Kevin King has been named the new boys basketball coach at West Forsyth, replacing Howard West, who resigned after one season last month.
King, 48, was an assistant with West this past season for the Titans. He returned to West’s staff after spending five seasons as the head coach at North Surry, where he compiled a record of 88-47 and reached the NCHSAA Class 2-A state championship in 2017. The Titans finished this season 4-20 overall and 2-8 in the Central Piedmont 4-A.
In addition to being a head coach at North Surry, he was the head coach at Wilkes Central from 2003 to 2005 and North Davidson from 2008 to 2012. After leaving North Davidson, he was an assistant coach at East Forsyth for one season with Coach Mike Muse.
“It is something that obviously I’m very excited about,” King said. “West Forsyth is fantastic school. It’s marvelous. Great kids, great community. Every day going to work has been fantastic.”
King was an assistant coach for West at Reynolds and Reagan for a total of 13 years. Included in that were the three straight NCHSAA Class 4-A state championships won by Reynolds from 2000 to 2002.
“We had some great candidates,” Athletics Director Mike Pennington said. “That’s one of the great things about West Forsyth, it’s a very good place to work and we always have good candidates, but we felt Kevin was the best candidate for a variety of reasons. And so we’re excited to see where he’s going to take our basketball program.”
King is the fourth head coach for boys basketball since 2014, when Pennington resigned after seven seasons to become the athletics director.
“I think (King’s) got a very proven track record,” Pennington said. “He took North Surry to the state-championship finals a couple years ago. He’s a Clemmons person, he’s a faculty member (social studies teacher) at our school. He’s got a daughter (Peyton) that graduated from West last year, he’s got another one (Mary-Paige) coming in a year or two. So right now he’d be the poster child for stability.”
King said he was surprised West, 72, resigned. West compiled an 805-388 record in 46 seasons coaching at Tunstall (Va.), Eden Morehead, Reynolds, Reagan, Forsyth Country Day and West Forsyth.
“It was my goal to replace him whenever he decided it was time for him to give it up,” King said. “I didn’t know what kind of timetable he had in his mind. I can’t speak for him, and I wouldn’t, but I don’t think he came in with a certain definite timetable.”
The Titans struggled through much of this past season, but won two of their last three games before losing to Davie County, the conference champion, in the semifinals of the conference tournament.
“We struggled with continuity, as far as everybody buying in,” King said. “From the standpoint of playing hard, no problem. We played as hard that last game against Davie County as anybody could play. I was really amazed at having struggled to win games, how those kids never quit.
“A lot of teams I’ve seen from inside and outside, when they have a year where things aren’t going your way, they fold the tents up and check out. To our credit, we didn’t do that.”
Pennington said that he and Principal Charles McAninch don’t have any immediate goals for the Titans next season.
“We think there’s a young nucleus of a lot of young kids in our program,” Pennington said. “Our JV was good this year. Our freshman team was good this year. They’ve got some work to do, but I think the pieces are in place for us to get back to where we’d like to be and where we think we’re supposed to be relatively quickly.”