Lincoln Christian’s Darren Melton met with football players this morning, and it was revealed that Jerry Ricke would be the Bulldogs’ new head coach, a source indicated on Friday morning. Melton later confirmed Ricke as the second head coach in the program’s history at Lincoln Christian.
Melton, Lincoln Christian’s head coach for 15 years since the program was established in 2002, will remain as the Bulldogs’ athletic director. Melton went 142-39 with a 2009 state championship in Class 2A during his reign with the Bulldogs.
In February, Melton became a new board member of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. He occupied the spot that was vacated by Washington’s Stuart McPherson.
Ricke takes over after serving as Lincoln Christian’s offensive coordinator.
With University of Tulsa signee Reed Martin rushing for 2,366 yards, Lincoln Christian went 10-3 during the 2016 season. The Bulldogs compiled 560 points in a season that concluded in the Class 3A quarterfinals with a 35-34 loss to Plainview.