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JV Sports Kickoff Announcement

July 05, 2016
By Tate's School

We are eager to introduce you to our Junior Varsity Coaching Staff for the 2016 - 2017 Fall Sports Season. This will be our first year to have a Junior Varsity Sports Program at Tate's School. We believe that sports play an important role in the lives of children and are very beneficial to their well-being. We know that sports promote physical fitness and contribute to overall health and wellness. Through athletics, children also gain confidence as they see themselves learn, improve, and persevere. Perhaps the most important benefit to sports is the development of more than just physical skills. They learn the life skills of communication, collaboration, and what it means to work together toward a common goal.

This fall Tate's School is proud to partner with the Cedar Bluff Racquet Club to offer Elementary and Middle School Co-ed Tennis. We will join once again with Knoxville Youth Athletics (KYA) to continue offering Elementary and Middle School Co-ed Cross Country. Tate's School is now also a member of the Knoxville Independent School League (KISL), and we will offer Junior Varsity Girls Volleyball. More detailed information about each of the fall sports will be sent out to parents later this month along with our athletics handbook and a student physical form. Spring sports will kick off in the new year with Golf, Soccer, and Track. We welcome, and will need, parent volunteers for each of the teams. If you are interested in helping, please see me or one of the coaches. Get ready to cheer for the Tate's Tigers!!!

Jayme Hair is our Athletics Director & PE Instructor. She will also be a Co-Coach for the Tennis Team. She holds a Master of Science in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Sports Studies from The University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Salisbury University in Maryland.   

Jayme played high school and collegiate tennis and loves being outdoors. She believes in promoting the fundamentals of the game with a focus on teamwork and leadership. Jayme enjoys challenging students to become better athletes and world citizens by modeling proper technique, fair play, good sportsmanship, and team spirit. Jayme is looking forward to coaching the young men and women on the middle school tennis team. 

Tara Winterbotham will be a Co-Coach for the Tennis Team. Tara also serves as a pre-school teacher for the three-year-old class. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Oklahoma Christian University where she met her husband, Sam Winterbotham, UT Men's Tennis Head Coach. Tara played collegiate softball and then coached middle school softball. She is passionate about nature and the outdoors. Tara is Forest School Certified and holds the Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification. 

Tara is excited to be a part of the Tate's Tennis Team. She is looking forward to helping students develop their mental and physical skills on the court. Although Tara watched a lot of tennis matches through the years, she only became a player 10 years ago with the encouragement and help of her husband. She wants students to understand that no matter what skill base they are starting from they can improve, have fun, and compete hard! 

Our Head Girls' Volleyball Coach is Selena Alexander. Selena graduated from The University of West Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She will also be teaching Pre-Kindergarten at Tate's this year. 

Last year, Selena was the Head Middle School Volleyball Coach and the Assistant Coach for a high school varsity team near Nashville, TN. She is looking forward to teaching the fundamentals of volleyball and expanding that knowledge throughout the season for our very first Tate's School Girl's Junior Varsity Team. Even more importantly, she is excited about seeing the team build relationships, utilize teamwork, and come together through hard work and commitment. Go Tigers!

Matt Ternes is our Head Middle School Cross Country Coach. He will also be teaching 5th grade math and science this year. Matt is a familiar face at Tate's as he has been the CIT Director and a camp counselor at Tate's Day Camp for the past 7 years. He was also on staff in our spectacular afterschool program for several years. Matt holds a Master of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. 

Matt served as the Head Boys Basketball Coach for South Doyle Middle School for the last two seasons with an overall record of 32-28, finishing up 3rd in the district. His team had 0 wins the year before he took over the program. Matt is passionate about coaching individuals and teams and watching athletes grow in character and skills. He will soon wed Bekah Swanson (our Head Elementary School Cross Country Coach) on August 6th. Congratulations Matt! 

Bekah Swanson is our Head Elementary School Cross Country Coach. Many of you may recognize Bekah. She has been a Camp Director and Counselor at Tate's Day Camp for the past 4 years, and is the Assistant Explorer Director this year. Bekah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Tennessee and is currently working toward her Master's Degree in School Counseling at Carson Newman University.

Bekah ran track in high school and competed in the state meet for the mile. She loves being active and outdoors. Sports are a part of her life, and she is excited to share her passion for running as well as her experience in counseling to motivate her team to do their personal best every day. She is especially pleased to partner with her fiancé, Matt Ternes, in coaching cross country. They make a dynamic team and look forward to growing the running program here at Tate's School.