Mocs Continue to Raise the Bar in the Classroom
Tiffany Baker was a 1st Team All-SoCon selection and had a 4.0 g.p.a. in the spring semester.
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The student-athletes at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga set another program record with a 2.97 grade-point-average for the 2011 spring semester.  This is the sixth-straight term the Mocs have raised their overall g.p.a. and the second consecutive semester that 11 teams reached the 3.0 mark. 

"It is the Vision of our athletics program to establish comprehensive excellence as the UTC standard, and our student-athletes do an excellent job of representing our university in competition, in the community and in the classroom," stated Director of Athletics Rick Hart.  "They are performing at a high-level in all three areas and I continue to be inspired by and proud of what they are accomplishing across the board." 

A total of 152 student-athletes, 56% of all Mocs, were named to the Athletics Director's Honor Roll for posting a 3.0 or greater g.p.a. for the semester.  This is the highest percentage of student-athletes on the Honor Roll for one term and the fourth-straight semester over half of the Mocs earned a 3.0 or higher. 

"Over the past three years, we have continued to add resources to our student-athlete support services," stated Hart.  "We are now operating with four full-time staff members in academic support and that is making a big difference.  Our goal is to continue to see our g.p.a. trend upward and break the 3.0 mark in the near future."

Women's cross country led all teams with a school-record 3.86.  All seven of the team members made the Dean's List while five recorded a perfect 4.0 g.p.a.  Men's cross country (3.78), men's track & field (3.71) and football (2.66) all set program records for semester marks, while women's golf (3.65) tied its previous high from the fall. 

Some of the most impressive numbers came from teams that were in competition during the spring semester, including:

  • The SoCon Regular Season and Tournament Champion softball team had seven starters on the Dean's List.
  • Each member of the SoCon Champion women's golf team made the Dean's List for the second term in a row.
  • All of the men's golfers currently competing at the NCAA Regionals made the Honor Roll.
  • Both the men's and women's tennis teams had five of their six starters on the honor roll.
  • Three of the six wrestlers who competed at the NCAA Championships made the Dean's List.

Chattanooga also set a new program record with 33 student-athletes earning a perfect 4.0 g.p.a. in the spring.  This list includes some accomplished Mocs who were also busy winning titles and earning accolades in competition last semester. 

SoCon Champion and Women's Golfer of the Year Emma de Groot highlights this group and is joined by SoCon Track & Field 10000M champion Chris Berry and SoCon Wrestling 133-pound winner Demetrius Johnson.  Tiffany Baker and Kandice Irwin managed to earn a 4.0 g.p.a. while garnering First Team All-SoCon honors for the SoCon Champion softball team.

"Our student-athletes deserve all of the credit they get for their continuous improvement in the classroom," added Hart.  "It should also be noted that they are guided, supported and encouraged by our coaches, staff and University community who are all committed to helping them reach their goal of comprehensive excellence."   

The Mocs tied a school-record with 11 teams recording a 3.0+ g.p.a., including
Women's Cross Country - 3.82**
Men's Cross Country - 3.78*
Men's Track & Field - 3.71*
Women's Golf - 3.65*
Women's Tennis - 3.40
Softball - 3.35
Soccer - 3.34
Men's Golf - 3.33
Women's Track & Field - 3.24
Volleyball - 3.17
Men's Tennis - 3.05
**school-record; *program-record

