Meet Our King’s Summer Coaching Staff
King’s Football Head Coach and Camp Director
Jim Shapiro is in his 25th year coaching at King’s and his 22nd year as the head coach of the High School Football team. King’s played in the state championship in 2015. The team has earned nine academic state championships. In 2013, Shapiro was named the Washington Coach of the Year by National Federation of High School Associations. In 2014 he was named the Cascade Conference Coach of the Year. In 2015 he was named NFL/Seattle Seahawks Coach of the Week. Jim played college football at Azusa Pacific University and Pacific Lutheran University. He is married, has 4 kids, and owns a nonprofit business development consulting company.
King’s Basketball Head Coach and Camp Director
Rick Skeen holds a career record of 319-103 in 18 years of coaching. Coach Skeen was named state coach of the year in 2008, 2015 and 2016. Skeen has won numerous other coaching awards on the way to leading his teams to 12 consecutive state tournament appearances. His teams have played in 7 state championship games and 9 state semifinal games during that time. In 2015 and 2016, King’s Boys Varsity Basketball under Skeen’s leadership won back to back Class 1A Washington State titles.
Shooting Stars Girls Basketball Head Coach and Camp Director
Dan Taylor has been coaching girls and boys in basketball since 1998. He started his career coaching youth girls and boys select basketball and then began his high school coaching career as a boys’ varsity assistant. He has coached as a varsity girls coach for nine seasons. He has won nine different Coach of the Year awards including 2007 Seattle Star Times Coach of the Year and 1A Coach of the Year in 2014 and in 2015, he led King’s Varsity Girls Basketball to the Class 1A Washington State title. He is currently the Washington State Girls Basketball Coaches Association president and has trained/coached athletes from Kindergarten to College level in individual training sessions and camps.
King’s Girls Soccer Head Coach and Camp Director
Nicole Gabelein has coached King’s High School Soccer the last 12 years. During that time King’s Women’s Soccer has placed in the top four in the state eight times. She has a record of 176 wins and 44 losses. Every year King’s soccer players graduate and go on to play soccer at all levels in college. Prior to coaching at King’s she ran camps and trained players of all ages. Nicole worked to launch Seattle Scores, an after school soccer and literacy program. that became the largest state funded after school program. She grew up playing soccer in the Seattle area and went on to play for Westmont College in California, becoming a three time All-American. She played 3 years for the Women’s Professional team LA Blues. Nicole was inducted into the Westmont College Hall of Fame in 2005. She met her husband at King’s and has 2 children.
King’s Volleyball Head Coach and Camp Director
Jeff Fransen is entering his 4th season as Head Coach of the King’s Knights. The Knights finished 1st in State this year. Fransen has coached numerous club teams over the past 12 years, including Head Coach for ALL Out’s U15 and U16 teams in 2009 and 2010. The players of those teams would go on to form the nucleus of the King’s High School Varsity teams that would compete for the State Championship in 2010 and 2011. Currently, Coach Fransen serves at the Technical Director for All Out VBC. As a player, Jeff was an All-Conference outside hitter for Calvin College and went on to play for the Athlete’s in Action International Team.
King’s Cheer Head Coach and Camp Director
Joey Wasson – Director of Cheer
I have a passion to see students embrace their call as leaders. What better way to foster that, but within the cheerLEADER program. I’m excited to work with the coaches and cheerleaders as we integrate leadership within our cheer program. Collaborating with other coaches, ASB, fans, alumni and others to help King’s become not just school but an EXPERIENCE. An experience to be proud of – inspiring hearts and equipping minds!! My three kids (17, 12, 10 years) and I are happy to be a part of the King’s family. John 10:10 says that the thief comes to steal, rob and destroy but that our God has come so that we can have an EXCEEDINGLY ABUNDANT LIFE!! We might as well start now! Go King’s! KHS IS RED HOT!
King’s Golf Head Coach and Camp Director
Simonette Sancho is in her 9th year coaching at King’s and is entering her 5th season as Head Coach. The team has won the Cascade Conference Championships under her leadership in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, and has had at least one player place in the top 8 at the State Championship each season since becoming head coach. Last season, the King’s girls’ golf team, for the second year in a row, are the 1A state champions. Coach Simonette has been voted Cascade Conference Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2015. In addition to coaching at King’s, Simonette is also a Head Coach for The First Tee of Greater Seattle.