Coach Ray Ricks was recognized January 11th for his 20 years as a basketball coach. He excelled as a coach because he was first a player. Ray Ricks was a student at Northwest Christian Schools who played on the 1989 basketball team and helped lead them to their first state championship title ever. Not only was this victory the first state title at NWCS, but it was the first time a private school had won the state championship. As a player, Mr. Ricks helped keep Morton from winning three championships in a row in 1989 while playing for the Crusaders.
Ray Ricks became the NWCS basketball coach during the 2000-2001 season and coached 107 varsity players over the past 20 years. He led his teams over the years to an overall record of 404 wins and 95 losses, including 6 championship titles (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2016). Mr. Ricks also had the unique opportunity to coach his son Ryan and the team earned a state championship in 2016 with Ryan as a player. Ray Ricks has been on all sides of the basketball game: player, coach, player’s dad and State Champion (both as player and coach). Thank you, Coach Ricks.