Hargrave Hires Antonio King as Head Varsity Football Coach and Athletic Director
Press Release for May 1, 2017
Chatham, VA - May 1, 2017
Hargrave Military Academy has officially announced the hiring of Antonio King as their Head Varsity Football Coach. King brings with him to Hargrave an extensive and successful background at both the highest level of High School Football and the highest level of College Football as well.
King comes to Hargrave after serving the 2016 season as a Running Back coach at NCAA Division 1 member East Carolina, who competes in the prestigious American Athletic Conference. King held a bevy of responsibilities for the Pirates, from day-to-day practice, to off-season workouts and recruiting.
Prior to his time at East Carolina, King had a prolific run as the Head Coach at Hillside High School in Durham, North Carolina. Under his watch, Hillside rattled off a 40-1 record in conference, a 71-19 record overall, and captured the NCHSAA 4A State Championship with an unblemished 16-0 record in 2010.
While King's record is gaudy, his ability for developing talent is equally as impressive. Under King's tutelage, over 100 players players earned All-Conference honors, over 60 continued their careers at the NCAA Division 1 level, a handful of 247 Sports Top 100 players and two players, Trevion Thompson (Clemson) and Josh McNeil (Akron), who both garnered All-American honors during their time at Hillside. In his final season at Hillside, his team featured the conference's offensive lineman, running back, defensive back, and defensive lineman of the year.
King's reputation as a coach and player developer has been recognized across the country. During his time at Hillside, King was named the PAC-6 Coach of the Year 6 times (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) in addition to being named the Herald-Sun Coach of the Year twice (2010, 2011). King was also honored with invitations to coach at the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas (2015) and the Semper Fidelis All-American (2014) Game.
King began his coaching career at Hillside as an assistant in 2005 and made his impact felt immediately. His first season at Hillside marked their first winning season in the previous 6 years, and began a string of three straight years with State Playoff qualification. Working extensively with Quarterbacks, King was able to develop three all-conference quarterbacks in his time as an assistant. King also played a large role in developing Greg Little, an NFL Veteran who came out of Hillside as a Top 100 ranked player.
King was a stand-out on the field before shifting his focus to the sidelines, starting at Hillside before continuing his career at Howard University, where he played quarterback from 1993 to 1995. King finished his degree at North Carolina Central, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 2005.
King will also assume duties as the Athletic Director at Hargrave for the upcoming year.