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Fri. June 3, 2011 | Bryan Burns

River Ridge basketball coach Sedlack retires (updated)

John Sedlack, who has paced the sidelines inside North Suncoast gymnasiums for more than a quarter-century, has retired from coaching.

Sedlack had been the varsity boys basketball coach at River Ridge for the past five seasons but decided to hang up his whistle. The position has been listed on the Pasco County Schools instructional vacancies website as a supplement only opening.

In five seasons as the Royal Knights varsity head coach, Sedlack failed to produce a winning season or a playoff appearance. The 63-year old Sedlack compiled a 57-72 overall mark. River Ridge has made the postseason just once (1999) and has never won a playoff game.

"I'm retired," Sedlack said. "I'm officially done. It was time. 39 years of teaching and 37 years of coaching, I had my time. It was a good time."

Before taking over as River Ridge head coach, Sedlack enjoyed 18 seasons at Central, where he piled up over 250 wins and coached Alex Ruoff, who later went onto star collegiately at West Virginia University. Sedlack took the Bears to the playoffs five times, and is the only Central boys basketball coach to win a playoff game (1997). Sedlack also made coaching stops at Crystal River and Land O'Lakes.  

"I worked my tail off and could just never get over the hump," Sedlack said. "Right now, I don’t miss it one bit, which means it probably was time. I gave my heart and soul to the game. I don’t have anything to be ashamed or anything. While me and my wife have our good health, I think we’re going to enjoy retirement.” 

The boys basketball head coaching position is the second major athletic vacancy River Ridge must fill this offseason. On Tuesday, longtime football assistant Gary Allen resigned as head football coach less than five months after earning the position, citing medical reasons.

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