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Tuesday 20 Aug 2019
Knoxville Explosion! - Here Comes the Boom!
Welcome to the Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Softball Team Website! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

The Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Softball Club is currently comprised of 14 teams (18u Select, '01 Navy, '02, 2022, '05, 2K5, '06, 2024, '07, 2025, 2026, '09, '10 and 8u) that have a total of 165 very special players.  Players are not only selected based upon skill but also character and desire.  Our organization is committed to improving the skills of these special players to not only develop them into the best fastpitch softball players that they can be, but also the best students, friends and reliable, honorable young ladies. Our goal is simple, develop the player to make a meaningful contribution to their schools, communities and future endeavors at the earliest possible opportunity.  We only utilize non-paid, volunteer coaches whose interest is only improving our players, not profiting from their desire to play.  We offer a highly competitive field of tournament play while minimizing the team fees to make it affordable to play quality travel softball.  If you are interested in joining our organization, we invite you to observe our practices and games to see what we teach and how we interact with the players. Tryouts are held in early August each year for the respective teams. If you have any questions regarding one of our teams, please call the Head Coach listed in the important numbers section on the right information section of our website. God Bless and Be Safe!

Joe Birchfield

Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Organization Chief

(865) 363-0728

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Knoxville Explosion Mission Statement PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

The Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Softball Organization is committed to developing player excellence on and off the field.  This is accomplished by selecting coaches who volunteer 100% of their time to teach the players the proper fundamentals of the game that include hitting, pitching, fielding and base running.  Each coach has passed a rigorous National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) background investigation and are a certified Double Goal Coach through the Nationally-recognized Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Organization.  Our organization has developed a written program and player fundamentals development road map that ensure the fundamentals of the game are properly taught.  Key concepts are reinforced using state of the art training equipment, computer software and trained coaches that seek to identify and raise awareness of the player to correct flaws in their own fundamentals.  In addition, our players will be taught the proper way to conduct themselves on and off the field.  This will be demonstrated by our coaching staffs.  Knoxville Explosion Players are expected to honor and respect their coaches, parents, teammates, opponents and umpires.  Our players are also expected to achieve academic excellence in school courses and to place emphasis on their studies.  We recognize that our players are also students and without achieving the proper grades, our players will not be allowed to compete at the next level.  Our coaches are committed to teaching our players the rules of the game and more importantly, how to succeed and have fun!  A key component of this commitment is to teach our players the strategy and mental aspects of the game.  It is through this commitment to the fundamentals that our coaches and players will honor the game of fastpitch softball.

 Joe Birchfield, Head Coach Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Organization Chief

 
High School Player Evaluations Scheduled for Explosion Select on Saturday, August 17 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Reminder: High School Explosion Select (2020-2023 Graduating Years) are holding player evaluations on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 8:30 am at BC Athletics, 2510 Solway Road.  All Explosion Players on Spring 2019/Fall 2019 Rosters are eligible for this exciting opportunity!  Explosion Select Team(s) will travel to 2 select national showcases in January and August of each playing year!  This team will be coached by the Explosion Select Coaching Staff of Joe Birchfield, Jason Holt, Payton Kneier and Sydnie Rogers!

 
HannahKate Singleton Signs NLI with Lee University, Becomes 21st Program Signee PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Congratulations to HannahKate Singleton (Explosion Select) who has inked her offer to play for the Lee University Flames in Cleveland, TN! HannahKate is a 2019 graduate of Walker Valley High School and is not only a terrific softball player, but a gifted musician! We are so proud of you HK! HannahKate is our 21st college commitment and the 4th of the 2019 signing class!

 
The Knoxville Explosion Welcomes Coach Nichole Capo to Organization Coaching Roster PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

The Knoxville Explosion is excited to welcome our newest coach to the the coaching roster, Ms. Nichole Capo! Coach Capo is a former 4 year starter and graduate assistant coach for Bryan College in Dayton, TN! Coach Capo will join the '02 Explosion as an assistant coach starting in the Fall 2019. Welcome home Coach Capo!



 
The Knoxville Explosion Announces Organization-Wide Tryouts PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


The Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Softball Organization is pleased to announce our Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Tryouts! This is your exceptionally rare chance to join our player-development, family-oriented organization! In 2019, we had a player/family retention rate of 94.3%! Check us out at www.knoxvilleexplosion.com. Please check with our Coaching Contacts below for more information about individual team tryouts.

