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April 23, 2021

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Knoxville Catholic Accepts Resignation of Steve Matthews After Eight Seasons At Helm

Knoxville Catholic Accepts Resignation of Steve Matthews After Eight Seasons At Helm

Four days after being arrested for a DUI and drug possession, Steve Matthews has resigned as head football coach at Knoxville Catholic.

“I really enjoyed my time at Catholic, like any coach you want to leave a place better than when you found it. And I think we did that, but now it is time to move on,” Matthews said.

In the late hours of April 1, Matthews was stopped for not bring able to stay in his lane by a Knoxville Police officer and was then arrested for a DUI and the police officer also noticed a plastic bag that contained seven pills that were identified as “acetaminophen and hydrocodone bitartrate, which is a schedule 2 prescription according to the arrest report.

Matthews, 50 led the Fighting Irish to a 74-27 record and two state titles (Class 4A in 2015 and 5A in 2017).

The Fighting Irish also made the playoffs seven times in three different classifications (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 in 4A, 2017 and 2018 in 5A and 2019 in Division II-AAA).

Catholic missed the playoffs this season and finished with a 5-4 record.

Before coming to Catholic, Matthews was the offensive coordinator at Siegel for three seasons (2010-12).

He received his first DUI in March of 2011 while coaching in Murfreesboro.

Matthews was the head football coach Moore County for two seasons and had a 10-11 record in Lynchburg and his overall head coaching record is 84-37.

“We are grateful for the years of service that Steve has given Knoxville Catholic High School,” Knoxville Catholic president Dickie Sompayrac said. “He’s a championship caliber coach and we regret that his tenure at KCHS has ended this way. We respect Steve’s decision and we will pray for him and his family as we move ahead.” 

Currently 10 schools in Brainerd, Cumberland Gap, Goodpasture, Hillsboro, KIPP Academy, Knoxville Catholic, Maplewood, Northwest, Obion County and Zion Christian are looking for a head coach.

Contact Donovan at donovans1222@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter at Examine_Stew

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