Meet Our King’s Summer Coaching Staff
King’s Football Head Coach and Camp Director
Jim Shapiro is in his 23rd year coaching at King’s and his 20th year as the head coach of the High School Football team. In the last eight seasons, the team has achieved a record of 72-22, seven state quarter-final, one semi-final and one state championship appearances. The team has earned six 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 190-103 in 14 years of coaching. With a 124-37 record the past six years at Burlington-Edison and King’s, Coach Skeen has averaged over 20 wins per season. The 2007-2008 Seattle Times Coach of the Year, Skeen has won numerous coaching awards on the way to leading King’s to a Cascade Conference Championship and State Regional appearance last season. In 2015, King’s Boys Varsity Basketball under Skeen’s leadership won the Class 1A Washington State title.
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 10 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 3rd season as Head Coach of the King’s Knights. The Knights finished 5th in State in 2012 with an overall record of 20-2. 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!
Audrey Wilson – Head Coach
I am a King’s alum, graduating in 2003 after cheering here for three years. I attended California Baptist University where I cheered my senior year and coached at Riverside Christian High School for two years. For the past three years I have been an assistant cheer coach at King’s and now am head coach in my fourth year here. Romans 5:3-5 reminds us that through our challenges we can learn to persevere which will lead to growing in our character. I love how cheer gives students the opportunity to work together through challenges to become one unified squad showing Christ and the Knights spirit at each game while also utilizing their athletic talents!
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.
King’s Tennis Head Coach and Camp Director
Kalei Detjen is entering her 2nd year as Head Coach. From 2002-2014, Kalei was a tennis pro at Harbor Square Athletic Club. Kalei played college tennis at Chaminade University and Pacific Lutheran University. She lives in Edmonds with her husband, Daniel and their 2 children, Porter and Tatumn. Kalei loves coaching and her main goal is to create a positive and safe environment for her players to grow both as tennis players on the court and individuals off the court.
King’s High School Baseball Coach
Jake graduated of Edmonds-Woodway High School class of 2004, and played under Joe Webster 2001-2004. He was a 3 year varsity letterman at 3B and Pitcher, with multiple WESCO all-league honors at both positions. Also selected to the All-State team his senior year. He set two school records for doubles (18) and RBI’s (39) his senior year which currently still stand.
He played for Chaffey Baseball Club for 3 years 2002-2004 under Jim Stewart and then signed to play college baseball at Edmonds Community College where he played college baseball at EdCC as a 3B and catcher from 2004-2005. A shoulder injury ended his playing career short.
Jake’s is currently in his 2nd year as the Knights Varsity Baseball head coach and currently in his 4th year as the head coach for the Washington Rush u16 team, and assistant program director. He is currently a Board Member for MTYAA Pony Baseball and will be entering his 12th year on their Board of Directors (2005-2016). He is the u13-u18 age group Director, and has also helped coach for several years within the league. He has coached summer baseball with Seattle Select for 5 years (2008-2012). One year at both the u15 and u16 age groups, and then 3 years as the u18 head coach and coached 5 years at Edmonds-Woodway HS for his alma-mater, under Dan Somoza (2010-2014). The first year was as the C Team head coach, and then 4 years as the JV head coach for the Warriors.
Jake lives in Lake Stevens with his wife Kryshna and daughter Ava.