Ritchie McKay

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Ritchie McKay
Ritchie McKay 2014.jpg
McKay in 2014
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Associate head coach
Team Virginia
Biographical details
Born (1965-04-22) April 22, 1965 (age 49)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Playing career
1983–1987 Seattle Pacific
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Washington (asst.)
Queens (asst.)
Seattle Pacific (asst.)
Bradley (asst.)
Washington (asst.)
Portland State
Colorado State
Oregon State
New Mexico
Virginia (assoc.)
Head coaching record
Overall 204–186 (.523)
Accomplishments and honors
MWC Tournament Championship (2005)

Ritchie Lawrence McKay (April 22, 1965) is the associate head coach for the Virginia Cavaliers men's basketball team.[1] He has previously been the head coach of Liberty University, the University of New Mexico, Oregon State, Colorado State, and Portland State.

Life and sports[edit]

McKay got his first head coaching job with Portland State. After a poor first year, McKay led the team to a third-place conference finish in his second season. He used that success as a springboard to his next coaching job, this time at Colorado State. He stayed two seasons there before heading to Oregon State, and then another two at Oregon State before accepting the head coaching position at New Mexico. While there, he experienced mixed success. In 2005, his team won the Mountain West Tournament and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. That successful season helped launch forward Danny Granger to an NBA career. Still, McKay couldn't turn New Mexico into a consistent program, and in February 2007, he was fired.

McKay then took a job at Liberty University, where he took the Flames to Big South semifinals in back-to-back years. His second-year, with the help of Seth Curry, McKay led the LU to a Division I school-record 23 wins[2] and a bid to the inaugural CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.[3] After the season ended, Curry transferred to Duke University, and McKay's longtime friend Tony Bennett was hired as head coach of the Virginia Cavaliers. Bennett then asked McKay to join his staff as his associate head coach, and McKay accepted.

Personal life[edit]

High school: Westwood High, Mesa, Ariz.
College: Seattle Pacific
Family: Wife, Julie; daughter, Ellie; sons, Gabriel and Luke

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Portland State (Big Sky Conference) (1996–1998)
1996–97 Portland State 9–17 6–10 7th
1997–98 Portland State 15–12 10–6 T–3rd
Portland State: 24–29 16–16
Colorado State (Western Athletic Conference) (1998–1999)
1998–99 Colorado State 19–11 7–7 T–4th (Mountain) NIT Quarterfinals
Colorado State (Mountain West Conference) (1999–2000)
1999–00 Colorado State 18–12 8–6 T–4th
Colorado State: 37–23 15–13
Oregon State (Pacific-10 Conference) (2000–2002)
2000–01 Oregon State 10–20 4–14 T–9th
2001–02 Oregon State 12–17 4–14 9th
Oregon State: 22–37 8–28
New Mexico (Mountain West Conference) (2002–2007)
2002–03 New Mexico 10–18 4–10 7th
2003–04 New Mexico 14–14 5–9 T–5th
2004–05 New Mexico 26–7 10–4 2nd NCAA 1st Round
2005–06 New Mexico 17–13 8–8 5th
2006–07 New Mexico 15–17 4–12 T–8th
New Mexico: 82–69 31–43
Liberty (Big South Conference) (2007–2009)
2007–08 Liberty 16–16 7–7 4th
2008–09 Liberty 23–12 12–6 3rd CIT Quarterfinals
Liberty: 39–28 19–13
Total: 204–186

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

  1. ^ "Ritchie McKay". VirginiaSports.com - The University of Virginia Official Athletic Site. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament