Adding to the compliment of coaches that has helped KingBaseball enjoy top-notch offenses that have led to 30-win seasons,championship contention, and postseason appearance over the lastthree seasons is George Laoo. Laoo enters his fifth season as anassistant coach with the Tornado.
The 2013 version of the Tornaod again saw 30 wins and aConference Carolinas Tournament berth. King was one win away froman NCAA Tournament berth before dropping consecutive games to CokerCollege. King had five players named second team All-ConferenceCarolinas.
The Tornado posted a 30-win showing in 2012 during their firstyear of play in Conference Carolinas and as a full member of NCAADivision II. The Tornado won five of their last six games againstthe top two teams in their division to propel them into theConference Carolinas Tournament where they won their firsttournament game against Pfeiffer University.
Three players were named to the All-Conference Team in 2012supporting an offense that finished in the top-3 in the conferencein runs scored, triples, home runs, runs batted in, stolen bases,batting average, and slugging percentage. Cory Rhodes led thepitching staff in his All-Conference bid with a 9-2 overall recordand finished second in the league with 74 strikeouts in 84.1innings pitched. That year, the Tornado also earned the MessickSportsmanship Award, which would be just one a many accolades partof Laoo’s trophy case.
In his first two seasons with the Tornado, Laoo helped constructa lineup that stormed into consecutive NCCAA World Series from2010-11. In 2011, King was one win away from competing the NCCAANational Championship after going deep into the postseason.
In addition to his duties with the Tornado of King College, Laooalso is an assistant coach for the Tennessee Tornado summercollegiate squad, a southern baseball league located in theCarolinas. The team, based out of Johnson City, Tenn., won the SCBLChampionship in 2009 and during Laoo’s time with the team hassent three players on to play professional baseball.
Laoo is a full-time teach at Haynesfield Elementary (Bristol,Tenn.) and was recognized as the one of the district’s topteachers in 2012. The sixth grade math teacher was named 2012Teacher of the Year at Haynesfield Elementary. Shortly after, hewas donned the honor of being the 2012 Teacher of the Year forsystem elementary teachers and to top it off, was named 2012 RotaryTeacher of the Year.
The Abingdon, Va. native is a 2000 graduate from Emory &Henry College with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. Heearned his master’s degree from East Tennessee StateUniversity in teaching in 2008. He played collegiately for VirginiaIntermont College from 1995-1997 before transferring to Emory &Henry where he completed his career.
Laoo and his wife Jane live in Bristol (Tenn.) with their twoboys, Zion and Killian.