Jennifer King enters her ninth year as a member of The Pride women’s basketball staff in 2014-15 and leads one of the finest women’s basketball campaigns in Guilford history. She received Second Team D3hoops.com All-South Region honors and was a First Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) selection. The team captain ranked seventh in NCAA Division III and second in the ODAC with 22.0 points per game. Her 594 points stand second on the Quakers’ season scoring list.
In her free time King plays quarterback and wide receiver for the Carolina Phoenix, a women’s professional football team. She is a four-time All American with?the?IWFL team, and two time National Champion.
King also serves as a color commentator for Greensboro College’s football games on PrideTV.
Tell us about your journey in becoming a coach…what inspired you to coach?
I knew after I finished playing, I still wanted to be a part of the sport. I got a volunteer opportunity from a childhood friend at Greensboro College and was very excited to start learning and being a positive role model for the players. I was young enough that I could relate to the players and their issues, but I was old enough to have a point of view which was respected. I started building positive relationships with my players that still exist today.
Tell us about your role as Greensboro College Assistant Basketball Coach. What is involved day to day and tell us how you work alongside your coaching colleagues?
Greensboro College is a small school and I am the only paid assistant so I wear many hats within our program. My main duties include practice and game planning, scouting, recruiting, coordinating video exchange and managing out team managers, but I typically do whatever is needed to insure the program runs as smooth as possible behind the scenes.
You also play semi-professional football for the Carolina Phoenix Women’s Team; do you think it benefits you as a coach to be involved with more than one sport?
Football has always been my favorite sport, but obviously opportunities were limited growing up. I definitely get a different perspective being a player on the football team, but a coach by profession. I think overall it makes me a better coach because it allows me to see things from many angles. I have actually been a part of a few football coaching staffs and it was a great experience. I would put great consideration into an opportunity to coach football full time. That would be a dream job.
Tell us about your role as Greensboro College Colour Commentator for football and basketball; what does this involve and how difficult is it to commentate? Are there many female sports commentators in your community?
Being able to work with our sports information department to broadcast football and men?s basketball games has been a great experience for me. I enjoy being able to talk sports and provide a voice for the viewers watching the games on the internet. It is difficult, but I have continued to improve each season. As far as I know, I am the only female football broadcaster who does smaller college games. I’ve had the opportunity to meet a few of the females who work for ESPN and they have provided great advice and mentorship.
What are your ambitions for your coaching career in the future?
My ultimate goal is to become a head coach, I feel it is important to make sure it’s the right situation and to not rush into something. I enjoy my current role. I have significant input and work with a great group of young ladies and administration.