• Tech alums, trustees Fred Lowery and Tom Jones pledge $1 million to Athletics
    February 08, 2024
    A pair of Tennessee Tech University alumni, Board of Trustees members and philanthropists have pledged a combined $1 million to support the university’s athletic programs. Fred Lowery, a Knoxville native and 1994 Tech football alumnus with a degree in mechanical engineering, pledged $500,000 toward the campaign to rebuild the west side of Tech’s football stadium and construct a dedicated football operations center. Lowery now serves as senior vice president and president of customer channels for Thermo Fisher Scientific. A university trustee since 2019, Lowery is also the founder of the Lowery Family Fund, which supports education, leadership development, social justice, health equity and the arts. Tom Jones, a Cookeville native and 1986 Tech graduate with a degree in electrical engineering, pledged $500,000 toward the establishment of a new running track. The existing track spanning the perimeter of the university’s football field will be removed as part of the stadium renovation plan, which calls for bringing spectator seating closer to the field.
  • Long-time Tech Athletics beat writer Frank Layne passes away
    February 02, 2024
    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – For decades, Frank Layne told the story of Tennessee Tech Athletics as the sports editor and beat writer for the Cookeville Herald-Citizen. A legendary local writer, the Golden Eagles meant the world to Layne. The veteran sports writer passed away on Friday.
  • Hall of Famer Tom Squires passes away
    January 28, 2024
    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – A 2020 inductee into the Tennessee Tech Sports Hall of Fame, Thomas Squires was a leader, a friend and a tremendous player for the Golden Eagles. As he passed away on Friday, Squires leaves a tremendous legacy, serving as an inspiration for Golden Eagle football players to follow as to how to succeed on the field and become leaders in life. Squires was 59. Details on his memorial will be shared once they are available.
  • TicketSmarter offering 5% discount to Tennessee Tech students and fans
    January 25, 2024
    TicketSmarter is excited to offer a special 5% discount to Tennessee Tech University students and supporters for an array of live events throughout Nashville, Knoxville, and surrounding regions. Access our vast selection of over 125,000 concerts, sports events, musicals, and plays with a simple click, and watch as the discount is seamlessly applied to enhance your entertainment experience.
  • AD Honor Roll boasts 255 Golden Eagle student-athletes for Fall 2023
    January 10, 2024
    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech's student-athletes continued to impress in the classroom, boasting spectacular results for the Fall 2023 semester. After posting a 3.364 GPA collectively, the second-best GPA in Tech Athletics’ history, the Golden Eagles produced a strong showing on the Tech Athletic Director's Honor Roll for the fall.
  • Golden Eagle student-athletes record 30th straight semester with a 3.0 or better GPA
    January 09, 2024
    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech's student-athletes turned in an eye-popping performance in the classroom during the Fall 2023 semester, securing Golden Eagle Athletics’ eighth-straight semester with a departmental GPA of at least 3.20.
  • Twenty-nine Golden Eagle student-athletes among Fall 2023 graduates
    December 08, 2023
    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – It was a day of celebration at the Hooper Eblen Center on Friday as Tennessee Tech students received their degrees as a part of the University's Fall 2023 Commencement.  Among those were 29 student-athletes across all of Tech's intercollegiate sports. "It is an absolute honor to see these student-athletes cross the Hooper Eblen Center stage to receive their degrees from (University President) Dr. (Phil) Oldham," said Tech Director of Athletics Mark Wilson. "This is the culmination of countless hours of studying and classwork on top of their commitment to the University in their athletic endeavors. It has been a pleasure to watch these young men and women wear the Purple and Gold on the playing field and now as they end the current phase of their academic careers. It is also through the support from the University's professors, instructors, faculty and staff as well as our own Athletics Academic Support team in (Assistant Athletic Director for Academics and Student-Athlete Welfare) Dr. Leveda Birdwell and her staff, including Dr. Samantha Bates and Kara Phillips. All of them play a tremendous role in securing our student-athletes' success off the field."
  • Tech student-athletes continue impressive marks in latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate report
    December 06, 2023
    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech student-athletes posted impressive scores in the latest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) reports, released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA. Tech has not only maintained a high level of success in the school's graduation rates overall, but the student-athlete graduation rates also continue to rank higher than those for the general TTU student body.
  • Tennessee Tech tied for second in OVC Commissioner's Cup standings following fall championships
    December 01, 2023
    BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Following the completion of the fall sport championships, Tennessee Tech ranks tied for second in the 2023-24 Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner's Cup all-sport trophy standings; the Cup is a symbol of overall athletic excellence in Conference-sponsored championships.