Explosion Select (18u) - No Current Openings

'01 Navy (18u) - Needs: Pitcher and Shortstop, Contact Head Coach Tim Baldridge at (865) 659-6016 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

'02 Explosion (18u) - No Current Openings

2022 Explosion (16u) - Needs: Pitcher, outfielder, Contact Co-Head Coach Ed Couvertier - (865) 548-8052 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Co-Head Coach Taylor Collier - (865) 469-5259 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a private tryout

'05 Explosion (14u) – A level Pitcher, 2 OF, Utility, Tryouts scheduled for 8/17 at 10 am at Hardin Valley High School - Contact Head Coach Shane Alvey - (865) 621-5200 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a private tryout

2K5 Explosion (14u) - SS, OF - Contact Head Coach Kevin McCord- (407) 619-7808 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a private tryout

'06 Explosion (13u) – No Current Openings

2024 Explosion (13u) - No Current Openings

2025 Explosion (12u) - No Current Openings

'07 Explosion (12u) - Needs:Catcher, Pitcher and UT/OF. Please contact Head Coach Scott Barnes- 865-387-3264 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it asap for a private tryout!

2026 Explosion (11u) - No Current Openings

'09 (10u) - No Current Openings

'10 Explosion (9u) - No Current Openings

8u Explosion - No Current Openings

 
The Knoxville Explosion Has Banner Year in Spring 2019! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   



 
Knoxville Explosion Adds Fonda Large as 2026 Explosion Head Coach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   



 
'07 Explosion Wins 12u Gold Division of ISA Kickin Cancer Tournament in Cleveland, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '07 Explosion who won the 12u Gold Division of the ISA Kickin Cancer Tournament held in Cleveland, TN on 7/27/19! The '07 Explosion went 4-0 on the day beating the Spirit in the Championship game. A big shoutout to Rianna who threw a no-hitter (Against Base Knox Reign) and Carly who ended up with not 1 but 2 walk-off homeruns in the tournament! Great job Spirit and '07 Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2022 Explosion Finishes as USA Summer Sizzler 14u Runner-up in Johnson City PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2022 Explosion who finished as the 14u Runner-up in the USA Summer Sizzler in Johnson City, TN on 7/27/19! After dropping the 1st game in bracket play, the 2022 Explosion Caught fire winning 5 consecutive games and clawing their way back to the championship game and losing to the eventual tournament champs, SWVA Rampage 5-1. A big shoutout to Emma who pitched the 2022 Explosion to the championship game! Outstanding work Rampage and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'06 Knoxville Explosion Wins USFA 12u Gold World Series Championship in Panama City, FL PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Huge shout out & Congratulations to our Knoxville #Explosion06 ladies! Our girls capped off their 12u season in one truly awesome fashion!

You're looking at your 2019 USFA World Series Champions! Our girls battled scorching heat all week in Panama City Beach, FL & fought their way through an extremely talented field of competition to capture the 12u crown.

Our division held 35+ very talented teams from throughout the US (from Ohio, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Oklahoma, & Tennessee).

Way to step up ladies and represent the state of Tennessee and the Knoxville Explosion Organization! Our coaches, parents, & organization couldn't be prouder of you! Congratulations on a major accomplishment. Coach is super proud of each of you!

Also, congratulations to the EC Bullets on their accomplishment as well. Great Organization and group of coaches and young ladies.

Lastly, Special Thanks to all of our Parents for their dedication to our girls and to our girls for all their hardwork and dedication this season!

 
Explosion Select Finishes 2019 Season as 18u Big Orange Showcase Runner-up PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the Explosion Select who finished as the 18u runner-up in the Big Orange Showcase that featured 24 of the top 18u teams in the Southeast! The Select went 6-1 on the tournament losing in the championship game 4-2 to the Tennessee Freedom on the University of Tennessee's Sherri Parker Lee Field. Congratulations to the Freedom, who is an outstanding team allowing a grand total of 3 runs in the entire tournament! As for the Select, Syd Rogers carried the pitching load for this tournament going 5-1 on the weekend. We are so proud of all of our players and with this tournament, we are finished for 2019! Many tears and much love was exhibited in the post game activities, this team will always hold a special place in Head Coach Joe Birchfield and Assistant Coaches Jason Holt and Payton Kneier's Hearts!

