HILLSBOROUGH, NC 24 JULY 2018- Cedar Ridge High School will have a new football coach coming into the 2018-19 school year. Mr. Antonio King has been named the Coach of the Cedar Ridge High School Football team. Currently, Coach King is the Head Football Coach and Athletic Director at Hargrave Military Academy (VA). Before coming to Hargrave, Coach King was the running backs coach at East Carolina University, after having garnered an outstanding career as Head Football Coach at Hillside High School (Durham). At Hillside, Coach King earned a 72-20 overall record and won a state championship during a perfect 16-0 season.
Coach King understands the work and diligence that it takes to build a winning football program. “We have to make sure that the students and parents are stakeholders in the program,” offered Coach King. “We will have open lines of communication, and I want our community to be knowledgeable about our program and the sport because I want the community to buy-in to the program just as the athletes do,” said Coach King.
In addition to having a state championship on his coaching resume and six PAC-6 Conference titles, Coach King was named Conference Coach of the year six times, and he has coached numerous high-profile Division I college football players. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolina Central University.
Coach King has high standards and high hopes for the Cedar Ridge football program. “I fully expect that we will be in the playoffs very soon,” said Coach King. “The most uplifting thing is to see the fruit of our labor,” added Coach King.