King’s Coach Rick Skeen Reaches 300 Win Milestone!

Last night, King’s High School’s 55 to 38 Bi-District basketball tournament win over Seattle Academy was the 300th career win for King’s Basketball Coach, Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Rick Skeen.  Under Coach Skeen, the Knights have played in the 1A State Basketball Championship game four years in a row winning State Championships the past two seasons.

“I was honored and humbled by the love and support of the King’s community last night,” said Skeen. “Winning 300 games is a testament to the amazing players, assistant coaches, administrators, and families I have been blessed to work with over the past 17 years. I also can’t say thank you enough to my own family for the love and support they have shown over the years. ”

Mr. Skeen has coached the Knights for six years. Prior to that, he led the Burlington-Edison Tigers of the Northwest Conference for eleven years. Recognized with numerous Coach of the Year awards, Coach Skeen is admired for much more than wins and losses.  King’s Principal Bob Ruhlman said, “He is dedicated to his student-athletes’ development as young men; men of courage, faith, integrity and grit.” Skeen was also featured in the 2016 documentary film “Saved for a Reason,” a true, inspirational story of hope in the face of a 2015 disaster that struck his team.

According to his bio on, “Coach Skeen brings an offense that likes to play fast and a defense that applies a tremendous amount of pressure. Commitment, discipline, and toughness are three trademarks that Coach Skeen expects his teams to bring both on and off the floor.”

“While winning is fun, I am more proud of the young men I have been able to spend time with who have gone on to be tremendous husbands, fathers, and community members,” reflected Skeen. “That is really why we do what we do.”

The King’s boys and girls basketball teams will play again this Saturday at Mountlake Terrace. Boys play at 1:00 p.m.; girls at 3:00 p.m. Winners will go on to state. Go Knights!