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Pharr heading to CAK

Farragut's five-time state championship head coach apparently is headed to a Westside neighborhood rival.

Undisclosed sources said Tommy Pharr, Farragut High School baseball skipper for 12 seasons (437-89-1 record), is leaving an Admirals program he helped put on the map as among the most highly respected in the southeastern United States.

Pharr would become head coach at Christian Academy of Knoxville, a Class AA program less than 10 miles from the FHS campus. The decision reportedly came within the past few days.

Steve Denny, CAK High School athletics director who was reached Tuesday afternoon, June 16, declined comment pending Pharr addressing his FHS players and assistant coaches.

However, Michael Reynolds, FHS principal, said Tuesday afternoon that Pharr “hasn't signed anything that I'm aware of. I've talked to him. But he is out of town. He is going to come in and we'll sit down and talk at that point in time.

“There's nothing official until everything is signed … that's the only thing that makes it official,” Reynolds added. “Until then, everything is up in the air and, I suppose, negotiable.”

Calls to Pharr were not returned as of press deadline Tuesday afternoon.

In leading the Admirals to five Class AAA state championships including last May ('03, '04, '06, '08 and '09), Pharr has been named Baseball Coaches Association co-National Coach of the Year in 2003 and National Coach of the Year by that same season. He is a four-time Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association Coach of the Year honoree.

Saying Pharr's official departure from FHS would be “huge,” Reynolds added that Pharr “is a tremendous asset, and will be anywhere he goes. Not just as a coach, he's just a fine individual, too. And a role model for the kids. That's what is important.

“He's a huge part of our community.”

The Ads former coach reportedly spoke to FHS players and assistant coaches — along with parents and boosters — Tuesday evening in the program's “team room” to explain his decision and thank all involved in Farragut's success for their efforts.

Arriving at FHS in 1998, Pharr led the Admirals to Class AAA state runner-up finishes in 1999, 2001 and 2002 before breaking through in his sixth season.

Pharr replaces former CAK head coach Kent Mathews.


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