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.
Earlier today, Head of School Ben Holland announced the hiring of former Major League Baseball catcher and World Series Champion, Jeff Reed, to lead the baseball program at Providence Academy.
Ben Holland shared, “This is Providence Academy’s 25th anniversary. The Providence foundation is built on a Christ-centered and classical approach to learning, and during the school’s first 25 years, Providence has built an academic reputation that few schools can match. We look forward to supporting our academic excellence with excellence in arts and athletics as well. With this vision in mind, I am excited to announce that we have hired a man with the Christ-like character and baseball experience to lead our program to be able to compete with the best - Jeff Reed.” Jeff shared, “I am excited to join the Providence Academy Knights. I look forward to helping shape young men with character and excellence on and off the field.”
Jeff Reed is a former professional baseball catcher who played in the major leagues for 17 years for the Minnesota Twins, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies, and Chicago Cubs. He batted left-handed and threw right-handed. Jeff has been a coach of the Elizabethton Twins and will also continue in that role. In 1988, as a Cincinnati Red, Jeff caught a perfect game pitched by Tom Browning. Jeff was also part of the 1990 World Champion Cincinnati Reds.
Did you know that most children will spend about 15,000 hours in school over the course of 13 years….15,000! As a former school counselor and a mother of 4, I know that Kindergarten is a crucial year that sets the pace for how kids will spend their time academically, emotionally, and spiritually. Living in Hamblen County when my son, Ragan (soon to be 5), came along, I had heard nothing but amazing things about Providence Academy, but sadly that was just too far to drive! When my husband’s work transferred him to the Tri-Cities area this summer, I began my search for Ragan’s school. I visited websites, social media pages, took tours, and polled all of my friends in the area. Providence still rose to the top, and was clearly the only option for my family. Here are the top 7 reasons why I’ll be starting my son at Providence Academy:
1. BIBLICAL INSTRUCTION AND INTEGRATION.
In a world where children are bombarded with non-Christian messages, Providence students begin every morning with the Bible. Students learn about Scripture, memorize Scripture, sing Scripture, and pray. The Word becomes alive in the classroom, and character development takes place. Students then continue to discover God in every subject whether in science, history, or music.
2. AS A PARENT, I HAVE A VOICE.
My children are my blessing and heritage, and I have been entrusted with raising, shaping, and preparing them for a life of service to His Kingdom. Providence Academy strives to care for and operate as an extension of my family rather than just a place I drop my kids for 8 hours a day. They share my belief that parents have the God-given authority to give input and participate in my son’s educational experience. I cannot stress enough how much they desire to partner with me rather than just have me hand over my child.
3. PA SHARES MY VALUES.
Like most Christian parents, I’ve taught my son about God since the day he was born. I’ve taken him to church, read him Bible stories, and sung “Jesus Loves Me.” I want to be confident that the beliefs and values of the people spending all day with my son align with my own. I want to know that what he’s being taught at home and school is the same!
4. THE KIDS AT PROVIDENCE SEEM TO ACTUALLY LOVE LEARNING.
I remember as a former school counselor that Kindergarten is a time of wonder, excitement, and adventure as young students discover a world that is new to them. I love that Providence “goes with the grain” of how God created my fun little man to be—full of energy and curiosity. On my tour, each classroom I entered was filled with the singing, laughing, and happy voices of excited children memorizing new information. I know that my son will have fun learning enormous amounts of information doing the things he naturally loves.
5. THE SENSE OF COMMUNITY AMONG THE FACULTY, STAFF, AND FAMILIES!
We wanted to find a place that our whole family could be involved and loved. Since we moved to the area, we have felt nothing but that kind of love. From every event like the Family Movie Night or sporting games to simple encounters in the hallway, I have felt so inspired to be a better mom, friend, and follower of Christ, but I’ve also just had fun!
6. THE TEACHERS ARE QUALIFIED, GODLY, AND LOVING.
I did my research, and all the Kindergarten teachers have a teaching license and/or a Master’s in Education. When we visited the school, my son loved them immediately and felt completely comfortable having a conversation with these precious women. They noticed things about my son right away and how he learns. I knew they were the perfect people to love on Ragan as he learned. I know that we when starts, he will get to see and experience the love of Christ daily, not only in the Bible but also in the lives of his teachers.
7. PA IS MORE AFFORDABLE THAN I THOUGHT.
During my exploration, I found that their Kindergarten program is less expensive than most daycares or preschools in the area. So, if you had your child enrolled in a childcare program last year, you’ve probably already budgeted more than enough for the program anyway. My husband and I agree that if there’s one area in which we should be willing to invest financially, our children’s hearts and minds should be it. We give our kids so much; why not give them the foundation of a solid, Christ-centered education?
Don’t wait to check out Providence Academy! I know you’ll love it as much as we do!