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Canadian Olympic Pole Vaulter Training at CAK 

September 25, 2019
By CAK Communications
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Elite pole vaulter Kelsie Ahbe is training at Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) under Coach Jim Bemiller. After being an Olympic finalist in 2016 (top 12), Ahbe's ultimate goal is to medal at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.  Currently, she is training to compete at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar (Sept 27 & 29).

"I train at CAK because it is a very welcoming environment," says Ahbe. "As an elite athlete, it is difficult to find places to train, but CAK has been generous to give me access to the track and pole vault pit."

Coach Bemiller also coached Olympic gold medalist (2004) and former Vol Tim Mack.  Due to Bemiller's experience, Ahbe says "I believe I am in good company and have a shot at winning a medal in 2020." 

She also enjoys seeing so many CAK athletes practicing each day beside her.  "I hope I can inspire them with my athletic journey!" 

CAK is honored to have Ahbe on campus and looks forward to the 2020 games! 


Posted in Press Release

CAK Announces New High School Wrestling Coach, Marquis Dotson, III

April 29, 2019
By CAK Communications

Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) is excited to announce the hiring of Marquis Dotson, III as head coach of the high school wrestling team. Dotson has over seven years of professional experience as a teacher, coach, and music minister. 

Most recently, Dotson coached at Fulton High School where he spent four years. During that time, Dotson’s team produced the school’s first state medalists, as well as a state champion wrestler. The Falcons also had their first group of wrestlers ever to sign with a collegiate program. 

Prior to his time at Fulton, Dotson coached a Chattanooga Central High School where he helped lead the team to their 2011 and 2012 state dual championships. 

“Coach Dotson was an easy choice to lead our wrestling program,” says CAK Director of Athletics Ried Estus. “He has a track record of success developing multiple state championship teams, and more importantly, he has a legacy of developing relationships with and making a lasting impact on the young men in his programs.” 

Dotson is taking over the team from Coach Chris Hawkins, who led the Warriors to the Division II Invitational Championship in duals. They are also nominated as the PrepXtra Team of the Year.

“Coach Hawkins invested all he had into building our program,” continues Estus, "and then led us to the one coach he was willing to turn it over to.” 

“Coach Hawkins has done a great job with the wrestling program,” says Dotson. “I am excited to continue what he started, and with the group of kids we have at CAK, I know with hard work and training, we will be successful. I’m looking forward to also building parent, faculty, and student support, and growing the culture of wrestling at CAK.” 

Dotson holds a Bachelor of Music from Virginia State University, and a Master of Church Music from Lee University. He resides in Knoxville where he attends Faith Promise Church, and enjoys coaching wrestling, and playing, teaching and listening to all types of music. 

Interested in attending CAK? Find out more by visiting our admissions page. If you are a journalist looking for more information, please visit our media page

Posted in Press Release

Seven CAK Athletes Sign to Play at the Collegiate Level

February 08, 2019
By CAK Communications
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Christian Academy of Knoxville is excited to announce that seven of our student-athletes recently committed to play at the collegiate level on National Signing Day 2019! At a ceremony held on Friday, February 8 in the CAK High School Commons, a packed house watched as the following student-athletes signed with their choice of college. 

Claire Brock – Emory University, Basketball

Junior/Senior – Co-MVP, All District Team, All District and Region Tournament Teams
Sophomore - District MVP, All District and All Tournament Teams
Freshman - “Newcomer of the Year,” All District Team

Annalise Cole - Wheaton College, Softball

Junior - CAK Defensive Player of the Year
Sophomore - CAK Warrior Award, District champions; Region champions, State champions
Freshman – Coach’s Award, District champions, Region champions, State champions

Jack Flynn - Carson Newman University, Football

Senior – (Football) Team Captain, 1st Team All Region, Knoxville Focus Coach’s All Knox Co Football 1st Team, CAK Iron Warrior Award, (Track and Field) Regional and State finalist in discuss, Regional finalist in shot put, (Lacrosse) Team Captain
Junior – (Football) All Region Honorable Mention, CAK Iron Warrior Award, (Lacrosse) Team Captain
Freshman & Sophomore – Lacrosse Team Captain, Track and Field and Football letterman

Stewart Howell - University of Tennessee Martin, Football

Senior – Team Captain, CAK Iron Warrior Award
Junior – Team Captain, Team Offensive MVP, All Region
Sophomore – All Region

Annie Lukens - Berry College, Soccer

Senior – All District Defensive Player of the Year, All Region, Team Defensive MVP
Sophomore – Team Defensive MVP, All District, All Region, Knoxville Football Club United 01 Division II State Championship team
Freshman - Knoxville Football Club United 01 Division II State Championship team

Luke Simpson - Carson Newman University, Football

Senior – Football Team Captain, Bulsworth Character Award, 1st Team All Region, Warrior Award, Lacrosse team captain
Junior – Football team captain, All Region Honorable Mention
Sophomore - 1st Team All Region, Soccer state championship team

Will Sterchi - Berry College, Football

Senior - Knoxville Focus All-Area Football Team Honorable Mention, All Region Division II-AA Honorable Mention, CAK Football Warrior Award CAK Football Team Captain

We congratulate all of our Warrior players who are going on to live their dreams! May God shine a light on your path and bless you! 

If you are interested in finding out more about Christian Academy of Knoxville, log onto our website at For athletic media inquiries, please contact Ried Estus, Director of Athletics (865) 690-4721 x132 (o), 

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