Rippee to join NIAA Hall of Fame
January 18, 2014
Longtime Douglas High School coach Mike Rippee has been included the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association's Class of 2014 Hall of Fame inductees.
In all 14 individuals will participate in the 22nd NIAA induction ceremony, which will be held March 27 in the Capri Ballroom of the Peppermill Resort Casino & Spa.
The list includes John Gamble, Angela Munger, Terrie McNutt, John Prida, Ron Eller (deceased), Jake Sellers, Lynette Davis, Paul Kautz, Bob Shaffer, Pete Padgett, Jerry Gribble, Dave Nevin, Randy Melendez and Rippee.
"The 14 individuals we are inducting have contributed greatly to high school athletics in Nevada as an administrator, athlete, coach, contributor and or official," said NIAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine. "They have made a positive impact on the young men and women of our state in some very important ways and have helped to make many of their dreams come true."
Rippee's induction is primarily based for his work at the helm of the Douglas football program from 1985-2011. He worked in the classroom and with the Tigers' athletic department for a total of 34 years. He compiled a varsity record of 139-125 in 27 seasons. Rippee also helped form the Northern Nevada Football Coaches Association.
"It's very humbling, very touching," Rippee said. "I'm very honored by it. When you start coaching, you don't think about any of those things. I just wanted to coach, be successful, and do it the right way. And, no, doubt, I was blessed to have such great kids."
He also takes pride in being inducted along with Munger, his niece, who was a star basketball, softball and volleyball player for Mineral County High School in Hawthorne. She helped lead the Serpents to three consecutive Class 2A state basketball titles (1994-96), a state softball title (1995) and multiple volleyball league titles.
"It's interesting to have two members of our family being inducted together … at least one of the two of us deserves it," Rippee said, laughing.
Munger played four years of basketball at Idaho State and is now in that university's Hall of Fame. She later served as an assistant coach at Idaho State and Air Force and currently works as an academic advisor for the athletic department at the University of Santa Clara.
"She is a very talented young lady, even if she had never picked up a ball or been an athlete, she is someone really special," Rippee said.
Tickets for the induction ceremony are available on a first-purchase basis at $35 per ticket. Chris Healy, long-time commissioner for the Northern Nevada Officials Association, will serve as master of ceremonies.
(See Wednesday's edition of The Record-Courier for more details.)