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Longtime Catholic Basketball Coach Mike Hutchens to Retire

October 28, 2021, Knoxville, TN — Knoxville Catholic High School is announcing today the retirement of Men’s Basketball Head Coach Michael Hutchens following the conclusion of the 2021-22 season. Coach Hutchens will remain a faculty member and Assistant Athletic Director at the school.

Coach Hutchens has been at the helm of the men’s basketball program at Knoxville Catholic since 1989. He is on track to notch his 600th career win in the 2021-22 season. His overall record currently is 597-268.

In his 32-year career, Coach Hutchens has made six TSSAA State Tournament appearances (4 in D-II AA) and (2 in D-I AA). His teams have been State Runner-up in D-I AA in 2017, State Champions in D-II AA in 2020 and State Semi-Finalists in D-II AA in 2021.

His numerous accolades include:

  • Conference Coach of The Year 9 times
  • Knox News Sentinel 2002 East Tennessee Class A Coach of the Year
  • 2017 PrepXtra K.I.L. Coach of the Year
  • 2020 PrepXtra Coach of the Year
  • 2020 Sports Awards Basketball Coach of the Year
  • 2020 5Star Preps Boys Basketball Coach of the Year

He boasts several college signees including Akeem Odisupe (Vanderbilt/Kent State), Handje Tamba (Tennessee), BJ Edwards (Tennessee), Luke Smith (Sewanee/Belmont), Brock Jancek (Tennessee) and Matt Parton (Transylvania).

Coach Hutchens met with his players Thursday, Oct. 28 after school to announce his retirement following the 2021-22 season. Under the leadership of Coach Hutchens, Knoxville Catholic is touted as having the most talented lineup in the Greater Knoxville area heading into the 2021-22 season.

Knoxville Catholic High School is a co-educational secondary school in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville. KCHS is dedicated to teaching the Gospel, igniting a love for learning, and nurturing individual growth in body, mind and spirit, as students are prepared to be Disciples of Christ who influence a constantly changing world. Founded in 1932, KCHS boasts more than 6,700 graduates.

Author: Pam Rhoades  

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