Last updated: February 27. 2014 5:15PM - 2496 Views
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Long-time Wilkes basketball coach Jerry Rickrode is stepping down after 22 seasons leading the program.

The long time leader of the Colonels will remain at the university as a major gifts officer, a job he will start March 24.

“It was just the right time,” Rickrode said Thursday from the offices of the Marts Center, not 100 yards from the court he presided over for many seasons. “It was the right time for me and my family.”

Rickrode cited spending time with his family, including two children enrolled at Wyoming Seminary, as one of the main reasons for his decision. The veteran coach said he had been seriously mulling the switch for the past few weeks before finalizing it in his head last Friday just before the Colonels’ season finale against King’s.

Under Rickrode, Wilkes went 382-191 with five straight NCAA tournament appearances, highlighted by a trip to the Final Four in 1998. He had 20 straight winning seasons before finishing under .500 each of the last two years.

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