EDON — Former Edgerton boys basketball coach Matt Ripke is headed up Route 49.
Ripke, who spent the last 12 years with the Bulldogs and went 185-99, will be the next Edon boys basketball coach. The Edon Board of Education voted 5-0 to approve the hiring of Ripke at its monthly meeting Thursday night at Edon High School.
Ripke resigned as Edgerton’s boys basketball coach on March 24 due to personal reasons.
“It’s a great opportunity,” Ripke said after the meeting. “With my wife (Jen) being the elementary principal, it’s a great fit for our family and a great opportunity to work with student athletes at Edon Local.”
“(Ripke) is the type of person you want coaching your kids,” Edon superintendent Anthony Stevens said after the meeting. “He cares, he invests the time and energy, he gets it at every level and we know he’s going to give everything he has to our program and to our kids — and that’s what we want for them.
“It doesn’t hurt that the guy has been incredibly successful. He does it the right way. You couldn’t hope for any better.”
The Bombers went 9-9 overall this season and finished second in the Buckeye Border Conference with a 9-3 record.
Edon returns several key players, including all-Ohio honorable mention honoree and co-BBC player of the year in Drew Gallehue. The 6-foot-3 junior averaged 15 points per game.
The Bombers also bring back juniors Jack Berry, who was an all-BBC second-team honoree, and Cassius Hulbert, who earned honorable mention in the conference.
“That was obviously one of the things in consideration for applying for the position,” Ripke said. “There’s a tremendous core returning and Edon has a rich tradition of basketball. We’re hoping to use those core individuals coming back and adding some other pieces as well to have success moving forward.”
Ripke also becomes the eighth coach since the 2010-11 season for the Bombers. Stevens said he thinks Ripke is the type of person and coach that can bring stability to the program.
“You can tell what his core values are — and they’re very visible,” he said. “The way that he carries himself, the way he interacts with the kids, they really align with us and who we want to be and what we want for our kids and for our program.”
Ripke said to establish a consistent culture, it starts with building relationships with the players, parents, teachers and administration.
“It starts with... building those relationships with the players, parents and community and to understand and buy into what we’re trying to do,” he said, “and build(ing) that positive culture and give those kids a good experience playing basketball.
“It’s an exciting opportunity. I’m really looking forward to it. It’s time for a change, and I think this is a positive change for me professionally and also for my family.”
Walker, assistant AD Moore step down
Also during Thursday’s meeting, the board accepted Walker and assistant athletic director Brien Moore’s resignations in their respective roles.
Both resigned for family reasons. The vote was 5-0 for each resignation.
Walker will finish his fourth year as athletic director at the end of this year, while Moore will finish his third in his role.
“Both L.J. and Brien have been awesome to us. They’ve given great service, and we appreciate them a whole bunch,” Stevens said during the meeting. “... They have young families, and an opportunity for them to spend some more time. (Those jobs) take away (time) from your family quite a bit.
“They wanted to have some of those other opportunities, and this will give them that chance. We appreciate all that they’ve done for the district.”