King coached the Titans for six seasons. (iwusports.com)
By WJBC staff
BLOOMINGTON - Steve King has announced he will not return as the Illinois Wesleyan softball coach for the 2014 season.
A 1984 Illinois Wesleyan graduate and former Titan baseball player who is a member of the Illinois Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame, King became IWU's head coach in May 2008 after serving that season as interim head coach.
In six seasons, King's teams had an overall record of 192-67 (.741) and were 63-21 (.750) in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. The Titans made five appearances in the NCAA Division III tournament (2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008), three regular season CCIW championships (2012, 2009, 2008) and three conference tournament titles (2012, 2010, 2009).
The IWU coaching staff shared the honor of CCIW "Coaching Staff of the Year" in 2012 and was named Division III Great Lakes Region "Coaching Staff of the Year" by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association in 2009.
King, who is employed full-time at Bloomington's State Farm Insurance as a manager in the systems department, said he is especially proud of the successes his teams have had.
“Our players have worked hard and responded to many challenges and it's been a great pleasure and honor to have seen the program achieve the success both at the conference and national levels,” said King.
“In his six seasons, Steve led Illinois Wesleyan softball to an increased level of national prominence and I completely understand and respect his decision to exit as a winner,” said IWU Athletic Director Dennie Bridges, who added that a search for a replacement for King will be underway in the near future.