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Laura Herron
Position: Senior Associate AD/SWA
Alma Mater: West Georgia College
Graduating Year: 1991
Experience: 18 Years
Phone: 423-425-4583
Email: Laura-Herron@utc.edu
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Laura Herron is in her 21st year working in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Athletics Department and has served in a variety of capacities during her tenure.  She received praise throughout campus and the community for her efforts as the Mocs Interim Director of Athletics from July 16, 2012, until April 24, 2013. 

Herron has returned to her role as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Administration and serves as the Mocs' Senior Woman Administrator.  She has oversight and supervision of the UTC compliance and sports medicine departments, serves as sport administrator for various sports, and oversees student-athlete welfare. She is also the director of gameday operations for volleyball, women's basketball and softball and has served as Tournament Director for several NCAA and Southern Conference postseason events.

Herron has been the driving force behind the Mocs efforts for improving their Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores over the last seven years.  She worked to develop and implement a long-term strategy that resulted in record APR scores in the last four reporting years for the NCAA. 

In 2012-13, a total of 12 programs at UTC had perfect single-year APRs scores of 1,000, while all 17 were well above the NCAA minimum of 930.  It was the third year in a row at least nine of Chattanooga’s 17 programs had a perfect 1000.  The Mocs had nine teams with a perfect single-year score in 2011-12 and a school-record 13 in 2010-11. 

Herron began her time at Chattanooga as an Assistant Athletic Trainer from 1994-04, adding the title of Senior Woman Administrator in 1999. She was promoted to Assistant Athletics Director/SWA in 2003 and moved out of the Training Room and into the Compliance Office in 2004.  She has held her current position as Senior Associate Athletics Director/SWA since July 2010.

Prior to her arrival at UTC, Herron was the Head Women's Athletic Trainer at Florida Southern College. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Corporate Fitness and Recreation from the University of West Georgia in 1991. While working as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Troy University, Herron earned her master's degree in Foundations of Education in 1993.

A native of Rising Fawn, Ga., Herron worked with USA Softball for five years as the athletic trainer. From 1999-2003, she accompanied the National Team to several international tournaments in San Diego, Hawaii and Canada. In the summer of 2000, she put her athletic training skills to work for the Olympic Gold-Medal winning USA Softball Team as it prepared for the 2000 Summer Olympics with its "Central Park to Sydney" U.S. Tour.  In 2001, Herron interned at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Updated June 2014.

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