Mobbs rule: New KCHS Irish football head coach introduced

KNOXVILLE — A new era officially began for the Knoxville Catholic High School football program last week.

The school introduced Korey Mobbs as its new head coach during a press conference in the KCHS gymnasium Wednesday, April 28.

Mobbs, a Chattanooga native, comes from Lanier High School in Sugar Hills, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. He grew up in Georgia after leaving Tennessee at an early age.

He won a pair of region championships at Lanier and compiled a head coaching record of 58-22 in seven season (2014-2020).

Previous to being head coach, Mobbs was offensive coordinator at Lanier dating back to when the school opened in 2010.

Mobbs said he and his wife, Mary Mobbs, and their children “couldn’t be prouder to be here. I met with our team a few minutes ago; and as a coach, you always know how kids have been coached and what kind of homes they come from by their body language.

“As I paced around the locker room, I saw their eyes and that validated that this was the right decision,” he added.

But Mobbs said it was tough to leave Gwinnet County. “The reason it was hard is because of the relationships you build in football. It’s not just a game that you play and it’s not just a helmet you wear.

“I look forward to building those relationships with the students, staff, faculty and administration here at Knoxville Catholic High School,” he added.

“I’m happy to be here and I can’t wait to get to work with these young men.”

Mobbs replaces Steve Matthews, who resigned as KCHS head coach last month — having won a pair of state titles in eight years leading the Irish — after being arrested on DUI and drug possession charges.

The new head coach said he hasn’t ruled out retaining some members of Matthews’ coaching staff. “We’ll continue to evaluate that. We have good coaches here, many of whom are still in the building.

“We are going to do things with class,” he added. “We’re going to do things with character and we are going to do things with commitment. It’s an honor to pair those three C’s with Knoxville Catholic.

“I’m honored by you humbling me, by giving me the opportunity to be your football coach. People talk about winning games. I want to develop championship habits. If we do that, the other things will take care of themselves. We are going to wear the green and gold with pride.”