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Happy Birthday - May 1

On May 1 we're wishing a very happy birthday to football's Gavin Bryant



A redshirt freshman from Jackson, Alabama, Bryant sat out the 2014 season with Tennessee after joining Team 118 as a four-star inside linebacker. During his final prep season, he was a Class 5A All-State pick and recorded 60 tackles and nine sacks for Jackson High School. Bryant turns 20 years old today.

Happy birthday, Gavin!

 

Happy Birthday - April 30

We're celebrating two Big Orange birthdays on this final day of April as we send happy birthday wishes to men's tennis player Bartosz Sawicki and to baseball VFL Phil Garner

A junior from Poznan, Poland, Bart Sawicki owns a career singles record of 22-15 during his time on Rocky Top. During the 2014-15 year, Sawicki is 15-10 in singles and began his spring season at 2-1 at the No. 5 position in UT's singles lineup. In the fall, he won his first collegiate singles title after claiming three matches to win the second flight of the UTC/Steve Baras Fall Classic. Born this day in 1992, Sawicki is 23 years old today.



As an infielder out of Jefferson City, Tennessee, Garner played 15 seasons in the majors before transitioning to a manager role. He made his Major League debut in 1973 with the Oakland Athletics and made stops with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Francisco Giants before ending his playing days in 1988. Four years later, in 1992, Garner became the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. He spent seven seasons in Milwaukee before taking over for the Detroit Tigers in 2000. His last stint as manager came from 2004-07 when he led the Houston Astros. Under his leadership, the Astros made a World Series appearance in 2005.



Happy birthday, Bart and Phil!




Happy Birthday - April 28

It's April 28 and we're wishing a happy Big Orange birthday to track and field's Kyle Quinn!



A junior from Somerset, Massachusetts, Quinn is in the midst of his third season throwing the javelin for the Volunteers. He is currently ranked 11th in the East Region and is in qualifying position for the NCAA East Regional Championships in May gollowing his season-best throw of 229 feet, three inches (69.89m) to open the year at the Alabama Relays. Last season, Quinn threw the top distance in the nation when he recorded a career-best throw of 256 feet, 10 inches (78.28). Born this day in 1993, Quinn is 22 years old today.

Happy birthday, Kyle!


Happy Birthday - April 27

On April 27 we're wish a happy birthday to softball's Shaliyah Geathers and to women's basketball legend Bridgette Gordon

A sophomore from Chattanooga, Geathers has played in 43 games for the Lady Vols, including 42 starts. She is batting .339 this season with three home runs and 26 RBIs. Geathers began the month of April with a bang, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI at No. 7 Auburn on April 4, just one day after hitting a three-run home run off the scoreboard against the Tigers. Last year as a freshman, Geathers made 24 starts and batted .313 en route to being named a member of the Freshman All-SEC team. Geathers turns 20 years old today.



Gordon made an NCAA-record four consecutive trips to the Final Four during her playing days at the University of Tennessee. She won two national championships (1987 and 1989) while on Rocky Top and completed her career with an overall record of 115-21. A two-time All-American, she was one of just 20 players to be recognized as a Legend of the Final Four in 1996. Gordon led the SEC in scoring during both the 1988 and 1989 seasons and was one of just two collegiate members of the 1988 USA Olympic gold-medal winning women's basketball team.



Happy birthday, Shaliyah and Bridgette!


Happy Birthday - April 25

On April 25 we're wishing a happy Big Orange birthday to rowing's Victoria Florence as well as softball legend Ellen Renfroe!

A sophomore from Madison, Alabama, Florence is a member of the varsity rowing squad at UT. This season she rowed in the Women's 8+ shell that earned gold in a time of 18 minutes, 4.7 seconds at the Secret City Head Race. Florence is a computer engineering major and turns 20 years old today.

Victoria  Florence

Renfroe was a force to be reckoned with in the circle during her four years as a member of the Tennessee softball team. The Jackson, Tennessee, native was a three-time All-American, a three-time All-SEC performer, and a two-time national player of the year. As a senior in 2014, she logged a 30-win season, going 30-8. She finished out her career with a 102-25 record, 1,005 strikeouts, and a 1.65 ERA while in the circle for Tennessee. She is 23 years old today.



