The Prosper Independent School District has hired Sion King as the new boys and girls wrestling coach.

King was hired in early June, soon after the end of the school year. He most recently was the head wrestling coach at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas. In total, King has 11 years of coaching experience after competing individually at the collegiate level.

“I was very impressed with the Prosper school district and their mission to help kids and serve kids,” King said. “That’s always been what I’ve wanted to do, and I felt like that would be a great fit for me.”

King will replace Darren Snyder, who was with Prosper since 2011. During that time, Snyder lifted the men’s program to new heights and created a girls program that saw incredible success over a short period of time. Both the boys and girls wrestling teams combined for three individual top-five finishes last year.

“Prosper has always been a place I was interested in just because of the kids I’ve observed and coached against,” King said. “I’ve been impressed with their competitiveness and drive. I just noticed something special about them.”

Continuing to improve the program is something King has proven he can do in the past. At Palo Duro, King led his boys team to a fourth-place finish in state duals and had two wrestlers become the first individual state champions in school history.

King began his coaching career at Hereford High School just outside of Amarillo. He led the Hereford girls team to a state dual championship during his four-year tenure before moving to become an assistant coach at Randle High School. King won state coach of the year while at Hereford and assistant state coach of the year at Randle.

Before coaching, King wrestled in Division II and finished in the top 10 at the NCAA nationals. That experience has helped him motivate his kids as a coach, something he said he hopes to continue doing at Prosper.

King has already been in touch with many parents and some of the leading wrestlers returning next season. To help prepare for the year ahead, King will host a summer camp from July 24-28. It is open to elementary, middle, and high school kids and is open to all kids in the area, not just Prosper students.

“I feel like the kids at Prosper have a great chance to do very well,” King said. “I’m going to coach every kid to the best of their ability. However far they can go, I’m going to push them to achieve that.”