  • Calitri, Giada Zhou take home coveted OVC Scholar-Athlete Awards for 2023-24
    November 09, 2023
    BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – What has become a long-standing, Tennessee Tech Athletics tradition, two more Golden Eagle student-athletes were recognized for succeeding at the highest level of the Ohio Valley Conference Thursday morning as the League announced its six recipients of the 2023-24 OVC Scholar-Athlete Award, including Tech baseball pitcher Peyton Calitri and women's soccer midfielder Yao Giada Zhou.
  • Tech SAAC supports Anna Cooper's Backpack Buddies' mission
    November 07, 2023
    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – When Anna Cooper was a student-athlete and nutrition major at Tennessee Tech, a cause near and dear to her heart was making sure the children of the Upper Cumberland area didn't go hungry.  Essential to that mission is the Anna Cooper's Backpack Buddies initiative, named after the former Golden Eagle track and field and cross country student-athlete who helped initiate the program during the 2016-17 year and was a vital part of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's outreach efforts. She passed away after a battle with cancer in June 2019 and the program was rededicated in her honor. On Tuesday, over 250 bags of nutritious snack options were created by SAAC members and will be distributed to children and their families. "Anna's mission still means so much to all of us in Tennessee Tech Athletics," said Mandy Thatcher, Tech Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Senior Woman Administrator, as well as SAAC faculty advisor. "In her honor, we continue to work toward her vision and, though SAAC's efforts, we continue to take a step closer."
  • Underhill to be inducted into TTU Sports Hall of Fame Friday, Nov. 3
    November 02, 2023
    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – One of the most consistent and successful golfers to don the purple and gold, Beth Underhill left her mark in the Tennessee Tech record books following the conclusion of her four-year career from 2002-06.
  • Dr. M. Dianne Murphy to be inducted into TTU Sports Hall of Fame Friday, Nov. 3
    October 31, 2023
    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – A pioneer in so many ways, Dr. M. Dianne Murphy blazed a trail for women in collegiate athletics, as a student-athlete, a coach, and an administrator.
  • Hatfield to be inducted into TTU Sports Hall of Fame Friday, Nov. 3
    October 27, 2023
    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – When Bruce Hatfield finished his career at Tennessee Tech, he stood as the fourth-best tackler in Golden Eagle history. That was in 1987 – 34 years later, only four players (Tra’Darius Goff with 373, Marty Jones with 356, Austin Tallant with 354, and Josh Symonette with 349) have been able to pass him.
  • Benford to be inducted into TTU Sports Hall of Fame Friday, Nov. 3
    October 25, 2023
    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Tim Benford was making big marks in the Tennessee Tech record book before his senior campaign, but the Golden Eagle wide receiver saved the best for last.
  • Rosamond, Pelphrey urge community for support at Business Before Hours event
    October 24, 2023
    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – With business and community leaders in attendance at Tennessee Tech’s Hooper Eblen Center on Tuesday for the Cookeville/Putnam County Chamber of Commerce’s Business Before Hours event, Golden Eagle basketball coaches Kim Rosamond and John Pelphrey were clear on one thing. The 2022-23 season was the start of something big. With the 2023-24 campaign just days away – the Purple Palooza exhibition event scheduled for Thursday night and the first regular-season contests coming on the arrival of November – the task was getting the community just as excited for Golden Eagle basketball as they are.
  • Archer to be inducted into TTU Sports Hall of Fame Friday, Nov. 3
    October 23, 2023
    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – A weekend starter since he first set foot on the campus of Tennessee Tech, Tristan Archer built a remarkable career on the mound for the Golden Eagle baseball team, one full of program records, league honors, and multiple championships.
  • Wilson, Roberts named to NCAA Division I FCS Oversight Committee
    October 11, 2023
    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech director of athletics Mark Wilson and faculty athletics representative Dr. Jeff Roberts have been appointed as a member of the NCAA Division I Football Championships Subdivision (FCS) Oversight Committee. Wilson will serve a four-year term on the newly formed FCS Oversight Committee, representing the Big South-Ohio Valley Conference Football Association, while Roberts will serve a four-year term representing the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association (FARA).
  • Tech Athletics, The Motz Group teaming again for baseball/softball turf project
    October 10, 2023
    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech baseball and softball teams will take to the diamond with new surfaces in the 2024 season as both Quillen Field at the Averitt Express Baseball Complex and Tech Softball Field will see the additions of turf fields for competition. The process has recently begun with the removal of the natural surface, while Tech Athletics will continue its partnership with The Motz Group for the installation of top-of-the-line Shaw Sports Turf systems.
