Perry Central teacher inducted into ALC Hall of Fame
by Gary Stepp
Alice Lloyd College inducted Knott Co. native and Perry County Central High School teacher Jeffrey Ritchie into its Athletics Hall of Fame this month. The induction ceremony took place on Oct. 12 at the Grady Nutt Athletic Center on the college’s campus as part of the annual Appalachia Day Homecoming activities.
Ritchie attended Alice Lloyd College from 1993-1997. He became a vital three-year member of the Eagles basketball team, and was a two-year starter at point guard. He was known for his play-making ability and his tenacious defense.
His accomplishments at Alice Lloyd were numerous. He shot over 54 percent from the field combined over his final two seasons. He led the team in assists during each of those years, and finished among the league’s leaders in that category as well. He was voted Best Defensive Player his senior year, and was utilized by his coaches to shut down the other team’s top offensive weapon. He was widely respected by opponents and opposing coaches as a tenacious defender, and was recognized as one of the conference’s top defensive guards.
During his three seasons, Ritchie’s teams compiled an outstanding 79-25 record, and he helped lead the Eagles to three consecutive NAIA National Tournament appearances. When he graduated, he had compiled nearly 500 assists. This total places him among the best play makers of all time.
He was joined by wife, Michelle, his son, Caiden, and his parents, William and Vel Ritchie. His plaque was presented by his former coach, Dr. Jim Stepp, former coach and president of Alice Lloyd College, Dr. Joe A. Stepp, and the Director of Athletics, Mr. Gary D. Stepp.
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