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Meadows sounds confident as new Catholic grid coach

Scott Meadows didn’t lack for confidence when introduced as Knoxville Catholic High School’s new varsity football head coach.

Meadows, who led Alcoa to the 2000 TSSAA Class 2A state title and most recently elevated William Blount’s program to regular state playoff participation in 5A, was introduced during a Wednesday, April 30, news conference in Catholic’s Faris Fieldhouse athletic facility.

As first reported at Farragut First Edition, April 30, Meadows, 44, told players, coaches and administrators, “It’s an honor to be your head coach,” adding the KCHS program is at a level where “everybody else is playing catch-up.”

As for the new district format, “We’re going to be playing the Maryvilles, we’re going to be playing the Farraguts and all that — I could care less. The thing that they’ve got to worry about, they’ve got to play Catholic,” Meadows said, adding he could “promise one you thing, you’ll be better coached than that 11.”

Pointing to KCHS’s 2008 state championship banner behind him (Class 3A/15-0 record), Meadows said it was “fantastic, it’s a huge accomplishment” while praising the seven years of success under former head coach Mark Pemberton.

However, Meadows pointed to the banner again and said, “I only see one date … I only see one year; a lot more room there for a lot more state championships.”

KCHS principal Dickie Sompayrac introduced Meadows — 88-35 head coaching record in 10 seasons including stops at Sequoyah and Jefferson County — as “a winner” who until KCHS had “never gone to a program that’s had a winning record the prior year” yet enjoyed success. “Your new coach is a great family man.”

Meadows added about his decision, “The most important thing was the family atmosphere of the Catholic community.”

Using stats to illustrate his offensive success at WBHS in four years as Governors head coach, Meadows said, “We’re going to play fast … a spread … where you won’t see very much of a huddle. We’re going to be in the [shot]gun quite a bit.” The running game would retain winged-T principles from his earlier coaching days.

Defensively, the Irish will switch from a 3-4 to a 4-2-5 alignment.

Jason Surlas, Irish athletic director, said Meadows was chosen unanimously by a KCHS five-person committee among more than 60 applicants. Meadows and wife, Patty, have four children.


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