made a decision that was very difficult to make.
King announced to his players last week that he will be leaving at the end of the school year. King said his decision to resign was based on family as his wife Denise accepted a job in Louisiana.
“She tried for six months to find a job in the Delta area, but she just couldn’t find anything,” King said. “We tried to stay, but she ended up getting a phone call on Good Friday. This place wanted to talk to her in the Baton Rouge area. The door just opened and she ended up taking the job.”
In King’s two seasons at Bayou, the Colts went 13-9 with back-to-back playoff appearances. He was also an assistant coach on the junior high football team and the baseball team.
King said Bayou has been a special place for him.
“There are a lot of great young men at Bayou and that’s why to was hard for me to leave,” King said. “They’ve got a lot of potential in front of them, not just in athletics but as productive citizens. That’s as important as winning games.”
Bayou Academy wasn’t the only place in Cleveland and Bolivar County that he has coached. He also served as assistant baseball and football coach at Cleveland High School and Margaret Green for four years.
“It’s a great area,” King said about the community. “It’s a great area to bring up a family. Cleveland is a great town and people are genuine. That’s all you can ask for. I think it’s been good to me, and I wouldn’t have any trouble ever coming back.”
Bayou Academy headmaster and athletic director Robert Foust said King will be missed.
“Coach has been a very valuable asset for us,” Foust said. “We hate to see him go. He certainly wants to stay, but it’s one of those things were you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do for your family. He’s been very loyal and done a really good job with the kids.”
The search for a new football coach is on at Bayou. A decision on who will fill the position will be made within the next few weeks.