Assistant Coach J.P. Ritchie
Assistant Coach J.P. Ritchie (Iowa, 2008)
J.P. Ritchie joined the Tribe as an assistant coach during the summer of 2010. Ritchie joins the Green and Gold program following his playing career on the professional circuit. He was also a four-year letterman in the Big Ten at the University of Iowa.
“Our program is very fortunate to have a player and teacher who has competed in the Big Ten, been ranked on the professional circuit and has a history of working with top-ranked juniors,” head coach Peter Daub said. “J.P. comes from a strong tennis family where his father, Pat, is a teaching pro and his mother, Linda, is a college coach. His background and experience lends to having a true understanding of value of coaching.”
During his career in Iowa City, Ritchie won 54 singles matches and 63 double tilts for the Hawkeyes. He played No. 1 doubles at Iowa during his final three seasons, while playing at the top three singles slots throughout his career. As a senior, he won 17 singles and 18 doubles matches, while serving as the team captain. Ritchie was ranked as high as No. 23 nationally in doubles as a senior after spending his entire junior campaign in the national rankings. He won the 2007 Tim Emmett Steele Memorial Scholarship Recipient-Excellence in athletics and academics at Iowa. In 2005, he took home the Hawkeye Freshmen of the Year and the Hawkeye Commander Award for outstanding leadership by an underclassman. Ritchie led the Hawkeyes to the program’s best national ranking in school history at No. 41. He earned his degree in marketing with a minor in psychology in 2008.
Following his career at Iowa, Ritchie competed professionally on the ITF Futures Circuit. He was ranked as high as No. 1,356 in the South African Airways ATP World Singles Rankings and as high as No. 1,251 in the World Doubles Rankings during his time. From 2004-08, Ritchie also served as an Assistant Tennis Professional at the University of Iowa Recreational Services, Iowa City, Iowa and the Trent Tucker Tennis Academy at the Grand Health and Racquet Club in Tulsa, Okla. During his time at the Trent Tucker Tennis Academy, Ritchie coached top junior players throughout the Midwest and ran the conditioning program for the Academy. In the fall of 2008, Ritchie served as an undergraduate assistant coach for the Hawkeyes. He conducted weekly individual workouts and helped in the planning of practice and match preparation. He also ran practices when coaches traveled to various fall tournaments along with other players.
As mention, Ritchie comes from a strong tennis family. His sister, Kaitlyn, currently plays in the Big XII at the University of Missouri. His father, Pat, played college tennis at Tulsa and is established teaching professional in Bartlesville, Okla., while his mother, Linda, is the head women’s tennis coach at Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
As a junior player, Ritchie was named the 2004 Oklahoma Male Athlete of the Year. He earned a No. 9 national ranking in the UTSA Boys’ 18-and-under standings, while garnering the top spot in the USTA Missouri Valley region in 2004.