TONY BALL, FOOTBALL, 1977-80
Tony Ball made a name for himself at UTC as an outstanding running back and kick returner on the football team.
Ball played the Mocs from 1977-1980 and was a member of three straight Southern Conference Championship teams under Head Coach Joe Morrison.
Ball set numerous school kickoff return records. His career average of 26.0 yards per return ranks No. 2 on the UTC career list, and his career yardage total of 1,304 return yards is fifth on the all-time chart. He set the UTC season record in 1977 with 37.7 yards per return, a mark which would rank second in the SoCon record book.
A 213-yard rushing game in 1979 against Western Carolina stands as the fifth-best single-game effort at UTC. He also recorded three kickoff returns over 50 yards, including a 68-yarder versus Marshall.
Ball earned his degree in 1983 from UTC in Criminal Justice. He was named to the Chattanooga Times Free Press UC/UTC All-Century Football Team as its kick returner in 2003.
Now the running backs coach at the University of Georgia, he also worked as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech.
BRET GUSTAFSON, WRESTLING, 1988-92
Bret Gustafson has a rare distinction among former UTC athletes. He is the only wrestler in school history to win four Southern Conference individual titles and earn All-America status.
Gustafson wrestled his way to All-America accolades in 1991, finishing fifth at the NCAA Championships at 177 pounds.
He is also one of only three UTC wrestlers to win four SoCon titles, and he captured three straight crowns at 177 pounds in 1990, 1991 and 1992. He was the 167-pound conference winner in 1988.
During his career, the Mocs won four consecutive SoCon team titles under head coaches Ethan Reeve and Ralph Manning.
A graduate of UTC in 1992 with a degree in Marketing, Gustafson has found success as an international model.
TYLEANA HANNER, CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK AND FIELD, 1998-2001
It can be argued that Tyleana Hanner was one of the most talented female athletes to ever be a part of the UTC athletics program.
Hanner competed in track and field from 1997 to 2001 and made her mark in nearly every event in which she participated.
Hanner competed in the 2000 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the long jump, becoming one of only seven UTC track athletes to participate in an NCAA Championship.
She was the Most Outstanding Performer of both the 2001 Southern Conference Indoor and Outdoor Championship meets.
Throughout her career, Hanner won 10 SoCon titles with nine runner-up finishes. She set 11 school records and earned All-SoCon status 29 times. Incredibly, she compiled 254.5 career points in SoCon meets and set the league record with 52 points at the 2000 Outdoor Championships.
A 2002 graduate with a degree in Middle Grades Education, she was a four-time member of the UTC Dean’s List and a member of the SoCon Academic Honor Roll eight times.
GLEN RICHARDON, FOOTBALL, 1982-85
Glen Richardson was a dominating defensive player in his days as a football player at UTC from 1981 to 1985.
Richardson remains as the school’s career leader in tackles with 522 and is one of only two UTC players to record over 500 in a career. He owned the single-season record of 183 until 2003 but still ranks second on that list.
A team captain in 1985, the linebacker was a three-time All-Southern Conference selection in 1983, 1984 and 1985. He earned the program’s Scrappy Moore Award as the team’s Most Valuable Player in both 1984 and 1985.
A member of the SoCon Co-Championship squad in 1984 under Head Coach Buddy Nix, he led the Mocs to their only NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearance in 1984 and a No. 7 national ranking in the final I-AA poll.
Richardson graduated from UTC in 1985. He was voted to the Chattanooga Times Free Press UC/UTC All-Century Football Team as a linebacker in 2003.