Yaphett King began his tenure as an assistant coach for Texas A&M – Corpus Christi basketball in August 2012. King came to the Island University after spending the previous four seasons as the head coach at Redlands Community College.
In his first year with the Islanders, King played a key role in landing Rashawn Thomas, one of the top players in Oklahoma City, for the class of 2013. Thomas emerged as one of the top power forwards in the Southland as a freshman, scoring 10.7 points and snaring 5.2 rebounds per game in his debut season. King also was crucial in the Islanders adding Spring Dekaney standout Joe Kilgore heading into the 2014-15 campaign.
Thomas' growth was crucial to the Islanders' success in 2014-15, as the big man was named Second Team All-Southland after averaging 13.7 points and 7.9 rebounds in his sophomore campaign. King also saw a pair of his other players show strong growth, with sophomore guard Emmanuel Toney working his way from walk-on to starter and junior Jelani Currie making significant impacts down the stretch for the Islanders.
His connections throughout the junior college ranks have also helped the Islanders in adding several junior college standouts. Joy Williamson and Zane Knowles were both key pieces in the 2013-14 team, which was the third-most improved program in the nation that year.
King led Redlands to 72 wins in his tenure as the team’s head coach. He led the team to 21 wins and a spot in the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament in the 2010-11 season. In his time at the helm, Redlands saw 80 percent of his players graduate from the school. He coached current Islander Joy Williamson for two years, helping the El Reno, Okla., native earn First Team All-Region recognition as a sophomore.
On the court, King began his playing career at Redlands in 2002, where he helped the team to the NJCAA Division II National Championship in posting a 31-2 record. He averaged 15.6 points and 7.6 rebounds in his debut season and was named an All-American following the season. He went on to play at Cal State Fullerton, helping the Titans to the Round of 16 in the National Invitation Tournament in 2005. He then went on to play professionally in Austria for two seasons.
He returned to Redlands as an assistant coach in 2007, helping the team to a 31-2 record as regional runners-up, and saw seven of his players move on to NCAA Division I programs. He then spent a year as an assistant with Cowley College, helping that team to an identical 31-2 record and a spot in the regional championship game.
King is a native of St. Petersburg, Fla. He and his wife, Charlena, have a daughter, Caydance.