Former McCallie Coach Mike Knighton Dies At Asheville

Monday, July 22, 2019
Mike Knighton
Mike Knighton

Mike Knighton, a coach at McCallie School in the 1970s and early 1980s, has died at Asheville, N.C. He was 79.

A native of Cedartown, Ga., he was the son of the late Glen and Margaret Bradford Knighton. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Bradley Knighton; daughter, Elizabeth Hart; son, Matthew B. Knighton; two grandsons, Johnathan and William and brother, Mark Knighton all of Asheville.

Knighton was a coach at Christ School in Asheville from 1981 to 2008. During his tenure, he served as varsity football coach, dean of students, director of admissions, athletic director, English teacher, and director of Alumni Relations.

He majored in English and played football at Vanderbilt University. He earned a Master of Arts in Education at West Georgia College.

Christ School officials said, "Mike’s profound impact and legacy at Christ School came from his warmth, humor, and generous heart. Famous for entertaining adults and children with his storytelling, he made everyone he met feel special and valued."

The Class of 2006 dedicated the 2006 Angelus, Christ School’s yearbook, to him, calling him “a beloved ‘Ripple Maker’ in our midst…One of the reasons he is fondly remembered by students, faculty, and alumni is because of his generous heart and absolute dedication to the school in so many capacities.”

Christ School officials said, "Mike’s own words capture his extraordinary spirit: 'For me, what transcends the emotion of winning and losing is that spirit of competition that prevails between these two great institutions (Christ School and Asheville School) and how that competition has helped to shape the character of so many men throughout the years. For a coach, the final score doesn’t read so many points for my team, so many points for theirs. Instead, it reads: so many men out of so many boys. And this is a score that is never published. And this is the score he reads to himself and in which he finds real joy when the last game is over.' ”


Readers Can Take Part In Chattanoogan.com Prep Picks

Cleveland State's McConnell Earns Academic Award

Chattanooga Lookouts Snap Three-Game Losing Streak With 11-4 Win Over Mobile BayBears


It’s back! Yes, after a brief hiatus, the ever-popular Chattanoogan.com Pick ‘em Poll is returning! Our crack panel of Chattanooga-area sports gurus includes sportscasters Dave Staley of ... (click for more)

Cleveland State honored 2018 women's cross country alumni Whitney McConnell Thursday night before the Volleyball game. McConnell earned a TCCAA academic award for her dedication in the classroom ... (click for more)

Mobile, AL - The Chattanooga Lookouts put a quick stop to a three-game losing streak in an 11-4 win over the Mobile BayBears Thursday night. In the final game for a Lookouts team to play at ... (click for more)


Sports

Readers Can Take Part In Chattanoogan.com Prep Picks

It’s back! Yes, after a brief hiatus, the ever-popular Chattanoogan.com Pick ‘em Poll is returning! Our crack panel of Chattanooga-area sports gurus includes sportscasters Dave Staley of Newschannel 9 and Angela Moryan from WDEF, as well as the voice of WGOW’s SportTalk and Red Zone Football, “Cowboy Joe” Varner. Joining them will be long-time sports personality and ... (click for more)

Cleveland State's McConnell Earns Academic Award

Cleveland State honored 2018 women's cross country alumni Whitney McConnell Thursday night before the Volleyball game. McConnell earned a TCCAA academic award for her dedication in the classroom last season, receiving the Highest Academic Honor for Women's Cross Country from the conference, as she posted the highest individual GPA of all of the women's runners. Cleveland ... (click for more)

Breaking News

CFC Interested In Having 3 Soccer Fields At 13 Acres Of Montague Park Available For Development; Montague Descendants Oppose Any Commercial Use

The city of Chattanooga is seeking Requests for Proposals for the development of 13 acres at Montague Park by E. 23rd Street. A pre-bid meeting was held at the site on Wednesday morning, and the proposals are due by Sept. 10. A city panel will review the proposals and make a recommendation. Tim Kelly, chairman and co-founder of the Chattanooga Football Club, confirmed that ... (click for more)

State Dismisses Manslaughter Charge Against Jadarius Knox; Anguished Mother Of Victim Says "He Didn't Have To Kill Him"

The District Attorney's Office on Thursday dismissed a voluntary manslaughter charge against Jadarius Knox, saying evidence in the case in which Dakota Biddle was killed showed a self defense theory could be found to be valid. Knox was original charged with criminal homicide in the May 2018 incident on Basswood Drive, but it was reduced to voluntary manslaughter at the Grand ... (click for more)

Opinion

Are There Too Many Hamilton County Schools?

Two recent articles reveal a great deal about the present state of local public education. Mixing and matching information and reading between the lines reveals even more. First, there is that loooonnnngg list of Top Hamilton County Schools Salaries 2019. That nearly incredible list covers only salaries from $70,000 and up, and includes 290 different individuals -- approaching ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Drum Major For Peace

There have been many Christmas Seasons when I have looked high and low for Christmas Cards that included the poem, “One Solitary Life.” I came across the revered poem easily over 40 years ago during a kiddie matinee at the famed Radio City Music Hall, which is in midtown Manhattan. The Radio Music Hall is huge – it can comfortably seat 6,000 – and so awesome is the Christmas Spectacular ... (click for more)