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On June 14, we send Happy Birthday to many members of the Tennessee Athletics family. 

Women's basketball legend Pat Summitt celebrates her birthday on June 14. 


Tennessee volleyball head coach Rob Patrick also celebrates his birthday on June 14.

Also celebrating on Flag Day are former Vols football lineman Anthony Herrera, who played for the Minnesota Vikings from 2004-11. 


Former women's track standout 
Elizabeth Altizer also turns 23. 


On June 11 - a popular day for birthdays on Rocky Top - we wish Happy Birthday to head Lady Vol basketball coach Holly Warlick, Vol swimmer Sam Petersen, Vol baseball star Will Maddox, and former Vol football wide receiver Cory Eichholtz.



Happy Birthday - June 10: Ariel Massengale, Steven Fowlkes

On June 10, we wish Happy Birthday to Lady Vol Basketball sophomore Ariel Massengale. The point guard will be playing in this summer's 2013 World University Games. It's also the birthday of former Vol football player Steven Fowlkes.


Warlick, Auriemma Set Fun Tone At WBHOF Fundraiser


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame held its 2013 induction ceremonies Saturday night, and Lady Vol head coach Holly Warlick co-hosted a major fundraiser for the hall with UConn head coach Geno Auriemma.

Below is a photo gallery from the gala reception, held at the East Tennessee Historical Society, stories pertaining to the reception and induction ceremonies, an article confirming that Lady Vol player Jasmine Phillips has left the program and news that former UT player Sydney Smallbone has been tapped to lead a high school program.

-- UTSports.com: WBHOF Gala Reception Photo Gallery

-- espnW: Women's Basketball HOF Induction Weekend Recap

-- Knoxville News Sentinel: Knoxville a big part of Geno Auriemma legacy

-- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jim Foster, Sue Wicks laud Summitt's vision for Hall of Fame

-- Knoxville News Sentinel: Guard Jasmine Phillips not returning to Tennessee Lady Vols

-- WNDU-TV: Lakeshore hires Sydney Smallbone as new varsity girls hoops coach

Lady Vol Hoops In The News


It's summertime in East Tennessee, far removed from hoops season, but there's plenty going on involving past and current members of the Lady Vol basketball program.

The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame is hosting its 2013 induction festivities this weekend, and 2001 inductee Holly Warlick will be joining another well-known hall-of-famer in co-hosting a fundraiser.  The Lady Vol skipper will team up with none other than UConn head coach Geno Auriemma, himself a 2006 inductee, to co-host a gala reception on Saturday at the East Tennessee Historical Society. The event is sold out.

-- Knoxville News Sentinel:
Holly Warlick, Geno Auriemma to host hall of fame fund-raiser

Pat Summitt was recently announced as a 2013 inductee into the FIBA Hall of Fame. She and 11 others will be enshrined at FIBA Headquarters in Mies, Switzerland, (just outside Geneva) on June 19. She joins two other Americans being inducted, including former Georgia women's standout Teresa Edwards and David Robinson, a graduate of the Naval Academy and a long-time NBA standout.

-- fiba.com: FIBA announces 2013 Hall of Fame Class
-- fiba.com: 2013 Class of FIBA Hall of Fame: profile of Pat Summitt

Candace Parker
is averaging 18.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per contest for the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks and has vaulted to the top of this week's "Race to the MVP: Week Two" discussion segment on WNBA.com. Readers also chimed in to let the WNBA know that another former Lady Vol, Glory Johnson, needs to be in the mix as well. Johnson, like Parker, is averaging a double-double, scoring at a 15.5 ppg. clip and hauling down 11.3 rebounds per outing.

-- WNBA.com:  Race to the MVP: Week Two

The WNBA will test new technology this weekend, and a pair of former Lady Vols will be playing in the game where the league debuts its "Ref Cam."  Alexis Hornbuckle and her Phoenix Mercury will travel to Indianapolis to meet Tamika Catchings and the Indiana Fever on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time (ABC-TV). Former Lady Vol assistant Mickie DeMoss is a member of the Fever coaching staff.

-- WNBA.com: WNBA Makes History With Debut Of "Ref Cam" on ABC

Long-time Lady Vol athletic trainer Jenny Moshak has written a book entitled: "Ice 'N' Go, Score in Sports and Life." She discusses a few of the primary topics during a recent interview.

