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Happy Birthday - June 25

It's June 25 and we've got six Big Orange birthdays to celebrate today on Rocky Top!



From football, rising sophomore Derek Barnett is celebrating his 19th birthday. Barnett had a monster season in 2014, setting Tennessee's program record for sacks (10.0) and tackles for loss (20.5) by a true freshman in a single season. For his efforts, Barnett was decorated with Freshman All-America honors and a spot on the All-SEC second team. 



Men's basketball rising senior Kevin Punter is also celebrating a birthday today. The Bronx, N.Y., native who averaged 10.3 points per game during his first season on Rocky Top is turning 22 years old today. A transfer from State Fair Community College in Missouri, Punter started 31 of 32 games last season and ranked second on the team in steals (1.6 spg) and minutes played (31.0).



The men's basketball program will also celebrate the birthday of one of its VFLs today as June 25 marks the birthday of Reggie Johnson. Johnson played at UT from 1976-80 before spending four seasons in the NBA. In February 2009, he was named to UT's All-Century basketball team. 



Celebrating her 23rd birthday today is Tennessee softball legend Madison Shipman. The 2014 SEC Player of the Year had one of the finest careers in Tennessee history, hitting .348 with 44 home runs and 55 doubles over her four seasons on Rocky Top. She joined the UT coaching staff as a volunteer assistant in the fall of 2014 and helped the 2015 Lady Vols earn a berth at the Women's College World Series.



From the pool, we're wishing a happy birthday to recently graduated men's swimmer Tristan Slater. Slater earned four All-America certificates during his time in Knoxville as well as two SEC medals. The Glastonbury, England, native finished 14th in the 200 IM at this spring's NCAA Championships to earn 2015 All-America honors. He is 22 years old today.



Finally, we wish a happy 22nd birthday to another Vol swimmer in Timothy Wylie. A native of Dripping Springs, Texas, Wylie is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. During the 2014-15 season, he set two new career-bests at the SEC Championships with a time of 1:39.29 in the 200 freestyle and 1:45.68 in the 200 backstroke.

Happy birthday Derek, Kevin, Reggie, Madison, Tristan, and Timothy!


Happy Birthday - June 22

We've got four Big Orange birthdays to celebrate on June 22!



First, we're sending happy birthday wishes to A.J. Simcox of Vol Baseball! A Knoxville native, Simcox appeared in 50 games for UT last season, playing primarily at shortstop. He finished the year with a .293 batting average to go along with 27 RBIs and one homer. On June 10 he was selected in the 14th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers. He is 21 years old today.



Teammate Tyler Schultz is also celebrating a birthday today. A senior catcher out of Huntington Beach, California, Schultz appeared in 32 games for UT during the 2014 season. He made 71 plate appearances and hit .254 with eight RBIs. He began his collegiate career at the University of San Francisco before transferring to Cypress CC for his sophomore stint. He turns 23 years old today.



From Vol Track, we wish a happy birthday to rising senior thrower Carson Frost. Frost was sharp in 2015, setting a new personal best in the weight throw during the 2015 indoor season and achieving his highest individual finish ever during the outdoor season. He logged a career-best weight throw of 57 feet, 5.5 inches at the Doc Hale VT Elite Meet during the indoor campaign and finished a career-high fifth during the outdoor season in the hammer throw at the War Eagle Invitational. Today is Frost's 22nd birthday. 

Ariel Kupritz

Lastly, we wish a happy birthday to Ariel Kupritz of women's soccer. A native of Maryville, Kupritz began her collegiate career at Miami before transferring home to UT. She sat out the 2014 soccer season. She appeared in eight matches during her freshman season with the Hurricanes and achieved Dean's List status in the business school with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Kupritz is 20 years old today.

Happy birthday, A.J., Tyler, Carson, and Ariel!


Happy Birthday - June 21

On June 21 we're celebrating four birthdays on Rocky Top, a pair of which belong to VFLs!



