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March 19, 2014

King Leaves T.C. Williams

After seven years coaching at T.C. Williams that included six as the Head Basketball Coach, Julian King is stepping down. King made that decision, which he had been mulling since his team's season ended for a while, official a week ago.

"I think it's best for me to move on and for them to get some new blood in there, somebody who's going to be in the building," King told VirginiaPreps.com. "I also may need some more free time because I want to pursue my master's degree so I can have the opportunity in the future to more easily get into the building and be in education."

Growing up in Georgia, King played basketball at Dodge County High School and then got to play at the next level for Temple and Coppin State. After majoring in criminal justice in college, he went to play in European minor leagues for eight years before getting into coaching.

Even without having a teaching job in the building, King still managed to keep the traditionally winning program among the top contenders in Northern Virginia for much of his tenure. It came after having to fill some mighty big shoes, too.

In March of 2008, T.C. Williams won a State Championship with King as an assistant to Ivan Thomas, who then left to become the Head Coach at Kecoughtan High School in Hampton. That's when King took over and he guided the Titans to three trips to the Group AAA State Tournament as well as a pair of Northern Region Championships. Their best season came in 2010-11 when they finished 25-6 overall, falling to L.C. Bid 60-54 in overtime in the State Semis.

"We had a good run with three district titles, two region titles and a State Final Four in six years. I'm proud of that and being apart of something so unique, following Ivan Thomas and those guys winning a state title and me being on that staff," King commented.

"Being in what I consider such a great coaching league in the Northern Region and competing every year along with the historical value of being at a place like T.C. was a great experience for me."

This past season, the Titans had their worst on-court record in some, posting a 4-19 record overall and missing the 6A-North Region Tournament when W.T. Woodson eliminated them 80-52 in the conference tournament quarterfinals.

In addition to reflecting on his time at the Alexandria school, King addressed the possibility of returning to the sidelines at some point in the near or distant future.

"Will I coach again? Yes, because it's something that's in my blood and I have a passion for it," King stated. "Hopefully, the right opportunity will come along and I can get a chance at it."

Matthew Hatfield serves as State Basketball Analyst for VirginiaPreps.com, part of the Rivals.com Network. Check out Hatfield's Twitter page for more sports related updates, and you can also read his work in the Suffolk News Herald. To contact Matthew, please e-mail [email protected], and don't forget to listen to him on High School Sports Talk from 10AM to Noon on ESPN Radio 94.1, plus watch him on the Cox 11 Sports Report.

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