Longtime local baseball coach Dave King is one of four people who will be inducted into the Ohio Northern University Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, the school annoouced recently.
King was a four-year letterman and co-captain of the ONU baseball team as well as a letterman in cross country and manager of the men’s basketball team.
He was an NAIA District 22 All-American outfielder as a freshman in 1971 before changing positions and earning first-team All-Ohio Athletic Conference and second-team Mid-East Regional accolades as a second baseman as a senior in 1974.
During his senior year, the Polar Bears won the OAC title and advanced to the NCAA World Series, finishing third among all Division 2 and Division 3 schools. He led the team in hits, with 30, as a freshman, and in walks for three straight years (1971-73) as well as sacrifice bunts as a junior in 1973.
For his achievements, King was the “ONU All-Sports Letterman of the Year” in 1974 and president of the Lettermen Club.
Additionally, King served in the Marine Corps from 1968-70, during the Vietnam War era. He graduated from ONU in 1974 with a degree in health and physical education, and he later earned a master’s degree from Xavier University.
He has since continued to make his mark in athletics. He has coached multiple sports on the junior high and high school levels and will enter his 37th year coaching high school baseball this spring.
He was a long-time head baseball coach at Sidney High School, spending 25 years ther, and also coached at Jackson Center for two seasons before returning to Sidney and becoming Lehman’s head coach for the past nine seasons.
Last season, his team won 23 games, bringing King’s career total to 565 victories. That puts him 17th on Ohio’s all-time winningest coaches list.
He is coaching high school golf at Jackson Center and junior high school basketball at Sidney, as well.
He is a 1966 graduate of Lima Senior High School, and he and his wife, Charlene, have been married for 40 years and have four children.