Dave Ritchie
Born:September 3, 1938[1]
New Bedford, Massachusetts[1]
Career information
StatusRetired
Position(s)HC
Career history
As coach
19931995BC Lions
19971998Montreal Alouettes
19992004Winnipeg Blue Bombers
2011-2012Zurich Renegades
1987-1989Milano Seamen OC
Awards
Records
  • CFL's seventh all-time winningest coach (108 wins)

Dave Ritchie (born September 3, 1938) is a former coach in the Canadian Football League (CFL). Ritchie also coached in the Italian Football League and Switzerland Nationalliga A (American football). He is best known for his days as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Head Coach from 1999 to 2004. He retired following the end of the 2007 CFL season although he was considered for the 2008 Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach position.[2] He won 108 regular season games in the CFL, the seventh highest win total by a head coach in the league's history.

College Coaching

Prior to coaching in Canada, he was the head coach at Fairmont State University in West Virginia, from 1978 to 1982.

Europe Coaching

Ritchie was offensive coordinator for the Milano Seamen in the Italian Football League in 1987-1989. The team reached the Italian league championship in 1987 losing in the final seconds. Richie returned to the field as head coach in 2011-2012 of the Zurich Renegades in the top level league in Switzerland Nationalliga A (American football), helping the team reach the semi finals in 2012.

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Head coaching record

CFL

Team Year Regular season Post-season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
BC 1993 10 8 0 .556 4th in West Division 0 1 Lost in Division Semi-Finals
BC 1994 11 6 1 .647 3rd in West Division 3 0 Won Grey Cup
BC 1995 10 8 0 .556 3rd in North Division 0 1 Lost in Division Semi-Finals
BC total 31 22 1 .583 0 West Division
Championships
3 2 1 Grey Cup
MTL 1997 13 5 0 .722 2nd in East Division 1 1 Lost in Division Finals
MTL 1998 12 5 1 .706 2nd in East Division 1 1 Lost in Division Finals
MTL total 25 10 1 .708 0 East Division
Championships
2 2 0 Grey Cups
WPG 1999 6 12 0 .333 4th in East Division Missed Playoffs
WPG 2000 7 10 1 .412 3rd in East Division 1 1 Lost in Division Finals
WPG 2001 14 4 0 .778 1st in East Division 1 1 Lost in Grey Cup
WPG 2002 12 6 0 .667 2nd in West Division 1 1 Lost in Division Finals
WPG 2003 11 7 0 .611 2nd in West Division 0 1 Lost in Division Semi-Finals
WPG 2004 2 5 0 .286 4th in West Division Fired
WPG total 52 44 1 .532 1 East Division
Championship
3 4 0 Grey Cups
Total 108 76 3 .587 1 East Division
Championship
8 8 1 Grey Cup

References

  1. ^ a b "Buono, Ritchie both respected". CBC News. November 21, 2001. Ritchie, 63, a native of New Bedford, Mass.
  2. ^ Beamish, Mike (February 7, 2007). "Ritchie decides to pack it in". Vancouver Sun. Canada.
  3. ^ "GOOD MORNING: Coach Dave Ritchie among my most memorable people". Retrieved December 20, 2017.