BRISTOL, Tenn. – A pair of King University baseball players have played professionally over the summer. Ryan Whitt played for the Garden City Wind and Mark Hendricks pitched for the Old Orchard Beach Surge.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University wrestling coaches Travis Mercado and Julia Salata were both nominated to attend the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Leadership Academy, held in conjunction with the NWCA Coaches Convention. The duo attended 10 different sessions in the two-day academy, taking in a lot of information they will be taking back to King this year.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Over the summer, members of the King University baseball team have been playing all over the country to prepare for the upcoming season. Seven Tornado have had solid summers before returning to campus this fall.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Assistant Athletic Director for External Affairs Nancye Rahn was a member of LEAD Bristol! last year. LEAD Bristol! is an indispensable program for companies and organizations dedicated to helping their employees become leaders. An award-winning, highly respected program, which has graduated more than 900 members over the past 30 years, the nine-month adult training program focuses on providing skills essential to leadership development. Available to all area businesses, LEAD Bristol! teaches participants skills that will help develop their careers and business relationships and also allows them to give back to the Bristol community by taking part in a service project.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Earlier this summer, former King University baseball player Mitch Stophel was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball (MLB) First Year Player Draft. Stophel has had a solid start to his professional career, playing for the Arizona Cubs in the Arizona League.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Head Athletic Trainer Shelia Crockett announced the addition of three athletic trainers. Zack Russell, Cassandra Salmen and Rachel Martin round out Crockett’s staff for the 2017-18 season.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – On Friday, King University Director of Athletics David Hicks announced the resignation of Head Acrobatics and Tumbling Coach Megan Bamford. Bamford has accepted the assistant coach position for the acrobatics and tumbling team at her alma mater, the University of Oregon.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced their academic awards for the 2016-17 season, both the King University men’s and women's tennis team earned ITA All-Academic Team. Two individuals from the women’s team and seven from the men’s team were selected ITA Scholar-Athletes.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball team had three student-athletes earn National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court recognition. C.J. Good, Derick Pope, and Noble Fahnbulleh, all earned the distinction.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women’s golf team had a record five student-athletes earn Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholar honors. Of the 952 student-athletes, a school record five Tornado, Fiona Hebbel, Daphne Chang, Emilie Olstad, Nicola Robertson and Samantha Taylor all earned honors.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Director of Athletics David Hicks announced on Wednesday the hiring of Dave Ulrich to lead the King women’s volleyball program. Ulrich becomes the fourth coach in program history.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Head Men’s Basketball Coach George Pitts rounded out his staff with the hiring of alum Brian Hewitt. Hewitt (’13) played for Coach Pitts and was an assistant coach for the Tornado during the 2015-16 season.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) and Head Athletic Trainer, Shelia Crockett attended the Sport at the Service of Humanity: A Regional Conference on Faith and Collegiate Sports, hosted by Villanova University in June. The conference was the first to be sanctioned by the Vatican following its inaugural conference on faith and sports held in Rome in October 2016.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Director of Athletics David Hicks announced on Wednesday that swimming head coach Jordan Schrotenboer has resigned to take an NCAA Division I coaching appointment. Schrotenboer will be an assistant at North Carolina State University.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – This summer, King University men’s volleyball head coach Ryan Booher had an opportunity to coach volleyball overseas. Booher traveled to Amsterdam, Netherlands with a group of nine college men’s volleyball players that formed a team for United States of America Athletes International (USAAI).
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Earlier this spring, King University tennis coach Mariia Ilina was selected to attend the Women’s Leadership Symposium (WLS) in Kansas City, Mo. Ilina was one of 100 participants that were selected to attend the WLS, which aims to expand the participants’ network and promote the recruitment and retention of women working in intercollegiate athletics administration.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Director of Athletics David Hicks announced on Thursday the Richie Rose will be the next head coach of the Tornado men’s soccer program. Rose brings nearly 20 years of coaching experience to King.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Conference Carolinas announced their Presidential Honor Roll for the spring semester and King University came in fourth in the league with 233 student-athletes named to the list. The Tornado baseball team led the way for King teams with 25 student-athletes on the list.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following a Conference Carolinas championship, King University head men’s volleyball coach Ryan Booher has announced his 2017 signing class. This class of four will help the Tornado improve on an impressive 2017 season.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – A dream came true for former King University baseball player Mitch Stophel on Wednesday afternoon when he was selected in the Major League Baseball (MLB) First Year Player Draft. Stophel was selected in the 25th round by the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Earlier this month, the King University women’s wrestling team, as well as Olympian Haley Augello were recognized by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. The Tornado were recognized as one of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame’s “Champions Within,” earning the Champions as Pioneers award while Augello was recognized as the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame's Amateur Female Athlete of the Year.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second straight year, King University men's tennis player Moritz Poswiat garnered College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American honors, earning first team recognition this year. Poswiat becomes the second Tornado to earn CoSIDA Academic All-American honors twice in his career, and the first men’s tennis player.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Derick Pope’s basketball career ended at King University in March, but his dream to play after college has come true. Earlier this spring, Pope signed a contract to play in Germany for the Bramsche TUS Red Devils.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – At the completion of the spring season, Conference Carolinas announced their spring Scholar Athletes of the Year, and two King University student-athletes were recognized. Moritz Poswiat was named the Conference Carolinas Men’s Tennis Scholar Athlete of the Year and Tanner Cook to honors for men’s outdoor track & field.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Based on his performance at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships, King University’s Vincent Okot earned second team All-American honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In the fifth annual Battle for the Blue Ridge Cup, King University trailed Lees-McRae College following the fall season, but the Tornado came back during the winter and spring seasons to win the cup for the fifth straight season.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Head Wrestling Coach Jason Moorman and his staff will be hosting a pair of camps this summer on campus. The Tornado Women’s Wrestling Camp is scheduled for June 25-29 and the Tornado Men’s Wrestling Camp is slated for July 16-20.