Our first 'happy birthday' shoutout goes to volleyball's Kendra Turner! A rising sophomore from LaPlace, Louisiana, Turner was UT's team leader in total kills (222) and kills per set (2.67) during her true freshman stint on Rocky Top. She recorded a career-high 23 kills against Missouri in early November, making her the only Lady Vol to record 20+ kills in any match that season. Turner is 19 years old today.



From football, today we celebrate the birthday of one of the best linebackers in program history -- Al Wilson. The only All-America selection from the Vols' 1998 National Championship team, Wilson had 77 tackles that season, including a 12 tackle performance against No. 2 Florida. In that game, he set a new program record with three forced fumbles. He went on to become a five-time Pro Bowler with the Denver Broncos organization.



Today we also recognize the birthday of former Tennessee track and field sprinter Terrance Livingston. Livingston ran the 400, 800, and the relays during his four years on Rocky Top and still ranks inside the top 10 of the Tennessee indoor performance list in the 400-meter dash. His time of 47.31 is the 10th fastest in indoor program history.



Lastly, we are wishing a happy birthday to former Volunteer golfer Marshall Talkington. Like Wilson, Talkington is a native of Jackson, Tennessee, and went on to play four years on the links for the men's golf program. He logged a career scoring average of 76.31 and finished with two top-10 finishes in his career. Talkington was a two-time member of the All-SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Along with these happy birthdays, Tennessee would like to wish a happy Father's Day to all of our Big Orange dads on Rocky Top and around the world!


Happy Birthday - June 15

We've got a trio of birthdays to celebrate on Rocky Top today as we wish a happy birthday to football's Corey Vereen, former Vol defensive lineman Darwin Walker, and a past All-SEC hurdler out on the track in Terry Benson.



A rising junior from Winter Garden, Florida, Vereen is coming off a sophomore season in which he appeared in all 13 games for the Vols. He finished the year with 24 total tackles -- 15 solo and nine assisted. He also recorded 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and three quarterback hurries. His most noteworthy game of the 2014 season came against Ole Miss when he posted a career-high six tackles, 2.5 TFLs, and 1.5 sacks. Born this day in 1995, Vereen is 20 years old today. 



VFL Walker was a junior captain on the 1998 national championship team. He posted 46 tackles and six sacks for a defense that gave up less than 100 yards rushing per game during the Vols' run to the national title. He was named All-SEC by the Associated Press the following season. He opted to leave Rocky Top a year early and put together a 10 year pro career in the NFL. His most notable professional stop came with the Philadelphia Eagles -- a franchise with which he spent seven seasons and helped to a Super Bowl XXIX berth. Walker is 38 today.



Lastly, we wish a happy birthday for former All-SEC hurdler Benson. A native of Las Vegas, Benson ran for two seasons at Tennessee after transferring from Central Arizona College. He was a seven-time SEC scorer, making his mark in the hurdles and the relays. In 2012, he was named the Indoor Vol Most Valuable Track Athlete and was a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Happy birthday Corey, Darwin, and Terry!




Happy Birthday - June 13

On June 13 we're celebrating the birthdays of men's swimmer Ben Miller and rowing's Kahala Schneider!



A freestyle specialist, Miller recently concluded his junior season at Tennessee. He set two new PRs in 2014-15, including a new career-best in the 50 free (21.73) and the 400 IM (3:54.57). The Raleigh, North Carolina, native finished the year as a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Born this day in 1994, Miller is 21 years old today.



Schneider is a junior from Honolulu, Hawai'i, and has spent all three of her collegiate seasons on the varsity rowing squad. She was a member of the Academic All-Big 12 Rowing Team in 2015 and was a part of the second varsity four that finished third (7:53.85) in the grand finals of the Big 12 Championships. Today is Schneider's 21st birthday. 

Happy birthday, Ben and Kahala!




Happy Birthday - June 11

We've got a quartet of birthdays to celebrate on Rocky Top on this 11th day of June. We're wishing a happy birthday to the fearless leader of Lady Vol basketball, Holly Warlick, as well as to women's swimming's Colleen Callahan, former men's swimmer Sam Petersen, and baseball VFL Will Maddox.



