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Reed Sanderlin has been a fixture with the Chattanooga golf program since he took over the program in 1977. As the head coach, he led the Mocs to the Southern Conference Tournament Championship in 1987, runner-up finishes in 1978 and 1989 and third-place finishes in 1984 and 1993.

Sanderlin retired following the 2005 season. He was hired by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1969 to teach English. He spent two years of his tenure serving as the Executive Assistant to Chancellor William Masterson but returned to the English Department in 1973.

Sanderlin was an avid golfer but did not play collegiately. Wes Brown recommended that Sanderlin oversee the golf program, and he became the head coach in 1977.

He guided UTC’s first Southern Conference medalist, Donnie Green, in 1978 and has also coached four SoCon runners-up, Lee Gerdes and Chris Schmidt in 1987; Brian Millican in 1989 and James Van De Griff in 1997. Sanderlin was voted the SoCon Coach of the Year in 1987.

Sanderlin is a native of Memphis, Tenn., where he graduated from Humes High School, the same high school attended by the late Elvis Presley, who was two years ahead of Sanderlin. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1960 from Memphis State University in English and Psychology and a master’s degree in English in 1961.

Sanderlin’s teaching career began at North Carolina State University where he worked from 1962 to 1965. He spent time at the University of North Carolina where he was awarded his doctorate degree in 1967. He also taught for two years at the University of Southern Mississippi from 1967 to 1969 before taking his position at UTC.

Sanderlin was born Sept. 9, 1937, in Memphis. He is married to the former Carla Andrews of Lima, Ohio. Sanderlin has two daughters and one granddaughter.

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