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.
He attended Surry Community College and Appalachian State, and received a degree in social studies from Winston-Salem State, the subject that he taught at North Surry.
King’s career record as a head coach, between Wilkes Central, West Davidson, and North Surry, is 147-136.
North Surry officials weren’t surprised by the announcement, since King had made the long commute between the Winston-Salem area and Forsyth County for several years, and that King had been a finalist for the West Forsyth job back in March.
“We knew Coach King had been doing a lot of traveling every day to be our coach,” said North Surry athletic director Chris Butler, who said he was informed on Friday of King’s acceptance of the position with the Titans. “We knew that the opportunity he took at West Forsyth was a possibility.”
Butler said that North Surry will immediately begin a search for King’s replacement, but that there is no set timetable in place.
“We are in the process of looking for the next coach, and we will have someone in place as soon as possible,” he said.
King is the second coach to leave North Surry in less than a month, and in both cases, the coach left to accept a position closer to home. In late May, longtime track coach Travis Gammons resigned to become the AD at West Stokes. Gammons, a Stokes County native, had coached at North since 2002.
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