Skyline’s Ransom resigns as boys basketball coach

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.

Jimmy Durkin

Jimmy Durkin is a sports writer for the Bay Area News Group.

  • brandonbeard

    Coach Ransom will defintely be missed in the OAL. He is a great coach and did the best job he could.+

  • brandonbeard

    Coach Ransom will defintely be missed in the OAL. He is a great coach and did the best job he could.+

  • Peter Rabit

    Coach Ransom did as good as he could with what he had. The OAL is becomming the worst leauge/section in California. The clearly dont appreciate the coaches they have (three resignations? Quinney (Tech) Knight (Fremont) and Ransom. And with the transfer rules that seem to change depending on who is transfering makes the OAL seem quite bush-leauge. Huge black eye on the leauge when three coaches quit without taking other jobs.

  • John Ransom, Jr.


    We are extremely proud of the personal conviction you put towards your coaching career. Having had an opportunity to see you in action with our father and brother a few years ago was truly a blessing from God. This chapter is behind you so leave it there and never look back at what could have been. None of us knows what tomorrow holds but we do know who holds tomorrow. Remember our reward doesn’t come to us down here on earth and we can never please man. Do what’s right and pleasing in the sight of the Lord and all will work out fine!!! Keep your head lifted HIGH, in all things give God thanks and know you are always welcomed here in the ATL Shawty!(smile) As for what’s next in your life….Proverbs 3:5&6 is the only answer I’ll ever give. God Bless and we love you. JR & the Ransom Family…Roo



  • Watkins

    Just want to wish Coach the best and let him know that he will be missed both in and outside of the OAL. Now you can spend time with people that appreciate you and won’t take you for granted. Enjoy!!! Go Giants

  • Iman Mattox

    Great job at Skyline coach. Thanks for the hard years at Chabot, you really helped pave the way for my basketball and coaching carrer. The OAL is losing a great coach and even better man. Enjoy retired life, for now…

  • brandonbeard

    Hey Coach Ransom, Take the Tech or Fremont job, you will have much more to work with over there.

  • Felicia Aubrey

    I am truly going to miss you. I have only known you for 2 years but,it seems alot longer. I have watched you become disgruntled and I have prayed for you. I know my mornings in the cafeteria will not be the same without you there to make me smile in the mornings. I wish you all the best in whatever you do know you are LOVED. God Bless you.

  • Sharon

    Hey Cuz,

    I am very proud of you; and will continue to keep you, my God babies and TJ in my prayers. Keep trusting, God will make a way. Amen?