Rob King begins his second season as the head coach for the Young Harris College women's soccer program.
King led the Mountain Lions to a tie for sixth place in the Peach Belt Conference in 2019. Young Harris advanced to the semifinals of the PBC Tournament for the first time in program history. King had one player named to the All-Peach Belt Conference first team and to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region third team.
King comes to the Enchanted Valley after spending 14 seasons (2001-15) on the sidelines as the women's soccer coach at NCAA Division I Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia.
King compiled a 168-80-21 (.663) record as the KSU mentor, won an NCAA Division II national championship (2003) in the program's second year and made two NCAA Division I appearances. The Owls also finished first or second in the Atlantic Sun Conference five times, advancing to the conference tournament finals three times and winning outright or sharing three league titles (2006, 2007, 2009). The 2003 national championship remains the only NCAA soccer title won by a team from the state of Georgia. King, who started the women's soccer program at Kennesaw State, led the Owls to two Peach Belt Conference regular-season and tournament titles as the KSU went through PBC undefeated in league play. King was named the NSCAA (now United Soccer Coaches) Division II Women's National Coach of the Year in 2003.
Kennesaw State posted nine winning seasons under King's leadership and the program produced one NCAA Division II All-American, an NCAA Division I Independent Player of the Year, 11 all-region players, one A-Sun Conference Player of the Year, four conference defensive players of the year, an A-Sun Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year and three conference all-academic selections. Kennesaw State earned three Team Academic Awards from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
King began his American soccer career as a three-year letterwinner for the University of Alabama in Huntsville. After receiving a bachelor's degree in psychology from UAH, he joined their staff as an assistant coach, a capacity in which he served from 1990-92.
In May of 1992, Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee, offered King his first head coaching job. His inaugural men's team went 14-2-1 and won the National Junior College Athletic Association Region VII championship. The following year, King's team went 17-1-0 and won the National Small College Athletic Association (now USCAA) title.
In 1995, he took over the men's and women's soccer programs at the University of Montevallo. In the six seasons at the helm of the women's team, King led the Falcons to postseason play during four of those seasons and finished with a conference winning percentage of .500 or better during all five seasons in the Gulf South Conference. In 1998, he was named the GSC Coach of the Year after leading his squad to a 10-5-2 record and an appearance in the GSC championship match. His stint as the men's coach included a co-Coach of the Year honor and a GSC Tournament title in 1999.
During King's final season at Montevallo, in 2000, he led the Falcons to the best season in school history. He set the record for wins in a season (12) and made the GSC Tournament for the third consecutive year, a school first. King amassed a 29-17-4 record in his last three seasons with Montevallo.
King is married to Dr. Valerie E. King and they have two children - Chloe (23) and Rory (17).