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Thu. August 11, 2011 | Matt Baker | Email

After a decade away from high school basketball, former Hudson coach Rick Conn started craving the game.

"I was getting the itch again," Conn said.

And now he's back.

Conn accepted the boys basketball coaching position at River Ridge last week, Royal Knights athletic director Jack Homko said Thursday.

Conn had been coaching his 13-year-old son's youth teams in football, baseball and basketball at times. But he hadn't coached a varsity high school sport since leaving the Cobras in 1999 after 10 years and an 85-189 record.

Conn, 56, became heavily involved in his son's sports at River Ridge Middle School, which could help him adjust to leading the Royal Knights' high school program over the coming years.

"I tried to stay with everything and tried to stay on top when basketball came around," Conn said.

The move makes sense for River Ridge, too.

Because of budget cuts, the school didn’t have a teaching position to offer a coach – only a coaching supplement. Conn was already employed by the school as a reading teacher.

“That was a break for us,” Homko said. “We didn’t have a job to offer anybody.”

Homko said Conn is a popular teacher and well-liked in the school. Conn was Hudson's Teacher of the Year in 2006.

“Hopefully he’ll bring about some excitement, a new coach in the program,” Homko said.

Conn has already hosted a few open gym practices to begin meeting his new players.

Conn replaces John Sedlack, who retired in June after 37 years of coaching. Sedlack compiled a 57-72 record during five years at River Ridge.

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