New Middle Creek Athletics Director Jeremy Thompson’s first hire was his replacement as baseball coach, and he looked to the mountains of North Carolina to find it.
Wesley King comes from North Buncombe High School near Asheville. North Buncombe was 22-4 last season, and King went 76-36 in his four seasons there.
Middle Creek was the N.C. High School Athletic Association 2012 4A state champion under Thompson.
“A lot of my buddies said, ‘I’d hate to be the guy coming in to interview with a state championship coach for his job,’ ” said Thompson.
Thompson was named the school’s new athletics director during the 2013 season, which would be his last as a coach.
North Buncombe plays in a 4A/3A split conference, and King’s team were the best 3A team in the league in each of the last three seasons. King was named conference coach of the year this past season, according to the Asheville Courier-Times.
King now will coach in one of the toughest conferences in the state: the Tri-9 Conference, which is changing its name to the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference next season.
“He’s a relatively young guy, about 35 years old, but even though he’s young, he has head-coaching experience and success at the highest level,” Thompson said. “Everybody we talked to said what a great person he is and how hard he works.”
The Asheville Courier-Times also reports that when King – who first coached at West Henderson – took the Black Hawks to the playoffs in 2011, it snapped a 15-year playoff drought for the school.
King also will teach physical education at Middle Creek.
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