By Lacey Phillips and John Stephenson
September 22, 2005
Stephen King was born in Birmingham, Alabama on January
9, 1951. He was a graduate from the very first graduating class of Gardendale
High School in 1968 where he played football and basketball. After he
graduated, he went to Jefferson State for two years, Montevallo for
a single semester, and then UAB for three and a half years. Coach King
has an AA degree, otherwise known as an Educational Specialist degree,
which is the degree right below a doctorate degree. Coach King lives
here in Locust Fork on his cattle farm with Sandy, his wife of twenty
years. He has three sons, the oldest Brett, 27, then Zeb, 26, and the
youngest, Seth, 25.
King’s most memorable high school moment was when he was in the
eleventh grade and he played in the first ever football game at the
Rocket Stadium at Gardendale. The team had no seniors because they were
adding a new grade to the school every year. The game was against Mortimer
Jordan and Coach King played linebacker. Interestingly, the quarterback
for Mortimer Jordan, Billy Bob Sanders, later on became his assistant
coach here at Locust Fork.
One of Locust Fork’s most beloved teachers began working here
in 1972. He teaches math and coached basketball for eight years and
football for nine. He won football county championships in three out
of four years in ’76, ’77, and ’79.
King’s most memorable moment coaching was the basketball game
between Locust Fork and Hayden at the Christmas Tournament Championship
in the seventies. During the fourth over-time, the Hornets were down
to three substitutes against Hayden’s original five starters.
Despite the “hometown” referees favoring Hayden, the Hornets
prevailed and won the championship.
Coach King claims his favorite thing about teaching is June, July,
and August. Throughout the summer he works on his cattle farm of mostly
Black Angus cows and his real estate, which he’s been doing for
twenty-five years. If Coach King were to describe himself, he would
say that he is a “man of few words”.