By Mark Kitchin
After eight years at the helm, Kinnelon varsity boys basketball coach Sean Rivers is resigning at the end of the season. The Colts coach is moving to Texas where his wife has accepted a job at a pharmaceutical company in Forth Worth. The last day for Rivers, who teaches American History at Kinnelon High, will be April 7. The Long Island native enjoyed coaching at Kinnelon and he has no complaints.
“About half the kids at school know about it,’’ Rivers said. “The players always gave me everything they had. We have a lot of kids here that play multiple sports. Even the times that the kids really struggled, they played as hard as they could.’’
Rivers coached at Kinnelon for eight seasons and has built an 81-99 record. The high mark for victories was the Colts 15-7 record in 2005-06. This year Kinnelon has a 6-9 mark going into Thursday games.
Rivers admits that it might be a good time to take a step back. He has two children, a daughter in sixth grade and a son in third grade. They are getting more involved in the sport and having time to coach them is an enticing proposition.
Kinnelon coach Sean Rivers is moving to Texas after eight seasons with the Kinnelon Colts. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)
Rivers basketball coaching resume is among the most extensive among local coaches and it includes several seasons of coaching as an assistant on the Division I level at Marquette University and Wagner College. Although the Colts aren’t known for winning championships, the small school teams have been known for playing smart and scrappy. Two years ago, the team got off to a 1-10 start but put together a strong second half for a respectable 8-15 finish.
Rivers doesn’t see any high school or college coaching jobs in his immediate future, but he admits that the sport will always be in his blood and keeping him off the court forever is a difficult proposition.
Rivers credited the Kinnelon principals and athletic director Scott Rosenberg for being supportive and helpful with his efforts over the years. Last season it was revealed that Rivers was suffering from a small aneurysm in his brain. He took some time off, but he worked with Rosenberg and school officials to be able to continue coaching while monitoring his health which improved over the course of the season.
“I can’t talk enough about Scott and what he’s done for me over the years,’’ Rivers said. “He does an awful lot.’’