Warlick has spent 30 years at the University of Tennessee -- a span that includes time as a player, an assistant coach, and three years in her current role of head women's basketball coach. A three-time All-American point guard for UT (1976-80), Warlick spent 27 years as a loyal assistant to legendary coach Pat Summitt before taking over the reins of the program in 2012.



A rising junior, Callahan was an NCAA qualifier during her sophomore season. She competed in the 200 breaststroke, 200 IM, and 400 IM at the national meet, recording a new career-best time of 1:59.70 in the 200 IM. Callahan is a member of the 2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll and is celebrating her 20th birthday today.



Petersen saw his UT career come to a close in 2014 as he finished ranked No. 6 all-time in program history in the 1000 freestyle (9:09.17) and No. 9 in the 1650 freestyle (15:11.21). The Short Hills, New Jersey, native was a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.



Before being drafted in the 18th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers, Maddox played infield for three seasons with the Diamond Vols. He started in 157 of his 160 career games and posted a .309 batting average with five home runs and 60 RBIs. He is currently playing first base for the West Michigan Whitecaps of Class A.

Happy birthday Holly, Colleen, Sam, and Will!

 

Happy Birthday - June 4

On June 4 we're sending 'happy birthday' wishes to Lizzie Cornell of track and field and to baseball VFL Steve Searcy!



A four-year performer from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Cornell recently concluded her career on Rocky Top. A distance specialist, Cornell competed during all three facets of the season: cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track. In 2014-15, she competed in three cross country races, setting a new career-best 6K time at the NCAA South Regional and during the outdoor seasons she recorded a new PR of 2:23.90 in the 800 meters. At season's end, she was named the Tennessee Track & Field Women's Scholar Athlete of the Year.



Searcy spent five seasons in the Major Leagues following the conclusion of his playing career at the University of Tennessee. He pitched at UT from 1983-85, going 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA as a freshman. The Knoxville native would go on to be drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the third round of 1985 MLB Draft and he made his pro debut on Aug. 29, 1988. Searcy would pitch four seasons for the Tigers before being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. Primarily a reliever, Searcy finished his MLB career with six wins, a 5.68 ERA, and over 187.0 innings pitched.

Happy birthday Lizzie and Steve!

 

Happy Birthday - May 28

On May 28 we're wishing a happy birthday to a quartet of Volunteers: Hannah Wilkinson of women's soccer, Austin Sanders of football, Steven Kane of baseball, and VFL and former big leaguer Mike DiFelice



Wilkinson wrapped up her senior season in the fall but will return in 2015 after being granted a fifth-year of eligibility. That fifth year will come after a stop at this summer's FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada where she will represent her native New Zealand on the global stage. A forward, Wilkinson scored a team-high nine goals for UT last season, including a two-goal performance against No. 17 Kentucky in the SEC Tournament. She is 23 years old today.



Sanders is a rising sophomore offensive lineman for Vol football, standing 6-5 and weighing in at 307. He made his UT debut last season as a redshirt freshman in the season-opener against Utah State and went on to appear in four more games for the Vols. The Cleveland, Tennessee, native turns 20 years old today.



Kane recently completed his debut season for Tennessee baseball after arriving on Rocky Top from Cypress Community College. The righty pitched in 19 games for UT, recording an ERA of 4.64 and a 2-1 overall record in 33 innings of work. A native of Peoria, Arizona, Kane is 22 years old today.



Lastly, we wish a happy birthday to former big league catcher and current minor league manager DiFelice. He was an All-SEC catcher for the Vols and lettered from 1989-91. During the 1990 season, he ranked among the top 10 in the SEC in hitting (.353), home runs (10), and slugging percentage (.624). He was drafted in 1991 by the St. Louis Cardinals and went on to spend 11 seasons as a catcher in the majors. DiFelice was inducted into the Tennessee baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Happy birthday Hannah, Austin, Steven, and Mike!





Happy Birthday - May 21

On May 21 we have a recognize a trio of birthdays here on Rocky Top: Jeremy Dickie of track and field, former women's basketball standout Vicki Baugh, and the legendary football star and coach Johnny Majors.



