• Knoxville Catholic High School
  • Knoxville, TN
Front row (left to right): Nate Breeden; John Sheringham; Presley Patterson; Sam Sompayrac; Ben Sompayrac; Dylan Carroll; Josh Turbyville
Back row (left to right): Associate Head Coach Tony Scott, Christopher Cain; Alan Arvidson; Handje Tamba; Akeem Odusipe; Brian Edwards; Nick Renfree; Head Coach Mike Hutchens


# Name Pos. Height Grade Year
1Christopher CainGuard6’2Freshman2023
2Sam SompayracGuard6’0Junior2021
3Nate BreedenGuard5’10Sophomore2022
4Presley PattersonGuard5’10Sophomore2022
5Brian EdwardsGuard6’2Sophomore2022
12Josh TurbyvilleForward6’2Sophomore2022
21Nick RenfreeForward6’3Junior2021
22Alan ArvidsonForward6’4Junior2021
23Ben SompayracGuard6’2Freshman2023
24John SheringhamGuard6’2Junior2021
25Dylan CarrollForward6’2Junior2021
33Handje TambaPost7’0Sophomore2022
34Akeem OdusipePost6’9Senior2020

Team Profile

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.

Team Information

  • Head Coach: Mike Hutchens
  • Associate Head Coach: Tony Scott
  • Assistant Coach: John Higdon
  • Assistant Coach: Geraud Hall
  • Score Keeper: Diane Cutting
  • Statistician: Pat Walden
  • Video Production Manager: Allaynah Scott
  • President: Dickie Sompayrac
Chaplain: Fr. Michael Hendershott
  • Academic Dean: Jane Walker
  • Dean of Students: Orestes Pumariega
  • Athletic Director: Jason Surlas
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  • Location: Knoxville, TN
  • Conference: Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association
  • Colors:
  • Motto: Ut Christum Feram (That I Might Bear Christ)

School Profile

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.