Yaphett King enters his third season as an assistant coach for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.
With his assistance, LA Tech registered another winning season in 2017-18 that was highlighted by winning the 10th annual Cancun Challenge championship in Mexico as well as the inaugural New Orleans Shootout.
In 2016-17, the Bulldogs registered a 23-10 overall record which was the most wins by a Division I school in the state of Louisiana. The Bulldogs finished second in Conference USA and advanced to the semifinals of the league tournament despite being picked seventh in the preseason poll and despite being the second youngest team in the league.
Five players have ended up earning postseason awards since King arrived in Ruston. Erik McCree and Jacobi Boykins have been named All-Conference USA while three Bulldogs have been selected to the All-Freshman Team, including DaQuan Bracey who earned C-USA Freshman of the Year honors, becoming just the fourth Bulldog in program history to do so.
King came to LA Tech after serving four years as an assistant coach at Texas A&M--Corpus Christi.
While at A&M--Corpus Christi, King played a key role in turning the Islanders program around. The team posted a 12-win improvement from 2012-13 to 2013-14, the third most improved program in the nation.
The Islanders went from finishing ninth in the Southland Conference to finishing second and making a postseason appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. They followed that up with a 20-win season and another berth in the CIT.
In 2015-16, the program had one of its most successful years in school history. A&M-Corpus Christi registered 25 victories, the second most in program history, while also reaching the league championship game for the first time since 2007. The Islanders ended up making the postseason for the third straight season, a first in school history.
Part of the A&M-Corpus Christi's success stemmed from King being instrumental in landing and developing forward Rashawn Thomas who was Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year and named to the Lou Henson Mid-Major All-America team this past season after averaging 16.6 points and a league-best 8.0 boards per game. He also finished with a school record 75 blocks.
Prior to joining the Islanders, King spent four years as head coach at Redlands Community College where he led the squad to 72 wins during his tenure, highlighted by a 21-win season and a trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament in 2010-11.
On the court, King was an All-American as a freshman at Redlands in 2001-02 while leading the team to the NJCAA Division II national title.
He went on to play at Cal State Fullerton where he helped the Titans to postseason play for the first time in 15 years, advancing to the Round of 16 in the National Invitation Tournament.
After playing professionally in Austria for two years, King returned to Redlands as an assistant coach in 2007. Redlands finished the season as regional runner-ups with a 31-2 overall record. Seven players went on to attend Division I programs.
The following year he joined Cowley College as an assistant coach, assisting the team to a 31-2 overall mark in route to an appearance in the regional championship game.
King is a native of St. Petersburg, Florida. He and his wife, Charlena, have two kids, Caydance and Yarrah.
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