Austin to be a two-sport athlete at ETSU

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Chattanooga native to compete in track and field and play basketball for Lady Bucs


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (July 7, 2009) - The ETSU women's track and field and basketball teams received stellar news on Tuesday, as they learned Tosha Austin (Chattanooga, Tenn.) has signed her national letter of intent to compete for the Lady Bucs in 2009-10. Austin, who signed her NLI with track and field, will also be a walk-on for head coach Karen Kemp's Lady Buccaneer squad.


The Chattanooga, Tenn. native enjoyed an outstanding track and field career while attending Howard School of Academics and Technology. Austin was dominate at the state championship by claiming titles in the 100 and 300-meter hurdles in 2008, and she also helped guide the Tigers to a team title in 2009. In addition, the 6-foot-2 hurdler claimed the 300m individual title this past season and was apart of the state champion 4x400-meter relay team.


"Tosha's going to come in and make an immediate impact to our program," commented associate head track and field coach Michelle Byrne. "It's gratifying to sign a two-sport athlete. She will not only be able to develop her skills in track and field, but I know coach Kemp and her staff will do the same on the basketball court. She is coming in with an excellent track record and hopefully over time she gets more powerful here at ETSU."


Austin will begin her ETSU playing career with the Lady Buccaneer basketball team come November. The post player will help the Lady Bucs defensively, as she was named Best Defensive Player of the Year by her team all four years. One game that sticks out with the Chattanooga native is her 10-point, 19-rebound effort versus Brainerd in the first round of the 2008 Region 3-AA tournament. In addition to her success as an athlete, Austin has also excelled in the classroom after being named the NAACP Reggie White Student Athlete of the Year in 2009. 


"Tosha is going to walk-on to our Lady Buccaneer team and will contribute with our post play," commented Kemp. "Her athleticism speaks volumes, as she will be a two-sport athlete here at ETSU. She gives us some added depth in the post, and we expect her to be a crasher on the boards."


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