Edgerton boys basketball coach Matt Ripke and girls basketball coach Nathan Davis stepped down from their respective positions, both of them confirmed to The Bryan Times on Tuesday afternoon.
Ripke said he stepped down for personal reasons, while Davis said he left for family reasons. Davis stepped down earlier in March and Ripke on March 24.
Ripke just finished his 12th season with the Bulldogs, going 9-8 (3-4 Green Meadows Conference) and falling in a Division IV sectional semifinal to Holgate. He went 185-99 in his time at Edgerton, while Davis, who finished his third season, went 19-50.
Both said they’re going to miss the players the most.
“It has been my pleasure to coach 122 young men that have come through the basketball program since I’ve been the head coach,” Ripke said. “To watch them develop over the course of their careers and continue to develop into adulthood is the most rewarding thing.
“And I’m going to miss those relationships with how those relationships develop over the course of that four-year period. But I cherish those relationships with those former players and assistant coaches and look forward continuing to support them any way that I can.”
Ripke also said he’ll miss the students attending games — especially when they couldn’t this season because of COVID-19 protocols — and the assistant coaches.
“I think our student section is second to none,” Ripke said. “And lastly, the assistant coaches that I’ve had the opportunity to work with. We don’t have the success we have within our program without great assistant coaches.
“So I appreciate everything that all those guys have done throughout those 12 years.”