BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Head Baseball Coach Blaine Brown announced the hire of Ross Spurgeon. Spurgeon will be the pitching coach for the Tornado after spending two years at The University of the Cumberlands.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University men’s volleyball player, Jeff Sprayberry became the fourth Tornado to sign a professional contract this month when he signed to play with Karelian Hurmos in Finland. Sprayberry is King’s all-time leader in kills and will join the team in Joensuu, Finland in August.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In May, King University Head Women’s Basketball Coach Josh Thompson and Tornado student-athlete Kori West traveled to Poland with Athletes in Action. The duo spent 10 days overseas following a training camp in Ohio. While in Poland, the duo helped run camps and spread the word of Jesus Christ in various ways, including testimonials.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's volleyball team was recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for the first time when the organization announced their annual Team Academic Award recipients. The AVCA Team Academic Award honors collegiate and high school teams that maintain at least a 3.30 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Director of Athletics David Hicks announced the hire of Jake Cockerham to lead the Tornado softball program. Cockerham was an assistant under Jenn Testa for the last four years.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Head Women’s Basketball Coach Josh Thompson announced the resignation of assistant coach Shelly Strang this week. Strang spent the last seven season as Thompson’s assistant for the Tornado women’s basketball program.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Earlier this summer, King University Men’s Volleyball Head Coach Ryan Booher traveled to the Netherlands with U.S.A Athletes International (USAAI). This marked the second straight year, Booher was a coach for the men’s volleyball team that traveled overseas.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Director of Athletics, David Hicks, announced the hire of Tim Dunford to lead the Tornado tennis programs. Dunford has been a head coach for eight years and has had success rebuilding programs.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University has been awarded an NCAA CHOICES Grant, beginning in the 2018-19 academic year. The NCAA CHOICES Alcohol Education Grant Program provides funding for NCAA member institutions to integrate athletics departments into campus-wide efforts to reduce alcohol abuse. The athletics department worked with the office of student affairs to submit a proposal for the program to the NCAA, and the two departments will work together to implement the program on campus.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Director of Athletics David Hicks announced the resignation of Jenn Testa on Monday. Testa was a student-athlete at King and has led the Tornado softball program for the last 10 seasons. Her last day on campus will be July 31.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women's golf team had a record four student-athletes earn Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholar honors. Of the 1,011 student-athletes, four were Tornado Nicola Robertson, Autumn Bergendahl, Morgan Powers, and Shelby Zeiter all earned honors.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Former King University baseball player Octavio Mirabal was selected as a Coastal Plain League (CPL) All-Star when the league announced their teams last week. Mirabal is one of nine pitchers selected to the Coastal Plain League American All-Star roster.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Former King University baseball player Mitch Stophel was called up this week to the Chicago Cubs’ Class A affiliate in South Bend. Stophel is the first player in program history to be called to the Class A level or higher.
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – On a night where the King University women’s wrestling program knew that would have two former grapplers earn a spot on the U.S. World Team at the last Final X competition taking place at Lehigh University, Sarah Hildebrandt and Forrest Molinari claimed the final two spots with wins over their former Tornado teammates. Hildebrandt swept her series over Haley Augello at 53 kilograms and Molinari swept Julia Salata at 65 kilograms.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The last site of U.S.A. Wrestling's Final X will have many King University ties as four of the 10 competitors are former Tornado. However, the four King women's wrestlers will all square off against each other on Saturday night in Bethlehem, Pa. Forrest Molinari will take on Julia Salata at 65 kilograms and Sarah Hildebrandt takes on Haley Augello at 53 kilograms for a spot on the U.S. World Team.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University athletic department had a successful 2017-18 season, sending three teams and two other individuals to NCAA Championships. The Tornado finished 128th in the NCAA Division II Learfield Directors’ Cup standings and were the third highest ranked Conference Carolinas program.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Head Wrestling Coach Jason Moorman announced the hire of Bryce Killian as assistant coach. Killian was a standout wrestler for the Tornado, earning All-America honors each of the last two years.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Conference Carolinas announced their Presidential Honor Roll for the spring semester and King University was one of six schools to have at least 200 student-athletes named to the list with 211. The Tornado baseball team led the way for King teams with 22 student-athletes on the list.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Head Baseball Coach Blaine Brown announced the resignation of associate head coach Luke Howard on Thursday. Howard has accepted the head coach position at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Hannah Riddle of the King University softball team can add another award to her collection following her outstanding senior season. On Thursday, Riddle was selected first team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).
BRISTOL, Tenn. – At the conclusion of the spring season, Conference Carolinas announced their Messick Sportsmanship Awards, and two King University teams were recognized. The King women’s tennis team and the Tornado softball team both earned Messick Sportsmanship Awards.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University trailed Lees-McRae College following the fall in the sixth annual battle for the Blue Ridge Cup. The Tornado came back with a solid winter and even better spring, taking the competition for the sixth straight year, 14-9.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Two King University track and field athletes earned All-Southeast honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Adriel McPhee earned the honor on the men’s side and Kirstin Barton garnered recognition on the women’s side.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second time in program history, the King University softball team has had two players selected All-Southeast Region by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA). Hannah Riddle becomes the first Tornado to earn first team honors and Jenna Burnett garnered second team recognition.
DAHLONEGA, Ga. – In a rematch from the opening game of the NCAA Southeast Regional, the King University softball team took on top seed and top-ranked University of North Georgia. The Nighthawks jumped on the eighth seeded Tornado early and used a solid pitching performance, taking the 9-1 win and ending King’s season.
DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Coming off of an extra innings win, the eighth seeded King University softball team kept rolling on Friday at the NCAA Southeast Regional. The Tornado jumped ahead of four seed Coker College early and had a great performance in the circle from Emma Hughes and Rachel Farmer to take the 2-0 win and advance to the regional final.
DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The last three outs are always the toughest to get. The King University softball team learned that on Friday afternoon, but the eight-seeded Tornado persevered to earn their first NCAA Tournament victory in program history. The Tornado defeated fifth seed Queens University 4-2 in 10 innings, setting the school record for wins in the process.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the first time, Conference Carolinas announced an All-Support team, recognizing one student from each institution who supports their team or department through service. Regan Dempsey was the selection from King University with her service as a student athletic trainer.