A senior from Swartz Creek, Michigan, Dickie has competed in four seasons for UT's cross country and track and field teams. During the 2014 cross country season, he competed in all six regular season races and recorded career-best times in both the 8k (25:51.95) and the 10k (32:55.70). He finished his career with five top-50 finishes, including two inside the top 20, in 20 career meets. He graduated with a degree in Sociology. 





Before going on to play in the WNBA with the Tulsa Shock, Baugh played four seasons for the Lady Vols from 2007-12. For her career, she averaged 5.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in 111 career appearances. As a freshman, the Sa6-4 forward averaged 5.3 ppg over 38 games in helping UT claim the national title. Some of her best play came in the Final Four where she scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds before tearing her ACL in the championship game. 



A Tennessee legend, Majors was born in 1935 in Lynchburg, Tennessee. He ultimately enrolled at UT in 1953 as a triple-threat tailback and went on to become an All-American and the 1956 runner-up for the Heisman Trophy. Not long after his playing career was up, Majors embarked on a lengthy coaching career that saw him rack up 185 total wins at three schools as a head coach. While he enjoyed success at both Iowa State and Pittsburgh, Majors brought considerable renown to his alma mater when he took over the Vols in 1977. At Tennessee, Majors won three SEC titles. He remained with UT until 1992 and finished with a 116-62-8 record on Rocky Top. Majors continues to be present within the Tennessee football program as he made regular appearances at practices during the 2015 spring camp.

Happy birthday Jeremy, Vicki, and Johnny!



Happy Birthday - May 20

On May 20 we're wishing a happy birthday to Megan Geer of softball as well as VFLs Justin Hunter of football and Josh Bone of men's basketball!



A sophomore from Los Alamitos, California, Geer has started all 117 games of her collegiate career. Following a true freshman season that saw her earn Freshman All-SEC honors, Geer is batting .320 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI in her second season on Rocky Top. Geer and the Lady Vols host Game 1 of the NCAA Super Regionals against Florida State tomorrow night at 7 p.m. ET.



Now a wide receiver with the Tennessee Titans, Hunter played wideout for Tennessee from 2010-12, racking up 1,812 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns. A native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Hunter finished his junior season ranked third in the SEC in receiving yards (1,083) and was named to the All-SEC second team. Hunter also competed for the track and field team while on Rocky Top and currently stands as the No. 7 long jumper in program history.



Bone played guard as a member of Tennessee's 2010 Elite Eight team after transferring from Southern Illinois and logged 12 minutes in UT's historic Sweet Sixteen win over fifth-ranked Ohio State. During his senior year in 2010-11, Bone appeared in 23 games and received the starting nod three times. He averaged 3.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 17.8 minutes per game that season. 

Happy birthday Megan, Justin, and Josh!



Happy Birthday - May 13

On May 13 we're celebrating a trio of birthdays on Rocky Top: we're wishing a happy birthday to football's Derrick Brodus, Brittany Lindl of women's tennis, and to VFL Samuel Rairden of men's swimming and diving.



Brodus spent four seasons with Vol Football as a placekicker, wrapping up his collegiate career following the 2014 season. He was a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and won the Lou Groza Star of the Week Award on Sept. 24, 2011. He was the protagonist of one of the amazing stories coming out of Rocky Top in 2011 when the walk-on was plucked from his couch less than an hour before the start of a game against Middle Tennessee and rushed to Neyland Stadium by police escort. He went on to start his first collegiate game, connecting on a 21-yard field goal and three PATs. Born this day in 1992, Brodus is 23 years old today.



A native of Panama City, Florida, Lindl recently concluded her sophomore stint with Lady Vol Tennis. To this point, she owns a career singles record of 24-21, including her first-ever win over a ranked opponent when she defeated No. 63 Beatrice Gumulya of Clemson 4-6, 7-6, 7-5 in the 2014-15 season opener. Upon arriving on Rocky Top, Lindl was ranked as the No. 16 women's tennis recruit in the country and had a five-star rating. She is 20 years old today.



