Get to Know Doug Sansom

Doug Sansom

Doug Sansom, Craft Specialist III, Campus Recreation, handles maintenance issues or problems that may arise in the Aquatics and Recreation Center.   He’s been a busy guy!  According to Caesar Wood, Director of Campus Recreation, Sansom worked nearly seven days a week, even weekends to ensure the ARC pool rehab project was completed as soon as possible.  ”His dedication to give up his time on Saturdays and Sundays to work with the contractors is above and beyond what is expected and he never did complain one minute!” exclaimed Wood. 

One particular problem took Sansom’s creative powers.  “The contractors who re-plastered the pool did not install the hand rails and they were having problems getting these installed with the water in the pool.  So Doug came up with a very creative way to get them installed correctly and safely!  He used some engine pliers with a needle nose end and used his snorkel abilities with a wrench to get these installed.  If you could be here to see it–it was impressive on how he was able to get the job done.  His ability to think creatively and get the job done for the safety of our students should be commended.

 Doug and friends

If you like to nominate someone for the Chancellor’s Award please check the link below.


Again, Thank You So Much For All The Hard Work  

Intramural Basketball Champions

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Fraternity Champions, Pi Kappa Alpha.

  • Team MVP was Ian Walters.
  • Strategy changed on a game to game basis based upon how we thought we could best match up and utilize our strengths against every team. Our main focus was to push the ball in transition on offense, and play relentless defense on every possession in hopes of forcing turnovers and getting into transition.
  • Team motto was “If ya ain’t first, you’re last!”



 Resident Hall Coed, Lockmiller Lock-Down.

  •  Lockmiller’s MVP was Tyler Adams.
  •  The team strategy consisted of Chaos; offensively using the pick and roll, and defensively just pressuring the ball.
  •  The Team Motto “Lock Down, which was also the team’s name”.



Resident Hall Men, Boling Ballers.

  • MVP was Montel
  •  Boling squad strategy was to get up and down with pressure defense and creating chaos. And get us in transition into transition and run the teams off the court.
  • Team Motto – “Lock Up. Grab boards. Get Buckets”.


Open Women Champions, Chatt-Nast

Open Women Champions, Chatt-Nasty.

  •  MVP was Jenaya
  • Strategy was to make sure five girls showed up, execute when we had numbers and rotate the ball until open shot/layup.
  • Team Motto “Get Buckets”.

Open Men Gold Champions, Spain-Kenya

Open Men Gold Champions, Spain-Kenya.

  • MVP Matt
  • Strategy have fun and rebound.
  • Team Motto “Rebound?”


Open Men Blue Champions, Hand-Down Man-Down

Open Men Blue Champions, Hand-Down Man-Down.

  •  MVP Brandon
  • Strategy defense first, defense last.
  • Team Motto “Hand-down man-down”.


Open Coed, I Don’t Know.

  •  MVP Shep
  • Strategy get the ball to Shep, by any means necessary.
  • Motto “Pass the Ball to Shep”.

Sorority Champions

Delta Zeta Ninja Turtles. No picture available.

  • MVP Elaina
  • Strategy be the team that score the most points.
  • Team Motto “Refuse to lose”


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Big Congrats to UTC climber Dallas Jones!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA big congratulations goes out to Mr. Dallas Jones a member of the UTC Club Sport team climbing team, Chatt Nasty, for placing 2nd place in the Advanced Division and 6th   place overall in the Southern Comfort XIV bouldering competition! The Southern Comfort XIV competition is hosted by Appalachian State Climbers’ Coalition and is part of   the Collegiate Climbing Series.


If you would like to highlight your club sports accomplishments, please visit us the in the Campus Recreation Office located in the Aquatic and Recreation Center!


Climbing in Chattanooga

CityScope magazine’s Spring issue has arrived and includes a great article about the rise of people coming to Chattanooga for the incredible climbing available. In the article UTC is mentioned for our climbing gym along with a picture of one of our students crushing on the boulder. have a read at the link below or stop by the UTC Outdoors Center for your own copy:

A Letter From Dr. Gene Ezell

The UTC Campus Recreation department strives for excellence in all our services. We hear from folks regularly about how we can continue to improve and try hard to listen to our patron’s and accommodate what we can. Every now and then we hear from someone about how great of a job that we are doing. Below is one that we are proud of and wanted to share:

I have been at UTC for 40 years, and needless to say, lots of changes have occurred during that time span.  One of the most exciting and positive changes to our campus has been the addition of the ARC—Aquatic and Recreation Center.

 Having been on hundreds of college campuses around the country, I can say from experience that this is one of the absolute best facilities of its kind on any college campus.  The ARC’s design is most visually appealing, it has state of the art exercise and workout equipment on each level, and the pool is THE best I have ever seen in a college or any institutional setting.

 From the positive reactions I have heard from several alumni, faculty and students, I’m sure it is and will continue to be a major recruiting plus for UTC.  It is conveniently located, a free benefit to students, and is very inexpensive for faculty.  In addition to the aforementioned equipment, there are a variety of exercise classes and services offered that appeal to both students and faculty.  I am taking advantage of the very affordable ‘personal trainer’ option, and have found that this service is very professionally-delivered and extremely beneficial.

Dr. Gene Ezell

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