Pine High School is proud to announce that Rickie Branch has been chosen as the Grand Marshal for its 2022 Homecoming parade.
The parade will be held on Thursday, September 22 at 5:30 pm.
Coach Rickie Branch graduated in 1971 from Pine High School and was chosen “Mr. Pine High School”. While at Pine, Rickie lettered in basketball and football all four years and received numerous All-district and All-state awards. His highest achievement was receiving the All-American Basketball award his senior year.
After graduation, Mr. Branch continued his basketball career while attending Southeastern Louisiana University. He obtained his degree in Physical Education and began his coaching career. He started as a basketball and football coach in 1975 at Thomas Junior High School. Mr. Branch then moved to Bowling Green High School and took on the head basketball coaching position and remained there until coming back to his alma mater, Pine High School, in 1982.
Once back at Pine High School, he began his long career as both boys and girls head basketball coach. With over 800 wins, Pine High School’s basketball program was well known and consecutive winning seasons were proof of his hard work and dedication. Pine dominated its district as district champs and the state playoffs were expected every year.
Mr. Branch would go on to coach his three children while at Pine High School. His daughter, Angela Branch Gullatt, helped him achieve one state runner-up trophy as she too had an outstanding career as a basketball player. Angela and his second daughter, Krissy Branch, graduated from Pine High School in 1992 and 1996 respectively.
Mr. Branch remained at Pine until 1998 when his first grandchild was born. At this point, he moved to West Monroe to be closer to his children. Once there, he obtained a position as the boy’s head basketball coach at West Monroe High School. His son, Aaron, graduated from West Monroe High School in 2001, and he too received numerous All-State and All-District awards. Angela and Aaron attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe on basketball scholarships, and Krissy graduated from University of Louisiana at Monroe in Education.
Mr. Branch retired from coaching in 2016 and now enjoys coaching and watching his seven grandchildren participate in basketball, softball, baseball and football. He is married to Cindy Adams Branch who graduated from Pine High School in 1973. While at Pine, Mrs. Cindy was named “Miss Pine High School” and was a member of the Pine basketball team and was also a cheerleader. Rickie and Cindy continue to call Pine home with many close family members and special friends in the area. Rickie and Cindy spend a great deal of time with their grandchildren in West Monroe and also like to spend time at their additional residence in Branson, Missouri.
Pine High School would like to invite everyone to the parade and the community pep rally following the parade on Thursday. Homecoming festivities will be held on Friday, September 23, 2022 beginning with the presentation of the court at 5:30 pm.