Kent Roosevelt names Tim King as new football head coach

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Record-Courier staff report

The Kent City School District and the Kent Roosevelt High School athletic department announced on Friday morning the selection of Tim King to be the new head football coach of the Rough Riders.

The hiring of King is pending approval by the Board of Education, which is scheduled to meet next on June 17 at 5:30 p.m.

King succeeds longtime coach John Nemec, who recently retired and accepted a position as the Director of Player Personnel at the University of Akron. Nemec, 68, spent 38 years at Kent Roosevelt, having spent 29 of those years as head coach of the football program (in two stints from 1976-98 and 2008-13), six as an assistant and three as an athletic director.

Nemec, who has been inducted into the Ohio High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame, had a career record of 231-113-3. He won 14 league championships, including back-to-back Portage Trail Conference Metro Division titles in 2012 and 2013, and had just four losing seasons as a head coach.

King is formerly a position coach and defensive coordinator for Kent Roosevelt and has also coached at the college level as a defensive backs coach for John Carroll University, where he also attended during his playing career and was a three-time lettermen and two-time All-Ohio Atheltic Conference performer.

King, an experienced educator, is currently a member of the Kent Roosevelt faculty as the Dean of Students.

According to the Kent Roosevelt athletic department, King’s professionalism, relationships with kids and football knowledge made him the perfect fit for the school’s football program.

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