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Lady Vol Hoops Update

Photo by Robin Layton

There's been plenty of off-campus activity involving former Lady Vols this week. Candace Parker and Tamika Catchings were named All-WNBA, while Parker, Catchings and Glory Johnson were invited to attend the 2013 USA Women's National Team mini-camp Oct. 4-6 in Las Vegas.


Catchings also is featured in "Hoop the American Dream," a book of photographs by Robin Layton that features photographs of basketball goals all around the country and stories told by the users of those hoops. In addition to Catchings, Layton's book also features UT Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt and former Lady Vols Chamique Holdsclaw and Michelle Marciniak.


Coach Summitt also was in the news for attending a fundraiser in Clarksville for the Pat Summitt Foundation. Summitt was born in nearby Cheatham County in the town of Henrietta.


To read more about these stories, please click on the links below.


--WNBA.com: Parker, Catchings Headline 2013 All-WNBA Team

-- USAB.com: Olympic, World Championship Gold Medalists Headline USA Mini-Camp

--NewsChannel5.com: Pat Summitt Attends Fundraiser For Her Foundation

--HoopTheAmericanDream: Lady Vols Featured In "Hoop the American dream"


Sept. 27 is a busy day for birthdays on Rocky Top as we celebrate five with Tennessee ties. We wish a happy birthday to senior rower Katherine Changes, sophomore swimmer Adam Cornett and junior Lady Vol hoops star Isabelle Harrison.

Katherine Changes Adam Cornett Isabelle Harrison

Also celebrating a birthday today is former Tennessee men's basketball player Ed Gray and former Vol quarterback and current New York Jets' signal caller Matt Simms.

Ed Gray 

Lady Vol Hoops Update

As the 2013-14 approaches, check out some recent features on the Lady Vol basketball program and see what some former Lady Vols have been up to in the WNBA and the coaching profession. Pictured is new Northwood University (Fla.) head coach Courtney McDaniel.

Courtney McDaniel Hired as Head Women's Basketball Coach
ESPN.com: Catchings, Fever overwhelm Sky
ESPN.com: Candace Parker wins WNBA MVP

Knoxville News Sentinel:
Strength and conditioning coach Lee Taylor puts Lady Vols in the zone
Knoxville News Sentinel: Lady Vols' Carter finally feeling healthy again
Knoxville News Sentinel:
Meighan Simmons remodels game to better handle pressure

Happy Birthday - Sept. 11: Katie King, Nia Moore, John Propst

Celebrating birthdays on Sept. 11 are Lady Vol rower Katie King, Lady Vol hoops' center Nia Moore and Vol linebacker John Propst.

Katie King Nia Moore John Propst

Lady Vol Hoops Update

Today's Lady Vol Hoops update brings you a variety of news from the past couple of weeks. Clips include topics involving current players Bashaara Graves, Ariel Massengale and Meighan Simmons; head coach Holly Warlick; head coach emeritus Pat Summitt; former players Candace Parker, Tamika Catchings and Kara Lawson; and even former Vol football player Peyton Manning.

-- Knoxville News Sentinel: Bashaara Graves, Ariel Massengale have golden moments for U.S. hoops
-- The Oklahoman: Competitive family, including sister Meighan, spurs Ryan Simmons to success at OSU

Happy Birthday - Aug. 16: Dena Head

On August 16, we wish a Happy Birthday to former Lady Vol basketball star Dena Head, who was the first-ever player drafted in the WNBA by the Phoenix Mercury in 1997. The 1992 SEC Player of the Year and 1989 SEC Freshman of the Year, Head helped the Lady Vols win the 1989 and 1991 NCAA National Championships.


On August 9, we celebrate the birthdays of current Tennessee swimmer Miles Garner, former Vol football walk-on Chris Cates, former Tennessee men's basketball player Clint Newman and Lady Vol hoops stars Shyra Ely and Chamique Holdsclaw.

Miles Garner Chris Cates

Chamique Holdsclaw Shyra Ely

Manning Latest Lady Vol To Enter Coaching Ranks


Former University of Tennessee basketball standout Alicia Manning has become the latest in a long line of Lady Vols who have gone into the coaching ranks.  Manning, who played at UT from 2008-12, has been hired as an assistant coach at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio.

Manning, who hails from Woodstock, Ga., is believed to be the 49th player from the Lady Vol program to enter the coaching ranks following her basketball career.  She is the 39th of those coaches to work in the college ranks.

To read JCU's announcement of the hiring, please click on the link below:

Former UT Standout Alicia Manning Hired At John Carroll University





Celebrating birthdays on July 30 are current Vols Marques Pair of the football team and Ryan McFall of the swimming & diving squad. 

Marques Pair Ryan McFall

Former men's basketball player Rob Jones, who ranks third all-time in games played (130), and former Lady Vol hoops and current Seattle Storm star Shekinna Stricklen also celebrate birthdays today.

On July 27, we celebrate the birthdays of three former Tennessee athletes. Happy birthday to women's basketball great and current member of the WNBA's Tulsa Shock Glory Johnson, former Vol wideout and current Tennessee Sports Radio host Jayson Swain and former Vol hoops player Anthony Richardson.

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