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The Heart of WHBHS: Coach Ron Gholson

Reily MacDonald, Staff Writer

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Security guard and boys basketball coach Ron Gholson has devoted himself to WHBHS for 20 years. A father and role model for the kids of this school, his knowledge and wisdom is something we treasure. He keeps trouble out of the hallways and keeps food on the table for his family. As a coach, his players think of him as a father. As a security guard, people think of him as someone to go to for advice. Ron Gholson is the heart and soul of the high school.

Even though he seems like an open book who is free to giving advice, there are still things many people don’t know about him. Born in the south Bronx, Coach Gholson was put into foster care at a very young age. His experience being a foster child was incredible.  He shared, “It was life changing. Where would I be if I had stayed in the Bronx?”

His mom and father who raised Coach and his brother were hard working.  He says how he coaches the game of basketball has a lot to do with his upbringing as a child. He believes that one should always give 110% with no excuses.

Sophomore Jason Suy described coach Gholson as, “A guardian.” Suy said, “I look at him as a great person and a father figure because he protects us and our school we so deeply care for.” He has developed a deep respect for Coach Ron Gholson in just two years.

Coach is easily one of the nicest and most respected people in the school.  His knowledge, both for the game of basketball and life, as well as the love he holds for the school and for the students and faculty inside of it, the makes him the heart of the school and it’s a pleasure to know him.

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  1. Dennis Malerba on April 5th, 2017 4:52 pm

    When I was a student at WHBHS, Ron was a security guard and assistant coach, none the less his impact on myself and many other students was life changing. He also was an auxiliary police officer in the village during the summer, so we we fortunate enough to have him as a part of our lives year round. I was and will continue to be forever grateful for all that he has done for me. He was always willing to listen to anything that troubled you and provide sound advice no matter what the circumstances were. He was somebody who you could and would trust with discussing things that you may not have felt comfortable discussing with anybody else. Ron is a rare person and one that our school was extremely fortunate to have as a part of it. Thank you Ron for everything and I’m glad to see you getting some recognition for all you have contributed to so many lives and that institution, but although nice, doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of all that you have done for so many.

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  2. Rachel on April 5th, 2017 9:33 pm

    Coach Ron is well known by all but mostly my boys he saw them in a different light he watched them grow from small to big from dumb and young into men he gave them lots of advice coached them on the basketball team never gave up and josh graduated last year and Jacob this year we love ya thank you for all your advice and guidance the Cappy brothers and most of all there mom thanks again and congrats your hard work and dedication has paid off

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  3. Gina Evers on April 5th, 2017 10:00 pm

    Great person and mentor. My kids love him 😊

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  4. Bari on April 5th, 2017 10:08 pm

    Ron is always the best!
    He rocked when i was in high school too!!
    We love you Ron!!

    -Bari

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  5. Maureen Ludovico on April 5th, 2017 11:44 pm

    I remember when I was in high school in 2000 he was a great inspiration to me. Every time he knew I was having a bad day he would be sure to come up to me give me a big hug and say it was going to be okay. Yes he caught me many times in the whole way probably doing things that I shouldn’t have been doing but redirecting me in a way for me to understand that I need to go down the right path and not the wrong path if that makes sense anyone. He was a good role model friend and I knew his children very well. I was just blessed that he was in my life. And when I graduated he was the first one that I thought I was never going to see never going to talk to ever again. I saw him a few years ago and the funny part is that he actually remembered who I was. I’m very proud that he was taking good care of our school then and he still doing it for all the other children.

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  6. noel ciolino on April 6th, 2017 8:49 am

    he was always caring and a great person to know… love alyays

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  7. Hanifa Stewart on April 6th, 2017 9:04 am

    I’m from the class of 2000, Ron was always the man to go to. Very Chill and Always had a smile on his face and he knew how to always put on smile on mine. Though I had friends in school I had some really hard times that i’d be by myself that I would sometimes sit outside bench from the lunchroom and he would sit down next to me he just have an open ear and listen. People like him is what the school systems need to have with the passion, respect and love he has. My daughter is in the middle school and knowing that soon she’ll be in the high school I went to has me feeling great that he still there and I hope for many more years for what he done then and continues for our kids. Thank You Ron!

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  8. Leah Griffett on April 8th, 2017 5:27 pm

    We all loved seeing coach Ron everyday. He would always be there to help mentor us and put a smile on our faces. Thank you for your many years of service to all of us. More than a coach, you sir are a friend.

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  9. Kerry Laube on April 9th, 2017 8:25 pm

    Ron Gholson……Mentor of our two sons, Zachary & Jordan. Co-worker at WHB P.D.
    Not only a friend, a real true devoted friend.
    An incredible asset to our school and village. The best to you and your family.
    Your partner for life,

    Retired Sgt. Kerry Laube

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  10. Lori Francescani on April 17th, 2017 11:33 pm

    Ron is a special man who cares deeply for the students at WHB. Our family is honored to know such a good person. May all of his dreams come true.

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