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Coach Jim Smelcher Dawg House to include Bill Wilson Walk


The future fieldhouse for Bearden High School football, estimated to cost between $500,000 and $700,000 according to Blake Moore, booster club president, has a name and a special path (related story in April 17 farragutpress issue).

The future fieldhouse, Coach Jim Smelcher Dawg House, is named in honor of the former BHS grid coaching legend of the 1960s and 70s. A special bricked walkway from fieldhouse to field will be named Coach Bill Wilson Dawg Walk in honor of the late BHS and West High coach. With a width of about three feet, each walkway brick would feature the name and a short comment from former Bulldogs and other BHS boosters making a donation. Moore said “about $250,000” already has been pledged, while another roughly $40,000 is “in hand.” The 10,000-square-foot block building, to be located just north of the team’s practice field at the base of the hill leading up to the school, will include “three sets of locker rooms” for varsity, junior varsity and visitors. “And a very large workout facility,” Moore said. “Coaches will have their own individual offices.” A training room “will be dedicated just to sports injury and sports therapy.” Phase One, to feature the basic building and coaches offices, plus all other phases, would need proof of funds on-hand to get Knox County Board of Education go-ahead. The Board already has approved fieldhouse concept plan. A groundbreaking ceremony is set prior to the home game versus Karns Sept. 19. “Our hope is that Phase One will be completed in time for the Spring Practice [2009].” Moore said, adding Phase Two would include finishing all visitors’ facilities. Boosters’ goal is to have project completely finished by early fall 2009.

 

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