George King

George King (1928-2006)

Teams coached: Morris Harvey Golden Eagles, West Virginia Mountaineers, Purdue Boilermakers
Morris Harvey record: 12-12 (.500)
West Virginia record: 102-43 (.703)
Purdue record: 109-64 (.630)
Overall record: 223-119 (.652)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1965-1972 Purdue
1960-1965 West Virginia
1957-1960 West Virginia (asst)
1956-1957 Morris Harvey

George King Facts

  • George Smith King, Jr.
  • Born August 16, 1928
  • Died October 5, 2006
  • Hometown: Charleston, West Virginia
  • Alma Mater: Morris Harvey College (BA, 1950) / West Virginia University (MA, 1957)
  • Played at Morris Harvey (now Univ of Charleston) in WV, leading the team to four D-II NCAA Tournaments
    • Twice named West Virginia’s Amateur Athlete of the Year (1949 & 1950)
  • Drafted in the 8th round of the 1950 NBA Draft (89th overall) by the Chicago Stags
    • Played for the Phillips 66ers of the NIBL and the Syracuse Nationals and Cincinnati Royals of the NBA
    • Helped led the Nationals to victory in the 1955 NBA Championships
  • Started his coaching career at his alma mater, Morris Harvey, going 12-12 in one season
  • First arrived at West Virginia as an assistant to Fred Schaus, then took over as head coach in 1960
  • Left WVU for Purdue in 1965, coaching the Boilermakers for seven seasons
    • Was 109-64 during his tenure, reaching one NCAA Tournament and one NIT
    • His 1968-69 squad, led by future HOFer Rick Mount, won the Big Ten and finished as NCAA Runner-up
    • Became athletic director at Purdue in 1971, stepping away from coaching in 1972 to be AD full-time
    • Retired from Purdue in 1992 after 26 years at the school, 21 as athletic director
  • Inducted into the Charleston Athletic HOF (1985) and the Purdue Athletic HOF (2001)
  • Died in 2006 at the age of 78; survived by wife, Jeanne, their five children, eighteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren

George King Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels