DeVore, Knoxville boys already thinking of summer


Knoxville Head Baseball Coach Turner DeVore looks on as Ben Olson and teammates work on their throwing. (photo by Steve Woodhouse)

Turner DeVore was hired as Knoxville High School’s head varsity baseball coach late in 2019. He had prior experience and spent last season as an assistant coach to Matt Miller, who had to move on from Knoxville for family reasons.

DeVore and his team began throwing Sunday nights in January. With the other sports going on, family obligations, etc., attendance has been hit-and-miss. But there have consistently been over 10 ballplayers ready to work each week.

All of this is intended to plant the seeds to help restore Knoxville Baseball to its glory days. DeVore wants to build a scrappy, tough team that the South Central Conference – and any other opponents – dread seeing across the diamond.

“I want people to not like us,” DeVore said. In the time he’s been with Knoxville, he has heard from opposing coaches, as well as those assisting him who once played for the Panthers, how good Knoxville was in every aspect of the game.

Helping him out this winter are Assistant Coach Ryan Leisure, who spends a great deal of…

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