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Thursday 16 Jul 2020
Knoxville Explosion! - Here Comes the Boom!
Welcome to the Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Softball Site! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

The Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Softball Club is currently comprised of 12 teams (18u Select, '01 Navy, '02, '05, '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

 
Head Coach Sought for 2011 Explosion for Fall 2020/Spring 2021 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


In search of a qualified head coach to coach the 2011 Explosion (9u) for the Fall 2020/Spring 2021. All inquiries are strictly confidential. Must be able to pass a thorough police background check and complete our Positive Coach Alliance Double Goal Coach training. There is no cost to the coaches as the Organization pays for these services. Free access to organization equipment, state of the art software and our one of a kind development program that has been tested and proven to get players to the next level! Sound interested, please contact Organization Chief Joe Birchfield at (865) 363-0728 to schedule an interview today. Thanks!

 
It's About Family........ PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Long-time organization favorite Tori Coffman ('01 Navy) gives the 8u Explosion players a pep talk before their game in Cleveland, TN at the ISA Bringing the Heat Tournament on Saturday, 7/11/20.
When you talk about our organization and the fact we say we are a family, this picture sums it up succinctly. Our 18u players taking time out of their tournament play to share words of wisdom and encouragement with the next generation of fastpitch softball players. We aren't just talk, we walk the walk. Remember this when considering your next softball home!
 
'01 Navy Explosion Crowned 18u Champion of ISA Bringing the Heat Tournament in Cleveland, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '01 Explosion Navy for going undefeated in the 18u division of the ISA Bringing the Heat Tournament held in Cleveland, TN on 7/11/20! A special shoutout to Tori Coffman who not only hurled a no-hitter but hit 2 bombs, including a grand slam! Outstanding work ladies, we are very proud of you efforts!

 
'06 Explosion Finish as 14u Runner-up in USA Big Orange Showcase PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the '06 Explosion who finished as the USA 14u Big Orange Showcase Runner-up which was held in Knoxville, TN 7/9/20-7/12/20! The '06 Explosion went 5-1 on the tournament out of a field of 12 teams eventually losing a heart breaker to the Alabama Elite 14u 2-1 in the championship. Congratulations Elite and Explosion, you guys were AWESOME!

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


Boom! A special shoutout to the '02 Explosion who went 5-1 in a loaded 18u division of the Big Orange Showcase finishing a very strong 3rd place! A total of 24 teams from 9 states competed including several state and national teams in an outstanding USA college showcase. The '02 Explosion narrowly missed a spot in the championship losing 2-1 to Team South Carolina - Miller. Also, a special shoutout to our departing seniors and future college freshman on their future playing careers: Mackenzie Turner, Abbie Mcgowan and Jessica Campbell! We wish you nothing but the best and want to thank you for your loyalty and representation of the Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Softball Program!

 
2024 Explosion Finish a Strong 3rd in Loaded USA Big Orange Showcase PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

A big shoutout to the 2024 Explosion who finished a strong Third Place Finish in the 14u Division of the USA Big Orange Showcase at Knox County Sports Park in Knoxville, TN 7/9/20-7/12/20! In the tournament the 2024 Explosion went 5-1 in a 12 team field. The 2024 Explosion eventually lost to our sister team '06 Explosion. Great job ladies, we are very proud of you!

 
2026 Explosion Finish as 12u Runner-up in Rockwood, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2012 (8u) Explosion for finishing as the 8u Gold Bracket runner-up in the ISA Bringing the Heat Tournament held in Cleveland, TN. After a long day ending at 12:45 am, these young ladies endured to finish as runner-up in their very first tournament of the Summer! Great job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
8u Explosion Makes 2020 Debut as 8u Gold Bracket Runner-up in Cleveland, TN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   

Boom! Congratulations to the 2012 (8u) Explosion for finishing as the 8u Gold Bracket runner-up in the ISA Bringing the Heat Tournament held in Cleveland, TN. After a long day ending at 12:45 am, these young ladies endured to finish as runner-up in their very first tournament of the Summer! Great job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'10 Explosion finish as 10u Runner-up in Rockwood PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2010 Explosion who finished as the 10u Runner-up in the FASA Rockwood tournament held on 7/11/20! The 2010 Explosion played 3 consecutive international tie-breaker innings to beat the Manchester TN Lady Raiders advancing to the championship game eventually losing to the '09 Impact 3-2 in a nail-biter! Great job Impact and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'06 Explosion Wins USA 14u Class A Tennessee State Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the '06 Explosion who won the USA Class A Tennessee State Championship in Athens, TN on 6/28/20! The '06 Explosion went 6-1 on the weekend and miraculously battled from an initial bracket loss to the 2019 USA A National Champion '06 TN Heat to beat them twice in the finale to claim the Class A State Championship! Absolutely outstanding effort Heat and Explosion, we are extremely proud of your efforts and resolve! Enjoy your championship ladies!

 
2026 Explosion Crowned ISA 12u Class A World Series Champions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the 2026 Explosion who won the ISA 12u A World Series held in Cleveland, TN on 6/27/20-36/28/20! Going undefeated in pool play, the 2026 Explosion found themselves in the A Bracket and eventually in the Championship Game against the Chattanooga Arsenal eventually winning the final game 8-2! Great job Arsenal and Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2025 Explosion Win ISA Class B 12u World Series Title PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Atomic Boom! Congratulations to the 2025 Explosion who are the ISA Class B World Series 12u Champions! The tournament was held in Cleveland, TN from 6/27/20-6/28/20! Outstanding job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'09 Explosion Finishes as ISA 10u Class A World Series Runner-up PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '09 Explosion who finished as the ISA 10u A World Series Runner-up! The '09 Explosion lost to the '09 Frost Falcons in the Championship of a loaded bracket! Great job ladies, we are so very proud of your efforts!

 
'07 Explosion Players Enjoy Same Game/1st Time Homeruns PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


A big shoutout to Izzie Tapp-Mulligan and Kate Mullins who both hit their first homeruns in their careers in the same game during the USA Wounded Warriors Tournament held in Pigeon Forge, TN on 6/27/20-6/28/20! Both Izzie and Kate play for the '07 Explosion who finished 4th out of 13 teams in the 12u age group! Great job ladies!

 
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Coaches Contact Information

8u Explosion (7u and 8u)

Head Coach Angela Johnson - (865) 919-8001 - kassj1234@hotmail.com

'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

'05 Explosion (14u)

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

'02 Explosion (17u)

Assistant Coach Randy Mathis - (423) 618-3169

'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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