BEALLSVILLE - Being a coach can be very hectic and time consuming.
After a quarter of a century of being in the business, Rick Jarrett is calling it a career as the head girls' basketball coach at Beallsville High School.
Although he only served in that capacity for the past three seasons, Jarrett is no stranger to the Lady Blue Devils' program, or the school.
"I've been coaching for 25 years," said Jarrett. "I've been the head girls' coach for three seasons, and I was the assistant coach for 12 seasons prior to that under my brother, Terry. I've also coached football for two years at Beallsville and basketball five years at Crooksville High School. I also helped out for four years at Muskingum University."
Overall, he has compiled more than 100 victories as a head coach at the junior high and varsity level has head coach, and as an assistant varsity coach.
"I'll remember the pleasures of working with a quality group of well-mannered young ladies who cared about each other like a big family," added Jarrett. "Also, not only teaching the fundamentals and strategies of the game, but also to instill life-long qualities that the girls will be able to use throughout life.
"I'll remember the thrill of winning those rivalry games and how excited the girls and I were afterwards," continued Jarrett. "One of the most rewarding aspects as being the head coach was being chosen as the 2011-2012 Division IV District 12 Coach of the Year. Another exciting moment was having three talented girls chosen this year for the OVAC All-Star game and watching them excel in the game.
"I'll also remember how my whole family (wife, son, and parents) supported me and were involved in some way. Another thing I cherish was the opportunity to coach with my younger brother (Terry) for the 12 years I was the assistant coach prior to being head coach. It has been a pleasure to work for an athletic director, Mr. Delmas Moore, that goes above and beyond to provide all athletic teams with top quality supplies and equipment on a limited budget."
So why give up coaching now?
"Family interests, other involvements and commitments. My son will be in Jr. High in a couple of years and they usually play on the same nights as the high school girls," he continued. "I don't want to miss him playing and don't want to short change the girls program either. I feel that it is just time for a change to free me up do the things I need to do right now.
"There are some family health issues right now with my wife and my parents and I want to be available for them."
What about the future?
"My future plans are to try to slow down a little bit and to enjoy and spend more time with my family. So many times during the season and the off-season I had devoted a lot of time to the basketball program and I feel that I have neglected quality time with them," he admitted. "Fortunately, they were very supportive and contributed many, many long hours right along beside me helping to assist the program any way they could. My wife, Traci, ran the concession stand, kept the scorebook and/or stats, ran for supplies, fixed late meals and followed me to the majority of the games showing overwhelming support while I was coaching.
"My son Spencer has grown up with the program. He has spent every season going to countless games, practices, and other basketball-related events with me being the manager, filming the games, or helping in the concession stand on top of his own practices and games. My parents were probably the teams biggest fans over the years. They attended countless games showing their support year after year."
Although he is stepping aside now, he wouldn't rule out a courtside return somewhere down the road.
"I may coach again in the future some day," he allowed. "I don't feel that I am through yet. That's a possibility, just depends on the situation and the opportunity."
He also wanted to take time to express his gratitude for all those who helped him throughout his career.
" I would like to thank all of those that have helped me along the way in my coaching career. I am grateful for all of the friendships I have made throughout the years through coaching basketball."
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