Moore, Nix, Coleman Honored by Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- At the 46th Annual Induction Ceremony of the Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame, three members of the Chattanooga family were honored Monday, February 28, 2011 at the Chattanooga Convention and Trade Center.

Women's basketball head coach Wes Moore and former head football coach Buddy Nix were inducted into the 2011 Hall of Fame class while Chattanooga junior Quarterback B.J. Coleman was named the Male Athlete of the Year.

Moore, in his 13th season with the Lady Mocs, is the winningest head coach in Lady Mocs and Southern Conference history. Earlier this season, Moore became the 43rd NCAA Division I Head Coach to reach the 500 career win mark and was the ninth fastest to do so making it in 652 games. On that same night, Moore won his 300th game at UTC and 200th SoCon regular season win.

Moore is a five-time Southern Conference Coach of the Year and has guided the Lady Mocs to eight SoCon Tournament crowns and 11 straight postseason appearances. Chattanooga has earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament eight times and thrilled fans with the 2004 NCAA Tournament win over Rutgers in the first round.

Moore is the only coach in NCAA history to guide three different teams to a postseason tournament at each level. While at Maryville, Moore was named the WBCA District 5 Coach of the Year three times and led Maryville to the NCAA Division II Tournament. At Division II Francis Marion, Moore took his team to the NCAA Tournament and was named the Peach Belt Athletic Conference Coach of the Year twice.

Buddy Nix had a successful coaching career with Chattanooga and led the Mocs to the 1984 Southern Conference Championship title. He is also known for his recruitment of Terrell Owens to play for UTC.

A keen eye for personnel, Nix left Chattanooga to become a regional scout for the Buffalo Bills from 1993-2000, specializing in the southeast. He left Buffalo to become the Director of Pro Player Personnel for the San Diego Chargers from 2000-01 and was later promoted to Assistant General Manager.

His job with the Chargers was to oversee both pro and college scouting and to be one of the main decision makers in each NFL Draft. Under his direction, the Chargers made the turn from a losing football team to a rebuilt, winning program. Over a four-year period, 28 players Nix drafted were selected to play in the Pro Bowl, including 11 in the 2007 Pro Bowl.

The Chargers won four of five AFC West titles with Nix as the Assistant GM and Director of Player Personnel.

On January 26, 2009 Nix returned to the Buffalo Bills as the National Scout. In December of that year, he was promoted to General Manager.

B.J. Coleman was named the Male Athlete of the Year by the Sports Hall of Fame following his second year as the quarterback for the Chattanooga Mocs. Coleman was named All-Conference Second Team and ranked seventh in the nation with 272.4 passing yards per game, second in the SoCon. His 26 touchdown throws were one shy of the school record and also second in the SoCon and No. 5 in the nation.

Coleman threw for 340 yards on 23-of-27 passing and three TDs against Appalachian State and ran for two touchdowns. Against Eastern Kentucky, he threw for 375 yards on 24-of-32 pasing and registered four touchdown passes against the Colonels.

At Furman, Coleman threw for a career-high 432 yards, fifth most passing yards in a game in school history and most passing yards by a UTC player since Cedric Stevens had 515 against Appalachian State in 2004. Against Auburn, Coleman was 20-for-39 with 210 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Against SoCon rival Samford, Coleman threw for four touchdowns for the third time this season and averaged 26.6 yards per completion against the Bulldogs.

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