CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- John Shulman, head coach of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's basketball program, was honored Tuesday with Distinguished Citizen Awards from the City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County Governments. Chattanooga mayor Ron Littlefield and Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey presented Shulman with the awards in a surprise ceremony at the city's Criminal Justice Building.
The sixth-year head coach brought his team down for a visit with Judge Robert Moon who congratulated it on its sterling example on and off the court.
"Coach Shulman and the Basketball Mocs are tremendous ambassadors for our campus as they travel across the country," said UTC Chancellor Dr. Roger Brown. "Coach Shulman leads his players and team by example, emphasizing good sportsmanship, a commitment to academics, and overall integrity. He is quite deserving of this recognition."
Shulman's Mocs are 13-10, 5-5 in the Southern Conference North Division after losing five starters from the 2009 Southern Conference Championship team. His 2009 squad was the 10th in the school's 32-season history at that time to advance to the NCAA Tournament.
"I was definitely surprised," said Shulman. "This was supposed to be a day for our kids that Judge Moon was nice enough to have us in here.
"It's nice to have reassurance that people care that you are doing what is important with these young men. Wins and losses are a factor in how we view what we do, however this focuses on the greater goal."
The Mocs travel to College of Charleston this Thursday to square off with the South Division leader at 7 p.m. Chattanooga will stay in town through Saturday night's tilt at The Citadel. The next home game is on Wednesday, Feb. 10, against Samford.
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