By Wendell Maxey, King Sports Information and Social Media Liaison
King School Athletics is proud to welcome Rob Raphael to campus as the new head coach for the Varsity Girls Basketball program for the 2019 Winter season.
A native of Norwalk, Connecticut, Coach Rob brings a diverse coaching background to the position, having coached girls and boys with the United Youth AAU Girls program in Norwalk, Norwalk High School, and both Wilton Girls and Boys basketball programs. With the Vikings, Coach Rob is now looking forward to working with King students on basketball training, development, building-up confidence in their game, each other, and the program as King Girls Basketball gets ready for the upcoming season.
"It is a privilege and an honor to serve an integral role in the development of the girls on the team, not only as players but as young adults," said Coach Rob, who holds a degree in Early Childhood Development and currently teaches in the Norwalk Public Schools as a paraprofessional at Nathan Hale Middle School.
"My coaching philosophy is about respect and accountability. It will be prevalent during practices, games, and our day to day engagement, along with effort, fundamentals, and commitment."
Joining Coach Rob's coaching staff this season are Stephanie Roones and Mike Lasky.
King Varsity Girls Basketball prepares for the start of the 2019-20 Winter season by holding optional open gym dates from November 13-15, with the official first day of Winter practices scheduled for November 18. Practices will be held on November 25-26 in anticipation for the season home opener on December 4 against Christian Heritage (4:30 p.m.). Along with a full schedule of FAA games, the Vikings highlight their season over the holiday break by hosting Germantown Friends School (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) on Saturday, December 21 and the Wheeler School (Providence, Rhode Island) on Monday, December 20, in the Upper School Gym.
"With each new season comes an opportunity to build on a solid foundation that will create an environment conducive to success," added Coach Rob.
"I am excited for the opportunity this coming season with Varsity Girls Basketball at King, as well as how this season will set the tone for the seasons to come."