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Columbia Academy’s Kimes signs bowling scholarship

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Austin Kimes became the first Columbia Academy student to sign a college bowling scholarship Thursday when he did so with Martin Methodist College.

Kimes, whose average is currently among the top five individual bowlers in Division II, selected the RedHawks over Tusculum, Campbellsville and Pikeville, citing a longtime connection with the Pulaski NAIA program – including a training relationship with MMC coach Bob Learn, a five-time winner on the PBA Tour and a current Spring Hill resident who now bowls on the PBA50 tour.

“My cousin (former Columbia Central bowler Chelsea Hinton) has been there for two or three years,” he said. “And their linking to the Tennessee program just sealed it.”

Kimes comes from a long family tradition of bowling, and has competed in the Junior Gold Nationals over the last couple of years.

“I started as a hobby, but I realized I could do it in high school, and then in college,” he said. “Obviously the big dream and goal now is to bowl professionally.”

Having bowled at Columbia Academy since eighth grade, Kimes hopes to start his own tradition with Thursday’s signing.

“I didn’t really take that into account until this year,” he said of becoming the first Bulldog bowling signee. “It’s cool to be the first. Hopefully I won’t be the last.”

Martin Methodist tabs Lenoir for volleyball head coach

PULASKI, Tenn. – Martin Methodist Executive Director of Athletics Jeff Bain officially announced the hiring of Jackson Lenoir as Volleyball Head Coach Wednesday afternoon.

Jackson Lenoir (Photo courtesy of Martin Methodist)

Lenoir comes to Martin Methodist with over six years of coaching experience at the collegiate and club levels. Most recently, Lenoir served as interim head coach at NCAA Division II Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee. Lenoir spent two seasons with the Bucs as assistant coach before serving as the interim earlier in 2020.

“We are very excited to announce Jackson Lenoir as our new volleyball coach,” Bain said. “We had over 30 candidates apply and Coach Lenoir was our clear choice from the start of the process. Jackson checks off all the boxes that we had set for our goals, which were region and state familiarity, a high visible energy to lead and recruit, a strong volleyball background, and an established history of character and leadership. Jackson is someone who has a unique blend of volleyball success that can also relate to today’s generation. We look forward to helping Jackson launch his head coaching career while giving him the tools that he needs to be successful.”

Prior to his time at CBU, Lenoir served as graduate assistant at NAIA Briar Cliff (Iowa), where he helped coach a total of nine all-conference players between the men and women’s programs. Lenoir also helped coach an AVCA All-American during his time at Briar Cliff.

Lenoir also served as student assistant coach at NAIA Milligan (Tenn.), where he helped guide the women’s volleyball program to its respective conference tournament title match in 2015.

Lenoir has also coached several high-profile club teams, including Midwest Volleyball Power, the premier club team in Sioux City, Iowa.

Lenoir replaces Alison Williams, who resigned last month after she was named head coach at NCAA Division II Lincoln Memorial in Harrogate, Tennessee.

We look forward to helping Jackson launch his head coaching career while giving him the tools that he needs to be successful.”

Prior to his time at CBU, Lenoir served as graduate assistant at NAIA Briar Cliff (Iowa), where he helped coach a total of nine all-conference players between the men and women’s programs. Lenoir also helped coach an AVCA All-American during his time at Briar Cliff.

Lenoir also served as student assistant coach at NAIA Milligan (Tenn.), where he helped guide the women’s volleyball program to its respective conference tournament title match in 2015.

Lenoir has also coached several high-profile club teams, including Midwest Volleyball Power, the premier club team in Sioux City, Iowa.

Lenoir replaces Alison Williams, who resigned last month after she was named head coach at NCAA Division II Lincoln Memorial in Harrogate, Tennessee.

Both of Jackson’s parents played at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. His father played football and his mother played volleyball and was an All-SEC standout with records still standing today. Jackson’s brother, Bailey, was an All-SOCON selection in football at UT-Chattanooga. Jackson’s sister, Emma, was a member of the Christian Brothers volleyball team, where she holds the school record for kills. In 2019, Emma was the NCAA Division II active career kills leader.

Lenoir received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Milligan College in 2016 and his Master of Arts in Sports Management from Briar Cliff University in 2018. He is currently an MBA candidate at Christian Brothers.

Lenoir is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, but looks forward to relocating to the Pulaski area in the coming months.