published Friday, March 9th, 2012

John Shulman retained by Rick Hart as UTC coach

Hart made decision today

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    John Shulman watches the UTC Mocs during a game at McKenzie Arena in this file photo.
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Do you agree with the decision to keep John Shulman?

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics director Rick Hart decided to retain men’s basketball coach John Shulman for another season on Friday.

Shulman met with Hart several times on Thursday and Friday and Hart came to the decision that Shulman is the best man to lead the program in the future.

“In some ways it was very similar to meetings we have at the end of others years, but there were some differences,” Hart told the Times Free Press on Friday morning. “I needed to confirm that John was up to the challenge of taking our program down a path which is in the best interest of the program.

“He is, and that became clear to me.”

UTC finished the past season 11-21 and 5-13 in the Southern Conference which dropped Shulman’s eight-year career record to 132-127 overall and 71-71 in the SoCon.

Hart said finances did not factor into his decision. Shulman has two years remaining on a contract worth approximately $140,000 per year.

“We have a good view on the route we want to go,” Shulman said. “I’m excited about getting back to doing what we do — defending, rebounding and being accountable off the court, not that we get very far away from that.

“We’re going to go back to year No. 1.”

See Saturday’s Times Free Press for more coverage.

Contact David Uchiyama at or at 423-757-6484. Follow him on Twitter at

about David Uchiyama...

David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...

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