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The Mocs enjoyed a tremendous night at the 2014 Coca-Cola Scrappy Awards at the Chattanoogan Hotel.
Courtesy: Dale Rutemeyer
Excellence Celebrated at the Scrappys

To achieve excellence.  That is the vision of the Athletics Department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  A packed house at the Chattanoogan Hotel on Thursday night celebrated a tremendous amount of excellence over the last year with the third annual Coca-Cola Scrappy Awards.

Presented by Brenda Lawson & Associates and McDonald’s, the Scrappys have quickly grown into one of the most popular banquets in town, and this edition helped further that claim.  #Scrappys was a local trend on Twitter throughout the night and some of the best social media posts can be seen here

“We just wanted to have a night for the student-athletes,” stated senior women’s golfer Jordan Britt.  As co-president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Britt was one of the founders of the Scrappys, as well as the recipient of the Brenda Lawson & Associates Scholar-Athlete Award. “Tonight we honored the seniors.  It was all about them.  We honored the time they put in representing UTC so well.” 

Attendees were given the ‘Blue Carpet’ treatment from the beginning, including two stops for ‘paparazzi’ photos on their way to the ballroom. The program included 13 awards, as well as a recognition of 40 years of service to the Mocs for Assistant Athletics Director Mike Royster

Men’s basketball senior and Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year Z. Mason was one of the big winners on the night.  He took home the Scrappy for the Coca-Cola Male Student-Athlete of the Year.   

“It is exciting,” stated Mason.  “It just shows how much support I have from everybody on staff from the athletic department.  All of the players, everybody.  It is a lot of fun.  I am thankful and grateful.  It is a great event.  I am just proud to be a part of it.”    

The MocsVision Crew wowed the crowd with another evening full of videos and highlights.  The season highlight reel is available here in its entirety. Also on the big screen were the MocsVision Outtakes, which were a big hit with the crowd. 

A full rundown of winners and nominees, along with the nominee videos, is listed below.  Be sure to check out the photo gallery at the top of the page to see who made it to the Blue Carpet.  Look for the video of full evening next week on GoMocs.com.

Rookie of the Year – Chelsey Shumpert (Women’s Basketball)
Chelsey Shumpert started 26 games at point guard for the Southern Conference Champion women’s basketball team.  She led the team with 34 three-pointers and was third in scoring at 6.9 points per game.  After the season, Shumpert earned a spot on the Southern Conference All-Freshman team. 
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Nominees Included:
  Dawson Peck (Wrestling), Greg Pryor (Men’s Basketball), Emily McLennan (Women’s Golf). 

Victory of the Year – Football’s SoCon Title Clinching Win Over No. 15 Wofford (Nov. 9, 2013)
The 23rd ranked Mocs took out No. 15 Wofford 20-10 on November 9.  That gave Chattanooga eight wins on the year and clinched a share of the SoCon Title for the first time since 1984.  Over 12,000 fans flocked to Finley Stadium to see UTC outrush Wofford’s triple option attack and give the Mocs an eight-win season for the first time since 1980.   
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Nominees Included:
  Wrestling’s win at No. 15 Stanford, Volleyball’s 3-0 upset win over Samford, Women’s Tennis defeating nationally-ranked Elon, Women’s Golf winning the SoCon Championship, Teghan Henderson winning the SoCon Cross Coutry Championship by 27 seconds. 

Comeback of the Year – Ronrico White (Men’s Basketball)
Ronrico White Missed the first nine games with an injury.  His return to the lineup helped spark a 10-game winning streak that set the stage for a second place finish in the SoCon race.  White was third on the team with 10.8 points per game and second in the SoCon with a 2 to 1 assist to turnover ratio.   
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Nominees Included:  Kiaana Howard (Track & Field/Cross Country), Faith Dupree (Women’s Basketball) returning to the lineup after missing six games with an ankle injury, The football team’s second half comeback win over The Citadel.    

Individual Performance of the Year – Teghan Henderson
Henderson finished 20th at the 2013 NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind.  She is the third Cross Country All-American in school history and the first Chattanooga sophomore to finish in the Top-20 at the NCAA Division I Championships.
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Nominees Included:  Z. Mason’s (Men’s Basketball) 24 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks in a 63-44 win over Appalachian State, Taylor Hall’s (Women’s Basketball) 25 points, 11 rebounds and four steals in a 72-60 win at Georgia Southern, Agathe Sauzon’s Medalist Performance at the Women’s Golf Championships, Nick Soto’s (Wrestling) 15-8 win over Stanford’s No. 1 ranked Ryan Mango. 

