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Walters State's Foster Chason to be inducted to TCCAA Hall of Fame
 February 16, 2013

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. – Walters State will have their seventh person inducted into the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association Hall of Fame Saturday afternoon when current athletic director Dr. Foster Chason is enshrined during the basketball games against Chattanooga State.

Chason will join fellow Walters State inductees Ronald W. Carr, Bill Gardner, Bill Carlyle, Dave Kragel, Dr. Jack Campbell and Ken Campbell as members of the TCCAA Hall of Fame, and he becomes the first person associated with Chattanooga State to be inducted.

“I am truly humbled and honored with this recognition, and thank Commissioner Jim Cigliano for making the presentation,” Chason said. “I feel that the Lord has richly blessed me to be a part of college athletics and in particular community college athletics in Tennessee. Whether as a coach, a teacher or an administrator, the opportunity to work with people and watch them grow educationally and athletically is truly rewarding.”

Walters State president Dr. Wade McCamey had high praise for Chason, bringing up his character and loyalty to both Walters State and Chattanooga State as his biggest attributes.

“Dr. Chason has accumulated a wealth of athletic leadership achievements during his professional tenure both at Chattanooga State Community College and Walters State Community College,” McCamey said. “He has reached these accomplishments while at the same time demonstrating impeccable character and loyalty to both the community colleges he has served as well as to the state athletics association itself.”

Chason began his career at Chattanooga State, where he spent a number of years as a coach, teacher, trainer, athletic director and even bus driver.

Hired at age 22, Chason was brought in as an instructor of Sociology, assistant basketball coach and athletic trainer at Chattanooga State. He eventually became the second ever head men’s and head women’s basketball coach and also the second athletic director in school history.

During his time at Chattanooga State, Chason also served in a head coaching role for both basketball teams while teaching a full academic load, driving the bus for the athletic teams and completing his doctorate degree.

He was the first basketball coach at Chattanooga State to win 20 games in a season and have a team ranked in the top 10 nationally, and was the first coach to be recognized as Coach of the Year.

“The real recipients of any award such as this are the student athletes and their families whom we have been fortunate enough to have in our athletic programs both at Chattanooga State and Walters State,” Chason said. “However, equally as important are my family members and friends, particularly my wife Carol, who provided support, win or lose, by enduring the mood swings, missed birthdays, holidays, family get togethers, late hours, and year-round travel obligations all while enabling me to pursue athletic goals.”

After leaving Chattanooga State to become Vice President for Student Affairs and athletic director at Walters State, Chason has overseen an athletic department that has put together an unprecedented string of success, both at the state level and nationally.

The Senators and Lady Senators programs have competed in 16 national tournament, which includes a national championship in baseball in 2006. The programs also have won two TCCAA All-Sports Awards, and Chason helped oversee the addition and creation of the volleyball program that began play last fall.

Chason contemplated retirement while moving back closer to home but pursued the position at Walters State when it became available.

“The Lord has always richly blessed me. Carol and I had made the decision to move closer to our families and had contemplated retirement.  As we were building our home, the position of Vice President for Student Affairs and Athletic Director became available at Walters State,” Chason said. “From athletic and administrative experiences at Chattanooga State, I was very familiar with Walters State and had a number of friends here. I have been truly blessed that Walters State president Dr. Wade McCamey afforded me the opportunity to be a part of the Walters State family. I have the opportunity to work with students, work with athletics, develop international educational experiences, and help shape the future of Tennessee’s flagship community college.”

Chason will be inducted into the Hall of Fame Saturday afternoon in between games of the basketball doubleheader against Chattanooga State inside ‘Z’ Buda Gymnasium.

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