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Monday 25 Mar 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 13 teams (18u Select, '01 Navy, '02, '03, 2022, '05, 2K5, '06, 2024, '07, 2025, '08, and '09) 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. 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 Fast Pitch Softball Club 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 head coach will be a certified Double Goal Coach through the Nationally-recognized Positive Coaching Alliance Organization.  Key concepts are reinforced using state of the art training equipment, playing equipment, computer software and professional 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.  Knoxville Explosion Players are expected to honor and respect their coaches, parents, team mates, opponents and umpires.  Our players are also expected to do their very best 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 fast pitch softball.

 Joe Birchfield, Head Coach Knoxville Explosion Fastpitch Organization Chief

 
2024 Explosion Crowned Connect Sports 12u Champions in Chattanooga PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2024 Explosion who went 5-0 on the weekend (16-17 March) and defeated a very talented Chattanooga Cruisers 06 team to win the Connect Sports Next Generation March Tournament in Chattanooga, TN. Explosion 2024 displayed strong and timely hitting (49 hits), a lot of heart, and solid pitching that produced 32 strikeouts on the weekend! Congratulations to Explosion 2024 and the Cruisers! Great job Cruisers and 2024 Explosion, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
'05 Explosion Open 2019 Spring Season as Connect Sports 14u Runner-up in Chattanooga PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the '05 Knoxville Explosion who finished as the 14u division runner-up in the Connect Sports Friendly Tournament held in Chattanooga, TN on 3/16/19-3/17/19! Outstanding start to the 2019 Season ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
2025 Explosion Open Spring 2019 Season as 12u Runner-up in Rockwood PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Boom! Congratulations to the 2025 Explosion who finished as the 12u Runner-up in the St. Patrick's Day Tournament held on 3/16/19 in Rockwood, TN! The 2025 Explosion lost 8-7 in the championship game, outstanding job ladies, we are very proud of your efforts!

 
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!

 
Knoxville Explosion Welcomes Newest Platinum Sponsor! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


The Knoxville Explosion would like to welcome our newest Organization Sponsor, the Carolina Ale House!  We are very thankful and appreciative of the community support from our sponsors, especially our platinum sponsors!  We will be announcing a date in future for an Explosion Day at our most gracious sponsor’s facility, check our their delicious menu at https://www.carolinaalehouse.com/our-restaurants/knoxville-tn/.  They are located at 9045 Kingston Pike Knoxville, Tennessee 37923.  Pay it forward folks and help patronize the newest member to the Knoxville Explosion family!

 
2022 Knoxville Explosion Needs 1 Pitcher PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Attention all 04 Pitchers! The 2022 Knoxville Explosion are holding open tryouts for 1 pitcher! This team has an amazing core of players and experienced, volunteer (non-paid) coaches. The team will play competitive 14u showcase events in the 2019 Spring/Summer Season and transition full-time to the 16u age group in August. Don't miss this amazing opportunity to join our family! We have a long, storied history of proper player development that has ultimately resulted in over 20 players continuing their education and softball careers at the various collegiate levels. Please contact Coach Ed Couvertier at (865) 548-8052, email is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Coach Taylor Collier at (865) 469-5859, email is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to schedule a private tryout!

 
The Knoxville Explosion Welcomes Our Newest Head Coaches to the Organization! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


The Knoxville Explosion would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest co-head coaches for the 2022 Knoxville Explosion, Ed Couvertier and Taylor Collier! We are extremely blessed and very lucky to have these 2 experienced coaches lead our 2022 team! Welcome to the family Ed and Taylor! We will be announcing tryouts for openings on this team very soon! If you would like to inquire regarding openings for this team please contact Coach Couvertier at (865) 548-8052, email is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Coach Collier at (865) 469-5859, email is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Explosion Select's Jarica Ensley and Ariel Holt Sign NLI with Bryan College PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Congratulations to Ariel Holt and Jarica Ensley (Explosion Select) who have signed their National Letter of Intent to play softball and continue their academic and athletic careers at Bryan College in Dayton TN! We are so proud of you! Ariel and Jarica become the Knoxville Explosion's 19th and 20th signees and 3rd of the 2019 signing class!

 
Explosion Select Players Ariel Holt and Jarica Ensley Commit to Bryan College PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Commitment Alert! Congratulations to Explosion Select Players Ariel Holt and Jarica Ensley (Cocke County High School) who have committed to play their college softball careers at Bryan College in Dayton, TN! Not only are these 2 very talented players, they are great students, leaders and teammates. We are exceptionally proud of your efforts ladies! Ariel and Jarica become our 3rd commitment of the 2019 signing class!

 
Explosion Select Player Hailey Byington Awarded Softball Scholarship to D1 Radford University PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Congratulations to Explosion Select Pitcher Hailey Byington who has been awarded a softball scholarship to play for D1 Radford University in Radford, VA! Hailey is a very talented softball pitcher, as well as a great person. She is loved by all of her teammates and is a leader in the dugout. Even more impressively, Hailey is a competitive dancer, competitive band musician and future softball coach! We are very proud of you Hailey and know that you will be successful in all of your on and off the field endeavors!

 
Knoxville Explosion Recognizes Organization Players High School Honors for Spring 2018 Season PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


 
Explosion Select's Sydney Rogers Signs with Division II Shorter University PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Congratulations to Explosion Select player Sydney Rogers (East Hamilton High School, Chattanooga) on signing her National Letter of Intent to continue her softball career at Division II Shorter University! Sydney is an extremely versatile player that is tough as nails. She is loved by her teammates and leads by example. Congratulations Syd, we are very proud of you! Sydney becomes our program's 16th commitment and 4th of the 2018 graduating class.

 
Explosion Select's Sydney Dukes Signs with Walters State Community College PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Congratulations to Explosion Select player Sydney Dukes (Hardin Valley High School) on signing her National Letter of Intent to continue her softball career at JUCO Powerhouse Walters State Community College! Sydney is an extremely hard working player and great person, we are very proud of you Syd! Sydney is our 15th program commitment and 3rd of the 2018 graduating class.

 
Explosion Select's Lauren Acker Signs NLI with Hiwassee College PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Birchfield   


Congratulations to Lauren Acker (Explosion Select) who officially signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her softball career at Hiwassee College in Madisonville, TN! Lauren (Known as BOB to her teammates) becomes the 14th signee of the Explosion Softball Program and 2nd signee of the 2018 graduation year! Great job BOB, we are very proud of you!

 
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8u Explosion (7u & 8u)

Head Coach Chris Shockley - (423) 231-9924 - cshockley@dandridgetn.gov

'09 Explosion (9u)

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

'08 Explosion (10U)

Head Coach Brandon Alcorn - (865) 806-3460 - balcorn@cityofharriman.net

Assistant Coach Kelly Griffith - (865) 216-0509 - krg414@aol.com

'07 Explosion (10u)

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

2025 Explosion (11u)

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

'06 Explosion (12u)

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

2024 Explosion (12u)

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

2K5 Explosion (13u)

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

'05 Explosion (13u)

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

2022 Explosion (14u) 

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

Co-Head Coach Taylor Collier - (865) 469-5259 - iamtaylor3812@yahoo.com

'03 Explosion (15u)
Head Coach Scott Blankenship - (865) 388-9778 -
scottsequipment@hotmail.com

'02 Explosion (16u)

Head Coach Randy Mathis - (423) 618-3169

'01 Explosion Navy (17u)

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

Explosion Select (18u) 

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

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

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