George Washington University officially announced the hiring of former Pirates Hitting Coach Gregg Ritchie on Thursday. Ritchie will serve as the school's head baseball coach. Pirates Prospects first learned the news of him leaving Pittsburgh last week.
"Coming back to George Washington brings my career full circle as in many ways this is where it all started for me," said Coach Ritchie. "I met my wife here at GW, and we both made a lifetime of extraordinary memories going to school and competing in the heart of the nation's capital. To have this opportunity to coach at my alma mater and play our home games in the premier facility in the conference at Barcroft Park is extremely special."
Ritchie was named the Pirates hitting coach on November 24, 2010. The 2012 season marked his seventh year with the organization. Ritchie previously served as the Minor League hitting coordinator before joining Manager Clint Hurdle's staff.
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