Keswick Christian Women’s Coach King Nets 500 wins
Keswick Christian girls basketball coach Karrmayne King earned her 500th win at the school Thursday night with a 52-24 victory over Sarasota Out-of-Door Academy.
King, who has been the coach since the 1989-90 season, has a career record of 500-235.
As soon as the final buzzer sounded, fans held up signs that read “500” and King was given three balloons that spelled out 500. She was also given a mounted basketball that commemorated the achievement.
“It’s not about the wins, it’s all the girls these wins represent,” King said. “Any time I see these milestones it reminds me of the girls who came through here in the past 27 years.”
King, 53, began her career as a coach and teacher at Keswick Christian 31 years ago. She was the volleyball and softball coach, and also assisted the boys basketball team. She then became the girls junior high school and junior varsity coach for three years before taking over the varsity program.
“They didn’t trust me with the varsity before that,” said King, who played two years of college basketball at Liberty.
King, who is also the school’s volleyball coach and athletic director, has a record of 445-306 as the volleyball coach. She has won a combined 945 games as basketball and volleyball coach.
While King said she doesn’t remember much from her first year as varsity coach, she does have some highlights. Her top one was the 1994-95 season when Keswick played at Bradenton Christian in a region final. The Crusaders came back from an eight-point deficit with a minute left to win and advance to state.
“I can still see Kelly Crisp going down the lane and making a layup at the buzzer,” King said. “That started our run of going to the state tournament in five of six years.”
King said she has no plans of slowing down. Her current team started the season losing its first four games, but Thursday’s win was the Crusaders’ fourth straight. It also helps that her daughter, freshman Jenica, is on the team.
So, does she have 500 more in her?
“We’ll see,” King said. “Until the Lord takes that passion away from me, I’m going to still do it. I love it. It’s the most enjoyable part of my day. I enjoy teaching these girls life through basketball. There’s no place I’d rather be right now.”