GRCC Athletic Director Bob Kickner takes reins of Gator Women's Basketball
Green River Community College Dean of Campus Life, Dani Chang announced today that Director of Athletics Bob Kickner will take over the reins of the Green River women’s basketball team effective immediately. Kickner is in his tenth year at Green River CC and will become the 11th head coach in GRCC history.
Prior to moving to Auburn, Kickner was the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, KS from 1999-2004. He inherits a GRCC program that finished with a 3-22 mark in equaling a record low from 2000-2001 and a program that has only reached the NWAACC basketball tournament twice since 1991. The last trip to the NWAACC tournament was in 1994 under Head Coach Pete Finlon.
Kickner has maintained his coaching pedigree while in Washington coaching high school basketball at Seattle Christian HS (2007-11) and Rainier Christian HS (2013-14). In 2009, Kickner was named the Seattle Time 1A girls basketball coach of the year after leading the Warriors of Seattle Christian to a WIAA State Championship.
“We are not going to find a more passionate and qualified candidate for this position at GRCC,” stated Chang. “Coach Kickner brings professionalism, successful experience, and established connections to a program that needs a boost. We look forward to supporting him in his dual capacity.”
Kickner is accustomed to taking on the challenge of building a program. While in Kansas, he took over a Saint Mary program in mid-season that had lost 19 games in a row. Over five seasons he successfully built the roster to include a junior varsity program and became the schools winningest coach. Four of his players have since entered the USM Hall of Fame.
“While at Green River, I have worked with some good coaches who have been unable to overcome the challenges of being a part time community college coach,” said Kickner. “Many of the successful NWAACC teams have coaches who are on campus, connected to the community, and have the skill set necessary to attract talent. I feel I can still positively impact the lives of the 130 students and eight coaches I serve daily while also raising the level of expectations on the basketball court.”