BRISTOL, Tenn. – King College has announced that Louis Thorpe has resigned his position as head men's soccer coach after two seasons at the helm. Prior to his tenure as head men's soccer coach, Thorpe served one season as the head women's coach and had been a part of the Tornado Soccer programs as a student-athlete and assistant coach for a majority of the past 20 seasons.
"On behalf of King, I am very appreciative of Coach Thorpe's contributions to our men's and women's soccer programs. He is a member of our Athletic Hall of Fame, and his programs and student-athletes always reflected his high ideals and personal integrity."
Thorpe played for the Tornado from 1988-91, earning team MVP honors in 1990 and captaining the 1991 team that won a Tennessee-Virginia Athletic Conference (TVAC) championship.
He returned to King as an assistant coach for the men's soccer program from 1999-2003 and served as the interim head coach for the Lady Tornado soccer team from 2000-2002. With the women's team, Thorpe led the Lady Tornado to a 41-18-2 overall record, including an 18-win season in 2001.
After a four-year hiatus, Thorpe returned to his alma mater as an assistant with the men's program in 2008 and assumed the role of head coach of the Lady Tornado for a second time in his coaching career in 2010. In his first season back as the head coach of King Women's Soccer, Thorpe led the team to a NCCAA Mid-East Regional Championship, earning them a trip to the NCCAA National Tournament. In 2011, he was named head coach of the men's program and led the squad to a postseason berth in its first year as a member of Conference Carolinas and NCAA Division II.
King will begin a national search for a new head men's soccer coach immediately.