Oct. 11, 2012
2012 Coaching Changes
Colonials Get Top Choice, Finally
Ritchie named head coach at
Gregg Ritchie, hitting coach for the Pittsburgh
Pirates, has been hired as head coach at his alma mater, George
Ritchie graduated from GW in 1986, batting .492
during his senior season, the second highest in the nation.
Ritchie was also 6-3 on the mound with a 1.91 ERA. He was a
three-time All-Atlantic 10 outfielder and was A-10 Player of the
Year in 1986. Ritchie was inducted into the GW Athletic Hall of
Fame in 1999.
The San Francisco Giants picked Ritchie in the
eighth round of the 1986 MLB Draft. He played seven years in the
Giants system, including three at Triple-A Phoenix. Ritchie
concluded his playing career in 1995 at Triple-A Oklahoma City
in the Texas Rangers system.
Ritchie began coaching in the Chicago White Sox
organization in 1996 with Bristol in the Appalachian League. He
spent 10 years in the White Sox system. Ritchie was the hitting
coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the past two seasons after
spending five years as Pittsburgh’s minor league hitting
Ritchie runs his own baseball school, The
Starting Lineup, during the winter months. He also owns KaeLo
Sports Inc., a company for products that he invented and
patented, including The Hitter’s Seat and The Pitch.
The coaching staff for Ritchie will include
associate head coach Tom Sheridan, assistant coach Dave Lorber,
volunteer assistant coach Stephanos Stroop and coordinator of
baseball operations Bobby Lucas, Jr.
Ritchie’s wife, the former Kelly Siegel, is also
a 1986 graduate of GW and was a member of the Colonials rowing
team. They have four children: daughters Kaety (20), Riley (14)
and Arizona (12), and son Logan (19).