December 11, 2012

FOLLOWING 22 YEARS AS HEAD COACH, KEN KING ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT FROM LE MOYNE

Syracuse, N.Y. – Ken King, who has served as head coach of the Le Moyne College volleyball program for the last 22 years, announced his retirement following the conclusion of 2012-13 academic year. Combined with the 10 years he served as head coach of the softball program, King won 693 games, with a winning percentage of .620, during his time at Le Moyne.

King will continue to lead the program through the remainder of the 2012-13 academic year. In July, the College will elevate former Le Moyne standout and current assistant Lizzie Cheek '10 to Head Coach. A four-time All-Northeast-10 Conference honoree, Cheek is currently Le Moyne's all-time leader in kills with 1284.

"From the first interview with Dick Rockwell, right through today, I have so many memories to cherish," said King. "My assistant coaches over the years made my job even more enjoyable and professionally satisfying. The athletic administration has always been a strong supporter of my programs and the student-athletes have been the rocks upon which these programs were developed and sustained. As all coaches know, family is the greatest supporter. My wife, Ida, has been at my side for nearly 40 years, allowing me to pursue my coaching career and having my two children, Jennifer '04 and Bryan '06, graduate from Le Moyne was a very significant and rewarding part of my life."

"On behalf of the entire Dolphin community, I want to thank Ken for his many years of service to Le Moyne student-athletes and for all the important contributions he made during his time here on the Heights," said Matt Bassett, Assistant Vice President and Director of Atheltics. "Ken is a member of the Hall of Fame. That, in and of itself, speaks directly to the level of success he enjoyed over a career that spanned parts of three decades. In many ways, Ken has poured the foundation for both the volleyball and softball programs which will remain an integral part for any future success. I am very grateful that Ken will be staying on until the end of the academic year to assist us in our transition."

In leading the volleyball program since 1991, King's teams have posted a 385-289 (.571) mark over over the 22 seasons. King led the Dolphins to a school record 25-10 mark in 1995. In 17 years in the Northeast-10 Conference, King guided his teams to a 124-99 (.556) conference record and 11 conference tournament appearances, advancing to the conference semi-finals on three occasions. While leading the program, his players earned All-Conference accolades on 24 occasions and placed at least one player on the All-NE-10 team each of the past 13 seasons.

In 2007, King stepped down from his post as head softball coach to focus his efforts to the volleyball program. In 10 seasons at the helm of the softball program, King led the Dolphins to a 308-136-3 (.692) record. The first coach to lead Le Moyne to the NCAA tournament for softball, King guided the Dolphins to six consecutive NCAA Tournament berths and four trips to the NCAA Championships. The leader of the 2003 and 2005 Northeast Region Softball Coaching Staff of the Year and the 2001 Northeast-10 Conference Softball Coach of the Year, King coached the Dolphins in a period of unmatched success. Le Moyne won 30 or more games for six consecutive seasons, finished atop the Northeast-10 Conference regular season race four consecutive seasons and in the top-two six straight times.

A native of Syracuse, King received his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education at SUNY College at Brockport in 1974. King also performed graduate work at Brockport, SUNY Oswego and SUNY Cortland. Before joining the athletic staff at Le Moyne, King taught physical education in the Syracuse parochial school district and as a coach guided various teams to seven conference championships, three sectional and one state championship. King led the softball program at Liverpool High School from 1981-1989. 

A member of the Le Moyne College Gold Wave Hall of Fame Class of 2006, King was enshrined in the Liverpool High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. King is also a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association and is certified in Red Cross First Aid and CPR. King resides in Baldwinsville with his wife Ida and has two children, Jennifer (Le Moyne '04) and Bryan (Le Moyne '06).