with 20 individuals on the Winter Academic All-SoCon team and two Mocs programs were recently recognized for their high APR scores.

Academic Notes
- School record 3.07 overall GPA … first term with a 3.0+ GPA.
- School record 49% on the Dean’s List
- School record 175 (63%) on the A.D. Honor Roll with a 3.0 or above.
- 10th straight semester with over half of all Mocs made a 3.0 or better … first time over 60%.
- 37 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 second straight term.
- Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field tied a program high with a 3.71.
- Men’s basketball had a program best 2.59 team GPA.
- Women’s Cross Country had a school record 3.85…beat the men’s cross country record 3.84 from last spring … the women’s cross country team has scored at least a 3.5 for seven straight terms … program record 18 on the Dean’s List and A.D. Honor Roll and eight with a 4.0 GPAs.
- Women’s Golf had a program-record 3.82 … tied a program mark with seven on the A.D. Honor Roll … scored at least a 3.35 for 10 straight terms.
- Women’s basketball had a program record 11 on the Dean’s List and 14 on the A.D. Honor Roll.
- Men’s golf had a program record 10 on the A.D. Honor Roll.
- Softball tied a program record with 21 on the A.D. Honor Roll.

Student-Athletes With a 4.0 Semester GPA – 37 (School Record)
Eric Robertson – Men’s Basketball
Kayla Freeman – Women’s Basketball
Taylor Hall – Women’s Basketball
Oluwatosin Ayotunde – Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Mark Cole – Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Lucas Cotter – Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Austin Ethridge – Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
John Gilpin – Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Patrick O’Brien – Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Paul Stuart – Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Harry Smithers – Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Joanna Elmore – Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Madalyn Garland – Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Teghan Henderson – Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Helenka Kis – Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Maddison Melchionna – Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Katherine Ray – Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Keeley Stewart – Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Jessica York – Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Will Johnson – Football
Sam Mullaney – Football
Steven Fox – Men’s Golf
Jordan Britt – Women’s Golf
Sarah Dolmovich – Women’s Golf
Emily McLennan – Women’s Golf
DeeDee Russell – Women’s Golf
Hailey Callis – Soccer
Clare Latham – Soccer
Anyssa Robles – Softball
Liana Rodrigues – Softball
Gino Delavalle – Men’s Tennis
Roberto Vieira – Men’s Tennis
Alison Storie – Women’s Tennis
Anne Bachman – Volleyball
Brianna Guzinski – Volleyball
Nicole Sumida – Volleyball
Alex Hudson – Wrestling

Programs With a 3.0+ Team GPA – 12 (Ties a School Record)
Women’s Cross Country – 3.85**
Women’s Golf – 3.82*
Men’s Cross Country – 3.76
Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country – 3.71*
Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country – 3.62
Volleyball – 3.42
Women’s Basketball – 3.37
Softball – 3.35
Women’s Tennis – 3.31
Soccer – 3.24
Men’s Tennis – 3.22
Men’s Golf – 3.20
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*Program Record

Dean’s List – 135 (49% of all student-athletes on the Dean’s List is a school record)
Men’s Basketball (2)
Eric Robertson, Ronrico White.

Women’s Basketball (11) – Program Record
Alex Black, Destiny Bramblett, Ansley Chilton, Ashlen Dewart, Meghan Downes, Kayla Freeman, Lauren Hall, Whitney Hartlage, Tatianna Jackson, Jasmine Joyner, Alicia Payne.

Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field (14)
Oluwatosin Ayotunde, Marquis Carter, Mark Cole, Lucas Cotter, Zachary Darby, Austin Ethridge, John Gilpin, Trevor Janssen, Matthew Marshall, Geoffrey Nelson, John O’Brien, Dequantez Sandifer, Harry Smithers, Paul Stuart.

Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field (18) – Program Record
Gabby Cader, Hannah Chamblin, Anna Chance, Amanda Cotter, Joanna Elmore, Madalyn Garland, Rebecca Greenwall, Teghan Henderson, Kiaana Howard, Helena Kis, Maddison Melchionna, Jessica Philpott, Katherine Ray, Chandler Rogers, Mary Smith, Jasmine Snell, Keeley Stewart, Jessica York.

Football (20)
Ryan Bossung, Derrick Craine, Alex Hooper, Jacob Huesman, Will Johnson, Zach McCarter, Vantrell McMillan, Sam Mullaney, Kevin Niethammer, Nick Pollard, Oscar Prado, Zach Rayl, Jacob Revis, Jerekerious Scott, Logan Teichmann, Hunter Townson, Davis Tull, Montario Washington, Lucas Webb, Tyler Williams.

Men’s Golf (6)
Steven Fox, Wesley Gosselin, Chris Robb, Stuart Thomas, Andrew Weathers, Benni Weilguni.

Women’s Golf (6)
Jordan Britt, Porsche Campbell, Sarah Dolmovich, Isabella Loza, Emily McLennan, DeeDee Russell.

Soccer (13)
Skylar Brewer, Hailey Callis, Micalah Crafton, Kelly Crew, Sarah Ghale, Natalie Irwin, Clare Latham, Crystal Mackezyk, Allie Maguire, Taylor Mangrum, Taylor Pannell, Ashley Simmons, Hannah Wyatt.

