"I want everybody back and so do the boys," Metten said. "Marcus (Reed) and Nick (Light) had four different coaches. We told them when we took the job that we're going to be here for them, we're going to stick with it. We want that to happen.
"You get attached to these kids and they start believing in you. They're used to coaches turning and leaving on them and we're not going to do that."
The school has not had a winning boys basketball team since the 2002-03 season, when the Warriors finished 16-7 in the last campaign for Coach Jim Fout.
Fout resigned shortly before the 2003-04 season opener. Assistant Tom Watkins served as interim head coach with help from assistants Steve Crosier and Cliff Jackson. Watkins remained in place until nine games into the 2007-08 season when he stepped down with a 34-67 record. Danny Hill finished coaching that year and went 4-9.
Since 2008, the team has had three head coaches - Duane Estep (2008-09), David Starr (2009-11) and Herscher.
"It's really hard because you have to keep learning new offenses," Wood said.
For the first time since 2004-07, Riverside will have the same head coach for three consecutive seasons.
Riverside will lose five players to graduation - Reed, Light, Austin-Taylor Smith, Isaac Sparks and Tim Womack -while returning 11 players.
With the coaches back on the sidelines, Woods is hoping for bigger and better things.
"We're just going to work hard every day," he said. "Hopefully, we can get to the State Tournament and maybe even win a state championship."
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