Thursday, January 24, 2013
- by B.B. Branton
All-Americans in football and women’s tennis and a legendary high school volleyball coach head The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013 inductees.
The annual hall of fame dinner is Feb. 22 at the Chattanooga Country Club.
This year's class includes Josh Cain (football), Susan Carson (women's tennis), Neil Connolly (men's golf), Catherine Neely (volleyball & women's basketball), Katasha Brown Flatt (women's basketball) and Scott Zaccaria (men's tennis).
Banquet Tickets: The banquet is open to the public but seating is limited and reservations are required. Tickets are $30.00 per person which includes dinner. Payments and RSVP's can be submitted to the UTC Office of Alumni Affairs (423) 425-4785). For more information, email Jayne-Holder@utc.edu.
Josh Cain - Football - 1999-02
Josh Cain was a two-time All-American for the Mocs from 1999-02 … Two-time All-Southern Conference … led the SoCon in tackles as a junior and senior, including a school record 192 tackles in 2002 … currently second all-time at UTC with 511 career tackles … recorded an NCAA FCS-record 30 tackles against The Citadel on Nov. 3, 2001 ... also a member of the All-Century Team as one of the top linebackers in the first 100 years of UTC football.
Susan Carson - Women's Tennis - 1975-78
All-American in 1978 and was a member of AIAW Small College national championship teams in 1977 and 1978 … also a member of the UTC volleyball team.
Neil Connolly - Men's Golf - 1990-93
Three-time All-Southern Conference golfer … The first men’s golfer to advance to the NCAA Regionals in 1992 ... qualified for the NCAA national championships as a senior in 1993 as he was the top individual to advance from the NCAA Regional.
Katasha Brown Flatt - Women's Basketball - 2003-06
Two-time Southern Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year … led the Lady Mocs to their most successful four-year run in school history as UTC was 107-17 during her career … led the Mocs to for NCAA postseason appearances, including a 29-3 record in 2004 and a memorable 74-69 win over Rutgers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament … Brown is seventh on the Lady Mocs all-time scoring list with 1,472 points and third all-time in the SoCon three-point field goals with 216.
Catherine Neely - Volleyball & Women's Basketball - 1961-64
A legendary high school volleyball and basketball coach in the Chattanooga area … also one of the pioneers in the early years of women's sports at UTC ... She led a group of female student-athletes who organized some of the first intercollegiate competition in volleyball and women's basketball at UTC.
Earned eight varsity letters in volleyball (4) and basketball (4) at UC … Has coached volleyball at East Ridge High School for 49 years with state titles in 1997 and 2005 … ranks third all-time nationally in high school volleyball coaching wins with 1,381 … also coached East Ridge girls’ basketball for 43 years amassing a record of 625-364 … Two-time Hamilton County Teacher of the Year ... 2006 National volleyball coach of the year.
Halls of Fame (6): Hixson HS, Greater Chattanooga, TSSAA, Tennessee, National Federation of High Schools, National Coaches Association
Scott Zaccaria - Men's Tennis - 1981-84
1984 Southern Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Year … helped guide the Mocs to four straight Southern Conference team titles, 1981-84 … he won the SoCon individual title at No. 3 singles as a freshman in 1981 and again at No. 1 as a senior in 1984, plus three doubles titles in his career.
Special Award Winners
Gordon Davenport Award – Bob Davis
Given to person who has shown outstanding commitment to the Chattanooga Mocs athletics program … Davis and his late wife Etta, have been long-time supports of the Mocs … the football team’s off-season conditioning honor is named the Bob Davis Winter Warrior Award
Joe Morrison Award – Sharon Fanning-Otis
Given annually to a former student-athlete or coach for notable accomplishments and life experiences …
Fanning-Otis is a former UTC women’s basketball coach at Chattanooga, Kentucky and Mississippi State ... Inducted into the UTC Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993, Fanning-Otis led the Mocs to a 193-131 record in 11 seasons with five straight SoCon tournament titles (1982-86) and was WNIT runner-up in 1984 …
A graduate of Chattanooga City High School, her overall college record is 608-457 with an WNIT national title at Kentucky in 1990 and an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance with Mississippi State in 2010 ...2000 SEC Coach of the Year.
At UTC, she was head basketball and volleyball coach and was Coordinator of Women’s Athletics.
Halls of Fame (3): UTC, Chattanooga City HS (charter member), Greater Chattanooga
Harold Wilkes Award – David and Carol Gibbs
Award given to recognize a volunteer, coach, staff member or University administrator who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in furthering the Vision of Chattanooga Athletics – To establish comprehensive excellence as the UTC Standard.
A.C. “Scrappy” Moore Award – Christina Teter
Presented to a current UTC student-athlete who best personifies the athletic department’s mission of comprehensive excellence, academically, athletically and socially.
Teter is a volleyball Academic All-American with a 4.0 grade point average in Biology … The 6-2 middle blocker lettered four years for the Mocs and was selected to the 2012 CoSIDA Capital One
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Academic All-America third team … was an all-state volleyball player at Red Bank High School.