School-Record 33 Student-Athletes With a 4.0 g.p.a.
Serena Allen - Soccer - Biology
Tiffany Baker - Softball - Health & Human Performance
Courtney Barnes - Volleyball - Health & Human Performance
Danielle Barr - Soccer - Chemistry
Chris Berry - Men's Cross Country/Track & Field - MBA
Morgan Buchanan - Women's Cross Country/Track & Field - Education
Lucas Cotter - Men's Cross Country/Track & Field - Accounting
Emma De Groot - Women's Golf - Health & Human Performance
Sydney Dewberry - Soccer - Pre Major
Brittany Eason - Softball - Psychology
Tara Gietema - Women's Cross Country/Track & Field - Marketing
John Gilpin - Men's Cross Country/Track & Field - pre Major
Monika Groppe - Women's Cross Country/Track & Field - Humanities
Taylor Hall - Women's Basketball - Pre Major
Kandice Irwin - Softball - Education
Demetrius Johnson - Wrestling - Criminal Justice
Maria Juliana Loza - Women's Golf - Engineering
Taylor Mangrum - Soccer - Occupational Therapy
David Moore - Men's Cross Country/Track & Field - MBA
Steven Nease - Football - Biology
Jenna Nurik - Women's Tennis - Psychology
Heather Parman - Volleyball - Criminal Justice
Ethan Poe - Football - Economics
Fredrik Qvicker - Men's Golf - Psychology
Grace Robinette - Women's Tennis - Health & Human Performance
McKeehanon Rue - Men's Golf - Pre Major
Jessica Scott - Volleyball - Engineering
Shaina Singh - Women's Tennis - Biology
Becca Smith - Soccer - Interior Design
Ty Stannard - Football - Pre Major
Kathryn Stuart - Women's Cross Country/Track & Field - English
Shelley Taylor - Women's Cross Country/Track & Field - Education
Christina Teter - Volleyball - Biology

Dean's List for the 2011 Spring Semester - 3.2 Semester GPA (123)
Men's Basketball (1)
Drew Baker.

Women's Basketball (4)
Alex Black, Kayla Christopher, Taylor Hall, Capriee Tucker.

Men's Cross Country/Track & Field (12)
Drew Austell, Chris Berry, Mark Cole, Lucas Cotter, John Gilpin, Matt Kenwright, Emmanuel Kirwa, Kyle McLarty, David Moore, Jacob Simms, Joshue Vasquez, Nathan Wanuch.

Women's Cross Country/Track & Field (9)
Lauren Anderson, Morgan Buchanan, Mary Cumbee, Tara Gietema, Monika Groppe, Ashley Hall, Jenna Nick, Kathryn Stuart, Shelley Taylor.

Football (23)
William Bewley, Joel Bradford, Ryan Consiglio, Taylor Dodds, Ryan Geist, Nick Gipson, Mike Hammons, Chris Harr, Shane Heatherly, Irvin Hernandez, Will Hewitt, Shaun Hill, T.J. Hurless, J.J. Jackson, Spencer Mackle, Adam Miller, Steven Nease, Ethan Poe, Nick Pollard, Ty Stannard, Patrick Sutton, Michael Trundle, Davis Tull.

Men's Golf (7)
Davis Bunn, Simon Forsslund, Stephan Jaeger, Fredrik Qvicker, T.J. Ratliff, Chris Robb, McKeehanon Rue.

Women's Golf (7)
Jordan Britt, Yushira Budhram, Emma De Groot, Marion Duvernay, Maria Juliana Loza, Katie Taylor, Christine Wolf. 

Soccer (13)
Serena Allen, Alexandria Aurand, Danielle Barr, Anna Cusick, Sydney Dewberry, Kelly Downs, Samantha Eitner, Donna-Kay Henry, Taylor Mangrum, Jessica Mayo, Shelby Shelby, Becca Smith, Kelsey Swann.

Softball (15)
Tiffany Baker, Kaitlin Dutton, Brittany Eason, Lauren Flores, Michelle Fuzzard, Della Harrison, Kristin Holloway, Kandice Irwin, Jenni Martin, Sara Poteat, Natalie Powers, Layne Rainey, Stephanie Rieck, Lyndsey Stiles, Nikki Waters.

Men's Tennis (8)
Stephen Crofford, William Disterdick, Sam Parfitt, Tyler Pullen, Chris Smith, Jackson Tresnan, Gordon Rudell, Rick van de Bovenkamp.

Women's Tennis (6)
Alexa Flynn, Jenna Nurik, Grace Robinette, Shaina Singh, Briana Wishing, Diana Zora.

Volleyball (8)
Courtney Barnes, Julie Barnes, Tess Kosycarz, Ellie Kuhn, Jennifer Kuroski, Heather Parman, Jessica Scott, Christina Teter.

