News from CAK
For Immediate Release, June 16, 2020 (Knoxville, TN) – Christian Academy of Knoxville has named J.D. Johnson as the new head coach of the Warrior Boys Basketball team. “Johnson is exactly what we were looking for when we opened the search,” says CAK Director of Athletics, Ried Estus. “He’s a Godly man, an experienced and proven coach, and has the academic credentials worthy to join our excellent teaching faculty.”
As a former collegiate player (Lake Erie College), Johnson began coaching in 2007 and has built an impressive record. In 2016, he was the assistant head coach when High Point Christian Academy (High Point, NC) made a state title appearance. The following year, Johnson became Head Coach at Statesville Christian where he shattered school win records and took his team to the Elite 8. His coaching career also includes an additional elite 8 appearance while at Cape Fear Christian Academy, and a final four appearance at Freedom Christian Academy.
“I love working at a Christian school, and having the opportunity to share my faith and the gospel with students and families on a daily basis,” says Johnson. “I’m excited that CAK has a simultaneous commitment to spiritual development and academic excellence while recognizing the importance of athletics and the role it plays in education.”
Johnson holds a Bachelor’s in Integrated Social Studies from Lake Erie College, and a Masters in Athletic Administration from Ohio University.
He’ll be taking over for a team that has made two state title appearances (2005, 2016) and five state sectional appearances (2005, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017). The Warrior Boys Basketball team was the Regional Champion in 2005 and is an eight-time District Champion (1993, 1994, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2014, 2015, 2016).
“We have a young and hungry group that is eager to learn,” says Johnson. “Basketball is a great tool to help prepare them for the next phases of their lives. I love how athletics as a whole can bring our entire school family together in support of one another for something greater than ourselves.”
In addition to coaching, Johnson will also be teaching high school history. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, working out, and watching sports.
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August 12, 2019 (Knoxville, TN) – Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) is pleased to announce that Drew Wassenaar has accepted the offer to become the head coach of High School Boys Lacrosse team. Wassenaar is not new to CAK, he has been an assistant coach since 2018 and brings a wealth of experience with him into the head coaching role.
"During my time at CAK, I have predominately spent most of my focus on the offensive side of the ball," says Wassenaar. "I’m most looking forward to taking on the head coaching role at CAK, to help continue the success we’ve had the past two years."
The relatively new lacrosse program has exploded at CAK where the Warriors have made the playoffs for the past two years. "I’m most excited to be a part of this family," continues Wassenarr "and want to help this program get to the next level."
Wassenaar has played lacrosse since he was in 6th grade when he fell in love with the sport. He went on to play at the collegiate level at North Greenville University and Tennessee Wesleyan University where he led his team in goals every year. Wassenaar brings accolades including being named All-Conference Player multiple times while in college. He was also Rookie of the Year, Academic All-Conference, All-Tournamenet Team, Team Captain, 1st Team All-American, and Conference Player of the Year.
Not only can Wassenaar play, but he is also an experienced coach. Most of his experience is with Smokey Mountain Lacrosse and D1 Sports in Knoxville. During his years coaching, many of his high school athletes went on to earn college scholarships, including some at D1 schools.
"Lacrosse is one of our fastest-growing sports at CAK," says Ried Estus, CAK Director of Athletics. "Coach Wassener was the logical hire of course, but we would’ve wanted him even if he hadn’t coached for us the last two years. He's passionate about lacrosse, young people and his faith. Our lacrosse program is in very good hands."
Wassenaar holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from North Greenville University and an MBA from Tennessee Wesleyan.
As the youngest of six siblings, Wassenaar likes hanging out with his family during his free time, watching movie marathons or doing anything outdoors. He attends Central Baptist Church of Bearden.
Christian Academy of Knoxville is an independent, Christian private school serving around 900 students in grades pre-K through 12th grade. The CAK Way is infused into our students, parents, faculty and staff to love God, love people, model Jesus, and make decisions that are best for our students.
Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) is excited to announce the hiring of Brooke Cunningham as head coach of the high school cheerleading squad.
Cunningham grew up in the Halls community and has been involved in cheerleading since she was six years old. Formerly serving for five years as CAK’s middle school cheer coach, Cunningham most recently has been leading the Christian Youth Football elementary cheerleading team.
"I'm super excited to be involved with the Spirit program at CAK again," says Cunningham. “I coached a few of the girls when they were in middle school, and I am looking forward to working with them as well as the rest of the team."
Cunningham cheered at the collegiate level at East Tennessee State University and was on staff with the Universal Cheerleading Association. After completing a Communications degree, she went on to receive a Masters in Sports Marketing and Management at the University of Kentucky.
“Brooke definitely has the charisma and infectious personality to lead our cheer team,” says CAK Director of Athletics Ried Estus. “I’m confident she’ll develop meaningful relationships with our girls, and they will surely respond to her energy.”
“My goal for the cheerleading program is to continue building upon their teamwork, leadership, and athletic skills,” continues Cunningham, “and for the team to encourage our school and community both spiritually and athletically."
Cunningham resides in Knoxville with her husband, Matthew, and their children, daughter Leighton, and sons Bryant and Grayton. The family attends Fellowship Church.
There will be a high school cheerleading parent interest meeting on Monday, March 25 at 6 p.m. in the high school commons. Try out clinics will be April 2-4 with the actual try-outs taking place April 5.
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