John Ritcher begins his third season with the Cardinals and fourth in the NFL after joining the team’s scouting department in May, 2012. He came to Arizona after working as a scouting assistant with the Miami Dolphins in 2011. After beginning his Cardinals career scouting in the northeast region, he is now responsible for scouting the southeast region of the country for Arizona.
He joined the Dolphins in 2011 after serving three seasons on the strength and conditioning staff at Florida State. He went to work for Florida State in 2008 and also helped out with the Seminoles tight ends.
Prior to his arrival at FSU, Ritcher played fullback and linebacker for the Georgia Force in the Arena Football League in 2007. With the Force, Ritcher had 20 carries for 58 yards and a touchdown to go along with two receptions for 20 yards and two touchdowns.
He played collegiately at N.C. State where he was a four-year letter winner as a tight end and had 16 receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown. He was given the Mike Hardy Award in 2004, given to the player who shows a winning attitude and plays beyond his capabilities, as well as the 2005 Bob Warren award for integrity and sportsmanship. Following his graduation from N.C. State, Ritcher spent two years as the head strength and conditioning coach at his high school alma mater, Ravenscroft High School in Raleigh, NC.
He guided his team to an 11-1 record as a senior and won the independent schools state championship while also being selected as an NCISAA All-State performer at tight end as a junior and senior.
Ritcher graduated from N.C. State with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology in 2005 and then received a Master’s of Science in Sport Management from Florida State in 2010. He and his wife Ashley, have a son, James, and a daughter, Sophia.
A Cardinals season ticket member won a trip to Chicago to represent the team for the 2015 Draft. A few Cardinals employees and cheerleaders went out to surprise the lucky fan at her house!