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CHS legends Marie and Ron Bagby are both retiring. (Ashley Heilig photo)

2020 is turning into a farewell tour for longtime Wolves.

On the heels of Randy King announcing his retirement as a Coupeville High School teacher, Ron and Marie Bagby are joining him in exiting the building.

The retirements of the husband/wife duo, who have both worked for the school district for decades, are included on the agenda for the next school board meeting, set for Tuesday, May 26.

Ron Bagby, who coached football, basketball, and track and field at CHS, after arriving in Cow Town from the wilds of Forks, was currently a PE teacher at the school.

Marie Bagby, née Grasser, is a graduate of Coupeville who was the school’s first big-time female basketball star, starting a legacy continued by younger sister Marlene.

Playing for the Wolves between 1976-1980, she rang up 321 points, and still sits as the #34 scorer all-time in program history.

Marie operated as the registrar for her alma mater, while all four of her children – April, Ashley, Mike, and Jason – followed her path as Wolf athletic stars and CHS grads.

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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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Randy King (left) is retiring after a long teaching/coaching career at Coupeville High School. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

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.”

 

 

The longest-tenured coach at Coupeville High School won’t be coming back when Washington state schools reopen.

The agenda for Monday’s school board meeting included one bombshell, as Randy King’s retirement as a teacher and coach was included on it.

King has been a CHS track and field coach since the mid-2000’s, a time period in which Wolf athletes have won 11 of the 17 state meet titles in program history.

State champs he helped produce:

2006 — Jon Chittim (200, 400); Kyle King (3200); boys 4 x 400 (Chris Hutchinson, Chittim, K. King, Steven 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 Wolf boys claimed 5th place in the team standings in the last two 1A state meets, while the CHS girls were 9th in 2019.

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

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

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

Before he began his run as track guru, King coached 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, and coached four of the top 10 scorers in program history.

Mike Bagby (tied for #1 with 1,137 points), Pete Petrov (#7 with 917), current CHS 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.

As news of his retirement filtered out to a quarantined Wolf Nation, the response was quick and highly-positive.

“Oh man, that’s rough for sure!,” said Sylvia Hurlburt, a key part of record-setting CHS relay squads. “He’s going to be missed, but he had an amazing run!”

“Thanks Randy for all your hard work and dedication!,” said Wolf mom Dawnelle Conlisk. “Congratulations on your retirement! I agree with Sylvia!”

“You will be missed by sooo many,” said Susan Hulst, whose granddaughter Alana Mihill ran track for King. “We salute you COACH. Wishing you the best on your next adventure.”

That was a sentiment echoed by those who worked with the track guru.

“He will ALWAYS be COACH to me!!!,” said CMS cross country/track coach Elizabeth Bitting. “Congrats and enjoy retirement!!!! You deserve it!!!!!!”

Shawna Kelley has two sons, Brandon and Lathom, who were CHS track stars, and a husband, Lincoln, who coached with King.

Randy, we will miss you dearly,” she said. “We are so blessed to have had you as a teacher, a coach, co-coach, and friend.

“Enjoy your retirement and we’ll see you around the bend.”

While King’s days as a coach and teacher may be coming to an end (unless we can talk him into coming back to coach little league…), that opens up the chance he might have more time to rock the mic from the press box.

Tom Zingarelli, a former longtime coach who operates the clock at many CHS and CMS athletic events, has already put the offer out there.

“One of the best that I have ever been around!!,” he said. “I expect to see you in the booth during sports seasons – it’s warmer and drier up there!”

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After a long run as Coupeville High School coaches, Amy and David King are still adjusting to “retirement.” (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They finally got a real vacation.

When Coupeville High School girls basketball coaches David and Amy King resigned last winter, it brought at least a temporary end to their run as coach “lifers.”

The duo, who put in seven seasons with the CHS hoops program, had also worked with high school softball, baseball, and volleyball, as well as community programs and individual player coaching.

All told, the Kings had been coaching for close to two decades.

That meant celebrating their wedding anniversary at the gym – since it fell during basketball season – and juggling their coaching gigs with real-world jobs.

