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St. Paul girls basketball coach Peters to retire

St. Paul coach Rick Peters to retire at end of basketball season.
St. Paul coach Rick Peters to retire at end of basketball season.(KSNB)
Published: Dec. 20, 2021 at 5:30 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 20, 2021 at 5:59 PM CST
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ST. PAUL, Neb. (KSNB) - St. Paul girls basketball coach Rick Peters has had quite the career, but it will soon come to an end.

Peters confirmed to Local4 on Monday afternoon that he will retire at the end of the season.

Per the Grand Island Independent, Peters earned his first 386 career victories as a boys basketball coach, with 322 of them coming over 23 years at St. Paul. He then retired from coaching the first time after the 2010-11 season to focus on his duties as the school’s activities director before deciding to come back when there was a need.

Peters achieved his 400th career win as a basketball coach in January of 2020, his first season leading the Wildcats’ girls team. Prior to that year, Peters had never coached girls basketball. Now, his career is set to come to a close having impacted the sport in an entirely new way.

“They’ll come around,” Peters said. “They’ll rally the troops and they’ll be fine without me. They realize what’s down the road. I look for great things coming out of St. Paul and they’ll look back at these last three years for us and the success we had and rally around that.”

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