Margaret “Maggie” King
Margaret “Maggie” King was a crusader for girls and women’s sports. She is a graduate of Central Washington College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master’s Degree in Education. She taught junior high and high school PE and Health Education in White Fish, Montana, and in Marysville, WA. before moving to Mountlake Terrace High School. She retired in 1985 from Mountlake Terrace High where she coached for 24 of her 26 teaching years. While at Mountlake Terrace High, she was highly successful in coaching in volleyball, basketball, tennis, and track. She also participated on organized sport teams in basketball and softball and was an avid runner, tennis player, and swimmer.
Maggie promoted and expanded the opportunity for girls in high school sports in the 1970’s, in a time where equal opportunity in sports for girls and women was a contentious battle in the late 60’s and 70’s. She is recognized as one of the most influential coaches in Snohomish County as she inspired several generations of students and their parents. Her inspiration opened doors of opportunity to future careers in sports for many of her student athletes.
Maggie’s coaching accomplishments are as follows: Volleyball – 8 WESCO Championships, 5 NW District Championships, 8 State Qualifiers, and 5 “Top Eight” State Placers; Track and Field – 1971 Second Place State Championships and 1972 Fourth Place State Championships; Basketball – teams qualified for State in 1974, 1975, and 1976; and Tennis – multiple State Qualifiers.
Maggie was named 1979 Everett Herald “Woman of the Year in Sports” and inducted in 2002 to the Mountlake Terrace High School Hall of Fame.
Maggie passed away at age 84 on January 30, 2014 and in her honor, the Maggie King Girls and Women in Sports Scholarship is presented annually at the Edmonds School District Scholar-Athlete Banquet.