Knoxville Catholic dedicates STEM Innovation Lab

The Witsoe family and other donors receive thanks for making the ‘really exciting’ facility possible By Gabrielle Nolan A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new, state-of-the-art STEM Innovation Lab took place at Knoxville Catholic High School on Jan. 9. Students, teachers, faculty, families, and local media crews toured …

Knoxville Catholic names new football coach

Philip Shadowens, who has 202 career wins, moves from co-interim head coach into the top role for the Irish Knoxville Catholic High School announced Dec. 19 that Philip Shadowens has been named head football coach of the Fighting Irish. Mr. Shadowens served as co-interim head coach with Steve Matthews for …

KCHS, Notre Dame athletes sign with colleges

Seven from Knoxville Catholic High School commit to their futures while three from NDHS do By Dan McWilliams Knoxville Catholic High School and Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga each held a National Signing Day Ceremony on Nov. 8. Seven athletes signed with colleges at KCHS, and three from NDHS …

KCHS cross country and golf teams reach state level

Knoxville Catholic High School cross country runners and golfers competed at the state level this fall. Junior Keegan Smith finished third in the Division II, Class AA boys 5K run in the state meet Nov. 2-3 at Sanders Ferry Park in Hendersonville. Keegan’s time was 15 minutes, 2.24 seconds. KCHS …

Our brethren before us

Students learn that care for departed, their burial grounds are part of Christian life By Emily Booker A burial ground, be it a cemetery, mausoleum, or columbarium, is an important part of a Catholic community. The Catechism says, “The bodies of the dead must be treated with respect and charity, …

Knoxville Catholic names former player as new softball head coach

Knoxville Catholic High School on July 10 announced the hiring of Hannah Seaver-Logan as the new head softball coach for the Lady Irish. Mrs. Seaver-Logan graduated from Knoxville Catholic in 2012 and was a four-year starter at KCHS under head coach Sarah Fekete Bailey and went on to play collegiately …

KCHS football coach Cokinos steps down

Former Irish coach Steve Matthews and longtime prep coach Philip Shadowens named co-head coaches By Dan McWilliams Dean Cokinos, named head coach of the Knoxville Catholic High School football team Dec. 22, stepped down this summer shortly before practices began for the 2023 season. “Coach Cokinos won’t have the opportunity …

Former diocesan superintendent looks forward to a school-setting return at KCHS

By Bill Brewer It’s back to where it all began for Dr. Sedonna Prater. And that is an answered prayer. As the 2023-24 academic year starts, Dr. Prater transitions from superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Knoxville to vice president of academics at Knoxville Catholic High School. And while …

Knoxville Catholic names new boys basketball head coach

Knoxville Catholic High School on May 30 announced Gabriel Blair as the next head boys basketball coach of the Fighting Irish. Mr. Blair hails from Gastonia, N.C., and is a coach, professional trainer, and basketball clinician. Since 2014, he has owned Relentless Sports Club and since 2015 has served as …

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, KCHS alum, Cormac McCarthy dies

By The East Tennessee Catholic Cormac McCarthy, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and Knoxville native who graduated from Knoxville Catholic High School in 1951, died June 13. He was 89. Mr. McCarthy passed away of natural causes at his residence in Santa Fe, N.M., where he has called home for decades, …

KCHS spring teams win multiple state titles

The Fighting Irish capture their first baseball crown, dominate in tennis, and collect five track victories By Dan McWilliams Knoxville Catholic High School in May made the most of the annual TSSAA Spring Fling spring-sports championships. Fighting Irish athletes came home with a number of Division II, Class AA state …

Knoxville Catholic High School holds graduation

By Bill Brewer Knoxville Catholic High School marked its 91st graduation ceremony on May 12 as 164 seniors walked across the stage to receive their diplomas. Commencement was held in the school’s football stadium, which was filled almost to capacity with family and friends of the graduates. It was a …