Ricono resigns as UAM head football coach

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Leaving — Coach Gregg Ricono resigned to return home to Arkansas Tech in Russellville.
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   Gregg Ricono has resigned as head football coach at the University of Arkansas at Monticello to return to Arkansas Tech University as offensive coordinator, a position he held for five years before coming to UAM in 2002. 

   Ricono compiled a three-year record of 12-20 as the Boll Weevils’ head coach, improving the school’s record each year, beginning with a 2-8 mark in 2002, 4-7 in 2003, and 6-5 in 2004.  

   “We wish Gregg all the best as he begins a new phase of his career,” said UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter. “I know a lot of people will question why he would make a move from a head coaching position to become an assistant coach, but I believe Gregg feels more comfortable in this new position and he has indicated that he plans to explore other career options in the future. We are grateful for the direction he has taken our program and wish him nothing but the best.” 

   UAM will begin a nationwide search immediately, Lassiter said.

   “We will move as quickly as we can, but at the same time we are not going to rush our decision,” he added. “We have some upward momentum in the program and we want to keep that going. We’re looking for someone who understands the institution, our program and our student athletes. And we want someone committed to the university who will stay and build the program long term.” 

   Lassiter said he will appoint a search committee to include faculty, staff, community representatives and current players.

   Anyone who has questions concerning the coaching search should contact Alvy Early, director of athletics, at (870) 460-1058.

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