Stephen has covered local sports in the tri-state area for more than 23 years, having been with the Times Free Press since its inception, and has been an assistant sports editor since 2005. Stephen is among the most decorated writers in the TFP’s newsroom, winning numerous state, regional and national writing awards, including nine in the last two years. He was named one of the top 10 sports writers in the nation at the Associated Press Sports Editors' conference in Kissimmee Fla. in 2012, and won second-place at the 2012 Society of Professional Journalists national awards, where his work was recognized for its high standards of ethical journalism. He also has an Associated Press national award for his season-long story following the Taft Youth Center football team.
This year Stephen received an Award of Excellence in Tennessee's Golden Press Card Awards and was named the state's Best Prep Writer by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association, which also awarded him second place in both Best Feature Writer and Best Investigative Writer categories.
Stephen was named Tennessee's Sports Writer of the Year for 2011, has been awarded the state’s top prep writer award 15 times and has won 17 other state awards ranging from Best Investigative Writer, Best Feature Writer to Best News Writer. He has also won the prestigious Lawrenceburg Quarterback Club’s Sports Writer of the Year and the TSSAA’s Sportsmanship Award for Contributor of the Year in the state.
Stephen has two children, Riley and Lauren.
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The result was worth the wait, according to Central High School administrators.
Central High School has named Eastern Michigan University assistant KiJuan Ware as its new head football coach. Ware served as secondary coach at EMU last season, and prior to that he worked for two years as the offensive coordinator at Western Illinois University.
McCallie School has found a familiar name to fill its head basketball coaching vacancy — former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga coach John Shulman.
Chattanooga Christian School made a smooth transition in its boys' basketball program by naming former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga assistant David Conrady as its new head coach.
Former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's basketball coach John Shulman will be announced as the new head coach at McCallie School on Friday morning.
Chattanooga Christian School made a smooth transition in its boys' basketball program by naming former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga assistant David Conrady as its new head coach. That move came on the same day that Jim Arnold announced he was resigning as basketball coach to focus attention on his role as the middle school principal.
After two area high school boys' basketball teams earned spots in the state tournament with wins Monday night, four others hope tonight to join them in Murfreesboro. Inclement weather postponed those four games, along with every other boys' state sectional, forcing teams to wait one day before taking the court.
WHITWELL, Tenn. — It was on the drive through town, on his way to his initial interview, that R.C. Helton knew for sure just how much he wanted the Whitwell High School football coaching job.
Whitwell High School has named R.C. Helton as its new head football coach. Helton is a 1983 East Ridge graduate who has coached prep football in Arizona for more than 20 years, including the last three seasons at Trevor Browne high in Phoenix.
Looking to take the program to a higher level, Chattanooga Christian School has named longtime college assistant Rob Spence as its new head football coach. Spence was the quarterbacks coach at Rutgers University the last two years and has previously worked as an offensive coordinator at Clemson and Syracuse.