Notre Dame High School 2022

Team Profile

Photos by Andy Mitchell Photography & Courtesy of Notre Dame High School

Q & A With Coach Charles Fant

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

A: Senior-led with multiple returning starters.

Q: What will be the keys to your success?

A: Protecting our quarterbacks in the pass game and stingy defense working to win the turnover game.

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

A: Jermaine Smith (WR/LB), Kenny Hammond Jr. (WR/DB), Cash Bandy (QB), Rickey Maples Jr. (RB/DB), Justin Baker (WR/DB), Jadon Vintrov (OL/LB), and Dylan Vintrov (RB/LB).

Q: What are your biggest reasons for optimism?

A: Our team’s dedication and willingness to put in work that will help them be successful.

Q: What will keep you up at night?

A: The depths of our offensive and defensive lines.

Q: What can you build on from last year?

A: The experience of our nine returning starters on offense and nine returning starters on defense.

Q: Any lessons learned from last year?

A: To win this region, you have to be aggressive.

Q: Will we see anything different this year?

A: We will throw the ball more on offense and play pressure defense.

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

A: Wide receiver and defensive back speed will be the cornerstone of our team.

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Coach name: Charles Fant (11 yrs. as a head coach, 11th as head coach at Notre Dame)

Division/Class: TN II-AA

2021 Overall Record: 3-7

2021 District Finish: 6th

Mascot: Fighting Irish

2022 Schedule


19 Walker Valley (H)

26 Hixson (H)


2 Knoxville Webb (H)

16 Chattanooga Christian (A)

23 Grace Christian – Knoxville (H)

30 Silverdale Baptist (H)


7 Howard (H)

14 Boyd Buchanan (H)

21 Christian Acad. of Knoxville (A)

28 The King’s Academy (A)

Coach’s View

With several coaching changes over the last few years, our DII East Region will be even stronger than the last few years. Nashville has dominated the state in recent years, but our East Region continues to close the gap. Our players have worked together to get better and look forward to competing in this strong region. Our seniors have been instrumental in our training, and we are excited about the 2022 season.

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