Downs resigns as ACHS baseball coach

Ben Downs gives Andy Fox some advice before an at bat during game action earlier this season.
Anderson County High School is looking for a new head baseball coach following the resignation of Ben Downs last week.

Downs is leaving for an administrative position in Alcoa. He had also been an assistant principal at ACHS.

“I have been very blessed over the last 10 years to be part of such a great high school. I want to thank Greg Deal for hiring me as head baseball coach in ‘07-‘08 and Andrea Russell for giving me a shot as an administrator since 2011,” Downs said in an online statement.

“The friends I’ve gained through this experience can never be replaced,” he continued.

Coming to ACHS from Sweetwater after three years of leading the baseball program at his alma mater, Sweetwater High School, Downs is a 2003 graduate of Tennessee Tech, where he was a right-handed pitcher on the baseball team.

“He has been a great coach, mentor, and friend. We are going to miss him and his family,” said ACHS Athletic Director Gary Terry.

Downs became head coach in 2008 following the resignation of Jeff Browning, who left in December, 2007, for a job at South Doyle before ever taking the diamond with the Mavericks.

During his tenure at the helm of the program, Downs won one district championship, one region championship, one sectional championship, one trip to the state tournament, and was district runner-up three times.

He also coached 26 All-District players, four All-State players (Jordan Rorex, Alex Farmer, Brycen Roberts, and Hunter Tackett, who

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A native of Maryville, Karnowski started wrestling in AAU at the age of 11. He wrestled in middle school and at Maryville High School before graduating and attending the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

“I pursued a degree in education and coaching had always been a goal. I loved the sport so much it’s what I wanted to do in addition to being a teacher,” Karnowski said.

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This year fans, friends and family can support Dragon football by being involved in our Dragon Den membership program. These multi-tiered membership options give fans a chance to gain special advantages on game days, receive exclusive Dragon apparel and be recognized in the stadium and the football program.

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