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South names new hoops coaches

It’s not too often a pair of prep basketball head coaching jobs come open at the same time.

However, that was the case at Parkersburg South as the Patriots had both Mike Fallon (boys) and Ed Davis (girls) step away.

On Tuesday night, the Patriots officially filled both of their vacancies with solid choices in 1981 Parkersburg South graduate Rick Dobson (girls) and 2003 Ravenswood graduate Brett Rector (boys).

I’ve known Rector and his family since his playing days for the Red Devils of head coach Mick Price.

Dobson has been a staple in the Mid-Ohio Valley. His son Ty played for the Patriots and competes for Ohio Valley University. Rick Dobson also was an assistant coach for the PHS girls under Kenny DeMoss and previously served as the Big Reds’ athletic director.

Although not imperative for success, neither new Patriot boss will be teaching at the school. It also will be their first head coaching stints.

Dobson, who served 22 years in the United States Marine Corps, is currently a physical education teacher at Kanawha Elementary.

In two years, Rector hopes to be teaching at PSHS or within the county, but he said he’ll have to finish the rest of this year and next year in Kanawha County to officially complete his special education requirements.

“I do,” Dobson replied when asked if he knew Rector. “They (University of Charleston) actually recruited Ty a little bit when Brett was down at UC. Ty went down there for a camp. That’s where I know him from.”

Dobson is the sixth head girls basketball coach in Patriot history and Rector is the seventh head boys hoops leader.

“This is a dream job I’ve always wanted,” Dobson admitted. “I’m happy where I’m at, at Kanawha, but if something came open (at South) I would be interested.

“I’ve thought about coaching high school basketball for years and to get this opportunity I’m thrilled. It was hard for me to wait until last night (Tuesday) to get the approval. I’m just excited about the whole thing.”

Dobson got the chance to speak with the team on Tuesday evening and said “the girls are ecstatic. They are excited and they want to work. I’m happy about that. It’s going to be fun.”

Rector, who is Ravenswood’s eighth all-time leading scorer and sits second in career free-throw percentage and made 3s, has been an assistant at UC since 2014. Prior to that, he had college coaching stops at WVU Tech, Pikeville and Eastern Kentucky. He spent one year as an assistant for coach Price and the 2011 Pikeville team won the NAIA Division I national title.

“I turned 35 (on Tuesday). It’s crazy. It’s the best birthday present I’ve ever had,” said Rector, who was a first team all-stater in basketball and in football as the Red Devils’ quarterback. “I’ll remember this forever, my first head coaching job.

“It (leaving the college ranks) was more of a family decision. Being a high school coach is going to give me the perfect balance. I’ll get my basketball fix and do what I want with my family.”

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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