Patterson takes KC helm

Tony Patterson: "I really want to bring stability to Knox Central." Patterson was recently names the new Panthers boys basketball coach.
Tony Patterson: “I really want to bring stability to Knox Central.” Patterson was recently names the new Panthers boys basketball coach.

It’s been a week of change in town, as a second Knox County coach was formally announced as head of Knox Central’s boys basketball team on Wednesday.

Tony Patterson was formally announced head coach of the Panthers by athletics director Jeff Canady at an official press conference held at Knox Central’s library.

“Tony and his staff will pour their heart and soul into this program, and you can’t go wrong when you have passion to go along with heart and soul,” said Canady.

Patterson is a Knox Central Alumni where he graduated in 1990. He attended Sullivan Jr. College for a year and then finished at ETSU where he graduated in 1995.

He had the opportunity to not only play college ball, but also play overseas in Russia, Germany, Australia and numerous other locations.

Patterson has previously worked at Flat Lick Elementary for six years before accepting this new position.

“First and foremost, I want to thank God for the opportunity because without him none of this would be possible, and my family for putting up with me,” Patterson said at the conference. “It’s an exciting day for me and my coaching staff, and we’re looking forward to giving it a whirl.”

“I really want to bring stability to Knox Central. We’ve had three coaches over a short period of time, and I think it’s what the program needs,” said Patterson. “My expectations for the players are to come and compete and give 110 percent, and that’s what we’ll do.”