 
'02 Explosion Finishes as a Strong Third Place in the 18u Division of the Big Orange Showcase PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '02 Explosion who played up in the 18u division of the Big Orange Showcase! Playing with 24 A level top teams that included the Tennessee Fury, Frost Falcons, Kentucky Softball Club, Maryville Magic and the Tennessee Freedom, the '02 Explosion went 5-1-1 to finish a strong 3rd place! Outstanding work ladies, we are very proud of your efforts! The force is strong with this group!

 
Knoxville Explosion Welcomes Former Explosion Select Player Sydnie Rogers to Coaching Roster PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


The Knoxville Explosion is proud to introduce our newest Coach, Sydnie Rogers (center of picture), who will be joining the '07 Explosion as an Assistant Coach! Sydnie played for Shorter University in 2019 as a pitcher and is one of the top pitchers for the Explosion Select. You can catch her pitching in the Championship Game of the Big Orange Showcase at University of Tennessee Sherri Lee Parker Stadium on Sunday, July 20 at 1 pm! She will also be immediately available to provide pitching lessons to students! You can contact her at (423) 774-1071! Welcome to our coaching family Coach Rogers!

 
Knoxville Explosion Welcomes Former ASA/ISA Hall of Fame Player as 2010 Explosion Head Coach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   



 
Looking to Give Back as a Coach, Look No Further! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Are you passionate about the game of fastpitch softball?  Have you coached or played several years and want to give that passion to the next generation of softball players?  Do you care about the proper development of youth, not only as softball players but as individuals and leaders in their respective communities?  Then contact Joe Birchfield, Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Organization Chief about becoming a Knoxville Explosion Coach!  We offer an organization-paid Positive Coaching Double Goal Coach certification, a written player development program, many types of specialized equipment for use and access to state of the art computer softball programs that will hone your coaching skills to a fine edge and more importantly, transfer that knowledge to the players you coach.  The best part is all of this is FREE!  We are always looking for great coaches to help support our long-established successful player developmental program!  Opportunities exist from player ages 7 to 18.  You must be able to pass a NCSI background check and be able to complete the online PCA certification.  All coaches in our organization are volunteer (non-paid) which means drastically reduced team fees for our families.  The sole focus for our organization is on the proper development of our players, on and off of the field.  Contact Joe Birchfield at (865) 363-0728 or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for an interview and coaching opportunities!

 
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8u Explosion (8u)

Head Coach Mike Robinson-(865) 660-4599 - bethrobinson221@gmail.com

Assistant Coach Angelic McClerkin- (615) 556-0996

'10 Explosion (9u)

Head Coach Ernie Montgomery-(865) 307-1758 - ernieexplosion@gmail.com 

'09 Explosion (10u)

Head Coach Steve Wolfgram- (865) 740-8488 - jalynhomes@charter.net

2026 Explosion (11U)

Head Coach Fonda Large- (865) 257-0375 - large0506@gmail.com 

Assistant Coach Roger Scott - (423) 507-7186

'07 Explosion (12u)

Head Coach Scott Barnes- 865-387-3264sbarnes1100@gmail.com

2025 Explosion (12u)

Head Coach Amy Dorsett - 865-850-9100 - jadorset@aol.com

'06 Explosion (13u)

Head Coach Jason Darnell - 865-776-1351jdarnell@crackerbarrel.com

2024 Explosion (13u)

Head Coach Harold Lynn - (865) 228-8082 - tn02softball@gmail.com

2K5 Explosion (14u)

Head Coach Kevin McCord- (407) 619-7808 - klmccord@ymail.com 

'05 Explosion (14u)

Head Coach Shane Alvey - (865) 621-5200 - salvey10@aol.com

2022 Explosion (15u) 

Head Coach Ed Couvertier - (865) 548-8052 - ecouver@gmail.com

'02 Explosion (17u)

Head Coach Randy Mathis - (423) 618-3169

Coach Lindsay Graves - (727) 593-4839 - lgraves00.23@gmail.com 

'01 Explosion Navy (18u)

Head Coach Tim Baldridge - (865) 659-6016 - tbaldridge@garzalaw.com

Explosion Select (High School) 

Head Coach Joe Birchfield - (865) 363-0728 - birchfieldj@earthlink.net

Coach Jason Holt - (423) 608-5933 - jasonholt41@gmail.com

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