(Headshot courtesy Central Michigan Athletics).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Jason Saretsky, The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country, has announced the hiring of John Ridgway, a collegiate coach for over a decade and a former Division I student-athlete, as the throws coach for the Crimson.
"We are thrilled to add Coach Ridgway to our coaching staff," said Saretsky. "He comes to us with a wealth of coaching experience and will be an outstanding addition to our program. We are excited to welcome him to our Crimson family."
"It is an honor to be hired by Coach Saretsky and Harvard University," said Ridgway. "My wife and I are thankful for this opportunity. We look forward to rolling up our sleeves and doing our part to help maintain the championship program Coach Saretsky and his staff have established."
Ridgway, embarking on his 12th year as a collegiate coach in 2015-16, joins the Crimson via Central Michigan where he has been the throws coach since August of 2009. Along the way, Ridgway has coached six All-Americans, 10 conference champions, 12 national qualifiers, 15 school records (10 at CMU), 41 NCAA Regional/Preliminary qualifiers, four conference Performers of the Meet and one USA World Junior and IAAF World Championship participant.
His administrative duties at CMU included organizing team travel, maintaining the recruiting budget, assisting with meet management and serving as the facilities liaison.
Ridgway has been a collegiate coach since 2004 when he joined the staff at Oklahoma Baptist. Under his guidance, OBU won the 2005 Women's National Championship. Ridgway also coached Jerimiah Campo to a pair of All-America honors in shot and discus. A pair of two-year stints at Louisiana-Monroe and Central Florida followed his time with OBU. Ridgway proved to be an exceptional recruiter for the Warhawks and Knights, signing top high school and junior college student-athletes. At UCF, Ridgway served as the lead of team recruiting, while also organizing team travel.
A student-athlete himself, Ridgway began his collegiate career at Oklahoma, earning two varsity letters and a spot on the Academic All-Big XII team in 1999. He finished his athletic career at North Carolina, earning two more varsity letters, while also being recognized as All-ACC during the 2000 outdoor and 2001 indoor seasons.