Long Time Local Coach Dick Rippee Leaves Kickapoo

SPRINGFIELD, Mo--Alright thanks dan...Fresh off a third place finish at state and the Kickapoo boys basketball team will have to search for a new head coach as Dick Rippee accepted the same position at Bentonville High School in Arkansas.

I spoke with coach Rippee on the phone Wednesday and he described the move as a family decision. He has a daughter that plays volleyball at the University of Arkansas and will now be closer to her.

The move is pending board approval on May 1st.

Rippee has coached at Kickapoo since 2009 and holds a 250-91 overall record. He has led the Chiefs to five conference titles. A second place finish at state in the 2015-16 season. And then a third place finish this past March.

Rippee coached at Parkview and Evangel before going to Kickapoo.


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