SJNCS Athletic Program

Boys Basketball
Girls Basketball
Golf (co-ed)
Tennis (co-ed)

The purpose of the SJNCS Athletic Program is to allow each participant to reach his or her full potential by providing a Christ-like atmosphere that fosters sportsmanship, commitment, self-sacrifice, honesty and respect. SJNCS participates in the Knoxville Independent School League (KISL), except where noted, and is bound by their rules regarding team sports.

All participants in the “Mustang” athletic program will commit themselves to good sportsmanship. Sportsmanship is defined as “fairness, respect for one’s opponent, and graciousness in winning or losing.” All participants need to understand and accept that each opponent and each team has the right to win. Winners are not always judged by the final score but in their struggle to win, doing their best, and not giving up. Everyone involved in the athletic program is responsible for good sportsmanship

Athletic participation is open to any sixth, seventh, or eighth grade student (boy or girl) who meets the proper academic, disciplinary, and physical requirements. In some cases, at the discretion of the athletic director, the fifth graders may have the opportunity to participate in a sport, if league requirements allow. Fifth graders who play on middle school athletic teams must meet the same requirements as middle school students. Participation on an SJNCS sports team is not guaranteed. There is an opportunity for students in 3rd thru 5th grade to participate in Cross Country. Some sports have a limited number of positions available, requiring coaches to hold tryouts and make selections. Academic requirements are set and are outlined in the SJNCS Athletic Handbook.

Meet our Athletic Director

After growing up in Indianapolis, IN, Mr. Wade Statzer attended Johnson University from 2013 to 2017. While at Johnson University, Mr. Statzer managed the school’s intramural program for two years and was an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team. This experience created a desire in him to mold students into well-rounded individuals through athletics. In 2019, after a move back to the Knoxville area, he joined the Knoxville Catholic High School girls basketball coaching staff, and became St. John Neumann’s Athletic Director. As our Athletic Director, Mr. Statzer strives to ensure each student-athlete has a rewarding experience during their participation in athletics through organizing the details for every season and coaching some of our athletic teams. Mr. Statzer is excited about continuing to learn and grow alongside our SJNCS athletics department. Please feel free to reach out to him at if you have any questions.