RHINELANDER - RHS Boys Basketball Coach Rich Fortier told HodagSports.com Wednesday afternoon that he has accepted the job as Principal in the Arbor Vitae/Woodruff School and will step down as RHS Boys Basketball Coach.
Multiple reports surfaced Tuesday night and Wednesday Morning regarding the move.
confirmed them Wednesday afternoon as he
was in the process of informing his
coaching staff and RHS
Administration of his
"I accepted the prinicpalship with the K-8 School in Arbor Vitae/Woodruff," Fortier told HodagSports.com's Jeremy Mayo in a phone call Wednesday.
Fortier had logged 14 seasons as head coach for the Hodags, 18 in all with the RHS Boys Basketball Program, serving as a Freshman Coach under Jack Bennett for four years before taking the head job in 1996.
went to State three times, in 1996-97, 1998-99 and 2000-01.
also won Wisconsin Valley Conference titles in 98-99 and 2004-05.
Over the years Fortier built relationships with several of his
players, which he
admits is the hardest thing about leaving.
"I'm going to miss just about everything," he
No formal search to replace Fortier has started but two names that have already surfaced as frontrunners are current RHS JV Coach Josh Jaeger and former RHS player and Assistant Coach Derek Lemmens, who spent last season as an assistant under Dan Witter at Wisconsin Rapids.
"I hope that the basketball team is left in capable hands and I'm confident that it will," Fortier
is one of five feeder elementary schools to Lakeland Union High School
Fortier has a strong relationship with Lakeland Boys Basketball Coach Ted Voigt.
Search to Begin Shortly for Fortier's Replacement After 14 seasons of consistency with Rich Fortier
, Rhinelander's Boys Basketball Bench will have a new leader this winter.
With the start of the school year fast approaching and the Boys Basketball se
Fortier Takes AVW Job, Steps Down as RHS Boys Hoops Coach RHINELANDER - RHS Boys Basketball Coach Rich Fortier told HodagSports.com Wednesday afternoon that he has accepted the job as Principal in the Arbor Vitae/Woodruff School and will step down as RHS Boy