Dave Ritchie (Canadian football)

Dave Ritchie (born c. 1938) is a former coach in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He is best known for his days as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Head Coach from 1999 to 2004. He retired following the end of the 2007 CFL season although he was considered for the 2008 Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach position.[2] He won 108 regular season games in the CFL, the seventh highest win total by a head coach in the league's history. Prior to coaching in Canada, he was the head coach at Fairmont State University in West Virginia, from 1978 to 1982.[3]

Dave Ritchie
Born:c. 1938[1]
New Bedford, Massachusetts[1]
Career information
Career history
As coach
19931995BC Lions
19971998Montreal Alouettes
19992004Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • CFL's seventh all-time winningest coach (108 wins)

Head coaching record


TeamYearRegular seasonPost-season
WonLostTiesWin %FinishWonLostResult
BC1993 1080.5564th in West Division01Lost in Division Semi-Finals
BC1994 1161.6473rd in West Division30Won Grey Cup
BC1995 1080.5563rd in North Division01Lost in Division Semi-Finals
BC total 31221.5830 West Division
321 Grey Cup
MTL1997 1350.7222nd in East Division11Lost in Division Finals
MTL1998 1251.7062nd in East Division11Lost in Division Finals
MTL total 25101.7080 East Division
220 Grey Cups
WPG1999 6120.3334th in East DivisionMissed Playoffs
WPG2000 7101.4123rd in East Division11Lost in Division Finals
WPG2001 1440.7781st in East Division11Lost in Grey Cup
WPG2002 1260.6672nd in West Division11Lost in Division Finals
WPG2003 1170.6112nd in West Division01Lost in Division Semi-Finals
WPG2004 250.2864th in West DivisionFired
WPG total 52441.5321 East Division
340 Grey Cups
Total 108763.5871 East Division
881 Grey Cup


  1. "Buono, Ritchie both respected". CBC News. November 21, 2001. Ritchie, 63, a native of New Bedford, Mass.
  2. Beamish, Mike (February 7, 2007). "Ritchie decides to pack it in". Vancouver Sun. Canada.
  3. "GOOD MORNING: Coach Dave Ritchie among my most memorable people". Retrieved December 20, 2017.
Preceded by
Ron Lancaster
Grey Cup winning Head Coach
82nd Grey Cup, 1994
Succeeded by
Don Matthews
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