Long Time Mocs Scorekeeper Lynn Trent Passes Away
(Gomocs.com) If you have attended a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga basketball game, you probably noticed the table crew making sure the game ran smoothly. They run the clocks, double-check calls with officials and keep the crowd updated through the public address announcer.
There have been a number of dedicated individuals work the table over the years, but there was always one consistent presence. For 50 years, Lynn Trent was the official scorekeeper for UTC basketball and football.
Trent started working with the Mocs as a student assistant Sports Information Director in 1966. His attention to detail and dedicated knowledge of the rules are legendary and he was well respected throughout the Southern Conference.
After graduating with a degree in Secondary Education and Mathematics in 1970, he stayed on as the head scorekeeper. On top of a 23-year career as a Math teacher, he rarely missed a basketball game.
Snowy weather, illness and a broken hip were no match for his ironman streak of 265 consecutive football games at Chamberlain Field and Finley Stadium. He finally missed one in 2015 when his son was ill.
With Lynn, family was always first, but his duties with the Mocs were still a top priority. His nose for numbers eventually led to a second career as a tax accountant. Despite the hectic life he led during tax season, he was always ready to go for the pregame officials meeting at every home basketball game.
Trent’s dedication earned him the Harold Wilkes Award from the UTC Athletics Hall of Fame in February. In his acceptance speech, he spoke of his love of family, church and the Mocs.
Sadly, Trent passed away on Saturday evening. A loving husband, father and grandfather, Lynn will be missed. He is survived by his wife Katherine, son Leighton (Jenny), grandson Will and siblings Laura E. Trent and Bill Trent.
Arrangements will be announced by Wann Funeral Home, at www.wannfuneralhome.com.
In November, WDEF News 12 Now Sports featured Trent talking about his 50 years with the Mocs.
Here’s the link to that story: