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Second Chance

Embattled Coach Ricker Back On The Court

February 12, 2013

A year after resigning as head coach of the Jamestown High School girls’ basketball team, Ken Ricker is back on the court within the school distric....

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Feb-12-13 7:11 AM

Good luck to you glad to see you are back as a great coach

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Feb-12-13 8:58 AM

oh my God this guy was a horrible coach, so nasty. There were so many complaints about him when my daughter was in high school. It is shocking they would bring him back. So many girls quit basketball because he was so awful and Drake knows about it because he was involved in some not all of the complaints. This is so very sad. I am so glad my daughter is out of the Jamestown school system. He won't change.

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Feb-12-13 9:08 AM

Great Coach who cares about the game and to push the players to their best! (not, met to physically "push")

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Feb-12-13 12:55 PM

@Donna4 Ricker's one of the best coaches in the area. You don't win sectional championship after sectional championship in the highest class in New York State by being a bad coach. He makes players exceed their capability and makes them become better players. People who complain are the people who didn't strive to become better. When it comes to coaching, he knows what he's doing.

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Feb-12-13 1:10 PM

@TheKing... same mentality (on a much grander scale) at Penn State. Admin ignores the problem, coach gets away with actions year after year. He may have been one of the "best" coaches based on his record, but winning isn't everything. His actions also reflect what kind of coach he is.

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Feb-12-13 6:51 PM

If we pushed our kids like he did we'd be in jail but welcome to Jamestown

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Feb-12-13 9:00 PM

I think that any negative comments that are directed towards him as a coach are coming from people that have kids that did not get the amount of playing time that they perceived they deserved. My son plays for Persell and he has proven to be an amazing coach with nothing but positive comments to the children regardless of the ability that they have. The incident in question that caused his resignation I believe was overblown and not portrayed as what really happened. Even if it was exactly as portrayed people make judgmental mistakes in life and should always have a chance at redemption. He has proven to me to be an exceptional coach with nothing but good leadership for the 7th and 8th grade teams. He builds good character in all of the kids that play with positive pep talks. Get the facts before you bash someone. Signed, an involved Parent

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Feb-12-13 9:01 PM

He may have been a "good" coach at one time but that doesn't mean he deserves a second chance.So many people/fans of his are beyond misinformed. They swear they know what the anymosity is about, they have not a clue. People think it's just about this one incident with the female player, it isn't. For years he has gotten away with all kinds of verbal, emotional and mental abuse to these players. For many yrs reports were made to the athletic dept as well as to the administration and it was blown off because of who his "friend" was. Out of all the girls he coached and favored..not one has made it to a big division 1 school. They may have made a name for themselves at JHS but they have yet to have big success at the school they go to. I cannot believe the admin would allow this to happen again. What the heck were they thinking. At this point, I'm ashamed to be a former raider. Abuse is not in the athletic code..but I guess for some parent's including the coaches an

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Feb-12-13 9:04 PM my dear are severly misinformed. Your the one that needs to get your facts straight before other parents who have suffered worse than this incident with the shove.****ment making you and him look worse than you already do.

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Feb-12-13 9:18 PM

The only thing I can comment on is what I have seen this season. The time, energy, and compassion he shows as a coach for the game and his players is unparalleled. The respect he has shown his players is reflected in the respect they show to him.

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Feb-12-13 9:29 PM

And in addition saying that I look worse that I already do, is a slanderous comment, especially since you have no idea who I am or anything about me. I have witnessed not one negative action by him as a coach. He has been an amazing coach and even in a time out huddle speaks to them on positive life choices. And Yes I am well educated.

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Feb-12-13 10:06 PM

I know nothing about this guy but I do know a little something about kids. Kids can take a lot of subtle abuse from adults that they never,ever tell anyone. Some fine Olympic athletes can tell horror stories of abusive coaches when they were children. Because winning is so important parents looked the other way. Sometimes things are not what they seem. Coaches can put on a performance for parents and others but what happens out of sight and really have to listen to your kids. Really listen and ask questions. I hope this guy is a decent man and coach for the sake of the kids.

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Feb-13-13 9:04 AM

Kids are coddled these days. Sometimes they need a kick in the behind.

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Feb-14-13 4:17 PM

I agree Kabob.i don't know how abusive he was with the girls so I don't want to comment on that.But I do know this these kids are being sisified(if thats a word)Give the guy a second chance,I'm sure they will be keeping a close watch on the situation.

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Feb-16-13 2:56 AM

I agree with Donna4 and wakeup12. I witnessed his verbal abuse for years when my daughter playeg for him. He was rude and would say mean degrading offensive things to the girls. He was rude and disrespectful to parents and many many talented girls quit. He had some great teams because he had girls that had natural talent and he does know the game, But if you ever witnessed what I saw for years you would agree with us. And if there are some parents or players that feel this way, then it must be true. Maybe he is "behaving" now... or maybe he has really changed but I doubt it. Sooner or later he will slip back to his ways and his true colors will shine through. For our players I hope this is not the case. The board should be ashamed to have rehired him as coach. If he put his hands on a student as a teacher or said the types of things he use to say to players as a teacher, he would be fired. So how come its ok to do so as a coach??? BAD move JPS!!

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