During the week of practices before spring break, Tom King, who coaches both the university’s cross country and track teams, announced to his teams he would retire at the conclusion of the 2016 season.

King came to the university in 1970, his first of 47 years with the Foresters. An even more staggering number than his years logged is King’s 33 Conference Coach of the Year honors during his tenure. He also received District 21 Coach of the year seven times and NCCAA Coach of the Year twice.

King’s teams have had both athletic and academic success under his leadership. On the cross country course, he guided the Foresters to nine conference championships and nine NAIA National Tournament appearances. The track and field teams have amassed 15 conference championships. Altogether, runners, jumpers, and throwersW in both sports have garnered 56 All-American honors.

He was inducted into the Huntington University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. He also served the department as athletic director for eight years.

“We are extremely grateful for Coach King’s many years of loyal service to Huntington University,” HU athletic director Lori Culler said. “Throughout his four-and-a-half decades of leading our student athletes, he not only has paved the way for hundreds of young men and women to reach their athletic goals, but he’s also given them the opportunity to pursue their academic ambitions and the guidance to grow in their faith.”