Terry King named Central Private football coach

Terry King’s job description at Central Private School has grown significantly since Monday.

The 54-year-old King was already set to be the Rebels boys basketball coach and the assistant athletic director and had started work on those jobs less than two weeks ago.

But CPS’ new head football coach Lyn Lumley resigned Wednesday, citing family concerns. And King was elevated to head football coach for the Central-based Rebels, who play in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools.

“Right now I have basketball practice in the morning,” King said. “And then we have football practice in the evening. I’m scheduled to meet with the (football) team at 6 p.m. There’s a lot to do, and we’ll definitely have to hit the ground running.”

King, who spent 16 years working as a paramedic, has coached for 15 years, primarily at MAIS schools. He was head football coach at Bayou Academy, of Cleveland, Miss., the past two seasons. He led Bayou to two MAIS Class 1A playoffs appearances, including a 7-4 record in 2012.

Stints as the defensive coordinator at two other MAIS schools, Hillcrest Academy and Lamar School, came before King’s stint at Bayou Academy. From 2004-06, he was head coach at another MAIS 1A Benton Academy.

King’s coaching career also included a four-year stint as a defensive assistant at a Mississippi-based public school, Cleveland High.

As he evaluates the CPS players, King said he will start to install the basics of a multiple defense and a spread offense that also will be multiple.

“We’ll adjust to the personnel we have,” King said. “That’s the beauty of running a spread. I’ve been part of teams that have thrown 50 passes a game out of it, and others that run a triple option out of it.”