John Ridgway
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: University of North Carolina
Graduating Year: 2001
Experience: 5 Years
Phone: (989) 774-2337
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Release: 05/31/2012

John Ridgway has already developed elite throwers at Central Michigan in only three seasons with the program.

The 2012 season was one of the best in school history as five school records were set between the indoor and outdoor seasons, two throwers won individual MAC titles, four throwers were named All-MAC, five qualified for the NCAA Championships East Preliminaries, and three advanced to the NCAA National Championships, with Kevin Mays and Ryan McCullough earning second-team All-America honors in the weight throw and hammer throw, respectively. McCullough was also named the 2012 Outstanding Field Performer at the MAC Outdoor Championships, and Mays earned the honor after the 2011 MAC Indoor Championshps.

2011 was a breakout season for Ridgway's throwers. Two school records were broken in the outdoor seaon, three athletes were named to the All-MAC squad, three qualified for regionals, two qualified for nationals and one earned All-American status.

During the 2010 track seasons, Ridgway mentored one individual MAC champion, three NCAA outdoor preliminary qualifiers, one indoor NCAA Provisional qualifier and two outdoor national qualifiers.

The 2010 outdoor season saw the most individual success. Greg Pilling won the discus at the MAC Outdoor Championships, finished runner-up in the event at the NCAA East Region prelims and took 10th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to cap his spectacular career.

Alex Rose joined Pilling on the national stage as a freshman, finishing seventh in the discus at the preliminary meet and placing 13th, third among freshmen, at nationals. Ridgway continued developing Rose after the collegiate season, as the freshman finished second in the discus at the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships to qualify for the International Association of Athletics Federations World Junior Championships.

Rose showed even greater improvement in 2011. He finished second in the shot put at the MAC Indoor Championships and qualified for nationals where he earned All-America honors with his fifth-place finish in the discus.

He further developed in 2012, when he won a MAC Championship in the discus and qualified in both the shot put and discus to the NCAA Championships East Preliminaries. He was joined by seniors Kevin Mays and Ryan McCullough to form a formidible threesome. McCullough broke the school record in the hammer throw twice, won the MAC Championship in the hammer throw, and earned second-team All-America honors, while Mays smashed the indoor weight throw school record and all-time MAC record en route to the indoor National Championships.

On the women’s side, Ridgway worked with Mykal Imbrock to a breakout junior season that saw her qualify for the NCAA East Region prelims in the hammer throw and a seventh-place finish at the MAC Outdoor Championships after she took 15th the year before. In 2011, Imbrock broke the hammer throw school record twice in the outdoor season before eventually qualifying for regionals.

In 2012 he helped develop true freshman women's javelin thrower Milica Kulidzan into a nationally-prominent student-athlete. She set the javelin school record twice, finished runner-up at the MAC Championships, and earned honorable mention All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in her first season at CMU.

The 2010 indoor season also saw its share of success as Ridgway helped Charity Sunderman close out her career with a school-record weight throw of 62-6 and a fourth-place finish at the MAC Indoor Championships.

Ridgway spent the 2009 outdoor track and field season serving as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma.

 Prior to his stint at Oklahoma, Ridgway served as an assistant coach for the throws and horizontal jumps at the University of Central Florida. He coached five NCAA Regional qualifiers and two USA Track and Field Junior National qualifiers. UCF throwers broke three school records under his guidance.

Before his tenure at UCF, Ridgway spent two seasons at the University of Louisiana-Monroe coaching the throws and horizontal jumps. He led four student-athletes to indoor all-conference honors and had three athletes qualify for junior nationals in his first season. In his final season at ULM, Ridgway coached four regional qualifiers, three conference champions, two conference runners-up and one junior national qualifier.

Ridgway’s coaching career began at Oklahoma Baptist University where he coached the throws. In 2005, the OBU women won the NAIA Indoor Championship and finished runner-up outdoors. He also coached two-time All-American Jeremiah Campo, who was the school’s first All-American thrower in 10 years.

Ridgway competed collegiately at Oklahoma, where he lettered twice and was named the program’s outstanding walk-on following the 1999 season. He then transferred to the University of North Carolina, where he lettered two more times and earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors in both 2000 and 2001. 

A USATF Level 2 certified coach; Ridgway graduated from UNC in August 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in economics.

The Ridgway File
2004 Norman North High School (Norman, Okla.) Assistant Coach
2005 Oklahoma Baptist University Assistant Coach
2006-2007 University of Louisiana Monroe Assistant Coach
2008-2009 University of Central Florida Assistant Coach
2009-Present Central Michigan University Assistant Coach