Rairden competed for Vol Swimming and Diving from 2010-14, collecting 13 All-America certificates and 12 SEC Medals to make him one of the most successful swimmers in UT history. He ranks inside the top three of the all-time Tennessee performance list in four individual events, including the 100-meter butterfly in which his time of 45.92 still stands as the program record in the event. That time earned him a bronze medal in the 100 butterfly at the 2014 SEC Championships. Rairden turns 24 years old today.

Happy birthday Derrick, Brittany, and Sam!




Happy Birthday - May 11

On May 11 we celebrate the birthday of swimmer Jacob Thulin and remember the sacrifice former Vols football player Clyde Fuson made for his country during World War II. 



Thulin recently completed his senior campaign in the pool for Tennessee in the pool, wrapping up his final season with two new personal bests. Thulin set a career-best mark in the 50-meter freestyle at the SEC Championships in February, turning in a time of 19.97 in the prelims. The next day, he turned in another career-best in the 100-meter butterfly with a prelim time of 46.38. A native of Taby, Sweden, Thulin concludes his career with one SEC medal -- a bronze in the 200 free at the 2012 SEC Championships -- and was a four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Born this day in 1991, Thulin is 24 years old today.



Born on May 11, 1923, Clyde Fuson is remembered as one of the Vols who gave it all when his country needed it most. A native of Middlesboro, Kentucky, Fuson was a fullback on the 1942 Tennessee team before joining the war effort. He and fellow Vols Rudy Klarer, Wills Tucker, and Bill Nowling lost their lives during WWII. Each of their numbers, including Fuson's 62, were retired in 2006.




Happy Birthday - May 9

We've got a trio of Tennessee birthdays to celebrate on May 9 as we wish happy birthday to Lauren Higdon of rowing and Jordan Rodgers of baseball, as well as VFL and current Major Leaguer Chase Headley

Higdon competed as a true freshman this last season for the Tennessee rowing squad, appearing initially as a member of the novice squad before rowing with the varsity. She rowed the one seat in the Varsity Four at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational that placed third in two races and fourth in another. She picked up a win as a member of the Varsity Four at the Petite Final in a time of 8 minutes, 8.16 seconds at the 42nd Annual San Diego Crew Classic. Born this day in 1996, Higdon is 18 years old today.

Lauren  Higdon

Infielder Rodgers is in the midst of his sophomore season for the Diamond Vols and has appeared in 32 games this season. He is hitting .260 on the year with 11 RBIs and three doubles. Rodgers is a native of Memphis and attended Memphis University School during his prep years. He is 20 years old today. 



Currently the third baseman for the New York Yankees, Headley played baseball at Tennessee from 2004-05 after transferring from Pacific. He batted .357 during his two seasons on Rocky Top, including a .387 average during a junior season that also featured 14 home runs and 65 RBIs. He also earned Academic All-America status while at UT. Headley was drafted in the second round of the 2005 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres and made his big league debut in 2007. He remained with San Diego through the 2013 season and was traded to the New York Yankees last summer. He is hitting .229 through 29 games with New York so far this season.



Happy birthday, Lauren, Jordan, and Chase!




Happy Birthday - May 6

We've got a trio of football birthdays to celebrate on May 6. Today we're sending 'happy birthday' wishes to redshirt senior DL Trevarris Saulsberry as well as to VFLs Dustin Colquitt and Jason Witten!

A native of Gainesville, Florida, Saulsberry is gearing up for his fifth fall on Rocky Top after redshirting his freshman year back in 2011. He has appeared in 13 games in his career, including a career-high five last season. He made three solo tackles and assisted on two more in 2014, giving him five total for the year. Born on this day in 1993, Saulsberry is 22 years old today.



Colquitt played four seasons for the Vols from 2001-04 after a redshirt year in 2000. He was a four-year starting punter, missing just one start in 39 career games for Tennessee. Colquitt was a consensus All-American in 2003, becoming the first Vols kicker to earn the accolade since Ron Widby in 1966, and was a Ray Guy Award finalist in both 2002 and 2003. In 2005, the Knoxville native was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs and he has served as the franchise's punter for the last 10 seasons. 