Behind the Scenes Award – Lisa Tarr
Lisa Tarr is finishing up her third year as the Coordinator of Student Support Services for Mocs Athletics.  Specifically, she handles the daily academic needs of the Mocs Football program, and serves in a leadership role in the Academic Office of Chattanooga Athletics.
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Nominees Included:  Greg Goldin (Assistant Director of Athletic Performance), Laura Herron (Senior Associate A.D./SWA), Dale Rutemeyer (Volunteer UTC Athletics Photographer), Jenni Martin (Marketing Graduate Assistant).

Professor of the Year – Dr. Jamie Harvey
Dr. Jamie Harvey is an Assistant Professor in the Health & Human Performance Department.  An alum of UTC, her teaching focuses on Pedagogy and Exercise Leadership.  Over the years, she has worked with hundreds of student-athletes who have gone through UTC’s HHP program.
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Nominees Included:  Julie Bingham (Chemistry), Dr. Joanie Sompayrac (Business), Dr. Mohammad Ahmadi (Business).

Play of the Year – Nakevion Leslie takes it to the house to beat App State
Nakevion Leslie’s 28-yard interception return for a touchdown lifted Chattanooga to a 35-28 win at Appalachian State on November 2. The triumph propelled the Mocs into first-place in the Southern Conference and gave the team its first win in Boone since 1983.

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Nominees Included:
  Gee McGhee’s 70-foot first half buzzer-beater against Elon. Volleyball’s one-minute rally against Samford. Greg Pryor’s game-winning charge taken against Wofford. Agathe Sauzon’s SoCon Championship birdie putt on first playoff hole.

Fan of the Year – David and Carol Gibbs
The Gibbs are 30-year season ticket holders, but it is the extra things they do as Mocs fans that set them apart. David is known for meeting teams in the middle of the night at McKenzie Arena as they return from road trips win or lose. David and Carol have both been honored with the Harold Wilkes Award from the UTC Athletics Hall of Fame.
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Nominees Included:
  David Martin, Erik Gray, Bud Hennebaul.

Coach of the Year – Will Wade (Men’s Basketball)
Coach Wade guided the Mocs to an 18-15 overall record and second place in the SoCon race at 12-4. He is the first Moc to earn SoCon Coach of the Year honors since Mack McCarthy in 1993. He was also a finalist for the Lou Henson Award given annually to the top “Mid-Major” coach in the country and the Joe B. Hall Award given to the top first-year head coach.   
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Nominees Included:
  Jim Foster (Women’s Basketball), Russ Huesman (Football), Mark Guhne (Men’s Golf), Colette Murray (Women’s Golf), Heath Eslinger (Wrestling).

Male Student-Athlete of the Year – Z. Mason (Men’s Basketball)
Z. Mason capped an outstanding senior season with first team All-Southern Conference recognition along with the league’s Defensive Player of the Year honor. He led the team with 18.2 points per game and led the conference with 9.7 rebounds per contest along with a school record 92 blocks.
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Nominees Included:
Lucas Cotter (Cross Country), Davis Tull (Football), Jacob Huesman (Football), Corey Mock (Wrestling).

Female Student-Athlete of the Year – Taylor Hall (Women’s Basketball)
Taylor Hall had one of the most amazing seasons in Southern Conference history. She is the first student-athlete to earn Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Tourney MVP honors in the same season. She led the Mocs in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals guiding the SoCon Champs to their 12th NCAA Tournament appearance while tying the school record with 29 wins.
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Nominees Included:
Taylor Deason (Softball), Teghan Henderson (Cross Country), Agathe Sauzon (Women’s Golf).

Brenda Lawson & Associates Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Jordan Britt (Women’s Golf)
Jordan Britt is a two-time WGCA All-American Scholar and a multiple Academic All-SoCon performer. The Chattanooga native has a 3.54 GPA as a Nursing major. The 2012 SoCon Champion was also honored with the 2014 Scrappy Moore Award from the UTC Athletics Hall of Fame.
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Nominees Included:
Lucas Cotter (Cross Country), Davis Tull (Football), Taylor Mangrum (Soccer), Jenna Nurik (Women’s Tennis).

Powerade Team of the Year – Women’s Basketball
The Chattanooga Mocs women’s basketball team had one of the most successful seasons in school history. UTC won its 18th Southern Conference Regular Season title and 15th tournament trophy in 2014. The Mocs also advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 12th time. Chattanooga tied a school record with 29 wins and Hall of Fame Head Coach Jim Foster made headlines nationwide with his 800th career victory. UTC owns the nation’s longest home-court winning streak at 39 games and the squad has captured 34 consecutive SoCon regular season contests.
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Nominees Included:
Men’s Cross Country (Nation’s Highest GPA), SoCon Champion Men’s Golf Team, SoCon Champion Wrestling Team, SoCon Champion Women’s Golf Team, SoCon Champion Football Team.

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