Barry King will enter his 17th season at the helm of the Indiana women's water polo program in 2014.
King has brought the Hoosiers from a club squad to a national power in his tenure at the helm of the Hoosiers. In the first 15 years of the program, King has helped IU to five appearances in the national championships, including a Final Four appearance in 2003 and appearances at nationals in each of the Hoosiers' first three seasons as a varsity squad. Heading into the 2014 campaign, King has an impressive career record of 357-197-2 (.643).
In 2013 Coach King's won his first ever Coach of the Year award from the CWPA since Indiana joined the conference in 2001. Jakie Kohli, Shae Fournier, and Jesica Gaudreault were all named First-Team all CWPA during the season, marking the first time the Hoosiers have had three First Team All-Conference players in the same year since 2005. 2013 was also the season King led Indiana to their first ever Western Conference Championship in program history.
In 2012, the Hoosiers marched to a 28-9 record, setting a program record for wins in a season and finished the year ranked No. 14 in the country. Shae Fournier earned First Team All-CWPA and All-American honors thanks in large part to her 95 goals scored, which set a new single-season record at Indiana. Fournier was able to help fill the void left when All-American Jakie Köhli was forced to miss the entire year with an injury. Joining Fournier on the First Team All-CWPA and All-American list was goalkeeper Cassie Wyckoff, who finished her career with 1,108 saves to set a new IU career record.
The 2011 season was a milestone year for King, as he eclipsed the 300 career win plateau and helped lead the Hoosiers to their second NCAA Championship appearance. Indiana finished sixth in the event, while registering the program's first win at an NCAA Championship with an 11-8 victory over UC San Diego. The squad earned the trip after a thrilling 5-3 victory over rival Michigan in the CWPA Eastern Championship. The Hoosiers finished the season with a No. 9 national ranking and a 26-13 overall mark, tying the program record. Jakie Köhli and Cassie Wyckoff each earned Honorable Mention All-American accolades following the season.
In 2002, 2004 and 2005, King and his Hoosiers were just shy of advancing to the NCAA Championship. In the middle of those two narrow misses, the Hoosiers advanced to their first NCAA-sponsored Final Four in 2003. The NCAA started sponsoring a national championship in water polo in 2001.
During the 2010 campaign, King led the Hoosiers to a No. 12 national ranking at season's end, after the squad advanced to the final game of the CWPA Eastern Championship in College Park, Md. Following the tournament, King was named the "Doc Hunkler" Coach of the Tournament. Köhli also became the sixth Hoosier to earn All-American status under King, as she was named to the Honorable Mention by the ACWPC.
In 2009, the Hoosiers had four CWPA All-Division players, as well as 10 CWPA All-Academic selections. In addition, King coached Köhli to the CWPA Western Division Rookie of the Year Award.
In 2006, the Hoosiers posted their fifth straight 20-win season, going 24-11 and finishing fifth at the CWPA Eastern Championships. Indiana wrapped up the season with a 10-8 victory over Brown, giving King his 200th career victory.
The 2006 season also saw Indiana land four players on the CWPA's All-Western Division team, including first teamers Janis Pardy and Brooke Zimmerman and second teamers Melissa Soria and Jackie Pyrz. Indiana went 21-4 over its final 25 contests, and was ranked in the top 20 for much of the season.
Additionally, the Hoosiers continued their success in the classroom in 2006, as five student-athletes were named to the AWCPA All-Academic Team and eight were named Academic All-Big Ten. Junior Kristen Zernicke posted her third straight year as an "Outstanding" selection to the AWCPA team, the highest level of academic honor a player can receive from the association.
In 2005, Indiana posted its fourth straight 20-win season. The Hoosiers went 7-0 in conference play for the first time since 2001. IU spent 14 of 15 weeks ranked among the top 10 programs in the country and finished the year ranked 10th in the country. Additionally, the Hoosiers knocked off five opponents ranked among the national top 10.
King led the Hoosiers to their first NCAA Final Four appearance in 2003 by winning the Collegiate Water Polo Association Eastern Championship. The Hoosiers turned some heads at the Final Four, becoming the first Eastern squad to lead a match by taking an early, 1-0 lead over Loyola Marymount. Krista Peterson became the first Eastern player to be named first-team All-Championships, after netting three of the Hoosiers' four goals at the Final Four.
In 1998, IU's first season as a varsity program, the Hoosiers earned a program-record 26 wins, a Midwest Regional Championship and a trip to the National Championship. King also had five All-Big Ten selections, an honorable mention All-American and three All-Midwest Regional selections play for his squad, and also coached the Midwest Regional MVP. The team finished second at the Big Ten Tournament to arch-rival Michigan and 12th at the National Championship.
The 1999 season saw continued success as the team once again earned a berth to the National Championship. King led the team to another 20-win season and a second-place finish at the Big Ten Tournament. The postseason saw King coach the Big Ten MVP and the Midwest Regional MVP in two-time All-American Deb Simone. King also had five All-Midwest Regional selections and six All-Big Ten team selections play for his squad. Success was not confined to the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center, as 11 Hoosiers were selected to the Academic All-Big Ten team for the 1999 season.
In King's third year, the Hoosiers finished 20-11, but they had their most successful postseason in the team's short history. King led the squad to an unprecedented tournament run after it swept its way to the Big Ten crown, as well as an undefeated run to the Midwest Regional crown. The Hoosiers finished 14th at the National Championship, which King and the Hoosiers hosted at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center and the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.
In addition to the Big Ten and Midwest Regional titles, King coached the Big Ten and Midwest Regional MVP, a Big Ten All-Tournament Team selection, three All-Midwest Regional selections and two All-Big Ten picks. The story of success continued in the classroom, as eight more players were selected to the Academic All-Big Ten team.
In 2001, King guided the Hoosiers into a new conference, the Collegiate Water Polo Association, and had the same success as in his first three years. He coached the squad to an 18-12-1 record and a 6-2 record in the CWPA. He led IU to a third-place finish at the CWPA Southern Division Championship and a sixth-place finish at the Eastern Championship. King coached an American Water Polo Coaches Association honorable mention All-American and a first-team All-Eastern Championship Tournament selection in Kristin Stanford. Indiana had seven Academic All-Big Ten selections as well as seven American Water Polo Coaches Association All-Academic Team selections.
In 2002, King took the Hoosiers to the Eastern Championships, where they placed third and finished with a 21-14 record.
In perhaps the most intense game of his coaching career, King's Hoosiers lost a five-overtime battle with rival Michigan that would have advanced IU to the Eastern Championship finals. Indiana went on to defeat Princeton, 11-10, in the consolation match of the championships. The win gave IU a third-place finish, the best in school history at the time.
With club-status wins not being counted toward team records in 2002, King officially passed the 100 career win mark during that campaign, posting his fourth 20-win season in five years.
King has now guided his Hoosiers to 12 All-America honors, 38 CWPA All-Division selections, 69 ACWPC All-Academic Team honors, 73 Academic All-CWPA and 104 Academic All-Big Ten honors in his 14 years.
The Madera, Calif., native earned his Bachelor of Arts in athletic counseling (1988) and Master of Arts in exercise physiology (1996) from Fresno State.
Before coming to Indiana to work on a doctorate in exercise physiology, King coached men's and women's water polo at Madera High School (1987-88), freshman boys basketball at Clovis High School (1986-88) and varsity swimming at San Joaquin Memorial High School.
He also coached Indiana's club water polo team for three years before it earned varsity status.
Barry, his wife, Mindy, and their two sons, Creighton and Aidan, reside in Bloomington.
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