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UTC athletics photo / Recent UTC graduate Abby Bateman, a member of the women's cross country and track and field team this past school year, is a third-team CoSIDA All-American for the second year in a row.

Abby Bateman, who graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in May, is a College Sports Information Directors of America's Academic All-American for the second year in a row. Bateman, from Jefferson City and Jefferson County High School, made the NCAA Division I women's cross country/track and field third team for the second straight time. Bateman graduated summa cum laude with a degree in marketing, finishing with a 4.0 GPA, and in 2019-20 she set personal records in the 6-kilometer run during the cross country season in the fall and the 800-meter run during the indoor track season in the winter. The CoSIDA honor recognizes both academic and athletic achievements, and Bateman became eligible for the national awards after making the all-district lineup in May. "It's a great honor for Abby, her family, the athletics department and, of course, UTC," Mocs coach Andy Meyer said in a Mocs release. "To be named one of the very brightest of the most athletically gifted in Division I is truly a blessing, and to do it twice is commendable. She is one of our hardest-working athletes. She carries that same motivation, dedication and commitment into the classroom."

 

Miscellaneous

* The Southern Conference 2019-20 honor roll included 195 UTC student-athletes, including 34 with a 4.0 GPA for the school year, and both of those numbers were records for the Mocs, who also had 71 student-athletes earn the SoCon Commissioner's Medal with a GPA of 3.8 or better for the year. The honor roll recognizes varsity athletes who posted at least a 3.0 GPA, were eligible the entire academic year and were members of the final squad lists. UTC's release announcing the honors noted that the Mocs, "despite having one of the smallest populations of overall student-athletes in the conference," were second in the league in number of 4.0 GPAs and medals. Program records for honor roll athletes were set by UTC teams in football (52), men's basketball (13) and men's tennis (10). In addition, 38 UTC student-athletes earned 47 spots on the separate SoCon all-academic team, which requires at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA and includes participation and tenure requirements. The men's tennis team set a program record for honorees with five, and the women's golf (four) and women's basketball (three) teams tied program records.

* UTC's athletic department received two top awards in the CoSIDA publications contest for 2019-20. The Mocs' Chatt Chats submission won first place in video program/athlete feature for a video featuring senior women's basketball team member Nakeia Burks that was produced by assistant director of strategic communications Corey Belonzi, digital media services production director Tate Johnson and student asistant Allison Swinford. In the special event program category, the Mocs won best cover for their Southern Scuffle wrestling tournament guide. Leah Gill, assistant AD for digital media services, designed the cover.

* Mark Wharton has been named to the executive committee of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association. Wharton, who is entering his fourth year as UTC athletic director and vice chancellor, will serve a three-year team as the SoCon representative.

 

Basketball

* Abby Bertram, a Lee University senior this past season, was selected to the Gulf South Conference all-decade team for women's basketball. Bertram, who made the second team, was an All-GSC and All-South Region selection both seasons as an upperclassman and a Women's Basketball Coaches Association Division II All-American this year. The Lady Flames went 95-30 overall and 62-20 in league play while earning four NCAA national tournament berths during her career.

* UTC 2020-21 season tickets are on sale, with prices ranging from $75 to $125 for the women's home schedule and $99 to $200 for the men's home schedule, with padded reserved seats also requiring a Mocs Club donation in both cases. Multiple payment options are available, and tickets can be purchased at gomocs.com or by calling 423-266-6627.

 

Volleyball

* UTC coach Travis Filar has announced a late addition to the Mocs' highly rated 2020 signing class, bringing the group's number to seven, with the addition of 6-foot-1 middle blocker Jada Mullins of Berean Christian School and K2 Volleyball Club in Knoxville. Mullins helped her school to its first state title in any sport in 2017, and she was a two-time all-district and all-region selection as well as a National Athletic Association of Private Schools All-American. UTC's season begins Aug. 28 at the Jacksonville State Invitational.

Compiled by Marty Kirkland. Contact him at mkirkland@timesfreepress.com.

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