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PCHS to introduce new baseball coach Wednesday

By DAVID GRAVELY

SWT Sports Editor

Rumors have spread and names are being thrown around, but it will all become official tomorrow when Pulaski County High School makes the formal introduction of their new head baseball coach at a special press conference.

After the news became public that former coach Doug Dunavant would not be returning, three names were immediately at the top of everyone’s most wanted list.  Of those three names, it is now expected that former Cougar baseball and basketball standout and UVA Cavalier Jared King will be officially named to the position at the Wednesday meeting

King played baseball, basketball, and golf for the Cougars, and received several honors for his hard work and style of play.  In golf, he was a two-year letter winner.  In basketball he was named to the All-River Ridge District first team three times and the All-Region IV team twice.  He finished his high school basketball career with 957 points and 492 assists, helping to lead the Cougars to a 19-7 record in 2007 and a 19-9 record in 2008.  It is expected that in addition to baseball, King would assist Mark Hanks in the basketball program.

In baseball, King stood out even more.  While playing under Dunavant for the Cougars, King played shortstop and pitched while wielding a solid bat throughout his career.  As a junior he held a .490 percent batting average with four triples, six doubles, and a .922 percent slugging percentage.  His senior year was even better, as he finished with a .507 percent batting average, nine home runs, 35 runs-batted-in, and 16 extra-base hits.  He was named to the All-River Ridge District first team three times, and was named to the All-Region IV first team as a junior and senior.

While at UVA, King continued to grow as a baseball player.  In 2009 he played first, second, and third base for the Cavaliers while working to earn playing time.  After spending the summer playing for the Keene Swamp Bats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (where he had 10 RBI’s in 25 games),  he was forced to sit out the 2010 season to recover from off-season shoulder surgery.

The 2011 season saw King return to the lineup, where he became a mainstay at first base for the Cavaliers.  He made 54 appearances and started in 46 games, 42 at first base and four as the designated hitter.  He started in 38 of the final 40 games for the Cavs, locking his spot in the lineup for the 2012 season.

The 2012 season found King starting all 59 games at first base, and he had a streak of 81 straight games starting that dated back to the 2011 season.  During the season, he earned a program history record 51 walks, tied for 8th in the ACC with five triples, led the team with 13 stolen bases, and recorded 15 multi-hit games and 11 multi-RBI games.

His final season as a Cavalier found him starting in 59 of 62 games at first base.  He recorded 21 multi-hit games, the second most on the team.  He finished with 202 games played during his career at UVA, which ranks as the 10th most in Virginia history.  He earned 123 career walks, the program’s fourth highest ever, and was a part of five UVA teams that combined for 245 total wins, the most in the nation during that stretch of time.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the high school’s Little Theatre, and all current and prospective players, their parents, and the general public are invited to attend.  After the formal introduction by school administration, the new coach will introduce himself and then answer questions from those in attendance.

Be sure to check back in Thursdays edition of The Southwest Times for the full story and photos from the event.

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10 Responses to PCHS to introduce new baseball coach Wednesday

  1. parent in pulaski county

    July 30, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    It’s great to see him returning to the community he came from. Hope he can make a difference here.

  2. Go Cougars!

    July 31, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Mr. King was a talented athlete with heart for the game and intelligence. I don’t see those same abilities in enough of the students coming into the programs these days. Then some of the better athletes do not qualify for one reason or another. Just because someone is an above average player does not mean he will be able to coach the game or attract quality athletes. I wish the best to him and the program.

    • the truth

      August 1, 2013 at 8:10 am

      Very well said. It certainly is a fact that just because someone was a good or great player does not mean they will be a good or great coach. I personally find it odd that King would jump straight out of UVA and what was a somewhat productive career to take a position at a place that he will get absolutely NO support from the administration. I think he may find he sold himself short by not trying to play at the next level, but maybe he knew he was not good enough. I hope for him the pedestal some will place him on is not a very far fall if he does not produce a winning/competitive program that some feel he will do just based on his past. Good luck for sure to him.

      • Josh Wilburn

        August 1, 2013 at 11:55 am

        In response….Support or no support from the administration, Jared king will do a great job as Head coach at PC. His experience playing baseball at college’s highest caliber has given him a foundation to build on. This experience will filter into the cougar baseball program and the kids will eventually adapt to the better brand of baseball that he has to offer. Do not knock his mature decision to start his career as an educator and coach serving the community that gave so much to him. Best of luck to Pulaski Co. Baseball. Once a cougar, always a cougar. – ” Cougar Pride”

        Josh Wilburn
        Head Baseball Coach
        Princeton Sr. High School Wv.
        2012 WV AAA Baseball State Champions

        • the truth

          August 1, 2013 at 2:44 pm

          You obviously can not read or comprehend very well. I was not knocking him or anyone just stating my opinion and thoughts. We shall see how he does either way and either way I really do not care as I am not a baseball fan period and have no stake in that programs success or failure. The fact still remains as was written in the first article I was replying to is just because he was a good player does not automatically mean he will make a good coach. That was the point that you missed. And that applies to anyone not just him. As far as his decision being “mature” that is your opinion in which you are entitled to and my opinion was as I stated and I stick by that. And FYI I was a Cougar long before you and when there was REAL Cougar Pride and that Pride no longer exist thus my point about the administration. There is a difference in just saying it and living and believing it..

          • Josh Wilburn

            August 2, 2013 at 12:09 pm

            Reading and comprehending very well. It is funny how you say that you are not knocking him but your negative post is directly tied to whether he will produce success. As well as the comment, “maybe he knew he was not good enough” in regards to him not persuing baseball at the professional level…Nah your not knocking him at all! It is also obvious that you are not a baseball fan because the way you classify success for high school baseball. It is more than wins, losses, titles, and championships…it is also about producing productive citizens, graduation rates, developing athletes, and sending these young men to college to fulfill a dream of playing baseball at the next level. As far as “cougar pride” and administrators are concerned. If you knew anything about education you would know Administrators come and go…I have a gut feeling coach king will be around for a long time. My advice is to dust off an old cougar shirt, catch a few games this year, and support the team.

  3. Jeff. Viers

    August 1, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    The foundation is in place. I believe that Coach King will make better use of it. 8 years ago Billy Dalton, Randall Morris, Lee Newby, Mike Barbour and myself fought and brought 8th grade baseball to Pulaski along with introducing travel baseball to the county. We want baseball to be fun and at same timr making a competive players. We were successful at that level but something was lost we they reach the higher level and that was heart if your coach is not willing to give you all of him then you are not going to get the best a player has. Coach King will bring this.

  4. Concerned

    August 9, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    What does Almost unreproachable mean?

    This is a great higher, youth, energy, playing for a top 10 team in the nation. Pulaski is lucky to have him. If your guy is any good or cares than have him apply to be an assistant with mr. King, I am sure he would welcome the help.

    Anyway, I would like more details on this guy, where he coached, what’s his proven record, what are his ideas about building the youth program and strengthening ties to the high school etc.

  5. Cathy

    August 20, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Unless you are conducting the interview process or are a part of it you have no way of knowing all the criteria and if it is a fair or unfair process. Sounds like sour grapes.

  6. concerned

    August 21, 2013 at 11:08 am

    rose colored glasses is all i have to say. definitely glad they hired Mr. King who was definitely a standout at Pulaski and went on to play for a major Division 1 program.

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