Silverdale Baptist Academy 2023

Team Profile

Photos Courtesy of Silverdale Baptist Academy

Q & A With Coach Mike Connor

Coach Mike Connor of Silverdale Baptist Academy

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

A. The 2023 football team will be very young. We graduated a lot of talent from last year. This team will have the opportunity and challenge of quickly finding its identity. Last year’s successes are not good enough for this year’s challenges.

Q. What will be the keys to your success?

A. Everyone trusting in the process as it is modeled by our coaches and upperclassmen.

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

A. Caden Bancroft, Tanner Bayne,
Talan Butterworth, Timothy Connor, Brody Finch, Caleb Greco, Jack Harris, Nate Hampton, Ben Puglise, and
Chase Walker.

Q. What are your biggest reasons for optimism?

A. The work that our players have put in this off-season. These guys have gotten bigger and stronger. Our culture is gaining momentum as well. Common language and expectations are important in our ability to sustain success each week.

Q. What can you build on from last year?

A. Several of our rising juniors and seniors played significant playing time last year. These guys have also worked extremely hard and efficient in our off-season training. There is a great deal of buy-in within our program.

Q. Any Lessons Learned From Last Year?

A. We must respond best when it matters most in order to have consistent success this season.


Coach name: Mike Connor (4 yrs. as a head coach, 4th as head coach at Silverdale)

Division/Class: TN II-AA

2022 Overall Record: 8-4

2022 District Finish: 3rd

Mascot: Seahawks

2023 Schedule


18 White Co. (H)

25 Goodpasture Christian (H)


1 Knoxville Webb (A)

8 CCS (A)

15 Boyd-Buchanan (H)

22 Notre Dame (A)

29 Lakeway Christian Academy (H)


6 Signal Mountain (A)

20 Grace Christian – Knoxville (H)

27 Christian Acad. of Knox. (A)

Coach’s View

Our ’23 class set the bar really high for all the classes that will follow. This season, our team will find success only in the strength of their bond with each other. Each year our schedule presents different challenges. This season will be no different. Our single focus must be on protecting our mission of becoming a better version of ourselves for the benefit of others. If we will embrace this process, the outcome each week will take care of itself.