UTC Hoops: Coaches Jim Foster and Matt McCall Receive Contract Extensions

Friday, April 29, 2016 - by B.B Branton

For one UTC coach it is most likely his last contract extension and for the another it’s the first of many.

Hall of Famer and UTC women’s head basketball coach Jim Foster, 67, and the Mocs men’s basketball coach Matt McCall, 34, who finished his first year as a head coach in March have received contract extensions through the 2021-22 seasons.

Foster is 82-16 in three seasons at UTC, three Southern Conference titles and three trips to the NCAA tournament.

“I saw a lot of potential in the school when I arrived here three years ago and now there is the new library, a great downtown and I get to work with great people,” said the hall of fame coach who has taken four schools to the NCAA tournament. “Chattanooga is a hidden gem of a city.”

Looking to Next Year: “I like our team for next year and the expectations to maintain what we have done in the past are high,” said Foster. “The expectations come with the job. We need to win games and graduate kids.”

For Matt McCall, he led the Mocs to 29 wins (29-5), two key road wins at Georgia and Dayton and won the SoCon title for the first time since 2009.

First, I thanks (athletics director) David Blackburn and his staff for the opportunity a year ago to be the head coach,” said McCall.

“ Couldn’t have asked for a better situation for me and my family.

The former Univerity of Florida assistant coach stated, “My wife loves Chattanooga and if she is happy then I am happy.”

Looking Back a Year

“When I arrived here last April I found a tightly knit group of plaers who cared about each other and when Casey Jones went down with an imjury early in the season the players did not miss a beat,” said McCall.

David Blackburn Comments

“I am very thankful that both these coaches are with us knowing they could be other places.

“They both had tremendous seasons and the contract extensions were a no brainer.

Both Jim and Matt know how to treat the student/athletes, they are able to recognize what effort looks like and demands it every day in a respectful manner.

“That is why they have been successful.”

Future Schedules

The men’s 2016-17 schedule includes road games at Tennessee and North Carolina, while the women host Notre Dame and travel to Stanford and UConn. 


UTC Women's Tennis Wins 4-3 Over MTSU

Lee Track Set Records At Vanderbilt, Samford

Covenant Men Win 93-66 Over Huntingdon


The Chattanooga Mocs women’s tennis team defeated in-state foe Middle Tennessee 4-3 in thrilling fashion its second match of the season on Sunday evening at the Strang-Voges Tennis Center on ... (click for more)

The Lee University men’s track & field team participated in the Vanderbilt Invitational and the Samford University Open this past weekend and came away with three Lee records. Caleb ... (click for more)

Will Crumly and Chris Barnette combined for 43 points and the Covenant men's basketball team bounced back from a tough loss on Friday night with a resounding, 93-66, win over Huntingdon on Saturday ... (click for more)



Sports

UTC Women's Tennis Wins 4-3 Over MTSU

The Chattanooga Mocs women’s tennis team defeated in-state foe Middle Tennessee 4-3 in thrilling fashion its second match of the season on Sunday evening at the Strang-Voges Tennis Center on the campus of The McCallie School. Following the victory, Chattanooga improves to 2-0 on the young season. MTSU falls to 1-4 overall following the defeat to the Mocs. After UTC went up ... (click for more)

Lee Track Set Records At Vanderbilt, Samford

The Lee University men’s track & field team participated in the Vanderbilt Invitational and the Samford University Open this past weekend and came away with three Lee records. Caleb Long and Christian Noble had record-breaking performances in the heptathlon and mile run, respectively. Long finished the heptathlon in seventh with 4,218 total points. His point total surpassed ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Firefighters Battle 2 Sunday Morning Restaurant Fires

Several LongHorn Steakhouse employees acted fast Sunday morning when a fire in the kitchen got out of control, safely exiting the restaurant and calling 911 for help. Multiple CFD Red Shift companies responded to the business at 5771 Brainerd Road. The kitchen hood was on fire and flames were coming through the hood vent on the roof. A second alarm was called to bring additional ... (click for more)

Developer Eyes Save-A-Lot Shopping Center For Multi-Level Townhouse Project

“Close Out Sale,” the large portable sign posted alongside announced. Smaller signs, inside Save-A-Lot – the grocery store that anchors the commercial property – were even more explicit. “STORE CLOSING,” one declared. “Everything is on sale, up to 50 percent off. Shelving and all.” Employees, asked what’s going on, were reassuring. The store is closing so that it can be ... (click for more)

Opinion

Earl Freudenberg: Johnny Haynes Overcome His Disability To Become A Police Department Fixture

Johnny Haynes was a special person. Under almost clear skies and 45 degree temperatures, he was buried Saturday afternoon when a small group of his friends gathered at Greenwood Cemetery off Wilcox Boulevard for the committal service. The retired Chattanooga Police Department employee has been my friend since 1962. The Central High School graduate was born with polio but was ... (click for more)

Employers Broke The Social Contract - And Response

Along with our trust, most employers are going to need to give those who participated in the great resignation something to hold onto. The cliché during the pandemic is that we’re all in the same storm, not the same boat. Some of you are in yachts while the rest of us are drowning, grasping at driftwood. For some it’s being deep in medical debt, for others they suffer from burnout ... (click for more)