South Garner’s Antonio King named football coach at Jordan

South Garner’s Antonio King named football coach at Jordan

Durham, NC — Antonio King will become Jordan High School’s next head football coach, the school announced Thursday.

King, originally from Durham, has deep footballing roots in the Triangle. King played quarterback at Hillside High School, where he graduated in 1993, before playing college football at Howard University and NC Central University. He graduated from NC Central in 1996.

In 2005, King returned to Hillside as the school’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He was promoted to head coach in 2009, leading the Hornets to a 72-20 record — including a 40-1 PAC 6 mark — in seven seasons.

As head coach of Hillside, King led the Hornets to the 2010 NC High School Athletic Association 4A state championship, finishing the season with a perfect 16–0 record. His teams have also won six straight conference titles, and he was named Conference Coach of the Year six straight years.

King comes to Jordan from South Garner High School, where he coached for one season in 2022. The Titans posted a 6-4 record, the best season in the school’s short history.

After coaching at Hillside, King left high school to become a running backs coach at East Carolina University. He also coached at Cedar Ridge High School and Hargrave Military Academy.

King replaces Justin Allred at Jordan. It was announced Wednesday that Allred had been hired as the head football coach at Wakefield High School.

The Falcons are coming off a 6-7 season in 2022, which included a run in the third round of the NCHSAA 4A State Playoffs. Jordan lost to eventual state champion New Bern in the playoffs.

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