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Walsh Jesuit coach Pat Ritchie earns honor

By Michael Beaven Published: February 13, 2013

Walsh Jesuit High School coach Pat Ritchie has been inducted into the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame.

Ritchie completed his 33rdseason as Walsh’s boys cross country coach this past year and is entering his 34thseason with the Warriors boys track and field team in the spring (15 as coach and 19 as an assistant).

Ritchie, a graduate of Tallmadge High School (1972) and the University of Akron (1976), is in his 34th year as a math teacher at Walsh. He competed in three NCAA Cross Country Championships and one NCAA Track Championship at UA.

Ritchie coached Mogadore High School for two seasons and led the Wildcats to a district title before heading to Walsh.

As Walsh cross country coach, he has won:

- 19 district titles and been a district runners-up 10 times.

- 8 regional titles and been a regional runner-up nine times.

- two state championships and been state runner-up five times.

Ritchie has guided Walsh to 23 state meets in cross country. The Warriors have had 10 individual district champions, three individual regional champions and 20 athletes have earned individual All-Ohio honors.

In track and field, Ritchie has won three district championships and three runner-up titles. Nine relays and 17 individuals have qualified to the state meet, earning All-Ohio honors 16 times and winning a state championship in the 3,200 meter relay.

He has also been involved in the Walsh Jesuit Tomahawk Run, the Warrior Classic, the Walsh Jesuit Turkey Trot, the Bunsey Memory Run, the Akron CYO Championship Meet and a summer cross country running camp. In track and field, he hosts the Warrior Relays and the Akron CYO Championship Meet.

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