Goal-oriented King taking over Warrior hoops

Josh King, new Central High School boys basketball coach

When Josh King graduated from Central High School, he made a list.

“When I was in fourth grade I knew I was going to Central and I wanted to be a basketball player, and I was,” King said. “When I left, I wrote down goals and one of them was to come back to Central to teach and coach basketball.”

Mission accomplished.

King, an assistant for five years under outgoing coach Ryan Hayden, was promoted to head coach for the Warriors. The school announced the promotion Wednesday.

Hayden accepted an offer to coach the Fruita Monument boys basketball team after six seasons coaching the Warriors. King, 27, will be the Warriors’ third coach since 2004, not counting Kurt Schneider’s two-month offseason stint in 2011. King is a Western State graduate and teaches math at Central.

King said he’s learned a lot under Hayden as a member of a staff that rebuilt the Central basketball program.

“Well, with Ryan, he knew when I came on that I wanted to be a head coach,” King said. “So, he was really careful to try and include me in all the administrative stuff that goes along with basketball, not just the Xs and Os part. He did a really nice job of including me in things that he was doing so that I could feel more prepared when a time like this came around.”

The Warriors have made the Class 5A playoffs the past two seasons and finished with a 16-8 record this year, just missing out on a Southwestern League championship.

Central graduates eight seniors off its roster, but King said his familiarity with the returning players is an asset. King has coached freshmen and junior varsity as well as serving as a varsity assistant. He was most recently the freshmen head coach.

“All of our coaches have been involved with the varsity kids, so that helps,” King said. “I feel like I have pretty good relationships with those guys because of that. And I’m in the building. I’m the only coach from (Central’s coaching staff) that’s in the building, so I see all these kids all the time and the relationships are there.”

Central Athletic Director Randy Powell said King was a strong coaching candidate for many of the open coaching jobs in the area and added King’s connections with students at Central made him an ideal fit.

“He was part of the turnaround,” Powell said. “He understands what it took to bring the level of basketball at Central back to what it was many, many years ago. He’s also shown that his relationships with kids are phenomenal. Kids respond to him. It doesn’t matter if it’s freshmen or varsity. He’s so kid-oriented that this is a natural fit.”

Wednesday’s NBA, NHL Playoff Roundups


Score Game Scan

Rockets 115, Thunder 111 James Harden had 35 points as Houston took a 2-0 lead despite Russell Westbrook’s 51 points

Wizards 109, Hawks 101 In a foul-filled game, Bradley Beal took over in the fourth quarter with 16 of his 31 points

Warriors 110, Blazers 81 Stephen Curry scored 19 points on an off night, but Golden State won without Kevin Durant


Ducks 3, Flames 1 Patrick Eaves, Nate Thompson and Ryan Getzlaf scored as Anaheim won the first-round series

Senators 1, Bruins 0 Bobby Ryan scored early in the third period and Craig Anderson stopped 22 shots for Ottawa

Capitals 5, Maple Leafs 4 Tom Wilson and T.J. Oshie each scored two goals as Washington evened series at 2-2

Wild 2, Blues 0 Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves, Charlie Coyle scored in first period as Minnesota stays alive


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