Now, they’re footless and fancy free (mostly), are coming off their first real vacation since 2001, and are adjusting to a new lifestyle.

As they marinate in a world of possibilities, they took a moment to reflect on life without a clipboard or basketball in hand.

Cause they may be free, but they can never really escape my emails.

So, straight from casa de King:

When we announced our coaching retirement at the end of this last season, it was amazing how many people asked us “how’s retirement?” within a few weeks of that retirement date.

We also had to tell them, we still have our day jobs…

In reality, when a season ends, we (we all know Amy does the majority of the work) take care of inventory, putting things away, turning in our paperwork and locking things up for the off-season.

For basketball, there is a good month between the season ending and the starting of planning for the Hoop-A-Holics fundraiser and team basketball camp.

This year, we still helped with the Hoop-A-Holics fundraiser – making sure the new coaches understood what needed to happen and in what time frame, and we still participated, as the weekend is a lot of fun.

We knew we had retired only because we didn’t have to harass our players and parents for participation and food.

It still didn’t sink in though. It still just felt normal, but with extra help.

Normally, basketball camp would be the week following Hoop-A-Holics.

So the time and effort that would normally go into planning which camp we were going to and getting all the players set to go, arranging transportation and lodging, fundraisers, etc., went into working on a personal vacation towards the end of the summer instead.

We missed going to the camp, but not necessarily all the planning and organization that goes into that week.

Team camp has always been a favorite activity for us, spending time away from the school with the players, working on the team bonding and playing against teams that we would not normally see.

It is so much fun to spend camp time getting to see the girls goofy and together outside of the school season, along with seeing where we need work once the season starts.

Having the incoming players get their feet wet with the returning players and of course them learning about us and us about them.

After camp, there is normally an off time as the gyms are closed for refinishing the floors; but, there is the weight room time and planning for open gyms we would be involved with.

This is probably the one area that we saw a difference.

In years past we would go to work, get off and either head to the gym or home and then to the gym.

This year it was work and to home. No more afternoons/evenings being disrupted by stopping what we were doing to head to the gym.

During summer, we typically would start to review drills to teach skills and what kind of offenses will we think about running during the season, etc.

So, this summer, that extra time has been put into creating a new garden area that deer and rabbits can’t get into, David getting more time on his tractor and making paths in the woods and just a lot of normal day-job work.

We really have been so busy, that we have not had time to miss open gyms.

For me personally (David) I miss the time spent evaluating our teams’ strengths and weaknesses, along with evaluating the teams in our leagues.

The coaching part and seeing growth in the players are high on my favorite things about coaching.

Right up there with that for me is the strategy side of things and providing the tendencies of our team and our opponents. Hours would be spent on this stuff.

So, how is retirement?

😊

We really don’t know yet. It really won’t hit us until October when we aren’t gearing up for the season.

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Amy and David King resigned this week, likely ending coaching careers which have spanned nearly two decades at Coupeville High School. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

After impacting hundreds of Coupeville High School athletes over the past two decades, David and Amy King are handing off their clipboards.

The Coupeville High School girls basketball coaches, who previously worked with Wolf volleyball, baseball, and softball programs, as well as little league, SWISH and middle school teams, submitted resignations this week.

“As of now, this is a retiring,” David King said.

“Always willing to give advice or input if asked,” he added with a chuckle.

Their departure opens up varsity and JV coaching positions.

After years of balancing prep sports with their real-world jobs, the decision to retire gives the Kings a chance to step back and have more time for other pursuits.

That begins with the couple’s 33rd wedding anniversary, which, coincidentally, is today, Feb. 22.

Three years ago, when the Kings hit the big 3-0, they celebrated in the gym with their players while preparing for a trip to the state tournament.

The duo, whether coaching together or separately, are cut from old school cloth.

At a time when many fellow CHS coaches are just getting started, the Kings, along with track guru Randy King (no relation) and tennis whisperer Ken Stange, are true rarities, veteran coaches who always showed a willingness to innovate.