Happy birthday Victoria and Ellen!




Happy Birthday - April 24

On April 24 we're sending happy birthday wishes to Tennessee basketball legend, Ernie Grunfeld



Now the president of the Washington Wizards in the NBA, Grunfeld scored 2,249 points for the Volunteers between 1973-77. That figure ranks second all-time at UT, as does his 22.3 points per game career scoring average. A two-time All-American, Grunfeld had his No. 22 jersey officially retired by UT on March 2, 2008. Following his playing career, Grunfeld played in the NBA for nine seasons before becoming the general manager of the New York Knicks and eventually the Milwaukee Bucks.

Happy birthday, Ernie!


Happy Birthday - April 23

On April 23 we're sending out a happy birthday to former football standout Joey Kent! 

Kent is Tennessee's all-time leader in career receptions (183), receiving yards (2,814), and touchdown receptions (25). He played on Rocky Top from 1993-96 and was a two-time All-SEC first team selection. He went on to be drafted by the Tennessee Oilers in 1997 and made a Super Bowl appearance with the renamed Tennessee Titans in 2000. Kent will be on campus for this weekend's DISH Orange and White Game as part of the Wide Receiver U reunion.


Happy birthday, Joey! 

Happy Birthday - April 20

Today we're celebrating the birthday of one of Tennessee's basketball legends: Allan Houston!



Houston is UT's all-time leading scorer at 2,801 points in his 128 games over four years on Rocky Top. He trails only Pete Maravich on the SEC's all-time scoring chart. Houston was a two-time All-American and a four-time All-SEC selection, Houston went on to play 12 seasons in the NBA with the Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks. In 2011, Tennessee retired his #20 jersey to make him the third UT men's basketball player to have his number retired at Thompson-Boling Arena. 

Houston is currently an assistant general manager for the Knicks.

Happy birthday, Allan Houston!


Happy Birthday - April 19

It's April 19 and we've got a big-time Big Orange birthday to celebrate on Rocky Top! Today we're sending happy birthday wishes to basketball legend Candace Parker



One of the greatest collegiate women's basketball players of all time, Parker played three years for the Lady Vols, winning back-to-back national championships in 2007 and 2008. She was twice named the Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA Tournament and she concluded her UT career with a record of 101-10 and averages of 19.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

After forgoing her senior season (Parker graduated with a degree in sport management in 2008), Parker was drafted with the first overall pick by the Los Angeles Sparks. Her professional career has also included time with UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia. She is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist. Her jersey was retired at the University of Tennessee last season. 

Happy birthday, Candace!




Happy Birthday - April 18

We've got three birthdays to celebrate on this 18th day of April as we send 'happy birthday' wishes to swimmer Caroline Finkbeiner and Eve Repic of women's tennis, not to mention former Lady Vol golf standout Erica Popson

Finkbeiner recently concluded her junior season with the Tennessee swimming and diving program. She competed in five events for UT: the 50, 100, 200, and 500 freestyle and the 200 butterfly. She earned her best finish of the season, a runner-up placement, at Queens after swimming 500-yard freestyle in five minutes, 4.56 seconds. In total, she racked up nine top-10 finishes over the 2014-15 season. Finkbeiner turns 21 years old today.



A sophomore from Ontario, Canada, Repic recently concluded her second season on Rocky Top with a singles record of 16-11. For her career, she is 38-23 overall. Repic went out with a win, defeating Emily Flickinger of Auburn 6-1, 7-6 during the opening round of the 2015 SEC Women's Tennis Tournament. She was ranked as high as No. 40 this season. Born this day in 1995, Repic turns 20 today.



A four-year standout for Tennessee women's golf from 2009-13, Popson recorded eight top finishes over her career for the Orange and White. She won top medalist honors at the 2011 SEC Championship, firing a three day total of 210 (66-74-70) before going on to another victory at the NCAA West Regional. Popson finished her career with 18 top-10 finishes, 51 rounds of par or better, and a scoring average of 73.40. She was a three-time All-American and a two-time All-SEC performer. Following graduation, she earned membership status into the LPGA and earned full exemption into the LPGA Tour for 2014. 



Happy birthday, Caroline, Eve, and Erica!


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