Wrestling (10)
Joe Burns, Cole Hayes, Demetrius Johnson, Jason McCroskey, Dean Pavlou, Jared Presley, Blake Thomas, Dan Waddell, Brandon Wright, Jake Young.

Athletics Director's Honor Roll for the 2011 Spring Semester - 3.0 Semester GPA (152)
Men's Basketball (2)
Drew Baker, Martynas Bareika.

Women's Basketball (5)
Alex Black, Kayla Christopher, Taylor Hall, Kylie Lambert, Capriee Tucker.

Men's Cross Country/Track & Field (13)
Drew Austell, Chris Berry, Mark Cole, Lucas Cotter, John Gilpin, Matt Kenwright, Emmanuel Kirwa, Kyle McLarty, David Moore, Blake Olson, Jacob Simms, Joshue Vasquez, Nathan Wanuch.

Women's Cross Country/Track & Field (10)
Lauren Anderson, Morgan Buchanan, Mary Cumbee, Tara Gietema, Monika Groppe, Ashley Hall, Jenna Nick, Kathryn Stuart, Shelley Taylor, Natalie Wennerstrom.

Football (36)
William Bewley, Joel Bradford, Devin Caldwell, B.J. Coleman, Ryan Consiglio, Taylor Dodds, Justin Galyon, Ryan Geist, Nick Gipson, Mike Hammons, Chris Harr, Omre Harris, Shane Heatherly, Irvin Hernandez, Will Hewitt, Shaun Hill, T.J. Hurless, J.J. Jackson, D.J. Key, Chris Lewis-Harris, Jesse LoScudo, Spencer Mackle, Adam Miller, Steven Nease, Graham Nichols, Jordan Patty, Ethan Poe, Nick Pollard, Keyon Reed, Terrell Robinson, Ty Stannard, Patrick Sutton, Michael Trundle, Davis Tull, Kadeem Wise, Nick Yazzie.

Men's Golf (9)
Davis Bunn, Simon Forsslund, Steven Fox, Stephan Jaeger, Fredrik Qvicker, T.J. Ratliff, Chris Robb, McKeehanon Rue, Benni Weilguni.

Women's Golf (7)
Jordan Britt, Yushira Budhram, Emma De Groot, Marion Duvernay, Maria Juliana Loza, Katie Taylor, Christine Wolf. 

Soccer (15)
Serena Allen, Alexandria Aurand, Danielle Barr, Anna Cusick, Taylor Davidson, Sydney Dewberry, Kelly Downs, Samantha Eitner, Donna-Kay Henry, Taylor Mangrum, Jessica Mayo, Shelby Shelby, Becca Smith, Kelsey Swann, Lauren Wilson.

Softball (17)
Tiffany Baker, Caroline Curran, Kaitlin Dutton, Brittany Eason, Lauren Flores, Michelle Fuzzard, Della Harrison, Kristin Holloway, Kandice Irwin, Jenni Martin, Sara Poteat, Natalie Powers, Layne Rainey, Stephanie Rieck, Lyndsey Stiles, Nikki Waters, Chelsea Watson.

Men's Tennis (8)
Stephen Crofford, William Disterdick, Sam Parfitt, Tyler Pullen, Chris Smith, Jackson Tresnan, Gordon Rudell, Rick van de Bovenkamp.

Women's Tennis (7)
Alexa Flynn, Annie Green, Jenna Nurik, Grace Robinette, Shaina Singh, Briana Wishing, Diana Zora.

Volleyball (10)
Courtney Barnes, Julie Barnes, Cassie Conner, Megan Ernd, Tess Kosycarz, Ellie Kuhn, Jennifer Kuroski, Heather Parman, Jessica Scott, Christina Teter.

Wrestling (13)
Joe Burns, Cole Hayes, Demetrius Johnson, Matt Lettner, Jason McCroskey, Dean Pavlou, Jared Presley, Trey Stavrum, Blake Thomas, Dan Waddell, Adam Wilson, Brandon Wright, Jake Young.

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