Guido: Former Freeport star directs Md. prep power
TribLIVE Sports Videos
A former standout local athlete is athletic director at one of the nation's most prestigious high schools.
Ed King, a 1974 Freeport High School graduate, has been the athletic director at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md., for about eight years.
Known mostly for its basketball program, DeMatha has 13 other sports under King's watch.
“We have 900 students in the school — all boys,” King said. “Our students are very active. A good percentage of them are in the band. When we go on the road, we have as many as 18 band buses for a trip.”
Hyattsville is located about a mile south of the University of Maryland.
Morgan Wootten was DeMatha's nationally-renowned basketball coach from 1956-2002. Wootten posted a record of 1,274-192, an .869 winning percentage.
“Now some of our younger students don't know anything about Mr. Wootten,” King said with a laugh.
Pitt freshman point guard James Robinson is a DeMatha grad.
Other distinguished alumni include Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey, CBS NFL studio host James Brown and 1970s basketball great Adrian Dantley.
DeMatha's football program sends a number of players to Division I schools, including 13 who will sign letters of intent Feb. 6. The lobby at DeMatha can sometimes look like a Who's Who of coaching.
“We have a new facility where coaches sign in and wait in the lobby until we get players and coaches to meet them,” King said. “One year, we had 22 Division I scholarship players.”
King was a fullback/nose guard on two outstanding Freeport teams.
The 1972 and '73 Yellowjackets teams combined for a 17-3 record, including an appearance in the 1972 WPIAL title game against Beaver Area.
King led a defense that shutout six opponents in each of those two seasons.
After playing for the University of South Carolina, King spent several years in small-town Carolina before coming to DeMatha.
King tries to get back to the Alle-Kiski Valley a “couple of times each year,” including the reunion/picnic held for legendary Freeport coach Don Earley last July.
George Guido is a Valley News Dispatch scholastic sports correspondent. His column appears Wednesdays.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Duquesne Light workers find decomposing body
- Woman dead in three-car crash in Natrona Heights
- Penguins send down pair, Bortuzzo practices
- Opposing defenses find success against Steelers by eschewing blitz
- Steelers looking for Spence to step up game at inside linebacker
- State overseers reject Mayor Bill Peduto’s 2015 city budget
- 550 W.Va. coal miners failed drug tests in two years
- Penguins forward Downie becoming a hit with teammates
- City suspending trash collection Tuesday to honor slain worker
- Snapshot in time: Comparing Cowher, Tomlin drafts
- County investigators determine fatal McKeesport fire started in living room