Bernadette Locke Mattox, a Philadelphia native and Loudon High
School graduate, was officially recognized by Roane State Community College for her induction into
the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
The WNBA assistant coach
put together a successful career in collegiate sports, earning All-American and Academic
All-American honors as a player at the University of Georgia following her two-year stint with Roane
State. Despite playing just two years at Georgia, she ranks 10th all time in steals with
Mattox also spent several years coaching on the collegiate level where she became the
first female to serve as a Division I assistant, working under Rick Pitino at Kentucky before going
on to be the head coach of the Kentucky women's basketball team from 1995-2003.
"I can't say
enough about how special this is," Mattox said. "You think back to the time when you started
school (at Roane State) and the people that were involved and the support you got from the people
here, the administration, the athletics program, just everybody. You walk in the door and see most
of those people and it's a lot."
Mattox praised Roane State for providing a solid
foundation for her collegiate career as both a player and coach.
"All the things we inspire
to be and what we achieve in life, all that starts on the collegiate level," she said. "Roane
State has done a tremendous job with that. I am really fortunate and very blessed to have this
opportunity to come back and receive this award."
Earning a spot in the TCCAA Hall of Fame
was something Mattox said she would have never thought about and something she did not
"Those are the things you don't think about because they're so big and they're so
special," she said. "You just feel like you're trying to do what you can to help the program and
to academically achieve the things in life and go on with your career. You would never think these
are the type of things that would come from that, but I've always been taught if you take care of
the little things big things will happen. In essence, that's probably true."