Witten logged three seasons at tight end for UT from 2000-02 before departing for the NFL draft after his junior season. A native of Elizabethton, Tennessee, Witten set school records for a tight end in receptions (39) and receiving yards (493) during his junior season, earning All-SEC honors. Despite having played only three years at the position, Witten left Rocky Top as the third-ranked tight end in program history in receptions (68). Witten was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft and has turned in a stellar career for the franchise. He is an 11-time Pro Bowler, six-time All-Pro selection, and was the winner of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2012. He holds the NFL record for most receptions by a tight end in a season (110), the most receptions in a single game by a tight end (18), and has the second most receptions and receiving yards by a tight end in NFL history.



Happy birthday, Trevarris, Dustin, and Jason!




Happy Birthday - May 5

On May 5 we're wishing a happy Big Orange birthday to football's Kyle Phillips and to former baseball player Joe McClain

A freshman out of Nashville, Phillips was an early enrollee with the Vols this past spring. He was rated a four-star defensive end upon his arrival on Rocky Top and played in the 2015 Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. Phillips prepped at Hillsboro High School where he recorded 33 sacks in three seasons and was named All-Midstate en route to helping the Burros reach the Class 5A Championship Game. Born this day in 1997, Phillips is 18 years old today. 



McClain, celebrating his 82nd birthday today, played baseball at the University of Tennessee before signing with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1953 as a pitcher. A six-foot righty, McClain spent the 1954-55 seasons in the military before bouncing around in the minor league systems of the Cardinals, New York Yankees, and the original Washington Senators franchise (now the Minnesota Twins). In 1960, he was drafted by the new, expansion Senators in the expansion draft and made his MLB debut as a 27-year old rookie for the Senators. He earned the win in a complete-game effort -- the first win for the for the new Senators franchise.

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Happy birthday, Kyle and Joe!


Happy Birthday - May 2

On May 2 we've got a trio of birthdays to celebrate as we wish a happy Big Orange birthday to rowing's Stephanie Grozio, former women's swimming and diving standout Tori Lamp, and baseball VFL Luke Hudson!

Grozio is a true freshman out of East Brunswick, New Jersey, and is a member of Tennessee's novice squad in the rowing program. She attended East Brunsiwck High School where she played basketball, softball, and volleyball. Born this day in 1996, Grozio is 19 years old today.

Stephanie Grozio

A 2014 graduate, Lamp is considered to be one of the best divers in Tennessee's swimming and diving program history. She was a three-time SEC champion on the platform, winning in back-to-back-to-back years from 2012-14. She also earned a silver medal in the 1-meter springboard in 2013 as well as a silver and a bronze in the 3-meter springboard in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Lamp earned seven All-America certificates during her time on Rocky Top and was the 2013 CSCAA National Diver of the Year. She currently holds the UT record in both the platform and 3-meter springboard categories.



Hudson was a pitcher for the Volunteers from 1996-98, recording a record of 15-5 during his three seasons in the Orange and White. He went on to be drafted by Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 1998 MLB Draft and made his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds in 2002. In 2004, he went 4-2 with a 2.42 ERA in nine starts with the Reds before spending the 2006 and 2007 seasons with the Kansas City Royals. He retired from professional baseball in 2009.



Happy birthday, Stephanie, Tori, and Luke!


Happy Birthday - April 30

We're celebrating two Big Orange birthdays on this final day of April as we send happy birthday wishes to men's tennis player Bartosz Sawicki and to baseball VFL Phil Garner

A junior from Poznan, Poland, Bart Sawicki owns a career singles record of 22-15 during his time on Rocky Top. During the 2014-15 year, Sawicki is 15-10 in singles and began his spring season at 2-1 at the No. 5 position in UT's singles lineup. In the fall, he won his first collegiate singles title after claiming three matches to win the second flight of the UTC/Steve Baras Fall Classic. Born this day in 1992, Sawicki is 23 years old today.



