BHS Coach Dave King honored by Arkansas House for 200 wins

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Featured: Batesville High School Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Dave King (left) is presented with a citation from the Arkansas House of Representatives by Rep. Stu Smith.

Batesville High School Athletic Director and Head Pioneers Football Coach Dave King was recently honored by the Arkansas House of Representatives for reaching 200 wins as a coach in the state.

King accomplished the feat with an Oct. 9, 2020 win over the Forrest City Mustangs.

The honor was presented to King by Rep. “Coach” Stu Smith of the House who was also a longtime coach for Batesville Pioneer athletics and has worked with King for years.

“What I appreciate more about [King’s 200 wins] is I’ve actually been on the inside for a lot of those wins, and I’ve seen the effort that Coach King has put in and what he’s done for this program,” Smith said. “And not just the program — the wins are important…[but also what] he’s done for the students and the young men that have come through this program is what I’ll always remember.”

Coach King said having the citation presented by Smith was particularly important to him.

“Obviously, Stu and I are kindred spirits and have been for 25 years,” said King. “I appreciate all he did here to help with this program — which was substantial, to say the least. We’ve remained close, and it means a lot for him to come up here to do this.”

The presentation, which usually would have occurred in Little Rock at the Arkansas State Capitol, was instead held at the Batesville School District offices due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Watch the presentation in full below:


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