Softball (15)
Taylor Deason, Courtney Ervin, Savannah Goldsmith, Kaitlyn Henderson, Victoria Hunter, Nicole Osterman, Stephanie Rieck, Sarah Beth Roberts, Anyssa Robles, Liana Rodrigues, Amanda Ross, Jesslyn Stockard, Alyssa Taylor, Sam Taylor, Hannah Thurley.

Men’s Tennis (5)
Derrick Brown, Gino Delavalle, Pavels Grigorjevs, John Peacey, Roberto Vieira.

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

Wrestling (11)
Levi Clemons, Shawn Greevy, Michael Hooker, Alex Hudson, Jared Johnson, John Lampe, Campbell Lewis, Kevin Malone, Dawson Peck, Austin Sams, John Shrader.

Volleyball (9)
Anne Bachmann, Sarah Batterton, Catherine Chason, Melissa Green, Brianna Guzinski, Caroline Hildebrand, Hannah Merkle, Briana Reid, Nicole Sumida.

Athletics Director’s Honor Roll – 176 (School Record)
Men’s Basketball (4)
Tre Mclean, Greg Pryor, Eric Robertson, Ronrico White.

Women’s Basketball (14) – Program Record
Alex Black, Destiny Bramblett, Ansley Chilton, Ashlen Dewart, Meghan Downes, Faith Dupree, Kayla Freeman, Lauren Hall, Whitney Hartlage, Tatianna Jackson, Moses Johnson, Jasmine Joyner, Alicia Payne, Chelsey Shumpert.

Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field (14)
Oluwatosin Ayotunde, Marquis Carter, Mark Cole, Lucas Cotter, Zachary Darby, Austin Ethridge, John Gilpin, Trevor Janssen, Matthew Marshall, Geoffrey Nelson, John O’Brien, Dequantez Sandifer, Harry Smithers, Paul Stuart.

Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field (18) – Program Record
Gabby Cader, Hannah Chamblin, Anna Chance, Amanda Cotter, Joanna Elmore, Madalyn Garland, Rebecca Greenwall, Teghan Henderson, Kiaana Howard, Helena Kis, Maddison Melchionna, Jessica Philpott, Katherine Ray, Chandler Rogers, Mary Smith, Jasmine Snell, Keeley Stewart, Jessica York.

Football (32)
Bryan Belew, C.J. Board, Ryan Bossung, Brandon Bourk, Malcolm Colvin, Derrick Craine, Kristifir Frady, A.J. Hampton, Alex Hooper, Jacob Huesman, Casey Hybarger, Will Johnson, Zach McCarter, Vantrell McMillan, Sam Mullaney, Kevin Niethammer, Nick Pollard, Oscar Prado, Zach Rayl, Jacob Revis, Henrique Ribeiro, Daniel Ring, Jerekerious Scott, Will Sharpton, Beau Simmons, Logan Teichmann, Hunter Townson, Davis Tull, Muhasibi Wakeel, Montario Washington, Lucas Webb, Tyler Williams.

Men’s Golf (10) – Program Record
Steven Fox, Wesley Gosselin, Liam Johnston, Chris Robb, Ewan Scott, Zachary Stolz, Stuart Thomas, Andrew Weathers, Kory Webb, Benni Weilguni.

Women’s Golf (7) – Tied a Program Record
Jordan Britt, Porsche Campbell, Sarah Dolmovich, Isabella Loza, Emily McLennan, DeeDee Russell, Agathe Sauzon.

Soccer (14)
Skylar Brewer, Hailey Callis, Micalah Crafton, Kelly Crew, Sarah Ghale, Natalie Irwin, Clare Latham, Crystal Mackezyk, Allie Maguire, Taylor Mangrum, Taylor Pannell, Ashley Simmons, Lauren Thomas, Hannah Wyatt.

Softball (21) – Tied a Program Record
Cricket Blanco, Shelby Carter, Taylor Deason, Kaiti Dutton, Courtney Ervin, Savannah Goldsmith, Kaitlyn Henderson, Yoshi Hooks, Victoria Hunter, Nicole Osterman, Stephanie Rieck, Sarah Beth Roberts, Anyssa Robles, Liana Rodrigues, Amanda Ross, Jesslyn Stockard, Alyssa Taylor, Sam Taylor, Tyler Templet, Hannah Thurley, Marina Wilkerson.

Men’s Tennis (7)
Austin Boaz, Derrick Brown, Gino Delavalle, Pavels Grigorjevs, John Peacey, Lucas Plesky, Roberto Vieira.

Women’s Tennis (7)
Kaylene Chadwell, Alexa Flynn, Rachele Gazzola, Kayla Jones, Claire Mulyadi, Katie Polk, Alison Storie.

Wrestling (16)
Scottie Boykin, Levi Clemons, D.J. Franklin-Smith, Shawn Greevy, Michael Hooker, Alex Hudson, Jared Johnson, John Lampe, Campbell Lewis, Kevin Malone, Dawson Peck, Austin Sams, John Shrader, Nick Soto, Trey Stavrum, Barrett Walthall.

Volleyball (12)
Anne Bachmann, Sarah Batterton, Catherine Chason, Allie Davenport, Lauren Gainer, Melissa Green, Brianna Guzinski, Caroline Hildebrand, Hannah Merkle, Briana Reid, Nicole Sumida, Kasey Talley.

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.