King Tornado

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King Tornado
UniversityKing University
ConferenceConference Carolinas
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorDavid Hicks
LocationBristol, Tennessee
Varsity teams25
Basketball arenaStudent Center Complex
Soccer stadiumParks Field
MascotTwister the Lion
NicknameThe Tornado

The King Tornado represent King University in intercollegiate sports. They are members of Conference Carolinas at the NCAA Division II level. Men's teams compete in baseball, basketball, cross-country, cycling, golf, soccer, swimming/diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. Women's teams compete in acrobatics/tumbling, basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, cycling, dance, golf, soccer, softball, swimming/diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling.


The university nickname, the Tornado, was adopted in 1922 following a 206–0 football win over North Carolina rival Lenoir–Rhyne.[1] The headline in a local newspaper covering the event said "King College's Victory Was 'Tornado' Of Week's Games" and began referring to the football team as the "Tornado".[2] This is a record score which stands in the annals of collegiate football as one of the highest ever won in a game of football.[3]


Twister, a lion, was unveiled as the University's new mascot on September 2, 2011. Twister is a fearless lion that represents the determination and courage reflected in King's adventure as an NCAA Division II institution. Equipped with his King colors of navy blue and scarlet red, Twister dons the number 11 on his back while rallying those in Tornado Athletics and the King University.[4]


  1. ^ Bristol Herald Courier: Sunday, October 22, 1922
  2. ^ Bristol Herald Courier: Monday, October 23, 1922
  3. ^ Why Tornado
  4. ^ [1]

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