Former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestler Randy Faires (1969-71) received the "Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award" from the Georgia Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He was recognized at the Honors Banquet in Atlanta on May. 1.
The "Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award is given for recognition of years of dedication to the development of leadership and citizenship in young people through the sport of wrestling. Faires has been a part of Georgia youth wrestling since 1972 and is currently the volunteer head coach at Roswell Middle School in Roswell, Ga.
Faires, a native of Chattanooga, Tenn., originally started his collegiate career at Oklahoma State in 1968, but transferred back to UTC for his final three seasons. He went on to capture three Southern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (SIWA) titles. He won the 126-pound championship in 1969 and took home back-to-back trophies at 134-pounds in 1970 and 1971. His .978 career winning percentage is still tops on the Mocs' all-time record list.
After graduating, Faires coached at all levels in the state of Georgia. He started as an assistant at the University of Georgia before working with a variety of high school, middle school and club teams. He also founded a number of wrestling programs at the youth level and has spent almost 30 years teaching the sport to the Georgia youth.
Faires was inducted into the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Greater Chattanooga Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.