The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Athletics Department and the Office of Alumni Affairs announced the Class of 2012 inductees into UTC Athletics Hall of Fame today. The Mocs will welcome six new members at the annual ceremony on Feb. 22 at the Chattanooga Country Club.
This year's group includes Josh Cain (football), Susan Carson (women's tennis), Neil Connolly (men's golf), Catherine Neely (volleyball & women's basketball), Katasha Brown Flatt (women's basketball) and Scott Zaccaria (men's tennis).
"We are excited to welcome in such a deserving and qualified group to the UTC Athletics Hall of Fame," stated Interim Director of Athletics Laura Herron. "They all represented UTC in an exemplary fashion during their time as student-athletes and we are proud to honor them with their inductions into the Hall of Fame."
Among the new members are All-Americans, a national champion, an NCAA record holder, Southern Conference Players of the Year, and pioneers in their respective sports at UTC.
The banquet is open to the public but seating is limited and reservations are required. The cost is $30.00 per person which includes dinner. Payments and RSVP's can be submitted to the UTC Office of Alumni Affairs (423) 425-4785). For more information, email Jayne-Holder@utc.edu.
The UTC Athletics Hall of Fame was established to formally recognize outstanding contributions to the heritage and tradition of the university's intercollegiate athletic program. A total of 188 individuals have been inducted into the UTC Athletics Hall of Fame during special ceremonies held each year
Below is a brief biography on each member of the 2012 class. Be sure to check back to GoMocs.com over the next month for a more in-depth look at each inductee, as well as photos from their days at Chattanooga.
Josh Cain - Football - 1999-02
Josh Cain was a two-time All-American for the Mocs from 1999-02. He is widely remembered for recording an NCAA FCS-record 30 tackles against The Citadel on Nov. 3, 2001. He was also a member of the All-Century Team as one of the top linebackers in the first 100 years of UTC football.
Cain led the Southern Conference in tackles in both his junior and senior seasons. He posted 144 stops in 2001, topping that with a school-record 192 tackles in 2002. He was named All-SoCon in each of his last two years at UTC.
Cain is currently second all-time at UTC with 511 total tackles. He was a two-time team MVP and also won the Marco Shepherd Mr. Hustle Award for hard work and dedication in 2001.
Susan Carson - Women's Tennis - 1975-78
Susan Carson was an All-American women's tennis player from 1975-78. She helped start one of the most dominant runs by any sport at UTC that included three-straight national championships.
Carson was a member of the Lady Mocs 1977 and 1978 AIAW Small College National Championship teams, earning All-American honors in 1978.
A two-sport athlete, Carson was also a member of the volleyball team throughout her career at UTC. Carson earned her Bachelor's Degree in Health, Physical Education and Elementary Education in 1978.
Neil Connolly - Men's Golf - 1989-93
Neil Connolly was a three-time All-Southern Conference golfer from 1990-93. He was the first Moc to advance to the NCAA Regionals, earning an at-large bid in both his junior and senior seasons.
In 1992, he helped the Mocs to a fifth place finish at the SoCon Championships. He went on to compete at the NCAA Regionals hosted by Colgate, but did not make the cut for the NCAA Championships.
As a senior in 1993, Connolly and the Mocs tied for second at the SoCon Tournament. He again earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Regionals hosted by the University of Virginia. There he was the top individual to advance to the NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Kentucky at the Champion Trace Golf Club in Lexington.
Katasha Brown Flatt - Women's Basketball - 2003-06
Katasha Brown Flatt was a two-time Southern Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year and helped lead the Lady Mocs to their most successful four-year run in school history. UTC went 107-17 during her career, advancing to the postseason and winning the SoCon regular season title all four years.
In 2004, Brown guided the Lady Mocs to a 29-3 record and a memorable 74-69 win over Rutgers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. She won her first SoCon Player of the Year honor that season, guiding UTC to both the SoCon regular season and tournament titles.
She was again named SoCon Player of the Year as a senior when UTC went 27-4 and returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2006. Brown is currently seventh on the Lady Mocs all-time scoring list with 1,472 points. She is third all-time in the SoCon three-point field goals with 216.
Catherine Neely - Volleyball & Women's Basketball - 1961-64
Catherine Neely is a legendary high school volleyball and basketball coach in the Chattanooga area, but was also one of the pioneers in the early years of women's sports at UTC. She led a group of female student-athletes who organized some of the first intercollegiate competition in volleyball and women's basketball at UTC.
Neely came to campus as a freshman in 1960 after a standout prep career at Hixson High School. She wanted to keep competing, so she and a group of girls worked with the Physical Education department to form a team and schedule games. They played in the city leagues in Chattanooga, and also competed against teams from all over the state.
Neely is a member of the National High School Hall of Fame and will coach her 50th season of volleyball at East Ridge High School in 2013. Her career mark stands at an astonishing 1,381-648. She was also coach of the Lady Pioneers basketball team for 43 years, amassing a record of 625-364.
Scott Zaccaria - Men's Tennis - 1981-84
Scott Zaccaria was a standout member of the Mocs men's tennis team from 1981-84. He was the 1984 Southern Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Year, the first UTC student-athlete to take home the league's top honor.
The Mocs won four Southern Conference team titles during Zaccaria's career. He won the SoCon individual title at No. 3 singles as a freshman in 1981 and again at No. 1 as a senior in 1984. He also won three doubles titles in his career.
Zaccaria was a part of a dominate era for Mocs tennis in the Southern Conference. UTC won the league's team title each year from 1978-85.
Special Award Winners
There are four special awards given out by the UTC Athletics Hall of Fame committee each year, including the Gordon Davenport Award, the Joe Morrison Award, the Harold Wilkes Award and the A.C. "Scrappy" Moore Award.
The Gordon Davenport Award is given annually by the UTC Athletics Hall of Fame to a person who has shown outstanding commitment to the Chattanooga Mocs athletics program. This year's recipient of the Gordon Davenport Award is Bob Davis. Affectionately known as "Coach Davis," Bob and his late wife Etta, have been long-time supporters of the Mocs. He can be found most days at football practice or in the training room. The football team's offseason conditioning honor is named the Bob Davis Winter Warrior Award.
The Joe Morrison Award is given annually by the UTC Athletics Hall of Fame to a former student-athlete or coach for notable accomplishments and life experiences. This year's recipient of the Joe Morrison Award is Sharon Fanning-Otis. A UTC alumn and former women's basketball head coach at Chattanooga, Kentucky and Mississippi State, Fanning-Otis retired from coaching last season with almost 300 wins.
The Harold Wilkes Award was established to recognize a volunteer, coach, staff member or University administrator who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in furthering the Vision of Chattanooga Athletics - To establish comprehensive excellence as the UTC Standard. This year's Harold Wilkes Award goes to long-time Mocs fans and supporters David & Carol Gibbs.
The A.C. "Scrappy" Moore Award is presented to a current UTC student-athlete who best personifies the athletic department's mission of comprehensive excellence, academically, athletically and socially. This year's recipient of the Scrappy Moore Award is volleyball's Academic All-American Christina Teter.