COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Achieving unprecedented success is no easy task in the professional world – let alone the world of a collegiate head coach – but over the course of his tenure as the leader of the track and field and cross country programs at Tennessee Tech, that is exactly what Wayne Angel did.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – With the cars lined along the top of the hill, Molly Allison looks ahead, ready to aim her craft toward the finish line. A couple of years ago, she thought she was done with the races, but a chance opportunity got her back into it.
As the race starts, she tries her hardest to steer the careening car in the best line, hoping to achieve victory.
Allison did earlier in June, winning the Cookeville Soap Box Derby’s Masters division. Now, she sets her sights on a national championship in July at the 82nd annual FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby at Derby Downs Track in Akron, Ohio, on July 20.
LEBANON, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech swept the Sports Information division of the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s annual writing contest as the organization announced its awards on Tuesday afternoon.
Tech Sports Information Coordinator Thomas Corhern took first place in both the Best Feature Writer and Best Event Writer categories, beating out sports information writers across the state.
The entries, to be eligible, had to have been written between January 1 and December 31 in the 2018 calendar year. Three stories had to be submitted for each category.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Tech purple and gold was victorious in another way as Molly Allison propelled the Tech Athletics-sponsored car to victory in the Master's Division at the recent Cookeville Soap Box Derby. Now, Allison and the Tech Athletics car will get an opportunity to represent Cookeville and the University on the national stage.
Allison, an incoming Tech freshman, will drive the car again in July as she heads to Akron, Ohio, for the 82nd FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championships, held from July 14-20.
The championships, held on July 20, will be streamed online.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Former Tennessee Tech cross country and track and field student-athlete Anna Cooper passed away on Monday following her battle against a rare form of cancer. She was 23.
Cooper graduated from Tech in May 2018, wrapping up a four-year career on the Golden Eagles’ cross country and track and field teams. She was a member of Tech’s first Ohio Valley Conference women’s indoor and outdoor track and field championship teams. Cooper also set a personal-best time in the 800-meter run in the OVC Outdoor Championships in Tucker Stadium in 2018.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – As the 2018-19 academic year came to a close, the Tennessee Tech student-athletes put together another solid semester in the classroom.
In all, 198 student-athletes made the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for Spring 2019.
“The continuing effort that our student-athletes put forth in the classroom is amazing,” said Mark Wilson, Tech Director of Athletics. “Just like their fight on the fields or court, our student-athletes are relentless in their search for academic achievement. They put countless hours in an already crowded schedule, and to see so many continue to achieve is a testament to their commitment to our ideals.”
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The team of Gary and Lee Maxwell went wire-to-wire to win the 2019 Pepsi Bobby Nichols Golden Eagle Scramble presented by Budweiser, closing the final round out on a rainy Sunday afternoon with a 10-under to finish at 40-under for the weekend.
The Maxwells went 16-under on day one at Golden Eagle Golf Club, then shot 14-under at White Plains Golf Course on Saturday to take a 30-under advantage through the first two runs.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The role of the sports information office has become more diverse over the years as new technologies and methods for disseminating information emerge.
The goal has always been the same – find the best way to get the information out to as wide of an audience as possible and tell the story of the University and its student-athletes.
And while social media and video have become valuable tools in spreading the message, writing is still one of the most essential tools of the trade. With that in mind, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) honor some of the top writers in the field each year with the Fred Stabley, Sr. Writing Contest.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- The mission for Tennessee Tech Athletics is to see its student-athletes leave with a diploma in one hand and a championship ring on the other.
In the classroom, the student-athletes are certainly earning their high marks. For the 21st consecutive semester, the Tennessee Tech student-athletes have posted a composite grade point average higher than 3.0, clocking in at 3.117 for the Spring 2019 semester.
“We have high expectations for our student-athletes at Tennessee Tech,” said director of athletics Mark Wilson. “As active members of our campus community, our student-athletes should be a shining example not just on the playing fields and courts, but also in the classroom. Our expectations will never waver as we will continue to seek the best and brightest and help shape the men and women who will ultimately shape our future.”
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – All 14 of Tennessee Tech's athletic teams have done it again, comfortably exceeding the national APR standard for the 10th consecutive year. The APR standard is a benchmark to determine how an athletics program is meeting the mission of educating its student-athletes.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – When all was said and done on Saturday following Tennessee Tech’s 2019 Spring Commencement, 63 student-athletes who proudly wore the Purple and Gold to represent the University on the playing courts or fields earn their degrees.
One of the largest graduating classes from Tech Athletics in recent years, the group saw plenty of highlights in competition, many earning championship rings through the course of their careers, as well as conference honors and academic recognition.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech men's and women’s golf teams are among those receiving Public Recognition Awards Wednesday from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for top academic performance. The awards are presented to teams scoring in the Top 10 percent nationally in the Multi-Year Academic Progress Rate (APR), which is part of the NCAA's academic reform program.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Monika and Henry Bowman (pictured with Director of Athletics Mark Wilson, Head Women’s Basketball Coach Kim Rosamond and Executive Director of Planned Giving Tiff Rector) have been avid fans, season ticket holders and annual donors for many years. Recently they established the Monika and Henry Bowman Women’s Basketball Scholarship Endowment to further support the program and its players.
