After eight beautiful years, King University’s president, Alexander Whitaker, will retire after the 2023-2024 school year. President Whitaker has served a very respectful term at King. He has shown astounding leadership while contributing to the community around him. Mr. Whitaker’s contributions will be forever etched into the history of King University. Let’s take a look back at his tenure.
This past September, King University announced a new addition to the school’s athletic department. That addition was the great sport of archery. As announced by Vice President David Hicks, Mark DeHart will be named the head coach of the team and will begin recruiting immediately. There is a lot to look forward to for the up-and-coming team.
The city of Bristol will be bringing something new to town this year for the Halloween season. The city will host an inaugural Halloween parade on Saturday, October 28th, on State Street for the faithful natives of Bristol. That said, there will be no shortage of fun activities for all to enjoy. Here are just a few things that you can look forward to ahead of Saturday’s event.
Fall is upon us at King University, with no shortage of activities to look forward to in October. Let us look at what the Tornado athletic department offers for this month. First, look at the men’s and women’s soccer teams. Both teams will have home games on the 4th, 7th, 11th, 14th, and 21st, with away games mixed in. The women’s volleyball teams will host teams this month on the 3rd, 6th, 7th, 18th, and 25th. Other teams in action during the month include men’s and women’s swim teams, golf teams, cross-country teams, and the Tornado esports team. Following this month, men’s and women’s basketball and men’s wrestling are right around the corner in November!
As students begin to return to settle into school for the semester, that can only mean two things. The first is that it is time to hit the books hard, and the second is that the Tornado is back! After a long summer, it is time to start filling up those stands and cheering for your Tornado.
As we count down the days of the Spring semester, start preparing for finals, and say goodbye to the class of 2023, there is no shortage of things to look back upon from the year’s second half. In a year that has seemingly flown by, reflecting on another wonderful year at King is important!
On February 16th, 2023, the ground was broken for a new and long-awaited outdoor track and field complex at King University. A 3.6-million-dollar project announced in 2021 will receive its final additions and welcome athletes in the fall of 2023. The facility was originally slated to be finished in the spring of this year; however, the project was delayed. Now, with no delays in sight, the students at King University have a huge present to return home to for the fall semester of next year.
Since 2017, King University’s men’s volleyball team has been a juggernaut in the Conference Carolinas. The team has had four seasons in the top three in the conference standings, and 1st place finish earning them a Conference Carolinas regular season championship. As the Conference Carolinas tournament fast approaches in the coming weeks, King sits in third place with a record of 5-3 in the Conference and 10-12 overall.
On February 15, the King University men’s and women’s swim team journeyed to Kingsport, Tennessee, hoping to win a Conference Carolinas championship. After a grueling season, the feat did not come easy. While both teams have struggled throughout the season, it is truly anyone’s ballgame when it came down to the conference tournament. Furthermore, the Tornado had come into the event as underdogs, fueling the fire to the team’s flame. That said, the results were not what either team had desired, but there was no quit this past weekend.