As an infielder out of Jefferson City, Tennessee, Garner played 15 seasons in the majors before transitioning to a manager role. He made his Major League debut in 1973 with the Oakland Athletics and made stops with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Francisco Giants before ending his playing days in 1988. Four years later, in 1992, Garner became the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. He spent seven seasons in Milwaukee before taking over for the Detroit Tigers in 2000. His last stint as manager came from 2004-07 when he led the Houston Astros. Under his leadership, the Astros made a World Series appearance in 2005.



Happy birthday, Bart and Phil!




Happy Birthday - April 27

On April 27 we're wish a happy birthday to softball's Shaliyah Geathers and to women's basketball legend Bridgette Gordon

A sophomore from Chattanooga, Geathers has played in 43 games for the Lady Vols, including 42 starts. She is batting .339 this season with three home runs and 26 RBIs. Geathers began the month of April with a bang, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI at No. 7 Auburn on April 4, just one day after hitting a three-run home run off the scoreboard against the Tigers. Last year as a freshman, Geathers made 24 starts and batted .313 en route to being named a member of the Freshman All-SEC team. Geathers turns 20 years old today.



Gordon made an NCAA-record four consecutive trips to the Final Four during her playing days at the University of Tennessee. She won two national championships (1987 and 1989) while on Rocky Top and completed her career with an overall record of 115-21. A two-time All-American, she was one of just 20 players to be recognized as a Legend of the Final Four in 1996. Gordon led the SEC in scoring during both the 1988 and 1989 seasons and was one of just two collegiate members of the 1988 USA Olympic gold-medal winning women's basketball team.



Happy birthday, Shaliyah and Bridgette!


Happy Birthday - April 25

On April 25 we're wishing a happy Big Orange birthday to rowing's Victoria Florence as well as softball legend Ellen Renfroe!

A sophomore from Madison, Alabama, Florence is a member of the varsity rowing squad at UT. This season she rowed in the Women's 8+ shell that earned gold in a time of 18 minutes, 4.7 seconds at the Secret City Head Race. Florence is a computer engineering major and turns 20 years old today.

Victoria  Florence

Renfroe was a force to be reckoned with in the circle during her four years as a member of the Tennessee softball team. The Jackson, Tennessee, native was a three-time All-American, a three-time All-SEC performer, and a two-time national player of the year. As a senior in 2014, she logged a 30-win season, going 30-8. She finished out her career with a 102-25 record, 1,005 strikeouts, and a 1.65 ERA while in the circle for Tennessee. She is 23 years old today.



Happy birthday Victoria and Ellen!




Happy Birthday - April 18

We've got three birthdays to celebrate on this 18th day of April as we send 'happy birthday' wishes to swimmer Caroline Finkbeiner and Eve Repic of women's tennis, not to mention former Lady Vol golf standout Erica Popson

Finkbeiner recently concluded her junior season with the Tennessee swimming and diving program. She competed in five events for UT: the 50, 100, 200, and 500 freestyle and the 200 butterfly. She earned her best finish of the season, a runner-up placement, at Queens after swimming 500-yard freestyle in five minutes, 4.56 seconds. In total, she racked up nine top-10 finishes over the 2014-15 season. Finkbeiner turns 21 years old today.



A sophomore from Ontario, Canada, Repic recently concluded her second season on Rocky Top with a singles record of 16-11. For her career, she is 38-23 overall. Repic went out with a win, defeating Emily Flickinger of Auburn 6-1, 7-6 during the opening round of the 2015 SEC Women's Tennis Tournament. She was ranked as high as No. 40 this season. Born this day in 1995, Repic turns 20 today.



A four-year standout for Tennessee women's golf from 2009-13, Popson recorded eight top finishes over her career for the Orange and White. She won top medalist honors at the 2011 SEC Championship, firing a three day total of 210 (66-74-70) before going on to another victory at the NCAA West Regional. Popson finished her career with 18 top-10 finishes, 51 rounds of par or better, and a scoring average of 73.40. She was a three-time All-American and a two-time All-SEC performer. Following graduation, she earned membership status into the LPGA and earned full exemption into the LPGA Tour for 2014. 



Happy birthday, Caroline, Eve, and Erica!


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