Church Hill Middle practice field to be dedicated in honor of former coaches

Jeff Bobo • Apr 29, 2019 at 3:45 PM

CHURCH HILL — The public is invited to attend a dedication ceremony Friday at Church Hill Middle School for the newly christened Christian-Wells Practice Field.

The field is being named in honor of former Church Hill High School football players William Christian and Charles Wells, who went on to become longtime hometown coaches.

District 2 school board member Chris Christian played for both men.

“Coaches Christian and Wells have dedicated their professional lives to the betterment of students and athletes by instilling values and the confidence to know they are able to succeed not only on the field, but most importantly in life,” Christian said.

The ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. at the middle school. The practice field is located directly across the parking lot from the football stadium.

CHMS Principal Scott Jones, Assistant Principal Devin Thomas and Chris Christian led the charge to get the practice field named in honor of William Christian and Wells.

“These guys have dedicated their lives to this school,” Thomas told the Times News in February. “They’ve taught here and been administrators here. (Williams Christian was) head principal, and Mr. Wells has probably taught everything in Hawkins County.”

Thomas added, “They’ve dedicated their lives to these young men at this school. They retired, came back, decided they were going to coach again, and they helped us out — got our structure back in our program, and ended up winning the Tennessee (Middle School Athletic Association) sectional championship in 2017. And then in 2018 we won it again.”

Jones noted that the young men the duo worked with have gone on to be successful “at the next level.”

“The character they have instilled in them is probably what we’re most proud of,” Jones said. “Winning comes because of the hard work, and it’s appropriate that the practice field is named after them because that’s where the work takes place, and it’s showcased on the actual field during game days. That’s indicative of both of these gentlemen. They work hard every day and we’re proud of them.”