-- WATE-TV: 
Lady Vols' longtime trainer Jenny Moshak pens new book

Former Lady Vol Brittany Jackson continues to build a resume in the media industry. WRCB-TV in Chattanooga has announced that the Cleveland, Tenn., native will host its "Fan Cam" segment during Friday night football coverage this fall.

-- WCRB-TV: Former Lady Vol star joining Channel 3 as special fan correspondent

Catchings Has Court Named In Her Honor


Former Lady Vol and current WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever has been honored with the naming of a public basketball court. 

Officials broke ground on the new court, called Tamika Catchings Court, Tuesday morning. The court will be at Thatcher Park Family Center, 4649 W. Vermont St., Indianapolis.

Here are some story and video links regarding the announcement:

-- WISH-TV: Parks Dept. announces new Tamika Catchings Court, improvements
-- IndyStar.com: Indianapolis to spend $1.1 million to upgrade outdoor basketball courts in parks
-- SFGate.com/Associated Press:  Indianapolis plans $1.1M basketball courts project

WNBA Regular Season Begins

Eight graduates of the University of Tennessee currently are on league rosters, as the 17th WNBA season begins on Friday with the 2012 WNBA champions starting their title defense.

Tamika Catchings and the defending champion Indiana Fever open their 2013 campaign Friday night in San Antonio, while Kara Lawson and the Connecticut Sun host Kamiko Williams and the New York Liberty, and Glory Johnson and the Tulsa Shock travel to face the Atlanta Dream on Saturday. Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks host the Shekinna Stricklen and the Seattle Storm on Sunday, and a big ESPN2 doubleheader is on tap for Monday, May 27 as Michelle Snow and the Washington Mystics meet the Shock (5pm ET) prior to the Chicago Sky taking on Alexis Hornbuckle and the Mercury in Phoenix (7pm ET).

Here are some advances from WNBA.com and other media outlets that feature former Lady Vols.

Mirror Images

25 Things You Need to Know About the WNBA

2013 WNBA.com GM Survey

Catchings, Fever Aiming For Second Straight WNBA Championship

Candace Parker Resumes Chase For First WNBA Title

Laimbeer, new-look Liberty ready for a fresh start

Breaking down the Seattle Storm

What WNBA Cares Week Means to Me

Breaking down the Tulsa Shock

WNBA: General WNBA Are new pieces enough to make the Mystics a playoff team?

Happy Birthday - May 21: J.Majors, V.Baugh, J.Dickie

On May 21, we send Happy Birthday wishes to the legendary Johnny Majors, who starred on the football field as a player and coach. Check out a Photo Gallery.


Also celebrating on May 21 are recent women's basketball graduate Vicki Baugh and men's track performer Jeremy Dickie.



Burdick Pushing To Make Another USA Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Lady Vol rising junior Cierra Burdick is one of five Tennessee players vying for spots on USA Basketball teams over the weekend during trials for the upcoming FIBA U19 World Championships and World University Games.

Burdick, Ariel Massengale, Isabelle Harrison, Meighan Simmons and Bashaara Graves are in contention for spots on the WUG squad, while Graves and incoming freshman Jordan Reynolds are trying to make the U19 team. 

USA Basketball's John Holt caught up with Burdick in Colorado Springs and shares her thoughts on being in camp and competing for another spot on an international team.

-- USA Basketball: Cierra Burdick Returns To Summertime Roots

Former Lady Vol Semeka Randall Named Head Coach at Alabama A&M


Former Lady Vol Semeka Randall has been named the new head women's basketball coach at Alabama A&M University, Director of Athletics Bryan Hicks announced Thursday.

Randall played at Tennessee from 1998-2001, and was a key member of the 1998 NCAA Championship team that went 39-0. The native of Cleveland, Ohio, was also earned Kodak and AP All-American honors in 1999 and 2000. After graduating from UT with a degree in Speech Communication, Randall was the 17th pick in the 2001 WNBA draft and went on to play professionally for three years with the Seattle Storm, Utah Starzz and San Antonio Stars, as well as played internationally during the WNBA off-season.

She began her coaching career as an assistant at Cleveland State, then moved to Michigan State in 2004, and helped the Spartans to the 2004 NCAA Championship game. She also served as an assistant at West Virginia from 2007-08, before moving on to head coach at Ohio University from 2008-2013.


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