Courtesy of OHSBCA
(4-24-19) Today Lehman Catholic announced the retirement of Hall of Fame Baseball Coach Dave King –
OHSAA All-Time Coaching Records thru 2018
846 – Don Thorp, Hebron Lakewood, 846-219 (1973-2010)
768 – Ken Gray, Mason, 768-292 (1973-2013)
767 – Mike Cameron, Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller, 767-304 (1969-2007)
760 – Timothy Engleka, Centerville,760-307-5 (1964-2002) (Retired)
759 – Rich Arbinger, Toledo Start (1976-2009)
750 – Lou Brunswick, Coldwater, 750-166 (1969-1993)
729 – Dennis T. Woods, Mentor Lake Catholic, Cleveland Heights, Glenville, 729-380 (1966-1974,1986-2018)
726 – Doug Miller, Canton Central Catholic/ East Canton, 726-303 (1982-2018)
714 – Chuck Harlow, New Lebanon Dixie, (1981-1983)/Clayton Northmont, (1984-2017) (Retired)
710 – Tom Held, Defiance, Bryan, Elmwood, 710-159 (1988-2018)
687 – John Nelson, Lancaster Fairfield Union, 687-212 (1965-1999)
675 – Bruce Cahill, Tipp City Tippecanoe, 675-282 (1981-2018)
673 – August Bossu, Cleveland Benedictine, 673-288 (1954-1994)
655 – Dan Bowling, Hamilton, 655-207 (1983-2010) – 16 players drafted
629 – Dave Hall, Perrysburg (through 2018)
603 – Dave King, Lehman Catholic (through 2018)
According to the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association HOF web site –
Coach King is a 1966 graduate of Lima Senior High School. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio Northern University (1974), and his Master’s Degree from Xavier University (1977). In 1974, King accepted a teaching position with Sidney City Schools, a position he held for 35 years. He taught K-12 Physical Education until his retirement in 2009.
King’s first baseball coaching position came in 1977 at Sidney High School. He coached the Yellow Jackets for 25 years. Taking a four year break to watch his four children play in their respective college sports, King returned to coaching baseball again at Jackson Center High School in 2006. He remained there until 2008, when he took over the baseball program at Lehman Catholic.
King, a military Veteran, served in the United States Marine Corps. He is in the Athletic Hall of Fame at Ohio Northern University, along with Hall of Fame Honors in the Miami Valley Baseball Coaches Association.
The spring of 2019 marks Coach King’s 39th season coaching varsity baseball.
He has amassed a record of 603-389-3. His teams have won 7 conference titles, 10 sectional titles, 8 district titles, and 8 regional appearances. King has also been names Coach of the Year 10 times and his teams have had 5 “top ten” poll finishes. King has coached numerous players that have gone on to play at the collegiate and professional levels, including a number one draft choice (Tom Goffena) of the Toronto Blue Jays.
A long-time member of the OHSBCA, King has served many years as a State Poll Voter. He had the honor of being selected to coach in the Mizuno All -Ohio Series. In addition to coaching baseball, King also coaches high school golf and middle school girl’s basketball. Dave King has been a 3-Sport coach for 35 years.
Dave has been married for 42 years to his supportive wife, Charlene. They have four grown children, Wendy, Bryan, Jeffrey and Michael. They are also the happy grandparents of five, KJ, Keaton, Khye, Kaylene, and Griffin.