Posted: 8:38 pm Monday, August 9th, 2010

Benjamin coach Ron Ream hanging it up? Maybe not 

By Matt Porter

Leading up to Monday’s practice, Benjamin coach Ron Ream looked ahead to the start of his 30th year as Buccaneers coach.

“I really enjoy it. I still have the energy for it,” said Ream, 62.

“Then again,” he joked, “I was out in my garden and the heat was something else, so I’m not sure I’m looking forward to Monday.”

After a tumultuous 2009 season that included a player assaulting an assistant coach, and Ream’s brief absence from the team, the coach said he thought about hanging it up. But with a new season nearly in bloom, he says, he’d “like to coach a couple more years.”

“Being around those kids, it keeps you young,” he said. “We have a great group this year.”

When Monday comes, he said, “it’ll be just like it was 30 years ago.”