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Randy “The Terminator” King, contemplating going all Sean Penn on the cameraman. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

A million volunteers, give or take one or two.

Putting on a multi-team track and field meet, as Coupeville High School did Wednesday, requires a big support crew.

Thankfully for CHS, Wolf Nation once again stepped up and met the challenge, as documented in these pics snapped by John Fisken.

“No autographs, please!” Cameron Toomey-Stout is ready for the fashion runway.

“He’s like poetry in motion, he is.”

Neil Rixe preps for a gig at the Daytona 500.

Willie Smith, up to shenanigans. I’m sure of it.

Tom Black, always on the lookout for shenanigans.

Sean Toomey-Stout, one flex away from ripping his t-shirt in half.

Rainy weather can’t dampen Bobbie Massengale’s enthuiasm.

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Bob Martin will coach Coupeville High School’s male track and field athletes. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Elizabeth Bitting will join him, working with the Wolf girls. (Morgan White photo)

How do you replace a living legend?

By staying in-house and handing the reigns to two coaches who have worked closely with the departing guru over the years.

Randy King’s retirement means this spring’s track and field season will be the first one without him at the helm of the Coupeville High School program in almost two decades.

His replacements?

Elizabeth Bitting, who will lead the Wolf girls, and Bob Martin, who will guide the CHS boys.

Their hires, confirmed by Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith, will be official after approval from the school board at its next meeting.

Both coaches are putting together their own stellar runs in Cow Town, having led multiple teams.

Bitting has been a Coupeville Middle School track coach, as well as leading both middle school and high school cross country programs.

Martin, whose youngest son Logan is a senior on this year’s CHS team, has coached track, football, and basketball in Coupeville.

Spring sports practice kicks off Monday, Feb. 28, with the first track meet set to go down in La Conner Mar. 17.

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Randy King celebrates as the Coupeville High School track team wins another title. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

This is the end, my friends.

For really real this time.

First he departed as a teacher, and now longtime Coupeville High School track and field guru Randy King is calling it a career as a coach.

The longest-tenured coach at the school retired as a teacher in April, 2020.

King spent 42 years in the classroom, the final 29 at CHS.

At the time, the school board agenda indicated he was also bringing his coaching career to an end, but, to the joy of many, he agreed to stick around the track oval for a bit longer.

This time his departure is official, however, as CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith confirmed King’s resignation.

King has been involved with the Wolf track program since the mid-2000’s.

His run as coach produced 11 of the 17 individual state meet titles in program history.

Wolf state champs he coached include:

2006 — Jon Chittim (200, 400); Kyle King (3200); boys 4 x 400 (Chris HutchinsonChittim, K. KingSteven McDonald)

2007 — K. King (1600, 3200)

2008 — K. King (3200)

2010 — Tyler King (1600, 3200)

2019 — Danny Conlisk (200, 400)

Under Randy King’s tutelage, Coupeville track regularly proved quality could beat quantity, with his teams piling up strong league, district, and state finishes despite often having far fewer athletes than many of its rivals.

The high-water mark for CHS track came in 2006 and 2008, when the Wolf boys finished 4th in the team standings at the state meet.

His girls teams were some of the strongest in school history, and 11 of 18 Wolf girls track school records came on his watch.

On the boys side, 12 of 17 current school records belong to King-coached athletes.

King also led the CHS varsity boys basketball program for 20 seasons, ruling the sidelines between 1991-2011.

He led both his 1998 and 2002 squads to Northwest League titles, coaching four of the top 10 scorers in program history.

Mike Bagby (tied for #1 with 1,137 points), Pete Petrov (#7 with 917), current Wolf boys hoops coach Brad Sherman (#8 with 874), and Arik Garthwaite (#10 with 867) all called King their coach.

King also pulled a stint as a CHS assistant football coach, and, later in his career, led middle school programs for both boys basketball and volleyball.

The spikers who he taught as young women went on to provide the core of the most-recent CHS volleyball squad to earn a trip to state.

“It’s good to be the king, baby!”

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Ja’Kenya Hoskins takes flight. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Randy King has seen some things in his 237 years at the helm of the Coupeville High School track and field program. The whole mask thing is just another wrinkle.

Josh Guay prepares to launch.

Long distance ace Catherine Lhamon puts it into cruise control.

Dominic Coffman takes the handoff from Reiley Araceley.

The athletes have returned, and so have the photographers.

The Coupeville High School track and field team kicked off spring sports Thursday, hosting a season-opening Northwest 2B/1B League meet.

Along for the ride was masked man John Fisken, who provides us with the crisp color photos seen above.

To see everything he shot, and possibly buy some pics to support the cause, pop over to:

Track 2021-03-04 at Coupeville – John’s Photos

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Randy King is retiring after 42 years as a teacher and coach, the past 29 of those in Coupeville. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hangin’ out with track stars (l to r) Lauren Bayne, Lauren Grove, and Abby Parker.

UPDATE – 9:30 PM Monday:

School board agenda said “Retirement – Randy King, CHS/CMS Teacher and Coach.”

Latest word from the man himself: “I resigned from teaching, will not be in the classroom next year on a daily basis. Not sure yet about coaching.”

 

 

Randy King is bringing an end to a long, successful run as a teacher and coach in Coupeville, and the announcement of his impending retirement got everyone talking.

Now, the Wolf track and field guru, and former boys basketball coach, is having his say.

In his resignation letter he thanked “everyone in the district who has supported me and my family for the last 29 years, beginning with Superintendent Ernie Bartleson, teacher Mark Gale, and Principal Rock White, who brought us here in 1991.

“This has been an incredible experience. No one could possibly expect more support for their teaching, coaching, and family than the King family has received.

“Coupeville has continually worked to provide a caring educational community that has been challenging and innovative.

“The education that our Coupeville students have received has enabled them to go on to be successful in the widest possible array of careers imaginable.

“I have been able to work with amazing teachers, students, athletes, administrators and parents over this career. Thank you everyone for all you have given.”

King followed that up by responding to my (quite possibly) hyperventilating email in his usual calm manner:

 

Well David, I will be 65 years old this summer!

I’m finishing my 42nd year of teaching high school, 29 years here in Coupeville.

Time to let the young dogs have their say!

First, I’d like to say a big public thank you to my wonderful wife (Laurie), who has been a rock of support and really in a lot of ways made this career possible.

I’ve had a lot of fun working with the students and parents of Coupeville. It has been a great place to teach and coach.

The support that the community has shown to myself and my family has pretty much been like a fairy tale come true!

Not only the community but the staff at our schools have been inspiring to work with from the beginning right up to now!

You can’t imagine how many hours we have spent on those big yellow buses riding safely around the state. Our bus-drivers are some of my heroes!

Hours spent talking with custodians who always left my room with a thought and a sparkle.

Our athletic administration has always helped make this a great place to coach.

Also hats off to all the coaches who assisted me and taught me so much throughout the years.

My students have amazed me with their abilities from the beginning. They can go from Coupeville and be successful anyplace they wish.

The athletes who played ball for me, giving everything they had, and the boys and girls who have worked their tails off in track and field gave me such incredible pride to be associated with, it is hard to describe.

They have given me so much, I hope they were able to feel the pride that I felt in them.

I could say more but us old guys tend to talk too much.

Thanks to you for all you have done to support our student/athletes and my own personal family.

Coach King

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