The Tri-Cities Fever would like to welcome Shon King to the coaching staff as the Defensive Backs Coach.
Coach King was the Head Coach/Dir. Player Personnel/Offensive Coordinator for the Abilene Ruff Riders of the SIFL in 2011. During Kings time at the helm, the Ruff Riders broke the team scoring record twice,once in the first game with 83pts and later in the season with 88pts.. "My time in Abilene was a great learning experience."
From 2007-2009 Coach King coached for the Quad City Steamwheelers. In 2007, Coach King's first year coaching receivers, he played an important role in leading the third group of wide receivers in arena football 2 history to have 100+ catches and 1,000 yards receiving in a season. In 2008 Coach King was promoted to Offensive Coordinator/WR/QB coach and molded his offense into the #2 offense in the af2. The team's top 3 receivers were 3 catches away from becoming the fourth trio to catch 100+ catches and 1000 yards in a season. Under Coach King's guidance Quarterback J.J Raterink and Jesse Schmidt would lead their respective positions statistically. In 2009, during the season, King was named the Head Coach and helped guide the Steamwheelers to #4 rated offense.
Prior to his coaching career Coach King enjoyed an illustrious playing career, which started professionally in 1999 with the Idaho Stallions. In Idaho King lead the IPFL with 90 receptions for 1,045 yards and 20 touchdowns, which earned him All-IPFL 1st team. In 2000, while playing for the Quad CitySteamwheelers King was nicknamed "Mr. Saturday Night". He led the league in scoring and All-Purpose yards and finished second in catches and yards. While leading his team to a 19-0 record and being voted the "Greatest af2 team of all time", King also earned Arena Cup MVP, league Rookie of the year and All-af2 honors. King is the only player in Quad City Steamwheelers history to have his number retired by the organization and was voted the #3 Receiver and #3 Kick Returner in af2 history. He also holds the distinction of being the first player in af2 history to win a championship with 2 different teams: the Steamwheelers in '00 and the Tulsa Talons in '03.
After spending a short time with the Kansas City Chiefs, King signed with the New York Dragons for the 2001-2002 seasons and earned team Rookie of the year honors in his rookie season. King spent 2003 with the Sioux City Bandits and the Tulsa Talons and then signed with the expansion Philadelphia Soul in 2004 and finished the season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers before retiring.
A criminal justice major at Wayne State College in Wayne, NE, King enjoyed an incredibly successful collegiate career. He was 1st in the nation in receptions (77) and TDs (16) and 2nd in yards (1402) at San Diego Mesa College, where he was named 1st team All-American. King would go on to finish 3rd in the nation in receptions (72) as well as 3rd in yards (1166) as a senior at Wayne State and was named to the D-II All-American and the Little College All-American team. He was also named to the Snow Bowl (D-II All Star game). He still holds numerous records at both San Diego Mesa and Wayne State.
Tri-Cities Fever Head Coach, Ryan Lingenfelder stated, "He brings arena football playing experience, on both sides of the ball. His offensive knowledge helps him translate into teaching the DBs and understanding of what WRs are trying to do. His role as a defensive coach will also help act as another set of eyes for the offense. I made my switch to defense when I first came to Tri-Cities and feel comfortable about Shon being able to make a smooth transition as well."
Currently King is an assistant coach at Helix Charter High school in San Diego and has been for the last two seasons. Before landing with the Scotties, King served as WR/KR coach for 5 years at Norfolk Senior High School in Norfolk, he and saw many of his guys go on to play college football.
He resides in San Diego, Ca during the off-season and is the proud father of 16 year old daughter Natani, 12 year old son Shon Jr.and 6 year old Ahkira.