KCHS volleyball team has new head coach

Knoxville Catholic High School recently welcomed Brent Carter as the new head coach for the Lady Irish volleyball program.

Mr. Carter comes to KCHS with a highly decorated resume. He graduated from Murray State University in 1993, where he co-founded the men’s club volleyball program. He grew up in Paducah, Ky., and moved to Knoxville in 1994. He played for the Smoky Mountain Athletic Conference Knoxville (SMACK) from 1995 until 2002.

He has been coaching the 13-year-old division of club volleyball for the past 11 years, where his teams consistently finish in the top 15 nationally, including a fifth- and a third-place team. In addition to coaching volleyball at KCHS, Mr. Carter will continue to work at Great American Opportunities as a fundraising consultant, where he has worked for the past 21 years.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to coach at KCHS. The staff and administration have made it very clear that they care deeply for these young women and this program,” Mr. Carter said. “The athletes in the program are very hard workers, so we will play at a high level. The legacy that Mike Jones and Andrew Garland left here will be carried on with great enthusiasm. This will be a very fun year!”

“Coach Carter brings a wealth of volleyball knowledge along with a passion for working with young people,” said Jason Surlas, KCHS athletic director. “Most importantly, we feel like he will be a great role model for our girls and help them not only be better volleyball players but also better human beings.”

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