Remembering Coach King

Legendary Campbell County basketball coach Vic King died just before Thanksgiving. He left behind a lasting legacy with his players.

Christian Academy of Campbell County was looking for a coach three years ago. Not only did they find a coach, but they found a legend.

"I was told to find the best coach for our boys," said school administrator Ollie Medley.

She immediately thought of Vic King.

King is the winningest coach in Campbell County basketball history and agreed to come out of retirement to coach CACC's elementary and middle school teams.

"Not only was he a good basketball coach, but he taught our children about character," said Medley.

In his second season with the Warriors, King led them to a 16-1 season and a county championship.

After three games this year, King took a leave from the team. He was battling liver cancer. The day before Thanksgiving, King passed away.

"When you played for him, you got a little bit of everything," said former player Dusty Paul. "It wasn't just to how to dribble and shoot a ball. There was a lot."

Paul is stepping in to coach the team, but isn't changing anything.

The Warriors are looking for back-to-back county titles next week. This time, they're playing for Coach King.

"It would mean a lot more than it did last year," said fourth grader William Paul. "He would like it a lot better to win two years in a row."

"This is still his team," said Dusty Paul. "We're playing for him, we'll continue to play for him and they've grab a hold of that."


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