Ken Ricker is leaving as girls basketball coach at Dunkirk to take over as head coach of the Jamestown Community College women’s basketball team, the junior college announced.
Ricker guided Dunkirk to the Section VI Class B-1 and overall Class B titles and its first state tournament berth since 1983. The coronavirus outbreak ended the Lady Marauders’ season as the outbreak resulted in the remaining winter sports season being canceled.
Ricker is no stranger to JCC. He served as an assistant from 1992 to 1994 when he started his career. He coached in Arizona before returning to Jamestown High to coach the varsity girls basketball team from 2004 to 2010.
He has also served as junior varsity boys basketball coach at Jamestown and as an assistant at Fredonia State during his 28 seasons as a coach. He has guided the Dunkirk girls the last two seasons.
“We had a good pool of candidates this year,” said George Sisson, JCC’s director of athletics. “Everyone we interviewed had their strengths and weaknesses but at the end of the day, Ken checked the most boxes and has shown he instills what it is to be a Jayhawk.”
Ricker takes over for Travis Wells, who stepped down after a 10-16 season. Ricker also serves as the JCC golf coach.
“NCCC was at the top this season after Monroe Community College was there the previous two seasons,” Ricker said. “NCCC has recruited a lot of players from my AAU program. We need to keep those student-athletes local and here at JCC.”