Jenny Moshak filled many roles for Lady Vols

Jenny Moshak was more than an athletic trainer in the eyes of the Tennessee women’s basketball players.

Several former Lady Vols described the former associate director of sports medicine as everything from a second mother to a foundation-like figure in the women’s athletic department.

Moshak, who had worked at UT for 24 years, took an early retirement on Thursday. In a statement issued Friday through her lawyer, Keith D. Stewart, Moshak cited the university’s unwillingess to address “issues of discrimination and retaliation” as reason for her decision.

“She was like a mom to me,” said former point guard Cait McMahan, whose playing career was cut short by knee problems. “You can’t replace Jenny Moshak. It’s impossible. I feel sorry for what’s going on (at UT).”

Abby Conklin, who played with a broken toe during an improbable national championship run in 1997, mentioned Moshak in the same breath with former coach Pat Summitt and current coach Holly Warlick.

“To me she’s like Pat and Holly, the foundation of the Lady Vols,” Conklin said. “She was one of the pillar people.”

Conklin said that Moshak not only helped players recover from injuries but also assisted in handling the daily rigors of a demanding program.

“It was hard playing for Pat,” Conklin said. “She never did anything to be disloyal to Pat but she helped us through the tough times.”

Former All-American Chamique Holdsclaw described Moshak as a mediator of sorts between the players and coaches.

“She has a special gift,” Holdsclaw said. “Not every trainer can fill that role. Jenny did it so well.”

Holdsclaw referred to the circumstances surrounding Moshak’s retirement as “unfortunate.”

“At the end of the day, people have to do what’s right for them, what they believe in,” Holdsclaw said. “Maybe her purpose is to go on and inspire other people.”

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banners writes:

Hart has dismantled the only truly successful sports program at UT. The man is a menace. At least Hamilton left the women alone.

rogatl2002#222395 writes:

really disappointing. they should have done what they needed to do to keep her. UT needs a new administration from Cheek on down. badly badly managed at every step.

fearthehound writes:

Isn't this whole thing about her jealousy over males making more than her? Another victim playing the gender card. With revenue generating disparaties between men and women sports programs, I don't see her point. Sorry, somebody's always b_tchin and moanin about something.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Let's see: 1. Snitch 2. Malcontent 3. Coat tail rider.

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say put ice on it and take credit for something the body does naturally. GENIUS! he he Witch Doctor say too bad history will show she was all about herself the whole time,,bye
fade to black.
Bones never lie.

ChadsFordVolunteer writes:

in response to banners:

Hart has dismantled the only truly successful sports program at UT. The man is a menace. At least Hamilton left the women alone.

Just remember that the same stooges on here who blindly support Hart are the very same ones who loved Sunseri and Dooley. Almost all of them are misogynistic knuckle-draggers, who never set foot in a class at UT and probably couldn't even find their way to an SAT test center unless someone laid out a trail of breadcrumbs for them in advance.

Hart's a fraud and a pariah.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to ChadsFordVolunteer:

Just remember that the same stooges on here who blindly support Hart are the very same ones who loved Sunseri and Dooley. Almost all of them are misogynistic knuckle-draggers, who never set foot in a class at UT and probably couldn't even find their way to an SAT test center unless someone laid out a trail of breadcrumbs for them in advance.

Hart's a fraud and a pariah.

Hey gutless, you never gave a recommendation for Hamilton's or Fulmer's replacement. Why, because you don't have one. If you ever did throw out a name he might get hired and you wouldn't be able to spew this bile. Go away you parasite.

WetumpkaThumpa writes:

She may have had a decent argument if women's basketball produced the kind of revenue that football does. But it doesn't, and to come out and whine about $102,000 a year to travel the country and watch sporting events is just plain stupid. It's great that Dave Hart is getting rid of the Moshak's and Debbie Jennings types that think they are entitled to things that they aren't. There isn't another school in the nation where they would have been the salaries they were being paid.

voloffaith writes:

Equal pay for equal resposibilities is ok. I ,again, will say Ms. Moshak has been a major asset to the University. It's a shame that they feel so slighted that they now sue that place "they loved" to achieve a goal that is going to be hard to achieve in the "Male " dominated sport's world. Moshak and Jennings have had it good all these years while the "Summitt" train has been rolling along. Now that Coach is basically no longer riding Mr. Hart has started streamlining the athletic dept. Female trainers primarily for female athletes removes possible gender conflicts that could arise in the clubhouse. No ,not referring to Peyton's moonshot heard around the world. Something akin to what might have cost recent staffer to resign after Mr. Golden was found to have some course/grade issues that somehow hadn't surfaced. The dangers of our world when no accountability framework established to protect those involved. All that being said the ladies who are suing had it good and knew it, but had/have a bigger agenda . As if title 9 wasn't enough. Don't get me wrong that our athletic dept needed trimming that was exposed by the poor $ in the kitty after we have been paying off hiring mistakes that wreaked havoc with a once deep pool for funding the dept as well as giving to the Academia side. Did Ms. Jenny get the shaft by not being allowed to be considered for the head position? If she was denied consideration on the basis of her suit alone then of course that would be a homerun in the courtroom for her and her suit associates. As many have said, bite the hand that feeds you and then play the playground malcontent does not exactly posture for future considerations as a team player. Oh BTW, notice all of the former players contacted are on her side. Keep in mind though they are working primarily from a frame of reference of how good a trainer she was......not the helpful mediator/mom on the road. Alas this will not end pretty after all is said and done.

utvolfan1955 writes:

in response to ChadsFordVolunteer:

Just remember that the same stooges on here who blindly support Hart are the very same ones who loved Sunseri and Dooley. Almost all of them are misogynistic knuckle-draggers, who never set foot in a class at UT and probably couldn't even find their way to an SAT test center unless someone laid out a trail of breadcrumbs for them in advance.