A member of the Cookeville Regional Medical Center staff for more than 35 years, Monika graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville before earning her master’s degree from Tennessee Tech. After completing his undergraduate degree at Austin Peay University, and his master’s at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, Henry spent more than 40 years with the Upper Cumberland Development District.
Monika and Henry believe that Tennessee Tech enhances the benefits of living in Cookeville in many ways and hope the scholarships they are endowing will help promote educational opportunities for students in the future.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Golfers, fans and supporters of Tennessee Tech Athletics are highly encouraged to register now for the Pepsi Bobby Nichols Golden Eagle Scramble presented by Budweiser, as the field has already surpassed the half-way full mark with just over a month-and-a-half remaining to sign up.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – For the fourth straight year, Tennessee Tech’s Hooper Eblen Center served as the host site of the Athletics Department’s annual Golden Wings Awards Thursday evening, celebrating the achievements of Golden Eagle student-athletes and coaches from the past year.
Designed to recognize excellence by Tennessee Tech student-athletes and coaches, the ESPYs-style, end-of-year event is a video-based production featuring over 20 awards and honors that reach each of Tech's 14 teams. The show was broadcast live on the YouTube, allowing fans across the nation and world to view the accomplishments of Tech student-athletes, and can be viewed in its entirety here.
The timeframe of the awards period was the current season (2018-19 in this instance) except for those Tech programs competing in the spring, including baseball, men’s golf, women’s golf softball, outdoor track & field and tennis. With those sports still competing with a large portion of their seasons left, the previous campaigns (2017-18 in this instance) were recognized. The Man and Woman of the Year awards encompassed the 2018-19 period for all sports.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Honoring the top performances of the year in Tennessee Tech Athletics, the 2019 Golden Wings Awards will be held this Thursday at the Hooper Eblen Center.
Tickets for non-student-athletes are $20 at the Eblen Center ticket office or by calling (931) 372-3940.
The 2019 edition of the awards show – its fourth -- will be streamed live via YouTube.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Just under three weeks remain before the deadline for fans, alumni, friends and supporters to submit names as nominees for the Tennessee Tech Sports Hall of Fame. The deadline each year is June 30. To be considered for 2019 induction, nominations must be submitted by Sunday, June 30.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Registration for the 2019 Pepsi Bobby Nichols Golden Eagle Scramble presented by Budweiser has officially opened, enabling golfers to make reservations for Tennessee Tech’s golf fundraiser, which returns to the three-day format this year from June 7 to June 9 at Golden Eagle Golf Club and White Plains Golf Club.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Lifelong learning, service to others and authenticity were three of the major themes shared by WCTE President and CEO Becky Magura, who spoke to Tennessee Tech’s female student-athletes at Monday night’s Dr. M. Dianne Murphy Leaders for Life program.
Magura has years of experience in television production as an on-air host, producer, and videographer, and became WCTE's fourth general manager in 2006. She has led the station team through the digital transition in transmission and production, as well as secured WCTE's downtown studio and offices.
She also recently served as the Past Chair of the National Educational Telecommunications Association's (NETA) Executive Board and is currently serving on the America's Public Television Stations Board of Trustees and the Cookeville/Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Board. She received the Cumberland Business Journal's Ovation Award for Community Service.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech fans traveling up to the Ford Center this week for the 2018-19 Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Championships will have the opportunity to enjoy a tailgate atmosphere prior to the games.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – With 35 years of experience in production, educational outreach and management at public television station WCTE, Becky Magura will be the featured guest speaker Monday, Mar. 11 at Tennessee Tech for a presentation on women in leadership.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – For Mark and Mindy Odom, basketball is a way of life. So is supporting Tennessee Tech Athletics.
Visible figures at so many Tech athletic events, the Odoms have devoted so much time, energy and resources to help the Golden Eagles soar to newer heights.
And it comes as no surprise they were selected as the recipients of the 2019 Tennessee Tech Athletics Outstanding Alumni Award, because their efforts have gone a long, long way.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech student-athletes kept their impressive trend of success in the classroom rolling in the right direction in the Fall 2018 semester, boasting 220 members of the Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. –Dr. Lance Jasitt of Tennessee Tech University has been named one of two recipients of the 2019 Ohio Valley Conference Thurston Banks Award for Distinguished Academic Service.
The award, selected by the OVC Faculty Athletics Representatives (FARs), was established in 2013 to recognize individuals (e.g. academic advisor, professor, tutor, etc.), with at least five years of service at one or more OVC member institutions, for their outstanding contributions to OVC student-athletes' academic success, learning and development as well for his or her overall commitment to the institution's athletics program.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Many students walk through the halls of Tennessee Tech over the course of their careers, and just like the student-athletes who wear the Purple and Gold representing the Golden Eagles on the playing fields, graduation is a special day.
For 19 student-athletes on Saturday during the university's Fall Commencement ceremony, it certainly was that.
The following earned their degrees on Saturday:
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – “Let’s welcome our Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles!”
That’s usually the line as public address announcer Philip Gibbons pumps up the crowd at Tech’s football and women’s basketball games – a mainstay since 1982.
And over the course of those 36 years with Tech and 44 total in the field of broadcasting in Cookeville, he’s built quite a reputation as one of the best in the business.