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Mullins stepping down as Ridgeview football coach

Kevin Mays • Jan 10, 2020 at 6:39 PM

CLINTWOOD — A stalwart of Dickenson County football is hanging up his whistle.

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!”

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