The Knoxville Catholic Fighting Irish start the 2019-20 as strong contenders in the Eastern District of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Division II-AAA. The Irish finished a strong 2018-19 campaign with a district record of 12-4 and an overall record of 25-7.
Under the leadership of Coach Mike Hutchens, Knoxville Catholic is touted as having the most talented lineup in the Greater Knoxville area heading into the 2019-20 season. The roster includes senior center Akeem Odusipe, a heavily-recruited big man (offers from Maryland, West Virginia, and other D-1 programs), talented sophomores B.J. Edwards, Presley Patterson, and Handje Tamba, and freshman Christopher Cain.
Knoxville Catholic High School, home of the Fighting Irish, is a private, Roman Catholic school located in Knoxville, Tennessee. Knoxville Catholic has provided Catholic education for the young people of the Knoxville area since 1932. With 645 students in grades 9-12, Knoxville Catholic features over 30 varsity sports and over 40 student organizations. Knoxville Catholic prepares scholars, leaders and champions.
Recently, the National Catholic High School Honor Roll recognized Knoxville Catholic as one of the top 50 Catholic High Schools in the country. Prominent alumni include the novelist Cormac McCarthy. The school’s annual Green & Gold Gala raises funds to support the continuous improvement of campus technology.
Knoxville Catholic competes in the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. The 2019-20 season will be Fighting Irish basketball’s first in Division II-AAA.