Evans rejoining G-P after coaching at TKA
Coach Matt Evans has left The King’s Academy’s football program.
Just weeks after completing his second season at the helm of the Lions squad Evans informed TKA Athletic Director Marc Weekly of his decision.
“Matt resigned about two weeks ago,” Weekly said Monday. “It was kind of a mutual thing, and I think Matt had a good opportunity to go back to Gatlinburg-Pittman, which is a fine program, and we wish him the best.”
“I’m a Sevier County (Schools) employee and it just makes things a little easier when you’re coaching at Sevier County school,” Evans said by phone Monday. “And the athletic director that hired me, Dan Kirkpatrick, is no longer the athletic director there and the principal is no longer there either.
“I just decided to go back to Gatlinburg-Pittman. They could use an offensive line coach, so I just decided to go back to old G-P.”
Evans coached the Lions to back-to-back 3-6 season in 2011 and 2012.
The year before he arrived on campus in Seymour the team was 0-9.
“TKA’s a great place, and they’re great people,” Evans said. “They’re getting into conference play next year, and I expect they’re going to have some good football.
“The athletic department’s on the right track to get things going. I love TKA, but with teaching at a different place it was just felt right to head back.”
At G-P, Evans will coach offensive and defensive lines.
“Some of the seniors this year were freshmen when I left, and a lot of the younger players remember me from camps,” Evans said. “It’s a good move for me. God opened doors for me to go to The King’s Academy, and he opened doors for me to come back to Gatilnburg.
“And I’m a better football coach from my two years at the Academy, coaching with guys like Dan Kirkpatrick and Larry Watson.”
TKA, which is moving toward expanding it’s scope athletically, is currently looking for a replacement for Evans.
“We’re conducting a search,” Weekly, who was a NAIA Division II All-American before coaching at UT-Chattanooga, said.
“I still have quite a few contacts out there, and we’re really trying to move King’s in a different direction. For a long time we haven’t been putting enough into football and athletics in general. We have a great academic school, and spirituality is great, but we want to try to invest a little more into our athletics.
“I think The King’s Academy is exactly where a lot of private schools were (five years ago) that are successful now.
“The search is probably going to take some time. We’re looking at a variety of coaches and we’re not just going to limit it to high school (coaches). My goal is to elevate the program.”