Here is a press release that was sent out Tuesday:
Shoreline, WA (May 3, 2011) — King’s High School, part of King’s Schools and the CRISTA family of ministries, has announced the hiring of Rick Skeen as boys basketball coach. Skeen arrives at King’s after 11 seasons as the coach at Burlington-Edison High School, where he built one of the top boys basketball programs in the state’s 2A classification.
Prior to a fifth-place finish at the 2011 WIAA State Basketball Tournament, Burlington-Edison appeared in the state championship game three consecutive years (2008-2010) under Skeen’s direction. He has been named Northwest Conference Coach of the Year (2011), and Seattle Times Washington State Coach of the Year (2007).
Stated Jeff Geers, Assistant Principal for King’s High School: “It is with great excitement that we welcome Rick to the King’s Schools family. We sought out a coach with a history of success on the court, but at the same time a great role model and teacher who loves working with kids. Rick has long been respected by his peers for his integrity, professionalism, humility and insatiable work ethic.”
The King’s Knights boys basketball team has qualified for the state tournament in twelve of the past thirteen seasons. During the past 20 years the Knights have won two WIAA state championships (2001, 2002), finished second on three occasions and have placed in the top five 13 times. As an athletic department, King’s has won the WIAA’s Scholastic Cup three years running, and has won a total of 37 state championships in various boys and girls sports, as well as 19 academic championships.