Science Hill boys’ golf coach Kevin Vannoy and girls’ wrestling coach Jon Renner have earned Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Coach of the Year honors in their respective sports.
“It’s an honor to receive the recognition by the TSSAA, but this award is just an extension of the players’ accomplishments and they deserve the credit,” Vannoy said. “I wouldn’t be in this position if it were not for them, their parents and the golf community in Johnson City.”
Vannoy credited mentors like George Pitts, Randy Ferrell, Mike Poe, Josh Carter and Ken Cutlip for helping him mold his coaching philosophies.
The Science Hill boys golf team won the state championship in 2018. They followed that up with a runner-up finish two weeks ago at the TSSAA state tournament in Clarksville to add to their runner-up finish in 2016. Vannoy also coached the school’s first individual state champion last year in Jackson Skeen – who has committed to the University of Tennessee.
Renner, who was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018, has been an asset to Science Hill and girls wrestling across the state, according to Science Hill Athletic Director Keith Turner.
“Jon is a true pioneer in the sport of women’s wrestling,” Turner said. “He has quietly led our program to become one of the best in Tennessee, with multiple state championships and appearances. Coach Renner is just one of those coaches that will do anything to help anyone.”
Renner earned the honor after his Lady Hilltoppers brought home the region championship last season.
“I am surprised and highly honored to have been selected Coach of the Year,” Renner said. “I would like to thank the TSSAA for this honor and for their commitment to the growth of girls’ wrestling, not only in our state, but also across the country. This achievement is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the student athletes, both past and present, who have come through our program.
“This would not have been possible without the tremendous support from our parents, staff, administration, and alumni. I am thankful and feel most fortunate to be a part of Topper Nation and look forward to the continued growth of our program and girls’ wrestling in Tennessee.”