Hart's a fraud and a pariah.

Good grief Jeffy, how many freaking user names do you have? Why don't you get a life and shut up!

budd#207344 writes:

in response to WetumpkaThumpa:

She may have had a decent argument if women's basketball produced the kind of revenue that football does. But it doesn't, and to come out and whine about $102,000 a year to travel the country and watch sporting events is just plain stupid. It's great that Dave Hart is getting rid of the Moshak's and Debbie Jennings types that think they are entitled to things that they aren't. There isn't another school in the nation where they would have been the salaries they were being paid.

It is about WINNING. Not revenue, not who you know, not how nice you are, not what's between your legs. Its WINNING. So when you look at the very successful (WINNING) women's programs and then the SUCKING men's programs, the choice of head trainer is clear. A WOMAN.
Its about WINNING.

fearthehound writes:

in response to budd#207344:

It is about WINNING. Not revenue, not who you know, not how nice you are, not what's between your legs. Its WINNING. So when you look at the very successful (WINNING) women's programs and then the SUCKING men's programs, the choice of head trainer is clear. A WOMAN.
Its about WINNING.

Outside of Jeffy and some of the other slimy trolls, this might be the lamest post I've seen on here.

budd#207344 writes:

in response to fearthehound:

Outside of Jeffy and some of the other slimy trolls, this might be the lamest post I've seen on here.

I'm sorry what 's lame about WINNING. Oh you believe in everyone gets a ribbon. Sorry, life isn't that way.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

Wow, now I'm confused. The Lady Vols former players and coaches speak of Moshak as a key part of the Lady Vols' success, and an essential part of the program. But, some of the posters on here say anyone could have done her job and good riddance. Now I have to determine who would know more about the situation, the former players on national championship teams, or posters who have trouble structuring sentences. This is going to be tough.

fearthehound writes:

in response to budd#207344:

I'm sorry what 's lame about WINNING. Oh you believe in everyone gets a ribbon. Sorry, life isn't that way.

Nothing lame about winning--the post was just lame. Your logic seems to be, the women's basketball program has won a lot of games (fewer in the past few years), the men's programs have not done so well in the past few years, hence this woman should be made head trainer. Brilliant.

Fact is, the trainers for the football team deal with many, many more players, and they deal with a sport where the injuries and rehab are a lot more serious and in depth, and most importantly, their sport is the cash cow that finances all the women's teams, and she's ticked because they make more money than her. That's her beef. And you think she should be made the head trainer because women's basketball has done well in the win/loss column.

fearthehound writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

Wow, now I'm confused. The Lady Vols former players and coaches speak of Moshak as a key part of the Lady Vols' success, and an essential part of the program. But, some of the posters on here say anyone could have done her job and good riddance. Now I have to determine who would know more about the situation, the former players on national championship teams, or posters who have trouble structuring sentences. This is going to be tough.

Nah, it's not tough. Go with us. I hear most of those national championship players have trouble structuring their sentences, too.

budd#207344 writes:

in response to fearthehound:

Nothing lame about winning--the post was just lame. Your logic seems to be, the women's basketball program has won a lot of games (fewer in the past few years), the men's programs have not done so well in the past few years, hence this woman should be made head trainer. Brilliant.

Fact is, the trainers for the football team deal with many, many more players, and they deal with a sport where the injuries and rehab are a lot more serious and in depth, and most importantly, their sport is the cash cow that finances all the women's teams, and she's ticked because they make more money than her. That's her beef. And you think she should be made the head trainer because women's basketball has done well in the win/loss column.

My logic is that I want a head trainer who gets the most out of the players that they work with. I want to pay for performance. That's the way people get paid in this society. Not by skin color, height, weight, who you know or who you sleep with. Performance. And the women's programs have out performed the men's for over a decade. That ain't coincidence. Its based on the skills of the people who manage the programs. And in college sports revenue is not the end all or be all so get off that train. I want winning programs and I want winners managing them. How you find that to be lame is beyond me.

ridor9th writes:

Wow. As a fan of Virginia Cavaliers women's basketball team for many years, Jenny Moshak is synonymous with Pat Summitt & UT Lady Vols. Whenever her players got injured, people turned to Moshak for announcements. Even with me who loved to loathe Pat & Lady Vols, I always check Jenny Moshak because her words are credible in this sport. And AD Hart threw her out in favor of who? Some guy who has the same position but never made a name of himself? Wow. Just ... wow.

And to see some hateful comments by UT fans against Moshak when she tried to do the "right" thing is simple despicable.

R-

finpat1959#1419108 writes:

in response to fearthehound:

Isn't this whole thing about her jealousy over males making more than her? Another victim playing the gender card. With revenue generating disparaties between men and women sports programs, I don't see her point. Sorry, somebody's always b_tchin and moanin about something.

Another male chauvinist pig playing men deserve more money and praise than women who usually work twice as hard as men do, but receive half the pay. Grow up guys, women have been liberated but until we have more women in top positions, we will not be treated equally. In 2016 when we elect Hillary as President, maybe then women will be treated as equals. Until then, continue to play your little boy games but in the end you will get what is coming to you.

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