Luke Smith leaves KCHS boys basketball program after one year

Knoxville Catholic head basketball coach Luke Smith is resigning his position as coach and personal finance teacher effective at the end of the 2022-23 school year.
In his one season at the helm of the basketball program, Mr. Smith’s Fighting Irish team went 20-8 and was defeated in the state tournament. Mr. Smith, a former Irish player, will be pursuing a coaching position at the collegiate level.

Mr. Smith said, “I am unbelievably grateful to Knoxville Catholic for giving me the opportunity to lead their basketball program. It was an honor getting to work with the players, teachers, and administration at Knoxville Catholic. I am especially thankful for the relationships I have formed over the past year with the current players and coaches. Knoxville Catholic will always be a special place to me, and I cannot wait to see their continued success in the future.”

Knoxville Catholic athletics director Jason Surlas said, “We wish Coach Smith all the best in his future endeavors, and we are grateful for his efforts with our team this past year. We will be opening our search for our next boys basketball coach immediately. We believe this is a premier job in East Tennessee, and we are eager to find the next leader for our program.”

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