Kevin King leaves Greyhounds for W. Forsyth

By John Cate -
Kevin King - NSHS Photo

CLEMMONS — North Surry head men’s basketball coach Kevin King announced his departure from the school on Monday afternoon, in order to take a position at West Forsyth High School.

King, who has been the Greyhounds’ coach since June of 2013, said that the paperwork was being filed on Monday and that an official announcement would soon follow.

“I live about five miles from West Forsyth High School,” said King, who will be an assistant coach to Titans’ head coach Howard West. “I will miss North Surry tremendously. It is not an easy decision, but I felt that the time was right.”

King, who led the Hounds to the 2A state championship game in 2017, leaves North Surry with a record of 88-47. The Hounds won Western Piedmont Athletic Conference championships in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and made the state playoffs in all five of his seasons as head coach.

Following the 2017-18 season, West Forsyth had a vacancy in its own head men’s coaching position when Rusty LaRue stepped down. King and West were the finalists to replace LaRue, and West, who had been coaching at Forsyth Country Day, was tabbed for the position. West is the third all-time winningest coach in North Carolina prep history, with 801 career victories at age 71.

He and King have a long history together. King was an assistant coach at R.J. Reynolds High School for a dozen years under West, helping the Demons to win three 4A state titles (2000-02). King later moved on to Wilkes Central, where he coached for two seasons before rejoining West when the latter took the head coaching position at Reagan High School. In July of 2008, King moved on to West Davidson as head coach for four seasons. He spent one year as an assistant at East Forsyth before taking over at North Surry. This was also a homecoming of sorts, since King’s father Ron won 502 games as the Hounds’ head coach between 1970 and 2000. Ron King stuck around as an assistant to his son when he took over.

King’s career record as a head coach, between Wilkes Central, West Davidson, and North Surry, is 147-136.

Kevin King King NSHS Photo

By John Cate