Ryan King resigns as Clackamas boys' basketball head coach
Ryan King ended a five-year run as boys' basketball coach at Clackamas High School, stepping down fore personal reasons related to his family.
King told school officials of his decision Tuesday, saying he wants to spend more time with his two sons -- 13-year-old Tyler and 10-year-old Carson.
"I've been thinking about it for awhile, going back and forth," King said. "I've got two boys, one going into seventh grade and one going into fifth grade, and I just want to make sure I spend some quality time with them. That's the No. 1 priority for me.
"There really is no off-season in basketball. I knew I couldn't give 100 percent to the program like I expect myself to, and I didn't want to do a half-hearted job. That's not right. The time was right to make a move."
In five seasons at Clackamas, King went 98-37 and made three appearances in the OSAA Class 6A playoffs. His teams also won back-to-back Mt. Hood Conference championships in 2016 and 2017.
Last season, the Cavaliers finished 24-5 after losing to Jefferson in the 6A championship final.
"I was lucky to have great kids," King said. "They were fun kids to be around and it was a phenomenal time. That's the hardest part about it, is there are still a lot of kids there that I care about."
The Cavaliers graduated seven seniors, but have a solid nucleus of veterans that is eligible to return, including post Dane Agost, forward Cole Turner, and guards Bubba Jaha, Ryan McDonald, and Mitchell Modjeski.
"I think the program is in OK shape," King said. "We lost some key parts and some phenomenal kids last year, but we had some juniors who gave us great minutes last year that had a good experience. They're coming back and I think they're hungry. The kids understand what it takes to be successful and expect to go a long ways."
King, a math teacher at Molalla High School, said he wouldn't rule out a possible return to high school coaching down the road.
"There may come a time when I want to step back into it," he said. "We'll cross that bridge when we get there."