Lake Washington Swim Club / Chinook Swim Club
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.
Jack Ridley was the girls’ swimming coach at Newport High School in Bellevue for ten years. His coaching accomplishments were highlighted by six Washington State Girls’ Championship titles from 1976 through 1982. During Coach Ridley’s tenure at Newport High School, he coached fourteen individual state champions and seven relay champions. In addition, Coach Ridley was the boys’ swimming coach at Mercer Island High School from 1988 to 1995. Jack has coached 53 All-American swimmers throughout his career. Recognizing his accomplishments, the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) honored Coach Ridley with the David H Robertson Excellence in Coaching Award.
Jack Ridley began his own swimming career at Hudson’s Bay High School with Coach Lowel Neil. At Central Washington University, Jack was a four-year NAIA finalist. His collegiate coaches were Tom Anderson and Bob Gregson.
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.