January 30, 2011

King names Thorpe head coach for Tornado Soccer program

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College is pleased to announce Louis Thorpe as the head coach for the men's soccer program.

Thorpe is no stranger to the Tornado, having served as an assistant coach for the men's program from 1999 to 2003 and interim head coach for the women's program from 2000 to 2002.

His most recent role was as head coach for the women's team during the 2010 season, during which time he guided the team to the NCCAA Mid-East Region Championship and a trip to the NCCAA National Tournament. Overall, the Lady Tornado went 8-14 for the season, and Thorpe received NCCAA Mid-East Region Coach of the Year honors.

Thorpe graduated from King with a degree in business administration in 1992 and was later inducted into the King College Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a soccer player. He was the captain of King's 1991 Tennessee-Virginia Athletic Conference Championship team, and was selected as Team MVP for the 1990 campaign. Prior to his collegiate career, Thorpe was the captain for the Gambia junior national football team.

"I am honored to be presented with this opportunity, and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead," Thorpe said. "The program has been a part of my life for many years, and I feel privileged for the chance to give back to my alma mater in this way."

Thorpe will be serving as the Director of Soccer Operations for both the men's and women's programs as a search for a new women's soccer head coach is currently underway.