At the final thought of the 2020-21 fumbling period, John Riggs obtained a call from among his previous wrestlers and also assistant instructors, Brendan Moody.
Moody was considering his retired life from training Hilliard Darby after 12 periods. This springtime, the duties were turned around.
Riggs, that led the fumbling programs at Hilliard (currently Davidson), Darby and also Bradley over 27 years and also has actually been a trainer in the institution area given that 1987, has actually chosen to relinquish training. He introduced the choice April 29.
” When I was undergoing the procedure of hanging up the whistle, I called John and also we reviewed the advantages and disadvantages (of retired life),” Moody stated. “He called me (April 27) and also we spoke about it, and also he spoke it over with my daddy (previous Riggs aide and also present Bradley softball trainer Kevin Moody). My daddy was amazed, yet he recognized just how much John had actually provided for Hilliard.
” He was my high-school trainer, and also he was the factor that I wished to enter training. He made me something various than I was previously. He resembled a 2nd daddy to me, and also he made me a far better individual, professional athlete and also a far better general person.”
Riggs initially led the fumbling program at the initial Hilliard from 1995-97 prior to it ended up being Davidson with the opening of Darby. He trained Darby from 1997-2009 and after that led Bradley from 2009-22.
” I have had a terrific experience top to base, yet I have grandkids in their tasks and also where our family members is right currently, it simply looks like it’s time to discover an additional method to be entailed,” he stated. “I can hand the program off to a person that is young and also prepared to go.”
Riggs has actually invested 98 periods as a head and also aide trainer. He has actually trained battling for 37 periods, football for 34 and also invested 27 as a tosses trainer in track and also area. He additionally worked as acting head trainer for Darby’s football group in 2003.
” Train Riggs is just one of those instructors that you simply do not see around that usually any longer,” Bradley sports supervisor Nick Van Dyne stated. “He’s provided 37 years to having a favorable influence on young student-athletes and also getting in touch with family members with sports. He’s absolutely left a heritage in Hilliard, and also he’s equally as great of an individual as he is an instructor.”
Riggs finished in 1983 from Wellington in Lorain Region, where he completed in football, fumbling and also track. He additionally battled for 2 periods at Ashland College.
As an university junior, he went back to his university to work as an aide in football and also fumbling. After finishing from Ashland in 1987, he ended up being a service instructor with Hilliard City Schools, together with working as an aide in football and also fumbling.
” John has actually been fantastic for Hilliard, training football, fumbling and also track,” Kevin Moody stated. “He has an occupation of greater than 35 years. It’s an unfortunate day, yet additionally one to commemorate. I’m thrilled for him.”
Conor Driscoll, a 2012 Bradley grad, has actually been an aide under Riggs.
” Train is just one of one of the most significant males I have actually had in my life,” Driscoll stated. “He’s an intense individual, and also he’s everything about the obstacle.
” He’s an effective individual, and also it’s outstanding the number of individuals he has actually affected over his 37 years. I correspond trainer Riggs with Hilliard fumbling as a whole. It enters into your identification being an instructor under (Riggs), and also I’m pleased to be a component of that.”
Justin Lemmerman, a 2016 Bradley grad and also an aide under Riggs, remains in his initial year of training robotics and also layout at Memorial Intermediate school.
” Train has actually indicated a whole lot to me,” Lemmerman stated. “I really did not recognize what I was mosting likely to do (skillfully) and also I returned when my bro (2018 Bradley grad) J.T. (Lemmerman) was right here. He informed me that he recognized I suched as fumbling which I suched as to assist pupils and also possibly I must think about training and also training. I went to Ohio State and also transformed my significant to center childhood years education and learning.
” He assisted me find out my job which I wished to enter training. I matured in the young people battling program at Darby which has actually been handy to me. He’s constantly there for his student-athletes. Any individual that recognizes him recognizes that’s the method he is.”
Regardless of relinquishing training, Riggs intends to proceed training organization at Bradley.
” I really feel so humbled to deal with numerous student-athletes, managers, instructors and also family members,” he stated. “I simply really feel honored.
” It’s been a terrific experience to view as the area has actually expanded. It’s fantastic to be a component of structure practices at Darby and also Bradley. I’m one hundred percent a Hilliard individual, costs a minimum of ten years in all 3 of the institutions.”