Kingsport City Schools Names Shively as KCS Athletic Director

Published on May 24, 2016 at 5:09 p.m.

KINGSPORT, Tenn.Kingsport City Schools has named Larry Shively as KCS Athletic Director. Shively will be responsible for the oversight, coordination, and direction of all district athletic programming.

“We are excited that Larry will bring his extensive athletic experience and passion to this leadership role for Kingsport City Schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Lyle Ailshie.  “In selecting an individual to oversee not only Dobyns-Bennett High School athletics, but also guide athletic programming for the entire district, it was critical to find the person with the right combination of knowledge, skill, desire, and innovation.  As a D-B graduate with a long history of athletic leadership and a strong desire to take our programs to the next level, we feel that Larry is the right individual for this exciting task and will unify our entire community around the vision of having a world-class athletic program.”

Shively is a 1992 graduate of Dobyns-Bennett and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in history from the University of Tennessee in 1997. He earned his Master of Secondary Education degree from Milligan College in 1998.  During his 19-year career as a social studies and history teacher, he has also served as an assistant football and baseball coach at Shelbyville Central High School, assistant football and baseball coach at Science Hill High School, and head football coach at Happy Valley High School. Most recently, Shively has taught U.S. History and Government and served as an assistant football coach at Dobyns-Bennett.

"I am honored, blessed, and humbled to lead and serve the student-athletes and coaches of Kingsport City Schools," said Shively.  "We have an unrivaled tradition of success in producing championship-level athletes and teams that are recognized nationally.  Our goal is to provide a world-class experience for our student athletes as they progress through our school system.  Ultimately, we strive to have an educationally-based athletic program that reinforces strong character, competitiveness with class, sportsmanship, and love for our community. Roll Tribe Roll!"

Shively and his wife Misty, have two children, Sara and Trey.

Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins counties. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and a non-traditional school; with total enrollment over 7,100 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused … World Class.

KCS has been named the top school district in Tennessee as winner of the 2014 SCORE Prize District Award by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) and has earned the 2014 Achievement Award in the annual Excellence in Tennessee Recognition Program by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNPCE).

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