Riverside has found a new face to lead its girls basketball program this winter after Danielle King was approved as the new head coach at Tuesday night’s school board meeting.
A 2009 graduate of West Liberty-Salem, King was a standout for the Tigers and went on to play basketball for Wilmington College. She was an assistant coach for WL-Salem’s girls squad last winter.
“I’m very excited about this,” said King. “It’s a little nerve-wracking too, though. It’s my first head coaching job and I have my first classroom this year, so it will all be new. I love the game of basketball and I’m excited with the group of girls I have.”
“I don’t know a lot about the girls yet. We’ve done some summer league stuff. I’d like to improve our record and go further in the tournament than they have in the past.”
King replaces Corey Britton, who left Riverside after one season to coach at Ft. Loramie. The Pirates went 7-16 last winter and finished fourth in the Northwest Central Conference. This will be the third time in three years Riverside’s girls have had a different head coach.
“With this (incoming) senior class, they’ve almost had a different head coach every year of their basketball careers,” said King. “That makes a big difference. You need to get a person who will stay in there and build a program from the sixth-grade class on up through junior high.
“At West Liberty, we played together since third grade and it made a huge difference. As a teacher, I will be in the junior high and so I can get to know those girls and build the program up that way.”
Playing for the Tigers and Quakers has helped King develop her own coaching ideas and philosophies that she hopes will help right the ship for the Pirates.
“I’m a very defensive minded person,” said King. “Hard work will definitely make a huge difference in winning games. That will be our primary focus. The offense will come along with all of that.
“I know some people at Riverside, so it’s nice to have people there who know me, support me and know what I’m capable of.”