After stints in Cheney in the late 1990's and early 2000's, Michael King returns to Eastern Washington University as Associate Head Coach of EWU's volleyball program, head coach Wade Benson announced Tuesday, Feb. 11.
"Mike brings a wealth of experience in both on-court coaching and recruiting," Benson said. "He will be a tremendous addition to Eastern Volleyball."
King replaces Darren Buckner who resigned on Jan. 9 to take an administrative position with a local volleyball club.
"I would like to thank Wade Benson and Eastern Washington University for this great opportunity," King said. "I'm excited to return to a great program. Being part of a university and a program that I believe in from the ground up, working in a city I have a passion for and in a role of helping develop student-athletes is a tremendous opportunity. The EWU program has been built on great expectations and I look forward to seeing what new goals we can reach moving forward."
King served as an assistant coach at Eastern during the 1998, 1999 and 2002 seasons. The Eagles went a combined 77-16 in those seasons, winning a Big Sky title in 2002 and advancing to the NCAA Tournament in 1998 and 1999.
Most recently, King spent the 2013 season as the top assistant at Winthrop, helping the Eagles to a winning record and a trip to the Big South Conference Tournament. Under his tutelage, three players received Big South All-Conference honors, including a first-team selection.
Prior to his time at Winthrop, King served as the associate head coach at Portland for the previous three seasons after working as an assistant coach for the Pilots. He helped guide Portland to its best record in West Coast Conference play in 15 years.
King spent the 2000 season at Concordia and the 2001 season at UAB. He also has extensive coaching experience at the high school level, coaching volleyball at Southridge High School in Portland, Ore., before leading David Douglas High School, also in Portland, from 2004-08.
He played club volleyball at Santa Barbara City College (1994) and Oregon State (1996-97) before earning a bachelor's degree from Western Oregon in 2000 followed by a master's degree from Concordia.
King's wife, Erin, was a four-time national champion in synchronized swimming at Ohio State and later served as the head coach of the Puerto Rico National Team, winning two gold medals in synchronized swimming at the World Master Games.
Eastern finished its 2013 campaign with a 10-21 mark, including a 7-13 record in Big Sky play. The Eagles return four starters and 11 letter winners after graduating just two seniors.