LAFAYETTE, Colo. – Davenport University has named Harry King II the new head coach of the school’s men’s rugby program.
The news of King’s hiring comes a month after previous lead man James Wood stepped down from the position following two seasons as the team’s head coach. Wood, who took over the head coaching duties after years as an assistant with Davenport, led the Panthers to two D1A Playoff appearances, including a trip to the 2015 D1A Semifinals.
Wood elevated the Panthers in sevens, as well. Davenport qualified for the USA Rugby College 7s National Championships in both seasons under Wood, including a run to the Cup Final in 2015. In addition to his role with the men’s team, Wood assisted Davenport’s women’s head coach, Greg Teliczan, at the team’s 2016 DII National Championship victory at the May 7 USA Rugby College 15s National Championships.
King’s playing career began at Ferris State University and eventually continued with senior clubs Cleveland Rovers and Flint Rouges. While studying at Central Michigan University, King got his start in coaching by overseeing the women’s rugby team at the university. More recently, King had been a coach educator in North Carolina.
Davenport opens its 2016-17 season Saturday, Sept. 17, at Western Michigan University.