Sports have always been a major part of Owen Blackport’s life.
Owen’s love for sports was instilled in him by his father, Thomas Blackport, a standout baseball player who received a practice invite from the Cincinnati Reds right out of college. Thomas was a die-hard Michigan football fan, spending every Saturday yelling at the TV.
Shortly after the hire of Rick Court as the new coordinator of athletic strength and conditioning was announced by Greenville Public Schools on June 10, mixed emotions filled the community.
The Daily News detailed Court’s past work history and his hire by Greenville in an in-depth June 16 article, which subsequently resulted in headlines by multiple media outlets nationally due to allegations stemming from Court’s tenure as the strength and conditioning coach at the University of Maryland.
On Friday, nearly two months after being hired for the full-time Greenville varsity head football coach position, Mike Ricco informed Greenville Athletic Director Brian Zdanowski that he’d be resigning from the position.