Men's Basketball vs. Boston College (by Matt Riley)
Ritchie McKay is in his sixth year as the Virginia men's basketball program's associate head coach. McKay was the men's head basketball coach at Liberty University prior to coming to UVa when he joined head coach Tony Bennett's staff as associate head coach in April of 2009.
McKay came to UVa with 13 years of Division I head coaching experience. Prior to his two years at Liberty (2007-09), McKay spent five seasons at New Mexico, two at Oregon State, two at Colorado State and two at Portland State. Over his career as a head coach, McKay's teams posted a record of 204-186.
In 2008-09, McKay led Liberty to one of the most successful seasons in school history. The Flames were 23-12, tying the school record for wins in a Division I season and reaching the quarterfinals of the inaugural CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. A key to the program's success was a group of freshmen that comprised McKay's first recruiting class at the school. It was the first Liberty recruiting class to be ranked in the top 50 nationally and was highlighted by Seth Curry, the nation's top freshman scorer at 20.2 ppg.
McKay has the top winning percentage (.582, 39-28) among the head coaches in the history of the Liberty men's basketball program.
Prior to arriving at Liberty, McKay was the head coach at New Mexico for five seasons. His tenure in Albuquerque was highlighted by the 2004-05 season when the Lobos went 26-7 and won the Mountain West Conference championship. McKay coached Danny Granger at New Mexico, a first-round draft choice of the Indiana Pacers and an NBA All-Star.
McKay began his head-coaching career in 1995 when he took over a Portland State program that had been dormant for 15 years. He led the Vikings to nine wins in 1996-97, the program's first year of competition since the early 1980s, and Portland State compiled a 15-12 record in 1997-98. He followed his two years at Portland State with two seasons at Colorado State, leading the Rams to an NIT appearance. He has the second best winning percentage (.617, 37-23) among the head coaches in the history of the Colorado State men's basketball program. McKay then led Oregon State for two seasons before taking over at New Mexico.
A 1987 graduate of Seattle Pacific where he played basketball, McKay began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Washington in 1988. He also served as an assistant coach at Queens College in North Carolina (1989-90), Seattle Pacific (1990-91), Bradley (1991-93) and Washington (1993-95).
In the summer of 2013, McKay served as the head coach for Athletes in Action during a five-game tour of Jamaica. The team included current Virginia forward Anthony Gill.
McKay and his wife, Julie, have three children - a daughter, Ellie, and two sons, Luke and Gabriel.