Riverside Coach Jeff Womack resigns to enter private business
Riverside Lady Rebel basketball coach and head baseball coach Jeff Womack shocked the Rebel Nation when he abruptly resigned last week to enter private business.
Womack, who just completed his third season at Riverside, compiled a 58-41 record as the Lady Rebel roundball coach, and a 54-22 mark at the helm of the baseball program. The Lake City native led the Lady Rebels to a state tournament berth in his first season on the job, and came within one game of a return trip in 2014. Riverside struggled with injuries this season, but Womack leaves the Lady Rebels in good shape with a strong nucleus of talented players. Womack's Junior Lady Rebels captured both the conference and district titles while the senior high squad returns a pair of starters who will have three years of eligibility left.
Womack guided the baseball team to a 25-4 mark this season, including a perfect 12-0 league record. The Rebels outscored their conference foes by a whopping 118-7 during the regular season. Riverside captured both the district and regional championships before advancing to the semifinals of the Class 2A State Tournament, the first final four trip for the diamond Rebels since 1995.
It was a tough decision for Womack, but one he said he felt was best for his family. "It was a very difficult decision, one of the hardest of my life," Womack said. "I love Riverside but I felt this was the best thing for my family and their future. Sports and farming are the two things I love most, and when the opportunity arose to go into farming with my brother, I just couldn't turn it down. I think the hardest part was telling the kids, without a doubt. They are a great group and I'm really going to miss coaching them."
Womack, a Rebel graduate, came home to Riverside after leading Black Rock's boys basketball squad to a state runner-up finish in 2011. "I feel extremely grateful that I got to come back home to Riverside, even if it was just for three years," Womack continued. "The community was excellent and I had great support while I was here. I wouldn't change anything about it. It was definitely the right decision to come back to Riverside when I did."
The 35 year old Womack said after talking with his brother and dad that he felt like this was the best time to enter the family business. "I really appreciate the support the Riverside fans have given me in making this decision. We have a great school at Riverside and we have an excellent future in both girls basketball and baseball. I really appreciate everything they did. The booster club really supported me, our administration has always been supportive and I really appreciated them. I am definitely going to miss coaching. It's been my life over the last nine years. The adrenaline you feel as a coach is going to be hard to replace, but I am really looking forward to this new challenge."