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As the West High School football team continues its climb toward the championship level, the program will soon have the amenities to match that march.
West will build a new 4,000-square-foot addition to its existing fieldhouse on the west end of its football field. The project will include a large weight-room facility and new film room. The weight room will have turf down the middle so players can do agility work.
The expansion will cost between $400,000-450,000 and should begin in early May. It is scheduled to open the second week of August.
"It's kind of like the college game a little bit," said West football coach Scott Cummings on Thursday. "You want to be sure that your facilities are the best around, or at least on par with the best around.
"Our current (fieldhouse) building is 4,000 square feet, and we're putting 4,000 next to it. That will give us 8,000 square feet of football facility."
West reached the Class 5A state semifinals in 2010-11 and finished state runner-up this past season.
All sports programs at West currently share the same weight training center at the school, which is located on the far side of campus from the West football fieldhouse.
"It's a little bit of a trek for us to go back and forth," said Cummings. "The other issue with that is, during the spring semester, we have 70 guys working out in the weight room.
"It kind of hurts the ability for other sports to get in there when they need to."
With the football team moving out, the current weight room will be easier for other teams to book - and it will receive a $50,000 makeover.
Cummings said the football program will not be taking any of the equipment from the existing training facility at West. The new portion of the Rebels' fieldhouse will feature all new equipment.
"It's a big deal," said Cummings of the project. "We're fired up about it."
New AD at CAK: John East, a former assistant athletic director and a football coach the past two seasons at The Walker School in Marietta, Ga., is the new AD at Christian Academy of Knoxville.
East replaces Steve Denny, who was AD the past six years and girls' basketball coach the past five. Denny is now AD at The Masters Academy near Orlando, Fla.
East has also served as AD at the Whitefield Academy (2004-11), The Lovett School (1995-2004), Savannah Country Day School (1993-95) and Metairie Park Country Day (1980-93).
"I wouldn't say my goal is to take it (CAK) to the next level, because I think it's already at the next level," East said in a school release. "I'm a builder; I want to be someone who will be there to help the coaches to continue to climb."