What inspired you to become a coach?
…It’s award ceremony night for Youth Hoops of Indianapolis the spring of 2003. And, our team is ready to receive their Runner Up trophies after winning only one game all season. You see we only had one day of practice and two games a week due to logistics. The girls were between the ages of six and nine years old; for most of them it was their first time playing a team sport. After witnessing each girl crying tears of defeat following our third loss in a row. I made them a challenging promise that if we keep working on the things that our coaches are preaching and teaching. We were going to get trophies once the season was over. The league coordinator had set up a system that placed all four teams in the playoffs and seeded them accordingly by record. Knowing that playoff format we needed to get each girl locked in on us only winning two games to be champions. Because the league would provide a trophy for the Champions and Runners Up there would not be any participation award. So while we may have missed out on reaching our championship team goal; the priceless joy upon the faces of each little girl resonates with me forever.
Royce grew up in Wilmington, DE and played high school varsity basketball at Hodgson Vo-Tech and Glasgow High before serving in the Armed Forces. During that time period, King, continued to play and gain overseas competitive experience while stationed in Saudi Arabia, Germany and Korea.
By 2003, Coach King was now residing in Indianapolis, Indiana, when he agreed to coach girls basketball ages six through nine. He would go on to lead that team to a Runner-Up finish and be named Coach of the Year; in the now defunct Youth Hoops of Indianapolis League. In 2004, King would once again be named Coach of the Year and the team finished as league runners-up; only this time with girls ages 10 through 13 years old.
In 2013, Royce accepted the call to officiating high school boys and girls varsity basketball while also pursuing the NCAA level. The 2017-2018 basketball season saw the referee, Royce King, reach his peak as he was named Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA), Boys Basketball Tournament Official, Class #4A Sectional – Lafayette Jefferson; as he worked NCAA Womens Basketball Division III in four different conferences (HCAC, NACC, CCIW and the Midwest). It was a career year!
It was 2019, King decided to take all of his experience in basketball and apply it to player development. So in true “student of the game” fashion, he completed IMPACT BASKETBALL Total Player Development Series by Joe Abunassar; while working at M14Hoops Indianapolis as a Junior Trainer, Senior Trainer and Court Leader.
A word from King: The plan is to teach the game of basketball and by doing so prove repeatedly that coaching works on & off the court.
“ Royce is an experienced and well rounded individual who’s relatable and a positive role model who didn’t grow up with it all, like a lot of the students. ”
Coach Royce is – “a person thinking about and planning the future with imagination & wisdom; who advises or shows the way to others expressly (something) in words.”
“Royce’s functional qualities… Strategic Maximizer who is a Deliberative Arranger with Intellection.“
- Tested and documented by The Gallup Organization, Strengths Finder in 2006, while employed by The Ministry of Caring, House of Joseph III, in Wilmington, Delaware.