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Reception set to honor UTC and SEC great Fanning-Otis

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SODDY-DAISY, Tenn. (WRCB) -- Sharon Fanning-Otis has celebrated many impressive athletic achievements as both a player and a coach over the past 40 years.

Now three months after announcing her retirement from Mississippi State, it's time to celebrate her remarkable career.

Local friends and colleagues will honor the former Chattanooga and SEC head coach in a reception on Sunday, June 17, at 1 p.m. ET at the Chattanooga Fly Bait and Casting Club in Soddy-Daisy.

Fanning-Otis, formerly Sharon Cable, was a member of the very first varsity women's basketball team at UTC during her senior year in 1974. She graduated and spent one year at Knoxville before returning to her hometown to take over both UTC's basketball and volleyball programs. One of her first moves was to change the her program's nickname from the "Mocettes" to the Lady Mocs.

Fanning-Otis led UTC women's basketball to six straight Southern Conference championships upon joining the league in 1982, and in 1984 her program finished runner-up to Vanderbilt in the WNIT. In eleven seasons at Chattanooga, Fanning-Otis racked up a 189-29 record, including 27-11 in four years of league play.

She was named head coach at Kentucky in 1987, where she went 134-97 in eight seasons and won the 1990 WNIT championship.

In 1995 she jumped to Mississippi State, which is where she remained for the final 17 years of her coaching career. The Bulldogs made six NCAA Tournament trips, including a Sweet 16 run in 2010, and eleven overall postseason appearances in her tenure in Starkville. She posted a 281-229 overall record at MSU to close out her career with 608 total victories.


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