After struggling with the decision for more than a year, Skyline High boys basketball coach Terrance Ransom decided to retire from coaching on Tuesday.
“I’m very proud of the body of work that I’ve done,” Ransom said. “I walk away with my head held high.”
Ransom went 78-66 in five seasons with the Titans that included two trips to the California Interscholastic Federation Northern California Division I playoffs, most recently in 2009. The Titans struggled to an 8-19 campaign this year.
“This was one of the toughest seasons I’ve ever had coaching or playing,” Ransom said.
With 5-year-old twins and a 14-year-old son who plays basketball at Marin Academy, Ransom, 44, also weighed the strain on his family life before making his decision.
Eventually Ransom decided there wasn’t enough appreciation or support to warrant staying. He said he’s had to meet with Skyline administration several times regarding anonymous complaints about his coaching style.
“I honestly didn’t feel like there was much appreciation kicking in,” Ransom said, adding that the parents of the majority of Skyline’s returning players had pleaded with him to stay for one more season.
Ransom said he’s already received coaching job offers, but is unsure if he would consider getting back into coaching. His career on the bench began as an assistant for five years at the College of Alameda, where he coached current Oakland High coach Orlando Watkins.
He spent the 1999-2000 season as an assistant at Diablo Valley College before a five-year stint as an assistant at Chabot. He left Chabot to take the Skyline position shortly before the Gladiators head coaching position opened up when Tony Costello left to take over at Los Positas.
Ransom is the third Oakland Athletic League coach to step down this offseason, joining Fremont’s Frank Knight and Oakland Tech’s Michael Quinney. He’s endorsed assistant Max Langaard as his replacement.