Randall King inducted into OKHSFSCA Hall of Fame
When Randall King coaches his first softball game of the school year in less than a week he will do so as a member of the Oklahoma High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
King, who has coached in Broken Arrow for 31 years, took over the reins as head varsity softball coach in 2004. He joined Coach Jim Hillman’s staff in 1996.
Since 2004, King’s teams have played in every state championship tournament except one, winning in titles in 2006, 2008 and 2009. His 2014 team finished as runner-up. He also has a slow pitch softball state championship as part of his coaching resume. Slow pitch wins are not included in the OHSFSCA win totals.
“Randall is such a great coach to work with because he is just totally committed to the game,” said Mike Norton, long-time pitching coach and assistant for the Broken Arrow Tigers. “There are very few people who will commit the time and the effort that Randall does to get done what needs to be done.
“He’s a hard worker and lets the girls know that he is completely invested in them and what we do as a team.”
King’s attention to detail is one of the reasons he has amassed 473 wins in 15 seasons as Broken Arrow’s head coach.
“He doesn’t leave one stone unturned,” Norton said. “He covers everything. He is never surprised.”
Having great players come through the system also is a plus.
King has coached 33 all-staters during his time as BA head coach. He has been the OHSFSCA Coach of the Year on two different occasions and was twice named Oklahoma Coaches Association Coach of the Year. He has also served as a region rep, vice president and president of the Oklahoma High School Fast-pitch Coaches Association.
King joins Hillman, who was inducted in 2002, as Broken Arrow’s OHSFCA Hall of Fame members. Hillman won 674 games in his 20 years as the Tigers head softball coach. King was an assistant coach when the Tigers won state titles in 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002 and 2003.
Coach King and his Tigers open the season Tuesday at Enid. They host the BA Varsity Tournament at Arrowhead Park on Aug. 16-17. Broken Arrow plays Yukon at 10 a.m. on Field 1 in the first round of the 32-team tournament on Aug. 16. Broken Arrow Black plays Collinsville at 10 a.m. also. That game will be on Field 8.