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For the week of April 4 through April 10, 2001

ADs Tingey, King saluted by state

Awards banquet Monday in Boise

Blaine County parents and students can be proud that two longtime teachers in Carey and Hailey have been honored by a state association for their work as athletic directors.

Carey School science teacher Blaine Tingey, Carey’s athletic director for 33 years, has been named "A-4 Athletic Director of the Year" by the Idaho Athletic Directors Association.

And Wood River Middle School Spanish and sports management teacher Jim King has received the honor of "Idaho Middle School Athletic Director of the Year," from the same group.

They received accolades Monday at an awards banquet during the Idaho Athletic Directors Association four-day annual meeting in Boise.

Tingey is now in his 35th year of teaching. King has been a teacher and coach in Idaho for 23 years. Here are details about these outstanding teachers who have contributed much to their communities:


Blaine Tingey

Tingey is probably best known in Idaho for his work in track and field.

He was instrumental in convincing the Idaho High School Activities Association to split the A-3/A-4 division into two separate classifications—A-3 and A-4—to make sure that A-4 schools like Carey could fairly compete for state championships at state track in Boise.

The split started in 1993, and the Carey boys’ track team had its best-ever run from 1994-97. The Panthers rode the strong legs of sprinter Jordan Hennefer (nine gold medals in four state meets) to three consecutive third-place state finishes and a second-place in 1997.

Tingey said he always appreciated that track is an individual sport as well as a team effort, and that the young students have to work quite a bit on their own to succeed.

Track has always offered a golden opportunity for athletes to develop their speed and agility in order to improve performance in sports like football and basketball, he said.

A 1961 Brigham Young University graduate, Tingey received his teacher certification from Utah State University and taught in Utah for two years before taking over for Ferris Lynn as Carey’s athletic director in the 1968-69 school year.

When he first arrived, Tingey coached all the boy sports—football, basketball and track at Carey. "When I first came I was the only coach. So I went to the math teacher, Vern Jolley, and told him I was going to need some help." said Tingey.

Jolly and Tingey worked beside each other for years directing the highly-regarded Carey track program. Jolley’s Panther girls won three State A-3 titles from 1990-92 and captured State A-4 championships in 1994 and 1996.

Tingey and his wife Barbara, a third-grade teacher at Carey School, have four sons and eight grand-children. Their sons have been highly-productive athletes at Carey.

Oldest son Brent is a Boise attorney. Brad is head basketball coach and physics and chemistry teacher at Hillcrest High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Tim is city planner in Pocatello, and Brian is a dental school student in Kansas City.


Jim King

Although his first high school coaching assignment at Wood River was coaching the girls’ varsity basketball team for five winters, King, 51, is best known for his tireless work trying to elevate Wood River’s football program.

His belief that football fundamentals are learned at the middle school level caused King to install an eighth-grade grid program at Wood River Junior High after he first arrived in Hailey in 1985 as a junior high social studies teacher.

Since 1985, he has coached the eighth-grade grid team. He has also coached eighth-grade boys’ basketball and middle school track.

King has been WRMS athletic director for the last three years. During his term, he has overseen the start-up of seventh-grade football, basketball and volleyball at the Hailey school, and has directed the privately-run Wood River Optimist Football League for boys ages 9-11.

The seventh-grade grid program has been so successful that King will ask the Blaine County School Board to approve two squads—one team playing a SCIC league slate, one team playing in the Optimist League—in order to get the 40 kids in the program more playing time.

Meanwhile, the school’s soccer program for grades 6-8 has grown from two to six teams, again, to make sure kids have more playing time.

King graduated from Wendell High School in 1967 and earned his college degree (a Spanish major, history minor) from Utah State University in 1978. He first taught in the Wendell School District.

He and his wife Susan, residents of Hailey, have six children and two grand-children. Like Tingey, King is proud to have seen his children play sports in Blaine County schools.

Oldest son Cody, a policeman, lives with his wife Rachael and two children in West Bountiful, Utah. Zach, 21, finishes up his church mission in Orlando, Fla. in mid-April.

The oldest of four King daughters, Sarah, will graduate from Ricks College this spring. Jamie King and Jessica King are junior and freshman players on the Wood River girls’ basketball team, and Kortnee is a seventh-grade student in Hailey.




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