After a year away from the sideline Matt Lowe has been hired as the new football coach at Kings Academy.
Lowe replaces Ken Karcher who accepted the Kings Academy job on January 16 only to resign a week later and is now the head football coach at East Central Community College in Decatur, Mississippi.
Lowe complied a 49-23 record while at Powell and led the Panthers to the Class 5A state title game where they lost 17-14 to Henry County in 2011.
He also led the Panthers to back-to-back District 3-AAA titles and back-to-back undefeated regular seasons in 2010 and 2011.
After the 2011 season, he stepped down to spend more time with his family and even provided color commentary for “State Farm Rivalry Thursday” and “Pilot Playoff Fridays" telecasts for Knoxville TV.
He also did TV work for the KIL Jamboree and East/West All-Star Game.
"Although it will certainly take some time, the overall goal is to represent TKA with a state championship caliber football program—on and off the field. I really want to provide TKA students the unique leadership qualities that are obtainable through athletics," Lowe said in a press release.
“We are extremely excited about the Christian based educational experience."
Lowe will lead the Lion program into the Division II-A waters and will be in charge of also developing clinics and athletic camps as well as teaching Physical Education starting next school year.
“Matt has a real vision and plan for not only football but all sports at TKA,” Kings Academy Athletic Director Marc Weekly said. “He knows that success on the field starts with preparation. His role in developing our indoor facility will give him a distinct advantage for that preparation.”
“Matt has a passion and vision for TKA’s future that was evident from the first handshake. His coaching record is fantastic, but it’s his preparation and attention to detail that really came across. I look forward to watching him mentor and coach our young men.”
Elder Signs with Miami
After going back and forth trying to decide where he wanted to play both football and basketball Corn Elder has signed to play football at the University of Miami.
He will also walk on for the Hurricane basketball team as well.
Elder (5-10, 175) surprised virtually everyone who was following his recruitment over the past several months as the Hurricanes were never among his favorite schools.
""That's always been my favorite school growing up," Elder told the Tennessean "I've talked to them a couple times in the past, and I talked to them earlier today and they offered me."
""It was a surprise to me, too, just like everyone else. They said they didn't know I was still uncommitted and they found out that I like them a lot. I called them, and they offered me. Once I got the chance, I took it."
He rushed for 2,618 yards and 39 touchdowns in 2012 and recently listed
Elder listed Auburn, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, UCLA, Mississippi and Ohio State as his football finalists.
While Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, UCLA, Auburn and Vanderbilt had offered him a chance to sign in football and be a walk-on in basketball.
Elder is the two time Division II-AA Mr. Football Back Winner winning in 2011 and 2012 while helping Ensworth to three consecutive Division II-AA state titles.
He has also been named the State Basketball Tournament MVP leading the Tigers to back-to-back Division II state titles.
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