ROCK HILL, SC–Winthrop volleyball head coach Bruce Atkinson has named Michael King as assistant volleyball coach, filling the vacancy created by Nir Ofer who accepted a position in California.
King, a former resident of Atlanta, GA has served the last three years as associate head coach at the University of Portland following three seasons as an assistant head coach for the Pilots. Prior to joining Portland’s staff, he served on the staffs at Eastern Washington (1998-99, 2002), Concordia (2000), Alabama-Birmingham (2001-02), and as a high school head coach for four-plus years in Oregon.
“We are very excited to add Michael to our volleyball staff,” said Atkinson, who is beginning his first year as Winthrop’s head coach. “He has a wealth of experience that we will definitely utilize to help take our program to the next level.”
At Eastern Washington he helped guide the Eagles to the NCAA Tournament. King, who attended high school in Tigard, OR, returned to the Portland area in 2003 where he coached on the high school level for four-plus years at two schools. In his first job as head coach at Southridge High School and led the Skyhawks to their first ever state playoff appearance. He then moved on to serve three-plus years (2004-08) as head coach at David Douglas High School, where he helped the Scots reach the state playoffs. King has also served as an instructor at more than 200 camps, and has coached several club teams to regional and national success.
As a collegiate player, King played on the club teams at Pacific University (1993) and Oregon State (1996-97) and was the starting setter at Santa Barbara City College in 1994-95.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Western Oregon and the Masters of Arts 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 synchronized swimming team and recently won two Gold Medals a the World Master Games.