Prosper wrestling has a new coach with a royal name. Coach Sion King comes to Prosper in his 12th year of teaching and coaching.
King grew up wrestling in Sacramento, California and by his senior year was one of the best wrestlers in the state, placing 2nd in High School Wrestling Nationals. He was also a football all-district tight end and the Northern California Champion in Olympic Weightlifting.
King went on to wrestle for Sacramento City College where he was a two-time Junior College All-American and Athlete of the Year. He transferred to Adams State University and was a Division II NCAA National Qualifier after finishing in the top 10.
After moving to West Texas A&M to be near his now wife, Tanya, he graduated and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports and Exercise Science. King got his first head coaching job at Hereford High school in Hereford, Texas. In his 4 years in Hereford, the girls were the Texas State Dual Champions, and placed as high as 3rd in UIL State.
The next three years, King coached at Randall High school, closer to his home. At Randall, King lead the boys team to a State Championship.
King then moved across town and became the head coach at Palo Duro High School. During his four years there, the boys’ team placed 4th at the State Dual Championships, and both the boys’ and girls’ teams placed in the top 5 at the UIL State Championships. King coached the school’s first ever boy state champion when 2 of the boys won State in 2016.
In his 11 years coaching wrestling in Texas, King has been named the Regional and State Coach of the Year, as well as the assistant Regional and State Coach of the Year.
“I teach and coach because I want to help kids become the best person they can possibly be,” said King. “And to help them accomplish their dreams along the way.”
King and his wife, Tanya have three children; 11-year-old son, Ryelan, 9-year-old daughter, Presley, and 8-year-old son, Braylan. They will be moving from Amarillo where King was a deacon at his church for the last 7 years.
King still occasionally competes in wrestling. In 2015, he won the USA Veterans National Championship in Folkstyle wrestling.
Renee Marler | Renee@CedarbrookMedia.com