Cowan will have a new boys basketball coach next season. Mike King said he elected to step down from the position, ending his tenure after nine seasons with the Blackhawks.
“I just thought it was time to move on,” King said. “I wasn’t asked to resign … I’ve been there nine years, it’s an awful long time. I just thought it was time to move on.”
King went 63-124 in his tenure with the Blackhawks. Cowan struggled this season, going 1-20 with its only win against Tri. His time also included three double-digit win seasons and a Delaware County tournament title in 2011, the school’s first since 1963. King was the longest-tenured coach in the Mid-Eastern Conference this season.
“I loved it, I loved every day of it,” King said. “My kids were great kids, and we had a great run. I don’t have anything but fond memories of all my kids that were there. I can’t say enough good things about them.
“It’s just that I always told myself when it got to the point where it felt more like a job, then it was time to kind of look. And it just wasn’t this year, it was last year and this year.”
King said he is uncertain about a potential return to coaching in the future. He said he plans to remain a teacher at Cowan.
Cowan athletic director Patrick Bloom said he has not established a formal timetable for hiring King’s successor. He said he plans to post the job in early April. While he doesn’t have a firm date, Bloom does hope to have a coach by the summer.
“The main thing that I appreciate with Mike is all the time and effort that he invested into just so many different boys within the program,” Bloom said. “There was no other coach who cared about their athletes as much as Mike, so we really appreciate that time and effort he invested.”
Blackhawks enter spring with two new coaches
Bloom said Tim Roberts will serve as the Blackhawks’ softball coach this season. Roberts had coached the school’s junior high team in the past. The Blackhawks will also have a new boys golf coach. Harry Terrell will lead that squad. Terrell has coached the sport at Union, Blue River and Randolph Southern, Bloom said.