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Richmond Hill High School basketball coach steps down to take job at Metter High
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Richmond Hill High School boys' basketball coach William Altman is headed to Metter to take the head coaching job. Altman turned the once-proud Wildcat program around and won a region title after inheriting a team that won one game the season prior to his arrival in 2006. - photo by John Wood

Richmond Hill High School boys basketball coach William Altman won’t be on the bench for the Wildcats next season.

Altman, who compiled a 75-63 record in five seasons and guided the Wildcats to the 2011 Region 2-AAAA title, is taking the head basketball coaching job at Metter High School beginning next season.

His resignation was accepted without fanfare Thursday by the Bryan County Board of Education.

It's unclear who will step in and take over here. Richmond Hill High School athletic director Rick Bond could not be reached Tuesday.

Altman, considered by many to be one of the bright young coaches in area high school basketball, didn’t say why he decided to change programs. But he wrote glowingly of his time in Richmond Hill.

In an email which runs in full on page 12, Altman said his decision wasn’t an easy one and that he "grew as a coach and as a person" during his time at RHHS.

"I have spent five great years here in Richmond Hill and I have watched our program grow into a championship caliber program," Altman said. "We have been truly blessed with having two back to back seasons with 21 and 18 wins, while winning the region championship just a year ago. Our past and current players deserve all the credit. They bought into a system that was built on dedication, determination and desire."

Read full story in Wednesday's Bryan County News.

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