TKA football program gets coach Matt Lowe
Nearly a month after making a big splash hire for its football program, The King’s Academy is at it again.
TKA named former Powell Panthers head coach Matt Lowe as the new head coach for the Lions gridiron team Wednesday night.
Unlike last month, when former NFL QB and college coach Ken Karcher took the job only to resign a week later to take a community college job in Mississippi, it appears — according to a press release from the school — that Lowe is in it for the long haul with the Lions.
“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,” the coach said by way of the school’s release. “I really want to provide TKA students the unique leadership qualities that are obtainable through athletics.”
The King’s Academy’s athletic director, Mark Weekly, seemed sold on Lowe the moment he met him.
“Matt has a passion and vision for TKA’s future that was evident from the first handshake,” Weekly said. “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.”
Lowe has quite a resume. He put together a 49-23 record in his time at Powell High School in Knoxville, including a 25-2 mark in his last two seasons (2010, 2011) with the Panthers. He led his teams to two back-to-back District 3-AAA championships and was twice selected as the district’s Coach of the Year.
In 2011 his team held a number one state ranking, and made it to the final game of the state playoffs behind the running of current Kentucky Wildcat Dyshawn Mobley. Following that season, Lowe shocked many in the area by simply stepping aside at Powell to spend more time with his family.
Football was never far from his mind, however, as he provided color commentary for “State Farm Rivalry Thursday” and “Pilot Playoff Fridays,” and TV roles for the KIL Jamboree and East/West All-Star Game.
But at TKA, Lowe has more in mind than just football.
“Matt has a real vision and plan for not only football but all sports at TKA,” said Weekly. “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.”
Lowe will assume immediate responsibility for the Lions football program and will teach physical education at the school beginning the next school year.
Weekly and Lowe are also developing athletic camps and clinics to be held on the school’s 67-acre campus.
A 15,000-square-foot athletic and academic facility under construction is expected to play a central role in the expansion of academy programs.
Lowe acknowledges and embraces the challenges of moving from a 1,500-student high school to an academy with fewer than 200 students in grades 9-12, according to the school’s release.
“We are extremely excited about the Christian based educational experience,” explained Lowe. He said his reason for re-entering the coaching ranks was due in part to “TKA’s unique family atmosphere, the academy’s commitment to academic excellence, and the administration’s leadership in developing a successful football program.”
In 1995, Lowe was a standout QB/DB at Powell High School, earning All-State honors. He continued to play at the collegiate level at Middle Tennessee State University where he served as a team captain.
Upon graduation form MTSU in 2000, Lowe began his coaching career at Powell High School.