Rick Mullins, head coach at Ridgeview for the past five years and at Clintwood for 12 years before consolidation, confirmed Friday that he’s stepping down.
“After 33 years of coaching I have decided to retire from the coaching profession that I have loved!” he said in a message to the Times News. “With too many wonderful times to mention and being a part of countless young men's lives it is time to to step away! I have enjoyed the friendship of fellow coaches and the competition from opposing coaches!
“I've had the privilege of coaching some tremendous athletes and some even better young men! I hope that they have learned as much from me as I have from them! Time sure has a way of slipping up on us and now is the time for me to step away!”
This past season, Mullins guided the Wolfpack to the co-championship of the Mountain 7 District as well as a third consecutive Region 2D playoff appearance. The ‘Pack finished 9-3, falling to Wise Central 14-7 in the regional semifinals.
His overall record at Ridgeview was 36-20. Mullins led the ’Pack to postseason appearances in four out of its five years of existence.
Mullins went 108-37 at Clintwood. The Greenwave won multiple championships, including a state crown in 2011, and finished as state runner-up in 2007 and 2008.
“I have been a part is some outstanding teams and had the privilege to coach in 4 State Championship games (1 at Pound and 3 at Clintwood),” Mullins continued, “but the real passion that I had was the organization and building of a team from one season to the next! Winning was important but not the only goal. I have worked for some great administrators that gave me the freedom to coach and supported me and for that I am truly thankful!”