The official end to the 2010-11 athletic season came on June 30 for the Chattanooga Mocs, and it is now time to take a look back at all of the accomplishments over the last 12 months.
GoMocs.com continues the summer tradition of the Mocs Mission Review that began in 2009. The annual recap is broken down into the three key areas of the Mocs Mission; Academically, Athletically and Socially.
Known for guiding, encouraging and supporting its student-athletes in their quest for comprehensive excellence, the Chattanooga Athletics Department is built on six core values; Integrity, Respect, Positive Attitude, Premier Service, Accountability and Continuous Improvement.
Looking back at the academic achievements last season, Continuous Improvement was certainly the theme for UTC student-athletes. New standards were set in grade-point-averages, Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores and academic accolades throughout the entire program.
The biggest story of the year was the Mocs improving their overall g.p.a. for the sixth semester in a row. UTC set a program high with a 2.95 g.p.a. in the fall and topped that with a 2.97 in the spring. In addition, over half of all Chattanooga student-athletes made the Athletics Director's Honor Roll with a 3.0 g.p.a. or higher for the fourth-straight semester.
"Our student-athletes continue to amaze me in the way they raise the bar every semester," stated Director of Athletics Rick Hart. "Each time our overall g.p.a. goes up, it gets harder and harder to increase, yet we continue to set records in the classroom. This is truly a testament of their hard work and dedication to achieving comprehensive excellence."
Another big story in the classroom was Chattanooga's improvement in its APR performance. All 17 of the Mocs teams posted a single-year APR score of 933 or higher for the first time since the scores began six years ago. The football team is also clear of all penalties for the first time and had the highest single-season improvement in the Southern Conference.
As you will see with some of the notes below, Chattanooga's academic success is seen across the board. Of the 17 programs at UTC, 16 received some form of team or individual academic recognition during the year.
"We have invested a lot of energy and resources into supporting our student-athletes in their academic endeavors," added Hart. "The response has been rewarding for everyone involved and I hope our academic achievements are a source of pride for our program, the University and the Chattanooga community."
- Led the Southern Conference with seven Student-Athlete of the Week honors.
- School-record 33 student-athletes made a 4.0 g.p.a. in the 2011 spring semester.
- Both the men's and women's cross country teams were named USTFCCA All-Academic. The men were ranked No. 15 in the nation with a 3.46 g.p.a. while the women were No. 22 with a 3.59.
- Women's cross country set a school-record with a 3.86 team g.p.a. in the spring.
- Football set a program mark with a 2.66 g.p.a. in the spring. Nine student-athletes made the 2010 Fall Academic All-Southern Conference team, second only to the 10 who made the squad last year.
- Junior receiver Joel Bradford was an All-American on the field and earned a spot on the FCS ADA Academic All-Star team for his work in the classroom.
- All five members of the men's golf team who played at the 2011 NCAA Regionals made the Honor Roll during the spring semester.
- Each member of the SoCon Champion women's golf team made the Dean's List in both the fall and spring semesters. The Mocs had a program-record 3.65 team g.p.a. in both the fall and spring semesters.
- SoCon Individual Champion and Women's Golfer of the Year Emma de Groot posted a 4.0 g.p.a. in the spring semester, an amazing feat to accomplish during her competition season.
- The SoCon Champion softball team had seven starters on the Dean's List in the spring semester, including Kandice Irwin and Tiffany Baker who were both CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District. Both Baker and Irwin had 4.0 g.p.a.'s during the spring semester of their championship run.
- Soccer earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for having over a 3.0 g.p.a. The Lady Mocs set a program record with a 3.41 in the fall and a team-best nine student-athletes on the 2010 Fall Academic All-Southern Conference squad. They also had a school-record eight student-athletes earn a 4.0 in the fall, including Serena Allen who earned a spot on the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team.
- The women's tennis team set a new program mark with a 3.51 g.p.a. in the fall semester.
- Volleyball senior Courtney Barnes was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team. She also earned the Bob McCloskey Insurance Graduate Scholarship from the Southern Conference.
- Volleyball had a program-record eight student-athletes on the 2010 Fall Academic All-Southern Conference team.