Ridley is currently Head Track Coach, teacher and chair of the Social Sciences department as well as assistant football coach. He has been at Bishop Ward for three years playing a significant role in guiding the moral lives of students both in the classroom and on the field.
“Coach Ridley is a wonderful role model of leading a faith-filled life and has a track record of integrity and passion for education and sports. His enthusiasm for Bishop Ward and its athletic department is very apparent in all that he does and says. We are excited for him to take our athletic department to the next level,” said Principal Karen Hopson.
As head track coach, he guided several athletes to place at the state track competition and was an integral part of a growing football team that reached the playoffs in 2013. He is a proven leader as chair of the Social Sciences department and has taught classes ranging from AP US History to Psychology and International Relations.
Ridley is originally from Dalton, Georgia and attended the University of St. Mary where he graduated with a B.A. in History and Secondary Education. While at St. Mary he was a captain of the football team and received honorable mention for the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference running back.
Ridley and his wife, Lauren, had their first son last month. He will remain head track coach and begin his role on July 1, 2015.
“I am honored to serve as the next athletic director at a strong Catholic centered school with the legacy of Bishop Ward. There is passionate support from the administration, alumni and coaches that will allow me to support student-athletes to reach their full potential. I cannot thank Greg Duggins enough for his many years of outstanding service to this school,” said Ridley.