T&F: Ridgway named UTA assistant track coach

Jan. 25, 2017

ARLINGTON, Texas - UTA coach John Sauerhage has announced that veteran college coach John Ridgway has been hired as an assistant track and field coach. Ridgway will oversee the team's throwers.

"John is a tremendous addition to our coaching staff," Sauerhage said. "He has gained a lot of coaching experience at a number of different programs over his career, and we feel like his knowledge and background can help our entire program. ‎We are excited to welcome him to the Maverick family."

Ridgway is in his 13th year as a collegiate coach, and joins the Mavericks after spending one season at Harvard. Prior to that, he served as the throws coach at Central Michigan from 2009-15.

During his career, Ridgway has coached one Olympian, nine All-Americans, 13 conference champions, 44 conference medal winners, one conference MVP, four conference record holders, 44 NCAA Regional qualifiers, five conference Field Performers of the Meet, the 2016 USTFCCCA Northeast Region Athlete of the Year, two IAAF World Championship qualifiers and one USATF World Junior team member.

At Harvard, Ridgway mentored Nikki Okwelogu, who earned first-team All-America honors in the shot put (eighth place) and second-team honors in the discus (10th) at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She also was a first-team All-American in the indoor season after placing third in the shot put. In addition, she represented Nigeria in the shot put at the Rio Olympics after landing an Olympic standard throw at the NCAA East Preliminary Round (17.91m).


 

 

Ridgway began his collegiate coaching career in 2004 as an assistant coach at Oklahoma Baptist. There he helped the women's team win the 2005 National Championship. After Oklahoma Baptist, he had two-year stints at both ULM and UCF.

"I am excited to join the UTA Maverick family," Ridgway said. "It is an honor to work with Coach Sauerhage and the rest of the great staff, and I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and working with the UTA throwers."

Ridgway, whose top event as a competitor was the shot put, began his collegiate career at Oklahoma. As a Sooner, he earned two varsity letters and a spot on the 1999 Academic All-Big 12 team. He then transferred to North Carolina for his final two seasons, where he was recognized as an All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer during the 2000 outdoor and 2001 indoor seasons.

Ridgway graduated from UNC in August 2001 with a bachelor's degree in economics.

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