The Dublin Coffman High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee has announced the selection of five individuals and two teams for induction into the DCHS Athletic Hall of Fame.
Among the inductees is Kelly (Link) Rigano from the Class of 1997. Rigano, who is the first Dublin basketball player to top 1,000 career points, is a Supervisor with the City of Dublin’s Recreation Services Department.
The four-year starter’s achievements include All-OCC four times, All-Central District and All-Ohio Honorable Mention. After graduating from Coffman, Rigano played basketball for Miami University.
“She was a leader on the court and off,” said Rigano’s high school coach, Scott Sibberson. “She was dedicated to being the best she could be and always worked to make the team the best it could be. She is an outstanding young lady, and continues to be supportive of athletics for Dublin.”
The City of Dublin web staff asked Rigano a series of questions about her career and the Hall of Fame honor.
How does it feel for you to be inducted into the Dublin Coffman Hall of Fame?
To be inducted into the Hall of Fame is a huge honor and I’m looking forward to the events for that weekend. After you leave school, you tend to think that most people forget about your high school playing days unless you went on to play in college or professionally. So, to be thought of 20 years after I’ve graduated is a very nice feeling.
What is your most vivid memory from your high school playing days?
Definitely the night I scored my thousandth point. I remember my friends made a sign counting up to 1,000 points, posted it on the wall inside the gym, and would tear off my new point total as I scored throughout the game. I remember there being more people in the stands than normal and that many people had signs of encouragement. I also remember that we were losing by a lot and the game was almost over. I saw the poster displaying 999 points. I needed one point to be able to hit 1,000 points on our home court. Our next game was on the road at Newark. The other team had fouled me, encouraged by the coach who could see what was happening, and I stood there at the foul line, trying not to panic. I was a shy kid, pretty quiet and reserved, and being the center of attention was never my thing. The official gave me the ball, I went through my normal free throw routine, but I completely air-balled the first free throw. I was mortified. I knew that I had one more shot, one more try, in front of a gym full of people. I could not have been more thankful when that second one swished through the net. I was very relieved!
You were the very first Dublin basketball player, male or female, to reach 1,000 points. Do you think that is your proudest achievement from your high school career?
Yes, I would say so. I remember it like it was yesterday.
How have your experiences in basketball at Coffman helped you to get where you are today working for the City?
Playing basketball at Coffman taught me a lot about time management and hard work. Having such a structured schedule with schoolwork, practices, and games taught me from an early age how to plan out my day. Even in college, if I had a window of time, I would plan out my studying around class time. I learned from a young age, probably because of my parents, that schoolwork came first. Once that was finished, I could enjoy my free time.
Who is the one basketball player of all time that you would love to challenge to a game of one-on-one?
Well, I hung up my basketball shoes a while ago, but when I was in my prime, I would say Chris Collins. He played for Duke and now coaches at Northwestern. I never really liked the one-on-one drills as a post player (those pesky guards always got the best of me), but since he was my favorite player, I would have loved the opportunity to play against him.
The 2017 Hall of Fame class will be introduced at halftime of the boys’ varsity basketball game on February 3 followed by an induction reception and ceremony beginning at 11:30 a.m. on February 4 in the Commons and PAC at the high school.
In addition to Rigano, the class includes the following:
- Jill Miller—(2001) Lettered in cross country and track. All-Ohio in both cross country and track. Ran cross country and track at Wake Forest University.
- Danielle Ridgeway—(2007) Lettered in swimming and diving. 4x All-Ohio and 3x All-America. Dove at the University of Arizona.
- Mike Walker—(1996-2008) Head Girls Soccer Coach. Two state championships and two state runner-up finishes.
- George Bell—(1995-Present) Announcer for DCHS sports including football, boys and girls volleyball, girls lacrosse, and boys and girls basketball.
- The 2004 Girls Soccer Team: Head Coach Mike Walker. OCC, District and Regional Champions. State Runner-Up.
- The 2006 Girls Soccer Team: Head Coach Mike Walker. OCC, District and Regional Champions. State Runner-Up.