High School

Baseball

There will be meeting on December 11 at 12:45 in the film room at Stokley Gym for any HS boys interested in playing baseball this spring.  If you would like more information but can’t attend the meeting, please contact Coach Gann at (865) 804-3050.

 

The building of our baseball program continues under the guidance of Head Coach, K. C. Gann.  He can be reached at bonnie-gann@att.net

Below is the news release when he was hired:

TKA Baseball News

K.C. Gann takes the reins for The King’s Academy baseball

SEYMOUR — K.C. Gann’s first text to his baseball team at The King’s Academy was about paying attention to detail.

Those little things, those fundamentals, are what the focus needs to be for an inexperienced team trying to make it big.

“At first, I was like, having been playing baseball for a long time, ‘Oh, fundamentals again. It’s going to be slow,’ ” said junior Chandler Viscardis. “But he’s actually put new drills in that’s helped us a lot. He does drills for everybody. One thing wouldn’t help one person but it’s going to help another person in a big way. Just doing the small things makes a big difference in the games we play.”

Viscardis said that’s already been evident in the first two games of the season, a doubleheader split at Stone Memorial. The Lions were able to recognize how small mistakes led to a loss in the second game.

Gann is making believers out of these guys in just a short couple months on the job.

“It’s been a lot different,” said senior Tyler Pitney. “This has been my third coach in five years. It’s been a new learning experience. We play a lot more small ball this year. That’s been a lot more fun getting to bunt a little bit. A lot more base running, a lot more logistics instead of just hit the ball as hard as you can.”

Gann, a Seymour native, comes to TKA with more than two decades of coaching experience at every level from T-ball all the way up to college. Viscardis has been impressed by that resume, pointing to a lot of the instruction Gann has brought from the collegiate level and applied to practices with the Lions.

“You start to realize the more that you coach that sometimes you’re not going to get 15 all-stars that understand the game,” Gann said. “Each kid is at a different level. My job is to take them to that next level, no matter if they’re on stage one or stage 10 of the sport. There’s an old saying in coaching that says K.I.S.S. — Keep It Simple, Stupid. Sometimes us as coaches, we start coaching over our heads. It’s really helped me a lot, especially with the youth, going, ‘Hey, I can break this down a notch.’ ”

Gann’s team won’t play a full district schedule this spring but will compete in Division II’s District 1 tournament at the end of the season. Until then, he wants to keep things simple and work on those fundamentals. At midseason, he can reassess the progress they’ve made.

It’s all with an eye toward building for the future, which looks a little brighter now that the Lions have bolstered a middle school program with 14 players.

“What we have to do every ball game is we have to throw strikes, we’ve got to make routine plays and we’ve got to put the ball in play,” Gann said. “Once we can do that, we’re going to be successful. Now with that said, that’s our goals this year. I know that sounds pretty simple but we’ve got to start from the ground up. Once we understand that concept and buy into that concept, we’ll start having success on the field.”

Video: 03/17/2015 – Highlights of TKA’s doubleheader win at home over Northview.

Basketball – Girls and Boys

The TKA Lady Lions are being led by Blake Derrick (bderrick21@hotmail.com) with the assistance of Dante Turnipseed (dante2109@yahoo.com).

The Head Coach of the TKA Lions Basketball team is Justin Zachery (justinzachary@americomm.com).  His assistants are Robert Vest (roddyvet@comcast.net) and Nathan Diambra (ndiambra@gmail.com).

Bowling

2012-Bowling-TeamMr. David Mosher has been TKA’s Bowling coach since the program’s inception in 2001.  For Mosher, bowling began as a weekly family activity.  He states, “As a young person,  I had the chance to meet bowlers of all ages and I learned how to bowl without bumper pads.  I also learned to keep score by hand.   It was then that I realized how compatible the sport is with learning life-long skills, as well as developing life-long relationships.”

“Over the years I have been privileged to coach students from literally all over the world.  Our team motto “One More Pin” motivates us to constantly strive for improvement.  Our team verse from Matthew 7:14, ‘Straight is the gate and narrow is the way,’ reminds us that true life and victory are found only in Christ.”

TKA bowling is open to boys and girls in grades eight through twelve.  Prior to this year, TKA bowlers have competed as a co-ed team against local high schools.  This year, in addition to having a men’s team, we have had enough ladies come out to start a team of their own.

Mosher’s goal as a coach is to provide opportunities for young people to create habits of skill refinement and team fellowship in a context of fun and competition that will hopefully carry over into other aspects of their lives.   And, of course, he hopes they will discover that bowling makes a great life-long hobby.

Cheerleading

Please contact Coach Kim McAbee (premieredance@hotmail.com) for information on the squad.

Track and Cross-Country

Please contact Coach Jeff Ayers (jayers@thekingsacademy.net) for information.

