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FAL-WIN 2016

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RAVENINGS FAREWELL COACH KING End of an Era T his past summer, seven-time NCAA regional champion and six-time ABCA/Rawlings Region Coach of the Year Jayson King resigned as Head Coach of the Franklin Pierce University baseball team to pursue an op- portunity as the associate head coach at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. Coach King will be remembered as the architect of New England's premier Division II baseball program, as well as one of the region's most- decorated programs, regardless of division. Inherit- ing a team that went 8-21 in 1998, King spent 18 seasons building a regional powerhouse and perennial national title contender at the foot of Mount Monadnock. Under his watch, the Ravens have captured seven NCAA Regional titles (2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2016), been an NCAA semifinalist on three occasions (2003, 2006, 2010), collected five Northeast-10 Conference titles (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2015) and taken home nine Northeast-10 regular season titles (2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). King leaves Rindge after having posted a record of 650-291-3 (.690 winning percentage) in 944 games over 18 seasons. During his time at Franklin Pierce, King has mentored 31 All- America selections, 87 All-Region honorees, and 128 All-Conference players, including 125 since joining the Northeast-10 in 2001. Nine different players have earned Conference Pitcher of the Year honors while playing for King, while seven have been named Northeast-10 Player of the Year and three have collected Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year accolades. Just as impressive as the collegiate ac- colades has been King's ability to produce players who eventually move into professional baseball. Since the program's first draftee in 2001, the Ravens have produced 28 players who have been selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft over the last 15 years. The number ranks third among all schools in New England in the timeframe, regardless of division, trailing only Division I members Boston College (44 draft picks) and Connecticut (44). In King's final season in Rindge, the Ravens (48-9) captured the seventh NCAA Regional title in program his- tory on May 23, with a 6-3 win over Southern New Hampshire. The Ravens also claimed their fifth straight Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division title during the 2016 campaign. Over 109 games since the start of the 2015 season, Franklin Pierce owns a 96-13 record (.881), which is the best winning percentage in the nation in that timeframe. Just as impressive as the collegiate accolades has been King's ability to produce players who eventually move into professional baseball. FALL 2016 \ PIERCE 15

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