AVON — After three seasons at the helm of the Bulldogs, Riverside High School head football coach Jim Risen is stepping down.
“I am finishing out the school year, but then I will be going back down to south Mississippi because that is where my family is at,” Coach Risen said.
The decision to leave Riverside was a tough decision, because of the outstanding administration at the school, Risen said.
“My experience here has been great. I have met some really good people during my time here, and it will be tough to say goodbye,” Risen said.
Risen’s Bulldogs won one game this season. Risen won two games in first season, and in 2020 he won three games and made the playoffs in a shortened season due to COVID-19.
A number of things are needed in order to turn Riverside back into a winning program, Risen said.
He added that an athletic period at the end of the school day would help a lot.
“This athletic period would allow the kids to come together and get them ready for the practice. They could do weight lifting or agility drills, but the main thing is that it gets them together,” Risen said. “A lot of schools have an athletic period and it really helps.”