2023-24 Tennessee Athletics Year in Review

  • Tuesday, July 9, 2024
  • UT Sports

Tennessee followed a record-breaking 2022-23 academic year with the most extraordinary year of success across all 20 sports in UT Athletics history.

The 2023-24 academic year was the best year of competitive results in Tennessee Athletics history under the leadership of Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics Danny White.

Tennessee finished third in the Learfield Directors' Cup, a record finish for UT. Last year's sixth-place showing was the previous high-water mark at Tennessee.

Tennessee baseball captured its first national championship. It marked the 24th team national title in Tennessee Athletics history and the first since women's indoor track and field in 2009.

The historic achievements this year on Rocky Top included:

  • Tennessee, already one of only two schools with multiple SEC All-Sport Championships, won the trophy for the third consecutive year.
  • For the first time in school history, all 20 sports reached the postseason (NCAAs and a bowl game). UT was one of two Power Five schools to have all sports reach the postseason this year.
  • Tennessee is the only school in the nation to reach the postseason in football, men's basketball, women's basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball in the last three years.
  • UT was the only institution to win the SEC championship in men's basketball, softball, and baseball in the same year.
  • Eleven sports finished this academic year in the Top 10 and six in the Top Five.
  • Of UT's 20 teams, 19 earned a top-25 ranking in 2023-24, with 17 reaching the top 15, 13 claiming a top-10 spot and seven peaking in the top five.
  • Tennessee won four SEC titles in 2023-24, for a total of 12 SEC championships since 2021. Prior to 2021, Tennessee won two SEC titles in the four years combined.
  • Sophomore softball standout Karlyn Pickens was named the SEC Pitcher of the Year to lead the Lady Vols to their second straight SEC regular season championship.
  • Senior Dalton Knecht was named SEC Player of the Year to lead men's basketball to its second outright SEC regular season title since 1967.
  • Softball senior Rylie West received the University of Tennessee's highest student honor – the Torchbearer Award. It was the second consecutive year Tennessee softball had a player receive the Torchbearer Award, following Kiki Milloy's recognition last season. The first Torchbearers were awarded in 1931, and West is the 30th student-athlete to receive the honor and the second softball player to earn this recognition.
  • Three Tennessee coaches were named the National Coach of the Year in their respective sport (Tony Vitello, Baseball; Kim Cupini, Rowing; Alison Ojeda, Women's Tennis).
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