Jr. Niamh Schumacher wins the 2015 TSSAA Div 2 A State Championship in the 3200 and places 3rd in the 1600.

Football

The 2017 campaign continues as The King’s Academy Lions was once again reached a new high point in the program’s history. This past Friday, the Lion’s hosted their first TSSAA state playoff game.  With that win, their record of 8 and 3 is the best in school history.  Winning that game advances them to the state quarterfinals against Nashville Christian.  The high school football coaching staff includes Head Coach Matt Lowe, and Assistant Coaches David Jeffers, K.C. Gann, and Doug Lowe. Sharing both middle and high school duties were head middle school coach Jeff Lusby and Jonathan Sellers.

If you have questions regarding TKA Football, please contact Head Coach and Athletic Director, Matt Lowe at 865-573-8321 or mlowe@thekingsacademy.net .

TKA head football coach Matt Lowe leads his Lions to the field.

Golf

For information on the Gold Team, please Contact Coach Butch Davis (Leo.Davis@ang.af.mil).

Boys Soccer

Please Contact Head Coach, Jeff Monckton (coachjeffgk@yahoo.com).

Girls Soccer

For Information on the team, please contact Head Coach Jeff Monckton (coachjeffgk@yahoo.com).

Name Class Of Achievements
Taylor Weekly 2017 All District Team/ Defensive Player of the Year (Team Award)
Amy Mobley 2014 2014 All District Team/ Offensive Player of the Year (Team Award)
Caitlin Hale 2019 8th Grade 2014 X-Factor Award (Team Award)
Halle Morton 2019 Grade 2014 Most Improved Award (Team Award)
Year Record
2014-15 8-7-2
2013-14 10-3

Softball

TKA Softball in the News

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – After nine years on the Tennessee softball staff, Marc Weekly has left his position as volunteer assistant coach to focus full-time on his responsibilities as Director of Athletics / Development Officer at The King’s Academy.

From 2005 to 2013, Marc Weekly was a key member of the Tennessee softball staff, working with UT’s catchers and outfielders, assisting with hitting instruction and coaching third base. He was part of each of Tennessee’s six Women’s College World Series runs (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013) and also worked with Tennessee co-head coaches Ralph Weekly and Karen Weekly in camps and summer clinics for over 20 years.

Marc Weekly, who has worked in his current role at The King’s Academy since 2012, was part of a Tennessee coaching staff that earned Speedline South Region Coaching Staff of the Year honors in 2005 and 2007 and NFCA Souhteast Region Coaching Staff of the Year honors in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

2014 *TKA Softball Finished it’s first official year 18-8, just missing a spot in the Regional Tournament

2015 – 32-12, State Runner’s up Div 2A.  7 out of the 9 starters received post-season honors.  Haven Taylor, Taylor and Regan Weekly make 1st team All-State.  Haven Taylor 2016  – Committed Carsen Newman, Taylor Weekly 2017 – Committed Toledo, Maddie Webber 2019 – Committed – Tennessee.  Many more will commit in the next two years .

Swimming

Coached by Head Coach Tonya Rollins (trollins@thekingsacademy.net), the King’s Academy Swim Team is offered for all middle school and high school students. Practices consist of two hours three times a week at the Sevierville Community Center. Swimmers compete in meets against other local teams, as well as the Championship meet for middle school and City/State meet for high school.

Swimming offers something no other aerobic exercise does: the ability
to work the body without harsh impact. Regular swimming builds endurance,
cardio-vascular fitness, and muscle strength. It can serve as a cross-training
element to your regular workouts or other sports.

In addition, spending time in a group workout, like swimming, is a great
social outlet. Exchanging stories, challenging each other, and sharing in the hard
work make swimming with others a rewarding experience.

Tennis

Our Tennis team is led by Head Coaches, Adam Hall (tkatennis@gmail.com) and Tiffany Webb (thewebbs.gt@gmail.com).

Volleyball

Head Coach Kelly Peterson (vballrefsrule@aol.com) played volleyball at TN Tech University and has refereed high school and college volleyball for almost 20 years. Peterson began coaching over 11 years ago and has coached high school and club volleyball.

Peterson has two grown daughters. Her daughter, Morgan played volleyball throughout high school and will finish playing volleyball at Butler this fall. Peterson’s other daughter Megan played basketball at the University of North Florida.

Peterson loves refereeing because she enjoys seeing local girls grow up playing volleyball and watching them continue the sport in college. However, coaching volleyball is what she enjoys more than anything! When asked why she loves coaching, Peterson states, “Being a part of girls’ lives, teaching them volleyball and getting to know them personally is a wonderful thing. Not only do I get to teach girls the sport I love but I get to be a part of molding them into mature adults. I believe that a lot of times athletes learn life lessons earlier than non-athletes. Volleyball is hard but life is harder. Volleyball is just one tool to help girls realize that they can do many great things with the help of Christ and the people around them.”