Powell High School has a baseball coach.
Josh Warner joins the Panther Nation after spending one year as an assistant coach at Pigeon Forge High School where the Tigers finished with a 27-9 record, a district championship, and TSSAA state tournament appearance.
Warner was head coach at Easley High School (South Carolina) from 2014-18 where his team went 82-23 with two region championships and three Top 10 finishes. He was named coach of the year two seasons and had 11 student-athletes sign collegiate baseball scholarships.
Before taking over at Easley, Warner served one year as head coach at Gatlinburg-Pittman High School, and he was head baseball coach at Jefferson County High School from 2010-13. During his tenure, Jefferson County 31-5 and 30-9. Overall, Warner has a 178-66 career record (.729 winning percentage).
Powell principal is excited: “We are confident that Coach Warner will use his relentless work ethic and coaching ability to bring pride to all of the Panther Nation.” He said Warner will teach physical education at PHS.
Athletic director Chad Smith called Warner “a seasoned coach who is passionate about the game and growing young men.” Smith added that Warner is a proven winner who is ready to hit the ground running.
The following is the official statement from Powell High School Head Baseball Coach, Josh Warner.
Warner said he feels “extremely blessed to be joining a community and program so rich in tradition and success.” He cited previous coaches Dalton and Scarbro as having built a solid foundation. “I look forward to meeting the players, parents and community members.”
A native of Kingsport, Warner is a graduate of East Tennessee State University where he pitched for the Buccaneers. Josh and wife Haley have a son, Andrew,10, and a daughter Cali, 2.