Chattanooga- (WDEF-TV) Winning games and titles is what we expect from UTC athletics, but you can’t forget to win in the classroom. Mocs athletes certainly made the note during the spring semester with numbers any athletic director would be proud of.
As of last spring, the Mocs had 14 sports teams with a cumulative average of 3.0 or higher for the third consecutive semester.
Mocs athletic director Mark Wharton said: “And do it all in COVID and zoom. A sort of overhaul of everything we’ve done. The model. To be able to come out the last two semesters as successfully as we are.
Another academic issue that stands out.
20% of UTC student athletes averaged 4.0 GPA.
Wharton said, “Two of our three athletes were on the AD Honor Roll, which is exceptional and incredible. You know, 20 years ago, or not even that long ago, four in ten student-athletes walked across the stage. We are now talking about nine out of ten graduates in five years. “
Wharton says UTC is taking steps to make sure athletes keep pace in the classroom.
Wharton said, “We have Sunday study rooms. Depending on the sport when they enter. It’s really a carrot to them that a certain GPA and above, they don’t have to go to the study room, but if you go down below it’s mandatory.
Wharton wants student athletes to be successful in all aspects of their college life.
Wharton said, “We’re not going to go out and just win first. I think it’s the total sports experience. Socially, academically and competitively. We do that very well here. We’re as close as you’ve seen to be pretty special in all three phases. “