October 9, 2012
Jack K. Ridley, Jr was recently inducted into the 2012 American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Hall of Fame at the World Clinic held in Las Vegas, NV. Ridley was one of five coaches inducted.
Ridley began his successful coaching career at the Lake Washington Swim Club. He coached there from 1971 through 1976. When Lake Washington Swim Club merged with Chinook Swim Club, Jack served as its head swimming coach until 1995. His most successful swimmers were World Record holder Jo Harshbarger, Olympic medalist Mary Wayte, and three-time US National Champion Ugur Taner. Jack coached US swimmers at two World Swimming Championships and several other international competitions. A talented swimmer in his own right, Jack was an All-American at Central Washington University. Jack was inducted into the PNS Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Washington Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2007.
Ridley presently lives in Vancouver, WA and is assistant senior coach at Portland Aquatic Club.
Other coaches from the PNS that have been
inducted include Bob Miller, Earl Ellis, and Dick