Wood coach takes leave

Archbishop Wood coach Jim Ricci rubs his eyes as his team lets a game against Archbishop Molloy slip away in the second half. Molloy (N.Y.) rallied to defeat Wood, 36-35, Saturday in the Pro Hoops New York/Philly Challenge girls basketball showcase at Lower Merion. (Lou Rabito/Staff)
Archbishop Wood coach Jim Ricci rubs his eyes as his team lets a game against Archbishop Molloy slip away in the second half. Molloy (N.Y.) rallied to defeat Wood, 36-35, Saturday in the Pro Hoops New York/Philly Challenge girls basketball showcase at Lower Merion. (Lou Rabito/Staff)
Posted: November 25, 2013

Archbishop Wood's Jim Ricci, one of the area's premier girls' basketball coaches, has taken a leave of absence for the season because of a family illness, Vikings athletic director Joe Sette said Saturday.

John Gallagher, Ricci's longtime assistant, will take over. Between 2010 and 2012, Wood captured three straight PIAA Class AAA titles and Ricci was twice named the state's Class AAA coach of the year.

"We're confident that the program is in good hands," Sette said. "Jimmy has a great group of assistants and has established a great program."


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