Barry King resigns as IU water polo coach

Indiana University announced Friday the resignation of water polo coach Barry King, who led the school’s program since it became a varsity sport in 1998.

During 17 of King’s 19 seasons at Indiana, the Hoosiers won 20 games or more. He leaves the school with a career record of 426-225-2.

In a resignation letter dated Thursday, King says his last day of employment at IU will be June 30. King did not immediately return a phone message left by The Herald-Times.

“What started as a three-year experiment became a 19-year odyssey,” King wrote in the letter, released by Indiana. “We are proud of the level of competitiveness the program has sustained through the years. We wish the student-athletes and new staff continued success. My family and I are looking forward to our new opportunities.”

King coached Indiana’s club water polo team for three years before it bumped up to varsity status in 1998 as part of a Title IX push for gender equity. During his run as coach, King led the Hoosiers to six appearances in the national championships, including a trip to the Final Four in 2003. IU also achieved a seventh place finish in 2014, one of the most successful years in the program’s relatively brief history.

IU won a school-record 12 consecutive games entering the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament before dropping its opener to top-seeded Stanford.

Indiana went 23-12 in 2015, falling a single goal shy of securing a back-to-back Collegiate Water Polo Association championship and a second straight berth in the NCAA Tournament.

The 2016 season ended on May 1 when IU lost to Michigan in the CWPA championship game, leaving the Hoosiers with a 23-7 record.

Assistant coach Meaghan Poland will assume coaching duties until a replacement for King is found. Associate athletic director Eric Neuburger will help oversee the transition.