Canadian Football League

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Ritchie Back in The Canadian Football League with B.C. ?

It appears Dave Ritchie is returning to the left coast.
According to the Vancouver Sun, Ritchie is expected to be hired as the new defensive line coach with the B.C. Lions, replacing Richard Harris.
Ritchie was fired as head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers midway through last season and underwent heart bypass surgery shortly after.
"It depends on how things go," Ritchie told the Sun from Winnipeg. "I'd like to be coaching into my 70s."
According to the report, Ritchie will be a part-time coach, beginning a month before training camp and staying on throughout the season.
"That's the position that Wally (Lions head coach Buono) has open," Ritchie told the Sun. "It's what's out there at the moment. You make the best of what you can do."
Ritchie, who guided the Lions to a Grey Cup championship in 1994, is the sixth on the wins list for CFL coaches with 108 victories.
Buono gave Ritchie his first CFL assignment in 1983 when the two worked with the Montreal Alouettes.
The connection between Ritchie and Buono dates to 1983, when the former left West Virginia's Fairmont State College and joined Buono as an assistant coach in Montreal. They spent four years together, and the friendship between the men and their wives grew, even after both coaches moved on and established themselves as the best in their field


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