Varsity Kim Rivers, who led the Randallstown boys basketball team to five state titles in 14 seasons, is leaving to coach at Shiloh High School in Atlanta, he confirmed yesterday.
Rivers won three straight state titles from 2005 to 2007 and got to this season's championship game before losing to Winters Mill. His teams reached the state semifinals nine times.
Rivers, The Sun's 2007 All-Metro Coach of the Year, won nine Baltimore County titles and compiled a 315-50 record with the Rams.
"As the head coach, they have a similar style of athletes that we have at Randallstown and have a lot of potential as far as contending," Rivers said of his new position. "The commitment that they made towards offering me this position was something I couldn't refuse as far as incentives that'll help me with my future."
Rivers, 44, will become head coach, assistant athletic director and coordinator of the public school's in-school suspension program. Shiloh is a 5A school, the largest classification in Georgia, and is in Gwinnett County. Rivers sees the new position as similar to one he had when he first came to Randallstown.
"They've been to the [state] tournament but have no state championships, so it's kind of like the same situation that I ran into at Randallstown," Rivers said. "The opportunity for me and my family to relocate is a great opportunity for my career, not just as a coach but with being an athletic administrator and getting to do some other things with my career as far as growth."
Rivers said he was chosen out of about 50 other applicants. Rivers, a New York native who was an NAIA All-American at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., and played professional basketball in Australia before taking over at Randallstown in 1994, said he'll always cherish his time as a Rams coach.
"I'm going to miss the kids," Rivers said. "I'm going to miss my coaching staff, because they did more for me than people would ever know."
The story was first reported Friday in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.