The Chattanooga Athletics Department announced the 2008 inductees into the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Athletics Hall of Fame today. This year’s class includes Damita Bullock (women’s basketball 2000-02), Randall Mitchell (football 1982-85), Heidi Narborough Dettinger (women’s tennis 1984-85) and Ron Whaley (football 1959-62).
Bullock was recently featured in the “Wes Moore – Decade of Dominance” celebration as she helped set the foundation for the Moore era of Lady Mocs Basketball. Bullock was a two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year and led the Lady Mocs to three consecutive regular season titles from 2000-02. UTC also advanced to postseason play in each of her three seasons in Chattanooga.
Bullock currently owns four spots on the Lady Mocs career charts. With 1,384 points, the Harrisburg, Pa., native is ranked eighth all-time in scoring. Her 14.9 points per game average is the fifth highest all time, while her 1,220 field goal attempts rank seventh. She is currently ninth in free throw percentage after hitting 77% of her attempts.
Randall “Brick” Mitchell was an All-American defensive lineman for the Mocs from 1983-85. Listed as a nose guard, Mitchell wreaked havoc on opposing centers and quarterbacks in the Southern Conference for four seasons. He helped guide UTC to the SoCon title and its only appearance in the NCAA Championships in 1984.
Following his senior year, Mitchell was named honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press. He went on play for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles in 1987. He was named to the Mocs’ All-Century Team during Chattanooga’s 100th Year of Football Celebration in 2003.
Heidi Narborough is a former UTC women’s tennis star who earned All-American honors during her senior season in 1985. The two-year letter winner was captain and Most Valuable Player on the 1985 NCAA Division II National Championship team and was also member of UTC’s 1984 title squad.
During her playing career at Chattanooga, Narborough won the 1985 Southern Conference #4 singles championship and the #3 doubles title. She was also named to the 1980’s Southern Conference Team of the Decade and was the 1986 ITA Player of the Year.
Ron Whaley was a two-sport star for Chattanooga in the early 1960s. He was a four-year letter winner on the Mocs’ football team and a three-year star on the basketball squad.
Whaley’s main focus was on the football field during his time at UTC. He was the starting safety and wide receiver under legendary head coach Scrappy Moore. On the basketball court, Whaley led the Mocs to the NCAA Division II Tournament during his sophomore season. Following his collegiate career at UTC, he was drafted in the 17th round of the 1963 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. Whaley is the only member of this year’s group inducted posthumously.
The Hall of Fame weekend begins Friday, Feb. 20, with the induction ceremony and dinner at the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club at 6:00 p.m. (E.S.T.). Cost for the dinner is $25 per person and reservations are required by Wednesday, Feb. 18. To reserve your seat at the dinner, call the UTC Alumni Office at (423) 425-4785.
Also honored at the dinner will be the Hall of Fame’s annual award winners. The Gordon Davenport Award, given to the individuals who have shown outstanding commitment to UTC Athletics, will be presented to long-time Mocs supporters Steve and Dolores Harvey.
Presented to the former UTC student-athlete or coach who has achieved notable life accomplishments, the Joe Morrison award will be given to former Chattanooga women’s tennis coach Alice Tym. Tym was recently inducted into the ITA Women’s Tennis Hall of Fame.
Volleyball star Lara Newberry is this year’s recipient of the A.C. “Scrappy” Moore Award as the UTC student-athlete who best personifies comprehensive excellence - academically, athletically and socially. Newberry recently became the NCAA’s all-time career digs leader.
The Hall of Fame award winners and inductees will also be honored at halftime of the Mocs men’s basketball game against Samford this weekend. UTC takes on the Bulldogs on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 7:00 p.m. in McKenzie Arena.