Born on January 1, 1962
Inducted On
June 5, 2022
Location Inducted
Covington, Indiana
Region Number
Tippecanoe Valley
Herb played high school football for legendary Coach Chaarles D. Smith at Tippy Valley (Akron, In) and was a two-way starter his senior season on the 1979 IHSAA Class A State Championship team. He received a Small School 1st Team All-State honor from the Bloomington Herald Telephone as a center.
Bluffton, Grace
King started as the specialty center at Bluffton College (OH) in 1980, 81, and 82 and was a student assistant coach in 1982. He then transferred to Grace College (IN) to complete his Business Education degree. While at Grace, he served as the receivers coach and defensive coordinator at Triton High School (Bourbon, IN) for 2 seasons. Triton was in the middle of a losing streak that reached over 30 games. In King's second season, the streak was broken.
Coach King and his wife Nancy, an elementary school teacher, reside in Covington, Indiana. Their son, Matt, is a college football coach with stops at Siena Heights, Olivet (Michigan), Walsh, and Cornell (Mt.Vernon, Iowa). Their daughter, Molly, teaches Special Education in Indiana and coaches competitive dance teams through the Indiana High School Dance Team Association.
Coach King took a teaching position at Covington High School and coached football, basketball and taught business classes. The trojans were twice Wabash River Conference Champions (85, 86) while King was an assistant from 1985-88. Herb then took over a struggling North Putnam team that had won 5 games the previous 4 seasons. King was at North Putnam from 1989-96. His 1989 team immediately advanced to the sectional final but lost to a South Putnam team in the finals. The next season was very special as the Cougars won the sectional, avenging South Putnam in the finals 36-0 and followed that with the upset of #1 Springs Valley 14-0 in the Regional. NP would be defeated in the Semi-State by 3 points by the eventual 1990 state champion South Decatur. King would remain teaching at North Putnam but volunteered to coach at DePauw University in nearby Greencastle for legendary coach Nick Mourouzis. He spent 2 years at DPU, coaching tight ends and long snappers. DePauw had 2 second place finishes in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (97) and Souther Collegiate Athletic Conference (98). More importantly, DePauw won both Monon Bell rivalry games against Wabash College. Coach King was able to coach future D3 All-American Tyler Kelley. Coach King would move on to coach at South Decatur High School from 1999-2001. He inherited a winless program and within 3 years, had turned the hapless Cougars into Sectional Champions. His team in 1999 improved to 5 wins, won 5 games in 2000, and had a 9-4 record with a Sectional Championship in 2001. Two prominent coaches played for Coach King at South Decatur. Travis Nolting (SDHAS Class of 1999) is an IFCA coach and Past-President, and Aarik Gault (SDHS Class of 2002), former college player and assistant coach at the University of Mount Union, Franklin defensive coordinator, and Hanover College, defensive coordinator. King would take over at Rockville High School (now part of Parke Heritage) in 2002 and transform the "basketball school" into a football powerhouse. In his 14 years at Rockville, King has a won/loss record of 102-57, making him the winningest coach in school history. He had a stretch of 8 straight winning seasons, 2 Wabash River Conference Championships, 2 Sectionals, 1 Regional, and 1 Semi-State. He coached notable players including King's son, Matt (IFCA top 50 All-State, Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year recipient in 2008, and college football coach and Zach Clapp (Phil N. Eskew Mental Attitude Award Winner for 2007 IHSAA Class 1A State Finals. In 2007, Coach King's team "upset" Linton-Stockton and Indianapolis Ritter enroute to the State Final, Prior to 2007. no Rockville football team had won a regional title and no Rockville sports team competed in an IHSAA State Championship in any sport. In 2015, King departed Rockville and spent the next 6 years at Seeger Memorial. King helped to rebuild the program with added numbers and his 2019 team was 6-4 to break an 8-year streak of losing records. His 2020 team was 8-3 and state rated as they lost to the eventual state champions in the Sectional Finals. In 2022, King took over the program at Fountain Central High School in yet another turn-around project. King's overall record at the conclusion of the 2022 season is 193-153, with more wins to be added at Fountain Central.