Boys Soccer: David King to step down for Athol

  • David King sits at his new desk as principal of Athol High School, Tuesday. King resigned as soccer coach after taking the position.

Staff Writer
Published: 8/21/2019 8:55:42 PM
Modified: 8/21/2019 8:55:31 PM

After 16 seasons at the helm of the Athol High School boys varsity soccer team, coach David King has stepped down as coach.

King accepted the interim principal position over the summer at Athol High School, which will become his top priority.

“Priorities for a principal have to be leading the building,” King said. “Leading the best educational and student outcomes for our school. Taking any time away in doing that wasn’t the right decision for this school or me professionally.”

Bryce King, David’s son, is entering his senior season playing soccer at Athol.

“In the end, as a parent I am going to be there,” David King said. “Just like any other parent.”

When King can attend games, he will offer guidance and assistance to the new coaching staff as well as the players along the sideline with the team.

“I might take on additional things on a ‘when I am able to’ basis,” King said. “Trying to give support needed to push that team and move the players forward to have a successful season.”

Bryce King and David King met shortly after the job offer when it became clear that taking on both roles was not feasible.

“I think that was the first person I talked to when given the opportunity to take on this role,” David King said of his son. “I met with him and he knew it was the right thing for me to do and supported it. I wanted to have that relationship with him and make sure we were on the same page.”

King leaves his varsity soccer coaching career with a 151-119-29 overall record with the Red Raiders, including three league titles.

The Red Raiders barely missed the playoffs last season.

“Over the course of his career he was able to put Athol soccer in a position to be successful year in and year out,” Athol ahletic director Dan Bevis said. “He did a tremendous job building that program and instilling values through athletics.”

Athol named Ruddy Paulino as King’s successor. Paulino was a varsity assistant under King for the past three seasons.

“We were looking for someone with experience,” Bevis said. “Someone who could lead a group that has some talent. He has been around the program for the last three years. It was a good opportunity for him to move up.”

Paulino was a volunteer assistant for the Red Raiders.

“He is a person of great character,” King said. “He has high expectations for his players. He has put a lot of time into our program. He sets a high standard. For someone to do that and still have relationships with the kids, it’s the right match for what our team needs.”

The solid returning senior core is another reason giving up the coaching job was difficult, according to King.

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