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Reynolds, Hill, Young garner TSSAA Bridges awards

Mike Reynolds, serving his first school year as principal at Farragut High School, has made a favorable impression among his peers as it pertains to high school athletic service.

Reynolds earned the 2003-04 A. F. Bridges Award while being named Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s Athletic District 2 “Principal of the Year.” The award was one of several given during a TSSAA East Tennessee Region meeting Thursday, Nov. 11, at Central High School.

It was one of three given to West Knox County high schools.

Honored by the TSSAA for an unblemished record of sportsmanship during the 2003-04 school year, Bearden High School earned the

A. F. Bridges State Award of Excellence among East Tennessee Class AAA schools.

This was one of only nine such awards given out to TSSAA schools statewide. BHS and 26 other statewide nominees were eligible because they “have received no reported no unsportsmanlike conduct during the previous school year,” according to the TSSAA’s official A. F. Bridges Awards pamphlet.

Bill Young, head varsity football coach at Christian Academy of Knoxville high school, has been named TSSAA’s “Male Coach of the Year” for 2003-04 in Athletic District 2.

More on the awards for Bearden and coach Young later in this story (see color photos, page 22).


Ronnie Carter, executive director of the TSSAA, introduced Reynolds among 21 individuals honored within the three athletic districts that form the East Tennessee Region.

Nominated by a “district committee” according to Carter, “These awards are given in recognition of people, very simply, who are setting the right example, doing the right things and setting a standard for the way it should be done at the secondary level,” he said. “There’s a state sportsmanship committee that then meets and spends a lot of time looking at information and making these selections.”

As for Reynolds specifically, “Mike Reynolds has been involved in education as a teacher, coach and principal since nineteen-eighty, both public and non-public levels,” Carter said.

A teacher at Webb School then an assistant principal at Knoxville Catholic High School, Reynolds came to Farragut in 1989, where he coached and taught until 1994.

Reynolds returned to Admiral country after serving as Fulton High School principal from 1997 through the 2003-04 school year. He became an assistant principal at Fulton in 1994 before being elevated to principal.

Already a sitting member of the TSSAA’s Legislative Council representing Athletic District 2 (nine in all statewide), Reynolds was re-elected to that post at the meeting without an opposing candidate being nominated.


Addressing hundreds of Bearden students along with faculty Friday morning, Nov. 12, in the school’s East Mall, BHS athletic director Lynn Hill said Bearden was recognized “in dealing with citizenship and good sportsmanship … it’s very prestigious.” Hill then thanked his coaches and athletes for making the award possible.

Bearden is among the schools that will receive $1,000 “toward a scholarship to recognize an outstanding student athlete who represents the essence of good sportsmanship and citizenship,” the A.F. Bridges Awards pamphlet said. “The criteria for this scholarship will be established by the school, and student athletes will be recognized later during the school year.”


Having served two stints as Bearden High School head coach dating from 1977 through the fall of 2001, Young and his staff guided the CAK Warriors to the Class A state semifinals in 2003 despite the program being only two years old.

Carter labeled Young an “outstanding athlete at the University of Tennessee (All-SEC defensive back in late 1960s). This is his thirty-fifth year in coaching, thirty-three as a head football coach in the state of Tennessee.”

Young completed his third season at CAK this fall.


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