Entering his first season as head coach, Peru State men’s basketball head coach Bob Ludwig has announced two new members of the staff. Long-time basketball coach Mark Ritchie will serve as an assistant coach and Zach Leeper will be a graduate assistant for the Bobcat program.
Ritchie, who lives in Nebraska City, brings 37 years of coaching experience to the staff, with 30 of those years spent as a head high school coach in Nebraska. He has coached primarily in southeast Nebraska as he started as an assistant coach in Pawnee City. His head high school coaching positions included stops in Falls City, Elkhorn, and Nebraska City. He was also an assistant coach in Auburn.
He was also an assistant coach at Nebraska Wesleyan during two NCAA Division III Final Four runs under head coach Jerry Schmutte. Ritchie also has familiarity with Peru State, as he spent a year on campus as the women’s golf coach and his son Monte served as a graduate assistant for two years with the Bobcat program.
Ludwig noted, “Coach Ritchie brings a ton of experience and a like-minded defensive approach that will be huge in the development of both our players and coaching staff. I am thrilled to have someone with his knowledge and background joining our program.”
The team will begin preseason workouts in the coming weeks and tip off October 31 in North Dakota against Valley City State University. The Bobcats open up the season with nine straight road contests before returning home to face national power and Heart of America Athletic Conference foe William Penn (Iowa) on December 2.