Denise King enters her fifth season at the Mount in 2013-14. King serves as the program’s recruiting coordinator, heads community service projects, serves as an academic mentor and helps with scouting reports of opponents.
King helped lead the Mount to a 15-16 record last season and the program’s first trip to the NEC Semifinals since the 2000-01 season.
During the summer of 2012, King coached the women’s team as part of the Global Sports Academy Summer Collegiate Basketball Tour. King guided a group of college players, including Mount guard Ashley Christie, to a 5-0 record while competing against teams in Belgium, Germany and France.
In 2011-12, King helped the Mount to a six-game improvement after the Mountaineers posted a 14-16 overall mark and a 10-8 record in league play. It was the most overall wins since the 2008-09 year and the squad's first winning record in NEC play since 2006-07.
Working primarily with guards, King helped develop Selina Mann into an All-NEC performer who ranked in the Top-10 in steals in the nation as a sophomore and junior. She has also coached two All-Northeast Conference second-team selections, a 1,000-point scorer and one player who played professionally abroad.
King came to Emmitsburg after serving as an assistant coach at Rhode Island for four seasons. She was responsible for academics, team travel, equipment, film exchange, scouting and recruiting for the Rams. URI participated in the A-10 Tournament all four years and won its first round game in each of the last two seasons to advance to the quarterfinals. King coached two 1,000-point scorers at Rhode Island, three all-conference selections and one A-10 All-Defensive team player.
A Catonsville, Md., native, King was a four-year standout player at Rhode Island. She is one of only 18 players to reach the 1,000-point plateau with the Rams and currently sits in 14th place on the program’s all-time career scoring list (1,023). In addition to her 1,000 points, she left Rhode Island fourth in career 3-pointers made (118), fourth in free throw percentage (.772, 224-290), fourth in assists (339) and ninth in 3-point percentage (.312, 118-378).
In her senior year, King averaged 12.4 points per game, led the team with 4.2 assists per game and made 49 three-pointers (ninth most in team history) to earn a spot on the All-Atlantic-10 third team. A team captain in her final two seasons, she set a single-game program record for free throws made in a game with 14 against Massachusetts on Jan. 30, 2003 and also holds the seventh-best mark with 11 made from the charity stripe against Northeastern on Dec. 7, 2002. King also ranks sixth (124, 2002-03) and eighth (119, 2003-04) on the single-season chart for assists while also holding the eighth-best free throw percentage for a season (.791, 106-134, 2002-03) at Rhode Island.
Recipient of the University of Rhode Island Althea Gibson Award in 2004, King represented the university at the 2003 NCAA Leadership Conference and was inducted into the Phi Sigma National Honors Society, the Golden Key International Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society. In addition, King was active in the community, participating in the Rhody Reads program, serving as a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and volunteering at the Special Olympics and the World Scholar Athletic Games.