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Pitts to take over as Providence AD

Johnson City Press • Updated Mar 13, 2020 at 3:13 PM

George Pitts is going back to high school, but not as a basketball coach.

He was chosen Friday as the new athletic director at Providence Academy. Pitts will replace Martin Sells, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

Pitts, who led Science Hill to three Class AAA state championships in the early 1990s, recently announced his resignation as head coach of King University. He had been with the Tornado program since 2006. King posted seven 20-win seasons under Pitts and was conference coach of the year three times.

Pitts coached 30 years at the high school level, earning 820 wins. He also guided Brentwood Academy to four consecutive Division II state titles.

“I look forward to getting back in high school,” said Pitts. “I spent 36 years in high school, 30 as head coach and six as athletic director. I’ve had several stops on my journey. I’ve enjoyed every one of them.

“When I knew I was not going back to King, I prayed that the Lord would open up a door for me, and this happened. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Providence Academy’s Head of School Ben Holland and Sells have expressed a commitment to building a solid and competitive program while maintaining a Gospel-focused and college-preparatory experience. Recent coaching hires include former World Series champion Jeff Reed for baseball and former Science Hill and University of Tennessee standout Damon Johnson for basketball.

“Providence Academy is a Christ-centered school that strives for excellence, not only in academics but also in fine arts and athletics,” said Holland. “We foster a community which allows our students to flourish in all three areas while glorifying God. A man known for his faith, commitment to excellence, and years of coaching experience, George Pitts is a perfect fit to lead our school’s competitive athletic program.”

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