The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Four Inducted Into UTC Athletics Hall of Fame

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s all-time women’s basketball scorer, the second UTC student-athlete to win a track and field event in a Southern Conference Championship, a 30-year athletics administrator and a football player from the 1950s make up the UTC Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2003.

Regina Kirk, women’s basketball; Deanna Campbell Goodwin, cross country/track and field; Mary Tinkler, administration; and Jerry Ward, football were inducted into the Hall of Fame at a dinner held recently at the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club.

“It is always a wonderful experience to bring back former student-athletes, coaches and administrators to celebrate their accomplishments at our great institution,” UTC Director of Athletics Steve Sloan said. “This year’s class is outstanding, and we take great pride in adding these individuals to our illustrious Hall of Fame.”

  Kirk (1984-88) is the all-time scoring leader in the school’s women’s basketball history after compiling 2,376 career points. Remarkably, she averaged 20 or more points per game in each of her four years, including a 23.4 point average as a senior.

Kirk led the Lady Mocs to back-to-back SoCon Championships in 1984-85 and 1985-86. She was voted the SoCon Player of the Year four times, named All-SoCon Tournament in 1985, 1986 and 1987 and earned Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors in 1986. She received AWSF Freshman All-America accolades in 1986 and was selected to the 1980s SoCon All-Decade Team.

One of the many impressive school records Kirk holds is points in a single game. She pinned a record 45 points on North Alabama her senior season. Overall, she registered 14 career games in which she scored 30 or more points against such competition as Florida, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech and Southern Conference opposition.

Kirk is the school’s career leader in points, points per game (21.2), rebounds (1,086), field goals made (964) and attempted (1,912) and free throws made (418) and attempted (781). In season statistics, Kirk ranks first on the school charts in total points (654), points per game (23.4), field goals made (272), free throws made (121) and free throw attempts (212).
  Campbell-Goodwin (1986-90) was the second-ever UTC runner, male or female, to become an individual event champion at the SoCon Championships. As a sophomore, she won the 10,000-meter run and set a school record in the event which stood for over 10 years

Despite several injuries, Campbell received All-SoCon honors in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field during all four years of competition. In 1993, the Conference selected her as one of the top female runners in the first 10 years of female student-athlete participation in the league.

Campbell graduated with honors in 1990 and was the recipient of the Dayle May Award for the graduating student-athlete with the highest grade point average.
  There have been few UC/UTC athletics staffers who have touched as many individuals as Tinkler did during her 30-year career (1968-98) as an academic advisor to the school’s student-athletes. Tinkler’s career in higher education brought her to the University as an instructor in the Department of English. As it turned out, her true calling was working with the student-athletes in their academic endeavors. She not only served as a guide through their individual academic careers, but also as a lighthouse for their respective lives in and after college, setting their journeys off on the right course.

One former student-athlete described Tinkler as teacher, professor, psychologist, coach, mother and priest. The many roles and responsibilities she was required to take on grew throughout her career as she was promoted to Assistant Athletics Director for Academics in 1984.

Although retired from the University in 1998, Tinkler remains active with campus and community events. With a personal data base like an historian, she was recently made a member of the Century of Chattanooga Football committee, and she also organized a Homecoming reunion last football season. She can be seen at just about every home and away Mocs football game and home men’s basketball game, and she communicates weekly with hundreds of former student-athletes via email and other means.
  Referred to as “the greatest halfback in a 10-year period” by legendary UC Head Football Coach Scrappy Moore, Jerry Ward (1952-55) was an outstanding football player. Prior to his Chattanooga career, he received scholarship offers from such schools as Tennessee, Auburn and Vanderbilt.

As a senior in 1955, Ward earned Small College All-America recognition. He was also the recipient of the Edwards Memorial Award as the Most Valuable Player. That year, he led the team in rushing, receiving, scoring, kick returns, punting and interceptions.

He helped the Mocs win 21 games over his four year career, including victories over such teams as Memphis State, Louisville and Tampa in 1952; Tampa, Xavier and Dayton in 1954 and Mississippi Southern, North Texas and Memphis State in 1955.
  Ian Mayne received the A.C. Scrappy Moore Award as the student-athlete who best personifies the Athletic Department’s motto of Success with Integrity through Academic Achievement and Community Service.

The junior cross country and track runner was an All-SoCon performer at the 2003 SoCon Cross Country Championships leading the Mocs to a first-place finish. He finished 10th overall and was 35th at the NCAA Southeast Regional. He competed in the Canadian Senior National Championships in November and placed 51st overall.

Mayne also excelled in the 2003 outdoor track season, earning All-SoCon honors in the men's 3000-meter steeplechase at the SoCon Outdoor Championships with a third-place finish. He is co-president of UTC's Student-Athlete Council. The Pre-Med major made a 4.0 grade point average last semester.

Dag Gray

Ron Wade
Dag Gray and Ron Wade were also honored. Gray received the Gordon L. Davenport Award for an individual who has shown outstanding commitment to UTC Athletics, and Wade was given the Joe Morrison Award for a UTC constituent who has achieved notable life accomplishments.

The inductees were also honored at halftime during the men’s basketball game against Wofford in The McKenzie Arena.