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University of Tennessee women's athletics director emeritus Joan Cronan, third from left, visits with some of Pellissippi State's women student-athletes after her talk on campus March 19 for Women's History Month.

Legendary athletics director coaches students on how to be successful in life

Joan Cronan was “a tomboy before it was cool to be a girl in sports.”   A Little League coach in her hometown of Opelousas, Louisiana, thwarted Cronan’s attempt to try out for baseball at 12, telling her, “Girls don’t play baseball.” She could be a manager or a cheerleader, but… Read More »Legendary athletics director coaches students on how to be successful in life

East Tennessee native Darrian Jones has been named head men’s basketball coach at Pellissippi State.

Pellissippi State Athletics announces hiring of first men’s basketball coach

East Tennessee native Darrian Jones has been named head men’s basketball coach at Pellissippi State, Athletics Director Brock Evans announced Wednesday. Jones was a standout player at Alcoa High School from 1997-2001, earning 1st Team All-State. He went on to play for two years at Hiwassee College from 2001-2003 in… Read More »Pellissippi State Athletics announces hiring of first men’s basketball coach

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Pellissippi State welcomes pioneer in athletics for Women’s History Month

  The first woman to lead the University of Tennessee’s athletics department – both men’s and women’s sports – will headline Women’s History Month in March at Pellissippi State Community College.  Joan Cronan, who broke the glass ceiling at UT by serving as Interim Vice Chancellor and Athletics Director in… Read More »Pellissippi State welcomes pioneer in athletics for Women’s History Month

Pellissippi State's new head men's soccer coach, Abe Tizaf, in spring 2024

Former professional soccer player to lead Pellissippi State men’s team

Pellissippi State has hired Abe Tizaf as its new head men’s soccer coach, effective Feb. 16.  Tizaf comes to Pellissippi State after spending a season as an assistant coach at Young Harris College in Georgia and five seasons as head coach at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana. He was instrumental… Read More »Former professional soccer player to lead Pellissippi State men’s team

Pellissippi State's Sade Lee, far right, drives the ball past Dyersburg State soccer players at a match in September 2023.

Pellissippi State Women’s Soccer star Sade Lee earns All-American honors

A Pellissippi State Community College women’s soccer player has earned honors from the National Junior College Athletic Association.  Forward Sade Lee, who was named Player of the Year by the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association in October, was named an NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American last week.  Lee, who played high… Read More »Pellissippi State Women’s Soccer star Sade Lee earns All-American honors

Pellissippi State Women's Soccer team celebrates their 1-0 win over Motlow State on Oct. 12. The college's Women's Soccer program has been honored with Coach of the Year and Player of the Year awards from the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association.

Pellissippi State boasts Women’s Soccer Coach, Player of the Year: TCCAA

Pellissippi State Community College’s women’s soccer coach and several of the team’s players have earned statewide honors in their inaugural season.  Head coach Mariana Diaz Lopez was named Coach of the Year by the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association on Oct. 23, having led Pellissippi State’s first women’s soccer team… Read More »Pellissippi State boasts Women’s Soccer Coach, Player of the Year: TCCAA

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Waycaster leads Pellissippi State’s first volleyball team

Erika Waycaster knows what her volleyball players are going through.  Waycaster, 29, was part of Walters State Community College’s first volleyball team in 2012. Now she’s leading Pellissippi State Community College’s first volleyball team as the school’s head coach.  “I’ve been telling the girls: what I’m asking you to do,… Read More »Waycaster leads Pellissippi State’s first volleyball team

Headshot of new golf coach Mackensie Grohman

Grohman leads Pellissippi State’s first men’s golf team

An LPGA teaching professional will lead Pellissippi State Community College’s first men’s golf team starting this fall.  Mackensie Grohman, originally from California, has been hired as head coach, tasked with building a men’s golf program from the ground up as the college embarks on its inaugural season of competitive athletics. … Read More »Grohman leads Pellissippi State’s first men’s golf team