Paideia Knights volleyball team with Coach Wilson

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.



Middle School | Co-ed Grades 5-7

The middle school team will be open to boys and girls in 5th – 7th grades. This team will be coached by Bryson McClurkin.

Register for MS Soccer

High School | Boys Grades 8-12

The high school team is for boys in 8th – 12th grades. (We are in the process of checking with the league to see if they will allow us to have girls on our team.) This team will be coached by Matt Kant.

Register for HS Soccer



Boys – Grades 9-12

This 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!

All high school boys ages 14-18 are eligible to play indoor soccer. The winter season will run from January 9 to February 19, 2021 with six games. The games will be played on Saturdays at the Cool Sports facility on Watt Rd. Teams will be 6 vs 6 and play on a turf field. The cost is $75.

What your player needs:

  1. Shin guards mandatory
  2. Turf shoes ideal but tennis shoes will work fine also (no cleats)

The team will be coached by Matt Kant with some possible practices depending on interest. Any questions feel free to contact Matt at

Register for Indoor Soccer



Co-ed – Grades 7-12
6th grade students may also participate with approval from Mr. Leach

Our team will compete in the Knox Area climbing team competition at River Sports. Practices will take place at River Sports on Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 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. Currently, there is not a schedule for competitions.

The first practice will be held on Thursday, October 22nd. If you have any questions, and for more information, please email Mr. Leach at

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


Boys – MS (grades 5-8) & HS (grades 9-12)

Girls – MS (grades 5-8)

Boys 5th grade and up and girls in 5-8th grades are eligible to play basketball. We will field a middle school (5th-8th grade) boys’ team and a high school (9th-12th) boys’ team coached by Mark Hamilton and Bryson McClurkin. Our middle school (5th-8th grades) girls’ team will be coached by Tanner Rice.

Practices will begin after fall break and will be held on campus, immediately following the school day. The cost is $100 per player. Please contact Mark Hamilton at with questions.

Register for Basketball


Girls – MS (grades 5-8)

All girls in 5th-8th grades are eligible to play volleyball. For the 2020 season, we will field a varsity squad, and if we have enough players, a junior varsity squad. The cost is $100 per player. Please contact Ronnie Wilson at or 865-387-8613 with questions.

Register for Volleyball


Boys & Girls – Elementary (grades 3-5) and MS (grades 6-8)

Paideia will compete in the Knoxville Youth Athletics Elementary and Middle School Cross Country program. Practices will be from 3:30-4:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $75 per student. The first practice will be on August 18, and there will be a parent meeting during this practice. Tara McIlrath will coach the elementary team, and David Leach will coach the middle school team. For details about the meets, please visit the KYA site. For questions, contact Tara McIlrath (

Register for Cross Country