Mocs’ re­port: men’s golf, bas­ket­ball add to ros­ter

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Ris­ing sopho­more Luke Long was look­ing for a new home. The Fayet­teville, Ark., na­tive found it join­ing the Chat­tanooga Mocs af­ter an im­pres­sive col­le­giate golf de­but.

The 2017 Ohio Val­ley Con­fer­ence Fresh­man of the Year led the Cougars with a 73.5 stroke av­er­age. He was an All-OVC se­lec­tion and placed fourth in the OVC Cham­pi­onships shoot­ing even-par 216.

Long had one top five, three top 10s and eight top 20s in his 11 out­ings. His top fin­ishes came at the OVC, ASU Red Wolf In­ter­col­le­giate (T8) and Loy­ola In­ter­col­le­giate (T10). A 69 was his low card turned in the sec­ond 18 at Loy­ola and again to open OVC play.

He was the 2015 Arkansas 7A State Cham­pion and was a part of three state ti­tle teams at Fayet­teville High School. Long posted three wins in 2016 in ASGA Ju­nior play cap­tur­ing the Arkansas Ju­nior Match Play along with the South­ern Ban­corp Al­liance In­sur­ance and Shadow Val­ley Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships.

Long joins a trio of in­com­ing fresh­men: A.J. Lin­tunen, Con­nor Nolan and Do­minic Jones. Lin­tunen and Nolan signed in Novem­ber, while Jones, who will en­roll in Jan­uary, inked this spring.

Mocs add Moss to men’s hoop ros­ter

The 2017-18 Chat­tanooga Mocs men’s bas­ket­ball ros­ter is com­ing into fo­cus as head coach La­mont Paris re­cently an­nounced the sign­ing of South Carolina prep stand­out Duane Moss.

Moss orig­i­nally signed with Youngstown State in the fall but was re­leased from his na­tional let­ter of in­tent (NLI) when former head coach Jerry Slocum re­tired fol­low­ing the sea­son. He is im­me­di­ately el­i­gi­ble and is an ex­cit­ing ad­di­tion to the front­court av­er­ag­ing 13.8 points and 6.4 re­bounds per game as a se­nior.

The 6-foot-7, 200-pounder fits well into the Mocs scheme at the four po­si­tion. He has the abil­ity to stretch the de­fense along well as get­ting to the bas­ket off the bounce and is a will­ing re­bounder. Moss is a 2-star prospect per ver­bal­com­mits.com.

The ros­ter for 2017- 18 ros­ter in­cludes five new­com­ers with seven re­turnees. The breakdown by class is one se­nior, four ju­niors, two sopho­mores and five fresh­men along with one four-year trans­fer sit­ting out with two years re­main­ing be­gin­ning in 2018-19.

Joyner earns state award

Former Uni­ver­sity of Ten­nessee at Chat­tanooga women’s bas­ket­ball stand­out Jas­mine Joyner has been named Ten­nessee’s 201617 Women’s Col­lege Bas­ket­ball Player of the Year by the Ten­nessee Sports Writ­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

Joyner earned South­ern Con­fer­ence De­fen­sive Player of the Year hon­ors and gar­nered Most Out­stand­ing Player ac­co­lades at the con­fer­ence tour­na­ment, help­ing the Mocs to the league cham­pi­onship.

She fin­ished third na­tion­ally in blocked shots per game (3.8) and was the only player in the SoCon to av­er­age a double-double with 13.1 points and 10.5 re­bounds per game for UTC, which fin­ished 2111 over­all in 2016-17.

She earned First Team All-SoCon hon­ors and posted 15 dou­ble­dou­bles dur­ing the sea­son, in­clud­ing 10 of the fi­nal 13 con­tests of the year. Joyner closed her col­le­giate ca­reer ranked eighth all-time in NCAA DI blocked shots with 436 and 14th with 3.57 blocks per game.

Gar­cia steps down as ten­nis coach

Chat­tanooga men’s ten­nis head coach Car­los Gar­cia has sub­mit­ted his let­ter of res­ig­na­tion af­ter re­cently com­pleted his 16th sea­son with the Mocs.

Gar­cia came to UTC in 2002 as head coach of both the men’s and women’s ten­nis pro­grams. He coached both teams for two years, but has been solely on the men’s side for the last 14 sea­sons.

Gar­cia led the Mocs to the cham­pi­onship match of the South­ern Con­fer­ence Tour­na­ment in 2005 and 2006. His ca­reer record stands at 154-208, in­clud­ing four­con­sec­u­tive win­ning sea­sons from 2005-08. The Mocs were 5-17 and 0-7 in the SoCon in 201617.

A search for Gar­cia’s re­place­ment will be­gin im­me­di­ately.

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