Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Area Sports

May 14, 2012

Capps, Walker named SMHS hoop coaches

CROSSVILLE — The search for replacements for SMHS retiring basketball coaches Mike Buck and Tim Smith has ended with the hiring long-time Panther assistant coach Neil Capps as the new boys' coach and John  Walker as the new Lady Panther coach.

Capps was raised in Crossville and is a 1993 graduate of Cumberland County High School. 

He played college basketball for Coach Randy Nesbit at Roane State Community College in 1993-96 and graduated from Tennessee Technological University in 1999 with a degree in history and geography. He teaches geography.

He is married to Jessica Beaty Capps, and they have two children, Emma Jo, 10, and Cade, 5.  Capps was a 12-year assistant coach for Mike Buck, seven years at CCHS and five years at SMHS. 

Capps said, "I have wanted to be a head coach since I was a junior in high school.  I feel blessed and honored to have this position.  I look forward to working with these young men and watching them develop as athletes and young adults.  I would like to thank the plethora of people that helped me over the years to attain this dream,  most importantly my savior Jesus Christ and my family."

Walker is a Knoxville native and a 2007 graduate of Carson Newman College with a degree in history. 

Walker began his career at South-Doyle High School in Knoxville from (2007-'09) as a assistant varsity basketball coach, assistant baseball coach and head golf coach. 

He currently works in Chestatee High School in Gainesville, GA in the history department and is the assistant basketball coach, assistant baseball coach, assistant football coach and head golf coach. He will teach U.S. history at SMHS in 2012-'13.

Walker has served as a coach and teacher at Chestatee High School for the last three years. 

He said, "I am very excited about the opportunity to become the head girls basketball coach at Stone Memorial High School.  I would like to thank Scott Maddox (SMHS principal) and Lance Kennedy (assistant principal/athetlic director) for the opportunity they have given me.  The school's reputation academically and athletically is fantastic and those things were what drew me to Stone.  I love the Crossville area and am thrilled to be a part of the Stone Memorial community."

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