Coach Hernandez joined Pure Basketball™ (AAU) coaching staff in 2019. Rico was the Head JV Coach and Varsity Assistant Coach at St. Benedict’s Prep from 1993 through 1999. He helped The Grey Bees collect 125 to just 12 losses in the last 5 years of his tenure. He then became the Head Coach at North 13th Street Tech. There he led them to their best season in school history.
Before his coaching days he played for Essex County Athletic Hall of Fame Coaches Jack Dalton and Hank Cordero. He also played for NBA and NCAA legend Cleo Hill. While playing for Coach Hill he helped Captain Essex County to a #8 and #15 National ranking for D1 Junior College’s. From there he played for Shippensburg University a D2 program.