CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team welcomed 57 ladies to the 2011 Women's Football Clinic Inspired by Memorial Health Care System held at Finley Stadium on Friday. The interactive event that included the coaches and staff provided participants with some fundamental football knowledge. A photo gallery of the event can be viewed via the link at the top of the page.
The event kicked off at the stadium club with a social hour that allowed the participants to talk one-on-one with head coach Russ Huesman, assistant coaches and staff during the registration process.
With the room split off into two sections, the group moved to the other side of the room for a presentation that helped the participants with a understand the basics of the game.
Offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield went through the different types of plays that the Mocs execute in the running and passing game. The defensive schemes, coverages and alignments that are run by Chattanooga were discussed by defensive coordinator Adam Fuller. Strength and conditioning coach Scott Brincks talked about his role in preparing the Mocs physically for gameday and an official discussed the rules of the game.
To get ready for the on-field portion of the clinic, the group went down to the Mocs' locker room in the endzone of the stadium and put on their uniform. Huesman provided a gameday speech and the participants ran through the air-inflated helmet.
The women had the opportunity to learn further about the offense working through throwing, catching and offensive linemen drills. The three groups moved through each station with the offensive coaches.
Next, the defensive coaches taught the participants about the roles of the defensive players. Each groups rotated around the field learning about the responsibilities of linemen, linebackers and defensive backs. Tackling, dropping back into coverage and anticipating the snap were gone through in detail.
The final on-field challenge was a punt, pass and kick competition between 14 selected participants before everyone came together for a team photograph.
Upon returning to the stadium club, the coaches went through a difficult question and answer segment with the women as they were asked questions ranging from what is their hidden talents to how they got into coaching. The coaches' wives were on hand to answer questions about their roles during the season and the challenges they face.
To conclude the event, a raffle was held and the women voted upon the best dressed, most enthusiastic, most valuable and most improved participant at the clinc.
The Mocs kickoff the season on Sept. 3 at Nebraska with kickoff slated for 3:30 p.m. Chattanooga plays its first game at Finley Stadium against Jacksonville State on Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. (E.D.T). Season tickets are currently on sale on GoMocs.com and single-game tickets are available beginning Monday.