Notre Dame High School 2023

Team Profile

Photos by Bob Corte

Q & A With Coach Charles Fant

Coach Charles Fant

Q. How would you characterize this year’s team?

A. Fast and physical.

Q. What will be the keys to your success?

A. We need to play tough and aggressive defense, win the turnover battle, and average at least 60 plus plays on offense.

Q. Who will be your key leaders on the team?

A. Justin Baker, Jadon Vintrov, EJ Carter, and Keegan Schafluetzel.

Q. What are your biggest reasons for optimism?

A. Strong leadership and players willing to do the extra.

Q. What will keep you up at night?

A. Getting maximum reps at practice daily.

Q. What can you build on from last year?

A. Experience from skill positions on offense and defense and intelligent offensive linemen.

Q. Any lessons learned from last year?

A. Our region continues to get better.

Q. Will we see anything different this year?

A. More plays on offense and more movement on defense.

Q. How would you characterize your team’s speed?

A. We feel we will be one of the top conditioned teams in our area.


Coach name: Charles Fant (12 yrs. as a head coach, 12th as head coach at Notre Dame)

Division/Class: TN II-AA

2022 Overall Record: 4-6

2022 District Finish: 6th

Mascot: Fighting Irish

2023 Schedule


18 Walker Valley (A)

25 Signal Mountain (H)


1 Lakeway Christian Academy (A)

8 Knoxville Webb (H)

15 Grace Christian – Knoxville (H)

22 Silverdale (H)

29 Boyd-Buchanan (A)


6 Cannon Co. (H)

20 Christian Acad. of Knox. (A)

27 CCS (A)

Coach’s View

We are a team of players and coaches taking each day as the most important day of the year. We are focusing on doing the little things at the elite level. And we are striving to create a culture any player and coach can excel in.