  • Five inductees named for Tennessee Tech Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2023
    August 29, 2023
    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Five individuals who helped take Tennessee Tech Athletics to new heights and pave the way for those student-athletes who followed them have been selected as members of the 49th class for induction into the Tennessee Tech Sports Hall of Fame. 
  • Former Golden Eagle soccer player Brooke Mayo officiates 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup Final
    August 20, 2023
    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Former Golden Eagle soccer star Brooke Mayo has reached the pinnacle of her post-graduate career, one that has kept her on the pitch she spent four seasons dominating for the Tennessee Tech soccer team.
  • Smith selected as OVC's 2022-23 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee
    August 11, 2023
    BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech soccer forward Chloe Smith and Eastern Illinois softball pitcher Olivia Price have been selected as the nominees from the Ohio Valley Conference for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award for 2022-23.
  • Carlisle, Farmer named inaugural OVC Community Service Award winners
    August 10, 2023
    BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The inaugural recipients of the OVC Community Service Awards have been announced with Tennessee Tech’s Seth Carlisle and Katelyn Farmer claiming the honors for 2022-23.
  • Eblen Center semicircle named in honor of TTU Sports Hall of Famer Noble Cody
    August 09, 2023
    Tennessee Tech University posthumously honored a distinguished alumnus, community leader and Tennessee Tech Sports Hall of Fame inductee with the naming of a street on Tech’s campus in his memory.  The semi-circle off McGee Boulevard outside Tech’s Hooper Eblen Center will now be known as Noble Cody Circle in memory of Noble Cody, who passed away in 2016. Members of the Cody family, friends and admirers attended a naming ceremony and reception memorializing Cody’s legacy.
  • Tech women's golf, tennis programs earn 2022-23 OVC Team Academic Achievement Awards
    August 08, 2023
    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Ohio Valley Conference announced its 2022-23 Team Academic Achievement Awards Tuesday morning and Tennessee Tech came away with two team honors thanks to the Golden Eagle women's golf and men's tennis programs.
  • Golden Eagles land 116 student-athletes on OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll
    August 07, 2023
    BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – With the 2023-24 academic year just about to begin, the Ohio Valley Conference recognized its annual OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll for 2022-23 on Monday. In all, 1,396 student-athletes were honored on the list, each fulfilling the requirement of at least a 3.25 grade point average, maintaining eligibility throughout their competitive season and using a season of eligibility.
  • OVC Academic Medals of Honor see 24 Tech recipients
    August 04, 2023
    BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The Ohio Valley Conference announced on Friday its 291 recipients of the OVC Academic Medal of Honor for the 2022-23 academic year. Tennessee Tech had 24 student-athletes among the list. The OVC Academic Medal of Honor is given annually to the student-athletes who achieve the highest grade point average in a conference-sponsored sport. Every Academic Medal of Honor recipient for the 2022-23 academic year carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
  • OVC 75th Anniversary Teams: Men's Track & Field
    July 10, 2023
    BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The 2022-23 academic year marked the 75th anniversary of the Ohio Valley Conference, which began in 1948 and currently ranks as the eighth-oldest Division I Conference. As part of the celebration of the storied accomplishments of the League, a Committee working in conjunction with current and former schools, captured the "best-of-the-best" in each sport and celebrate the top athletes in league history with 75th Anniversary Teams across all OVC sports. A similar listing was compiled during the 40th and 50th anniversaries of the league.
  • OVC 75th Anniversary Teams: Women's Tennis
    July 07, 2023
    BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The 2022-23 academic year marked the 75th anniversary of the Ohio Valley Conference, which began in 1948 and currently ranks as the eighth-oldest Division I Conference. As part of the celebration of the storied accomplishments of the League, a Committee working in conjunction with current and former schools, captured the "best-of-the-best" in each sport and celebrate the top athletes in league history with 75th Anniversary Teams across all OVC sports. A similar listing was compiled during the 40th and 50th anniversaries of the league.
  • 2023 President's Awards honor 14 Golden Eagle student-athletes
    June 29, 2023
    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Fourteen student-athletes have been chosen as the outstanding representative of their teams at Tennessee Tech University and are the winners of the 30th annual President's Awards, presented by the TTU Athletics Department. Ten of the 14 are first-time winners while four are taking home the honor for the second time in their respective careers.
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