Knights Athletics

Athletics is an important and growing co-curricular activity at Paideia. We believe athletic participation helps develop life skills and godly character through training, diligence, teamwork and sportsmanship.

spring sports


Middle School | Co-ed | Grades 5-8

KISL League – The Middle School coed team is open to all 5th-8th graders. Practices will be held on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. at school and will begin on February 15th. The registration cost is $100 per player.

Please contact Lindsey Kant at with questions.

Register for MS Soccer

High School | Grades 9-12

The High School team is open to players in grades 9th-12th. Our team is co-ed but plays in a boys league. Practices will be held on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. at school and will begin on February 15th. The registration cost is $100 per player. Please contact coach Matt Kant at with questions.

Register for HS Soccer

fall sports


Middle School Girls | Grades 5-8
High School Girls | Grades 9-12
Because the volleyball season starts before school begins, it is imperative that any interested girls sign up by July 2.

Coach Ronnie Wilson – 865-387-8613

Both squads will practice and/or play three or four nights per week. Regular practices will start July 26, and the season will run through the first week of October. Please contact Ronnie Wilson at or 865-387-8613 with questions.The cost is $100.

Register for Volleyball


Paideia competes in the Knoxville Youth Athletics Elementary and Middle School Cross Country program. For details about the program, please visit the KYA site. You may contact your coach (listed below) with questions. The cost is $100.

Elementary Boys & Girls | Grades 3-5
Coach Tara McIlrath – 865-806-5380

Middle School Boys & Girls | Grades 6-8
Coach David Leach – 865-256-2246

The first practice will be Thursday, August 12.
Tuesdays on Paideia’s campus from 3:30 to 4:30
Thursdays at U.S. Cellular Field from 3:30 to 4:30

One Saturday meet in late August
Every Monday of September, with the exception of Labor Day (that meet is on the Wednesday after Labor Day)
One meet in October

Inclement Weather
We will run in the rain. Meets will go on as planned in the rain. But for severe weather check the KYA Twitter site.

Register for Cross Country


Middle School Boys | Grades 5-8
Coach Mark Hamilton

The game schedule will be released after the league meeting on August 14. Until then, we will begin practices. A final determination regarding team structure (1 or 2 teams) after the first several practices. Please contact Mark Hamilton at or 865-670-0440 with questions. The cost is $100.

The first practice will be Thursday, August 5.
Thursday, 8/5 and 8/12 from 3:30 to 5:00
Fridays, 8/6 and 8/13 from 3:30 to 5:00
Monday, 8/9 from 3:30 to 4:30

Schedule TBD
All games will be in the local Knoxville area.

Register for Flag Football


Upper School Boys & Girls | Grades 7-12
6th grade students may also participate with approval from Mr. Leach

Coach David Leach – 865-256-2246

Our teams compete in the Knox Area High School Climbing Team competition at River Sports. Practices will take place at River Sports on Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. If a student cannot attend team practices but is able to practice on their own, they may still participate in the competitions. If you have any questions or for more information, please email Mr. Leach at The cost is $100.

NOTE: Paideia will cover the cost of the meets with this registration fee. Students will be responsible for the cost of the practices at River Sports.

Register for Climbing

winter sports


High School Boys  | Ages 14-18

Indoor soccer is great fun and accelerates skill development due to a lot more touches on the ball, fewer players on the field, and walls to keep it in bounds. This is great preparation for spring soccer. Teams will be 6 v 6 and play on a turf field.

Amy and Bret Hamill will be coaching. There will be one game each Saturday at Cool Sports (110 South Watt Road) from January 8 through February 12. (No practices)
Cost is $75.
What your player needs: shin guards are mandatory; turf shoes are ideal, but tennis shoes will work fine also. For questions, email Amy Hamill at
Register for Indoor Soccer


Middle School Boys  | Grades 5-8
High School Boys |  Grades 8-12
Middle School Girls | Grades 5-8
High School Girls | Grades 8-12

We are planning to have 1-2 boys teams and 1-2 girls teams in the 5th-8th grade age range and 1 boys and 1 girls team in the 8th-12th grade age range.  The cost to participate is $100 per player. Middle school teams will practice twice a week, and high school teams will practice 3 times a week. All practices will be immediately after school.

Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Williams will be coaching the high school teams.
Mr. Soreano will be coaching 5-8 boys.

Mr. Aanestad and Mr. Bell will be coaching 5-8 girls.

Practice times:

MS Boys Monday 3:30-4:30, Thursday 3:30-4:30
MS Girls Tuesday 3:30-4:30, Friday 3:30-4:30
HS Boys Monday 3:30-5, Wednesday 3:30-4:15, Thursday 3:30-5
HS Girls Tuesday 3:30-5, Wednesday 3:30-4:15, Friday 3:30-5
Practices will begin the week of Monday, October 18th, and games will begin in early November. The season will end for the middle school teams the first partial week of February.  With the possible exception of a day or two in late December, we do not practice or play during school holidays.
Register for Basketball