Bishop Carroll Catholic High School has announced the appointment of Joe Ridgeley as its new head football coach after recently receiving the resignation of Greg Snyder due to personal reasons.
Ridgeley, who has been an assistant coach of the Bishop Carroll program, has a background in coaching and in football. He has coached both track and field and football for numerous schools in his 34 years of coaching, including Keystone High School in Knox, Elyria High School in Elyria, Ohio, Central Cambria High School and Bishop Carroll.
"I want to continue the outstanding football tradition here at Bishop Carroll," Ridgeley said. "I am fortunate to be surrounded by dedicated coaches and a hard working support staff and administration. Having worked with these student-athletes the last two years, I have come to admire their work ethic and determination to succeed."
Ridgeley is eager to continue the foundations set in the 2013 campaign, which saw the Huskies in a winning position in Snyder's second year as head coach.
"We are extremely excited to have Coach Ridgeley at the helm of our football team," Bishop Carroll athletic director Joe Skura said. "The opportunity to have such a class-act individual who is very much respected by the athletes, students, parents, his colleagues and our school community is really a blessing for all of us. I feel very confident that Coach Ridgeley will not only teach the X's and O's of football, but will continue to be a positive role model to our young men on and off of the football field."
Skura said Snyder met with the football team on Wednesday evening to announce his resignation and say goodbye. Ridgeley plans to meet with the team today to begin working on the 2014 campaign.
Ridgeley, who played high school football for Freeport High School and college football at Clarion University, was a team captain his senior year in both programs. He was named National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics all-district first-team guard, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference second-team guard, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-district first-team guard and an Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference player of the week while at Clarion.
After college, Ridgeley began serving as a coach and history teacher. He coached Central Cambria football for 32 years - serving as defensive coordinator from 1999 to 2010 and coaching in two all-star games. In 1993, Ridgeley became an assistant track and field coach and took the helm of the team in 1995. He has been honored four times as coach of the year in the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference and compiled a 149-21-1 record as a track and field coach.
In 2011, Ridgeley was inducted into the Armstrong County Hall of Fame.
"I feel the head coach should set an example for the staff and student athletes," Ridgeley said. "He should be willing to work and grow in that position. A coach should help student-athletes develop on and off the field. I would like to build on the success that we had this past year. Our goal will always be to prepare student-athletes to compete for the LHAC and district titles to the best of their ability."
Ridgeley and his wife, Donna, reside in Ebensburg. The two have two children, Brooke and Ben.