David King started in the CHS girls basketball program as a volunteer coach from 2003-2009.

After taking a season off, and putting in time as a SWISH coach, he returned to high school ball, with two years as JV coach, and seven with the varsity.

He also worked as an assistant coach with the school’s baseball team for three seasons, before bouncing across the street to join the softball staff.

Once there, he worked with Jackie Calkins, then with his wife, putting together three years at the high school level and one with the Central Whidbey Little League juniors program.

Amy King piled up 27 seasons, 24 as a coach and three as a volunteer, across basketball, volleyball, and softball.

She put in four seasons on the diamond, and seven on the volleyball court. The first five were with middle school teams, the final two as high school JV coach.

Her longest run came in basketball, however, where she has been involved with the CHS program as a varsity assistant and JV head coach since 2002.

During that time, she worked with five different head coaches, doing stints with Greg Oldham, Geoff Kappes, Blake Severns, and Jackie Bykonen, before she and the hubby claimed total control in 2012.

Preaching a love for defense, David King guided the Wolf varsity into the playoffs every season as head coach, even as Coupeville bounced through three different leagues.

The Wolf varsity won 79 games between 2012-2019, covering two seasons in the 1A/2A Cascade Conference, four in the 1A Olympic League, and one in the 1A North Sound Conference.

Despite running a gauntlet of private school powers in the postseason, Coupeville crafted several signature playoff wins as well.

The biggest, arguably, was a 49-33 dismantling of Seattle Christian Feb. 19, 2016, a win which came in a loser-out game in a hostile road gym, sending the Wolves to state for the first time in a decade.

Coupeville won three-straight conference titles, going 9-0 each time, in the Olympic League, and missed a fourth crown by a single game.

While defense was his hallmark, guiding ball-hawks from Kacie Kiel to Tia Wurzrainer, David King also helped shape 11 of the top 50 scorers in Wolf girls basketball history during his time as head coach.

While they had vastly different personal playing styles, Makana Stone (#3), Lindsey Roberts (#18), and Kailey Kellner (#30) were among those who thrived offensively under his guidance.

Amy King, like most JV coaches, had one of the hardest jobs in prep sports — trying to win games, while also having to often juggle lineups when star players were called up to get varsity floor time.

She persevered, winning 64 games with an often-depleted roster over the past seven seasons, including going 14-5 overall, 9-0 in league play, during the 2014-2015 season.

Under her tutelage, future varsity standouts like Lauren Grove, Breeanna Messner, and Amanda Fabrizi made huge jumps in confidence and skills.

Amy King was also famous for making sure every single player on her team scored at least once.

She never failed in that task, no matter how many foreign exchange students or first-time players suited up.

That fact is almost as impressive as her ability to craft a poem about a game while camped in a darkly-lit bus bouncing across the back-roads of rural America.

While both had success in separate endeavors, their work together, as “Coach King Boy” and “Coach King Girl,” is how many will remember them.

Their teams were built around hard work, fun, and family, then topped off with success.

The Kings were the only active CHS coaches to have guided athletes in two completely separate sports to the state championships.

Along with the 2016 basketball run, the duo led softball to state in 2014, breaking a 12-year dry spell for that program.

CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith, who coached Wolf girls basketball (1998, 2000) and baseball (2008, 2014) teams to state, knows what it takes to build successful programs, and he hailed the duo for their success, and growth.

“They will definitely be missed; they have been a steady, positive part of our programs as head coaches and assistants for years,” he said. “They have dedicated a large portion of their lives to our kids and have built a solid, successful program, leaving a strong base for whomever takes over the program.”

While he will miss having the Kings working the sidelines, the Wolf AD appreciates what they brought to the school.

“It has been fun to watch David grow as a head coach,” Smith said. “He’s always been willing to do whatever he needed to do to create a lasting, fundamentally-sound program.

“I’ve appreciated both he and Amy’s willingness to always look at themselves as the first evaluative point in their program,” he added. “Very sad to see them go, but excited for them to be able to spend some time with each other in a setting that’s different than a basketball gym!”

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