On July 6 Knoxville Catholic High School announced Caleb Moore as the new head coach for the Irish baseball program.
Mr. Moore, a 2001 graduate of Knoxville Catholic, has spent the last four seasons resurrecting the Happy Valley High School baseball program. He replaces Adam Sullivan, who left KCHS for a position at Maryville High School.
Mr. Moore comes to KCHS with a highly decorated resume. Following his high school career, he was a four-year starter at East Tennessee State University, where he was once named the Southern Conference Player of the Year and twice named a Division I All-American. In 2005 Moore was drafted as a catcher by the Minnesota Twins in the fourth round. He played four years of professional baseball, ending his career as a pitcher with the Texas Rangers organization following a 2008 surgery.
“It’s an honor and a privilege for me to get to come back home to KCHS,” Mr. Moore said. “Catholic has a great standard of academic and athletic excellence along with a strong baseball tradition. I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to lead this program.”
The applicant pool was very deep and contained a number of outstanding candidates, said KCHS athletics director Jason Surlas.
“Our search committee had the tough task to select our new coach given the quality of candidates,” Mr. Surlas said.
“We couldn’t be happier with Coach Moore. He brings a great baseball pedigree to our program along with a strong understanding of what it takes to be a successful student-athlete at Catholic High.”