Former Tennessee All-American and WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings will serve as an analyst on SEC Network, calling several women’s basketball games during the remainder of the season.
Catchings recently retired from the WNBA after a 15-year career with the Indiana Fever. Her illustrious professional career includes a national championship (2012), most valuable player (2011), four Olympic gold medals, and five-time defensive player of the year. She was also named Rookie of the Year in 2002 after leading the team in points, rebounds and assists, and ranking in the league’s top 10 in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.
“I am thrilled for this opportunity to work with so many talented broadcasters at ESPN and to learn from each one of them,” said Catchings. “As a young girl, I never imagined I would be put in this position. I’m excited to embark on another journey in sports.”
Prior to the WNBA, Catchings played under legendary head coach Pat Summitt at the University of Tennessee and was a member of the 1997-98 undefeated team that captured the national championship title. Her accolades as a Lady Vol include four-time All-American, the Naismith National Player of the Year (2000) and Academic All-SEC.
“Tamika is a legend on the court,” said Pat Lowry, ESPN Coordinating Producer II. “Her tenacity, passion and high basketball IQ will make her an invaluable asset to our SEC Network telecasts. Along with being a world-class athlete, Tamika’s humanitarian and volunteer efforts speak for the kind of person and teammate we’re all honored to work alongside.”
Catchings will call her first game of the season on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m. ET when Texas A&M faces No. 24 Kentucky on SEC Network.
SEC Network is slated to carry more than 70 women’s basketball games this season, including coverage of No. 4 Mississippi State, No. 5 South Carolina, and No. 24 Kentucky.