Paideia basketball team

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
High School | Co-ed | Grades 9-12

Paideia Academy will field a co-ed High School (9th-12th) and Middle School (5th-8th) soccer team this spring season. The teams will play or practice 2-3 times per week with the first practice starting in late February. The season will begin in early March. The cost to play is $100 per athlete. The deadline to register is Monday, January 30th. Please sign up by clicking the link below. If you have any questions, please contact Ronnie Wilson at
NOTE: We are expecting to have a high number of registered students for the Middle School team. We have a firm deadline to register by January 30th in order to consider two Middle School teams this season, so please register early.
Register for MS Soccer
Register for HS Soccer

winter sports


Middle School Girls | 5th-7th grades
Middle School Boys | 5th-8th grades
High School Girls | 8th-12th grades
High School Boys | 9th-12th grades

Registration for basketball season is now open. Boys and girls who are in 5th through 12th grade are eligible to play. Teams will normally practice or play 2-3 times per week. The season will run from late October through early February. The cost per student is $100.

Please contact Ronnie Wilson with any questions at 865 387-8613 or

Register for BB – MS Girls
Register for BB – MS Boys
Register for BB – HS Girls
Register for BB – HS Boys

fall sports


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 and their climbing gear at River Sports.

Register for Climbing


Elementary Boys & Girls | Grades K-5 – mid-September to early November
Middle School Boys & Girls | Grades 6-8 – September through October

Coaches Kristin Monge (, Terri Bowden (, and Amanda Stroud (

Practices will start for both teams in mid-August running two practices per week. We expect our practices to be Tuesday and Thursday at Knoxville Raquet Club from 4:00-5:00 PM. After Labor Day, we will transition to one practice and one match each week. Match days are TBD.

Students are responsible for their own racket, shoes, and shorts/skirts. The school will supply the team t-shirts. The cost is $175.

Register for K-5 Tennis
Register for Middle School Tennis


Elementary Boys & Girls | Grades 3-5
Middle School Boys & Girls | Grades 6-8

Coach Tara McIlrath (865-806-5380)

Paideia competes in the Knoxville Youth Athletics Elementary and Middle School Cross Country program. Practice will begin mid-August. There are 5 regular season meets for each group during the month of September, and a championship meet on October 8 for all runners. State championships for qualifiers is October 22. For details about the program/schedule, please visit the KYA site. For questions, please reach out to Coach McIlrath. Cost is $100. The deadline to sign up for Cross Country is August 31.

Practice is every Tues and Thurs from 3:30 to 4:30. We will start practice the third week of school – Tuesday, August 9. Kids can come out and practice with us a few times and then officially register before the first big meet.

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: Cody Hutchinson

We will begin practices on Monday, August 8th at 4:30 p.m. in the backfield. The game schedule will be released at the first team meeting, but the season will run through the first week of October. There will be 2-3 games and/or practices per week. The cost is $100 per player.

Monday 4:30-6:00 pm, Thursday 4:30-6:00 pm, and Friday after school until 5:00 pm. Note: we hope to designate a spot for students to do homework after school on Mondays and Thursdays as they wait for practice to start.

Schedule TBD, but likely Monday and Thursday evenings. All games will be in the local Knoxville area.

Please email Mark Hamilton at with any questions.

Register for Flag Football


High School Girls | Grades 9-12
Because the volleyball season starts before school begins, it is imperative that any interested girls sign up by the end of June.

Coach Ronnie Wilson ( / 865-387-8613)

This team will practice and/or play 3-4 nights per week this summer, starting July 11th. The season will begin in August and will run through the first week of October. The deadline to sign up is June 30th, and the cost is $100 per player.

Middle School Girls | Grades 5-8

Middle school girls volleyball will start July 25th and run through October 7th with 2-3 games/practices a week.  For questions, please contact Coach Ronnie Wilson at 865-387-8613. Cost is $100.

Register for Middle School Volleyball
Register for High School Volleyball