Three-Time FHSAA State Champion, Murray Smith, as New Head Boys’ Basketball Coach
(West Palm Beach, FL) – The King’s Academy is pleased to announce that Coach Murray Smith will taking over the reins of the school’s boys basketball program. Director of Athletics, Dr. Chris Hobbs, announced on Monday afternoon that he is stepping down as the school’s current boys basketball coach and installing Coach Smith.
‘I love coaching and influencing young people through the game of basketball. I also love leading the coaches of The King’s Academy and neither of those roles can be filled to the standard that we’ve set at King’s recently without undivided attention. If I wanted both done really well, I had to choose one and find someone who could do the other well. What has impressed me about Coach Smith as I’ve gotten to know him is the way his former players still seek him out. That is evidence of a coach that had a real impact. I am excited for him to get to work and put our boys in position to have a lot of success.’‘ – Dr. Chris Hobbs, Director of Athletics
Murray Smith, who recently retired from his teaching position after 35 years working for Palm Beach County Schools, brings an extensive coaching resume with him. Coach Smith has almost 700 career wins, 7 FHSAA State Final Four appearances, and 3 FHSAA State Championships. His most recent stint, coaching 7 years at Lake Worth High School, saw Coach Smith lead the Trojans to 70 wins in his final three seasons. Coach Smith assumes the duties of leading the boys basketball program immediately
‘I just love the relationships with players and teams that come along with it all. The chance to influence young people and do it with a game that I love so dearly. I really have as much enthusiasm for it as I always have and I’m really excited to do it at a school as prestigious as The King’s Academy.’ – Coach Murray Smith
The King’s Academy Athletic Department mission to provide its student-athletes an excellent athletic experience with eternal impact. A member of the Florida High School Athletic Association, the ‘Lions’ have claimed 123 district titles, 40 regional titles, and 11 state championships. Student-athletes at The King’s Academy have gone on to successful collegiate athletic careers at some of the most accomplished universities in the country as well as professional athletic careers in baseball, basketball, football, soccer, and volleyball. The campus features facilities that would rival many small colleges; these facilities include the Loveland Athletic Center, Kahlert Stadium, the TKA Track & Field Stadium, and the Full-Page Aquatics Center. For more information about The King’s Academy Athletic Department, visit www.tkalions.net or follow on social media, @TKALions