Former UTC women's tennis coach and 2008 ITA Hall of Fame inductee Alice Tym addressed the Mocs Club gathering Monday night at the annual Lady Mocs Appreciation Night in the McKenzie Arena.
Tym established the women's tennis team and served as its captain while an undergraduate at the University of Florida from 1960-64. A Ford Foundation fellow, she received Phi Beta Kappa honors and earned an M.A. from UF in geography in 1966.
From 1964 to 1970, she played on the international circuit, winning titles on five continents and securing a world ranking as high as No. 13 in 1969.
As head coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga from 1974 to 1978, Tym started the varsity women's program and guided her teams to two AIAW Small College National Championships. Appointed director of tennis at Yale in 1978, she coached the nationally-ranked women's team for four years and won the Ivy Championships in 1981. Tym returned to UTC in 1982 to become a faculty member in the geography department, a position she still holds today.
Tym related to the gathering how her time as a student-athlete and later a professional playing in Europe was beneficial to her career as a geography professor. As an athlete and coach, she was able to take advantage of the many traveling opportunities and see firsthand the places she teaches about in her classroom.
Members of the men's basketball team helped the Mocs Club serve the guests which included members of the women's basketball team, soccer, softball, volleyball, tennis, golf, cross country and indoor and outdoor track and UTC administration.
Senior Woman Administrator Laura Herron served as emcee and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Rick Hart addressed the crowd of more than 200.
The soccer team got off to its best start in school history this season with a 5-0 start while the volleyball team proved strong winning the La. Tech Invitational in September. Anneli Uys and Heather Stuive were both selected to the cross country Southern Conference all-conference team for their top finishes this year and Stuive was named to the All-Freshman team. The cross country team will head to Tuscaloosa, Ala., this weekend to compete in the NCAA South Region meet with hopes of advancing to the NCAA Nationals later this month.
The women's basketball team will open the season Friday against former SoCon foe East Tennessee State and will look to defend their 10 consecutive conference titles. Women's golf wrapped up a successful fall season achieving a rank as high as 12th in the nation in just its second year of competition. Women's tennis also completed its fall season with many achievements including winning four singles flights and one doubles flight in their own Steve Baras Fall Classic.
The softball team put on a show for the fans last month at the annual Blue-Gold Fall Classic where the team received their 2009 SoCon Championship rings. The team will open the season in the spring looking to defend three consecutive SoCon titles.
The UTC women's teams laid claim to the SoCon's Germann Cup in 2007-08 as the league's Best All-Around Women's Sports Program and has finished runner-up 11 times.