When tracing the history of the recent success of Chattanooga Lady Mocs Basketball, the trail quickly leads back to the arrival of Jennifer Wilson to campus. A two-time AAA Miss Basketball from Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tenn., Wilson was the first marquis recruit lured to the Scenic City by new head coach Wes Moore in the fall of 1999.
Her arrival helped spawn one of the greatest turnarounds in NCAA women’s basketball history taking the Lady Mocs from “worst to first”. UTC had won more than 10 games only once in the five years prior to her arrival, but the Lady Mocs would go on to win 99 games over the next four seasons. This weekend, Jennifer will become the second member of the Wes Moore era to be inducted into the UTC Athletics Hall of Fame.
Jennifer started every game as a freshman, averaging 11.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg, while leading the team to a 26-5 overall record, a SoCon regular season crown and an appearance in the WNIT. After earning a spot on the All-SoCon freshman team, Wilson would go on to make the All-SoCon team in each of her last three seasons with the Lady Mocs. She would also guide UTC to three-straight SoCon regular season and tournament titles, and three consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Jennifer is a member of the Lady Mocs’ 1,000-Point Club with 1,271 career points. She started all but one game of her four-year career, yielding the floor to a teammate on Senior Night. She is fifth on Chattanooga’s career charts for free throw percentage making 213-of-272 (.783) and sixth for games played with 124.
In 2003, Jennifer was named the SoCon Female Athlete of the Year the highest honor given to any student-athlete in the league. She was a two-time CoSIDA Verizon Academic All-District IV selection and a three-time member of the Academic All-SoCon team.
Following her playing career, Jennifer was a student assistant for the Chattanooga team that defeated Rutgers in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament at the Roundhouse. In 2009, she was honored as a member of the Wes Moore’s “Decade of Dominance” team.
Jennifer graduated Magna Cum Laude from Chattanooga in 2003 with a B.S. in Middle School Education, Math and Science. She went on to earn her Masters of Secondary Education from UTC in 2005 with a perfect 4.0 GPA. She was a Provost Scholar a member of the Mortar Board National Honor Society and the Golden Key Honor Society and was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
In 2007, Jennifer graduated from Lincoln Memorial University with an Education Specialists Degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently the girls’ basketball coach at Hardin Valley Academy in Knoxville. She is married to former Mocs football player Keith Galloway who is the boys’ basketball coach at Hardin Valley Academy. She is the sister-in-law of former teammate and current Lady Mocs assistant coach Katie Galloway Burrows. Jennifer and Keith have one daughter, Sarah Kate (1).