2018-2019 State of the School Address
Head of School, Ben Holland, along with Athletic Director, Marin Sells announced the hiring of Taylor Fink, decorated college standout to the position of Head Volleyball coach Wednesday, May 1. Mr. Holland stated, “We were very impressed with Taylor’s experience and success on the college level, as well as her experience coaching at both the collegiate and high school level. ” Coach Sells stated, “We’ve been blessed with excellent coaches over the years, and Taylor has an appreciation for the strong history of our program. Likewise, her vision for the future impressed me throughout the process. She clearly understands what’s necessary to take our program to the next level as we transition to the TSSAA. Additionally, her heart for teaching student athletes to be strong, Christian leaders both on and off the court made her the obvious choice.”
Fink has served as both the junior varsity head coach and an assistant varsity coach at Science Hill H.S. in Johnson City, Tennessee (2015-2016) before taking an assistant coach position at UVA-Wise (2016-2018). Fink stated, “I would like to thank Mr. Holland and Coach Sells for giving me this opportunity. I am excited to start this journey and be a part of a great Christian school such as Providence Academy. The volleyball program has been strong in the past, and I'm excited to jump in and keep building it up.”
A 2015 graduate of Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, Fink is a decorated former setter for the Lions volleyball team. The three-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-American served as an assistant coach for a pair of high school club teams during the winter months while in college. Fink was an assistant coach for the 16U C4 Explosive Volleyball Club in the winter of 2014-15 and held the same position for the 15U Ocoee Heat Volleyball Club in the winter of 2012-13. While a student-athlete, Fink served as a volleyball camp instructor and counselor to high school and middle schoolers during the summers at Bryan.
Named 2014 Appalachian Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Fink earned multiple accolades on the volleyball court all four years of her collegiate career. The setter was named to the AAC All-Freshman Team in 2011 before being named AAC Co-Setter of the Year in 2012 and AAC Setter of the Year in 2013. She earned First-Team All-AAC honors her sophomore through senior seasons, in addition to being named NAIA All-American honorable mention those years as well and claiming AVCA NAIA All-Northwest Region accolades in 2013.
Fink led the Lions to regular season championships from 2012-2014 not to mention AAC Tournament titles in 2012 and 2013, being named to the AAC All-Tournament Team all four years. She was also a standout in the classroom,
garnishing AAC All-Academic honors as a junior and senior. Fink holds a bachelor's degree in exercise and health science from Bryan, along with a K-12 teacher licensure.
A Providence Academy student has been named a 2019-2020 Ned McWherter Scholar. The named recipient is Ben Jones, son of Randy and Dana Jones of Kingsport, TN. This is the third year in a row a Providence student has been selected to receive this scholarship.
The Ned McWherter Scholars Program is intended to encourage academically superior Tennessee high school graduates to attend college in Tennessee. Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA and a 29 or above on the ACT. This year there were nearly 1,800 applicants, but only 180 selected in the state of Tennessee. The program awards each student $6,000 per academic year, with $3,000 from the state of Tennessee and $3,000 from the college or university the student attends
“Ben has been with us at Providence since Kindergarten, and we are so proud of the exceptional young man he has become.” PA Head of School, Ben Holland said. “Ben excels academically, athletically, and is one of the most respectful and well-rounded students you’ll meet. He represents our school well, and I have no doubt that his future will be bright.”
The Ned McWherter Scholars Program began in 1986 and is designed to encourage academically superior Tennessee high school graduates to attend college in the Volunteer State. Since 2002, there have been more than 1,000 Ned McWherter Scholars.
Earlier today, Head of School Ben Holland announced the hiring of former UT Vol and Johnson City local, Damon Johnson, to lead the basketball program at Providence Academy.
Ben Holland shared, “Providence Academy is a Christ-centered school that strives for excellence not only in academics but also in fine arts and athletics. We foster a community which allows our students to flourish in all three areas while glorifying God. A man known for his Godly character, athletic prowess, and years of coaching experience, Damon Johnson is a perfect fit for our school’s competitive program.” Damon shared, “I feel very honored and blessed be a part of the Knight family. I love how God is the head of everything at Providence, and I believe this job was laid out for me with where I’m at in my life. Basketball is a tool for me to speak about God and life, and I look forward to leading Providence Academy in a new direction and making Providence Academy a staple in this area.” Athletic Director, Martin Sells commented, “We’re excited to welcome Coach Johnson to the staff. He’ll make a great addition to the Providence family and will be instrumental as we transition conferences in the coming years.”
Since 2012, Damon Johnson has served as an assistant coach for the ETSU Lady Bucs. He also spent two years as a men’s basketball assistant coach for King College and helped guide the Tornados to back-to-back Conference Carolinas Regular Season Championships and King’s first-ever appearance in the Division II NCAA Tournament. Johnson spent two years as an assistant coach for two Johnson City area schools after spending 11 years playing professionally in Europe.
Prior to going pro, Johnson played one season at Hiwassee Junior College where he was named a First Team All-American. He then transferred to the University of Tennessee to play for the Volunteers from 1994-96. In his three years at UT, he was a two-year starter, voted Best Team Player in 1995, and Most Versatile Player after his senior season in 1996.
As a Johnson City native, he played for current King College head coach and athletic director, George Pitts, while attending Science Hill High School from 1989 to 1992. Johnson helped bring Science Hill a state title in 1990 and a state runner-up finish in 1991. His teams won the conference title all four years of his playing career as well as district and regional titles. He also has a place in the Science Hill High School Hall of Fame.