Sources have confirmed that Knox Central coach Tony Patterson has stepped down as the Panthers head basketball coach. Patterson took over the Panthers basketball team in 2015, and led them to three straight regional championships from 2018-2021 amassing a 144-42 record in the process. 

Knox County Public Schools Superintendent Jeremy Ledford issued the following statement to The Mountain Advocate on Thursday morning: "We appreciate the commitment of Coach Patterson during the past seasons as he coached the Panthers to multiple district and region championships. His team's multiple appearances at the Sweet 16 added a renewed excitement to the boys' basketball program and Panther Nation. We wish him the best."

Athletic Director Jeff Canady nor Patterson himself could be reached for comment at the time of this story.

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