Erin Ridley recently completed her third season with the Virginia Tech women’s soccer staff. Ridley works with the Hokie goalkeepers and is also responsible for assisting with the day-to-day operations of the soccer program.
The goalkeeping core has been a great asset to the Virginia Tech squad since Ridley’s arrival in Blacksburg. During Ridley’s three years with the team, Virginia Tech has posted 32 shutouts, including 12 shutouts in 2012 and 11 shutouts in 2013, which rank as the two highest totals in school history. Three different goalkeepers have earned shutouts within that time.
In 2013, Ridley helped lead Virginia Tech to new heights, as the Hokies advanced to their first-ever NCAA College Cup (soccer’s Final Four). Tech notched a 19-5-3 mark on the season, the best record in program history. The team fought to the finals of the ACC tournament after knocking off previously-undefeated and top-ranked Virginia in the semifinals, 4-2. The Hokies also garnered a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, marking their sixth appearance in a row.
Ridley developed Hokie goalkeeper Dayle Colpitts into one of the top goalkeepers in the country. The Hokies allowed a program-low 0.81 goals per match in 2013, largely in part to Colpitts, then a senior, who set new single-season VT records for shutouts (11), wins (19) and goals-against-average (0.77). Colpitts also finished her four-year career atop the all-time records lists for career minutes (7,329), shutouts (29), wins (46) and GAA (1.15).
In 2012, Ridley helped the squad to a 13-6-1 overall record, then the fewest losses in program history. Tech posted 12 shutouts on the season, setting a new program record. Colpitts missed the first five games of her junior season, as she competed for Team Canada in the 2012 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Japan. Freshman Caroline Kelly was called into starting duty for the Hokies and the young goalkeeper earned 5 wins (4 shutouts) to begin her collegiate career, securing victories against UNC-W, Richmond, Iowa State, and Mt. St. Mary’s, and posting 5 saves in a 3-2 overtime win against Nebraska.
Colpitts returned from international duty to earn her starting position and was promptly named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week for shutting out Illinois and Massachusetts. She would finish the season with 55 saves, 7 shutouts and allowed only 18 goals as Tech would earn a home bid in the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
In Ridley’s first season with the Hokies, Tech matched its best finish in program history making it all the way to the Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. She helped lead the Hokies to a 14-8-1 overall record, the second most wins in program history. Tech’s 14 victories included 11 shutouts that set the record for most shutouts in a season. Colpitts faced 212 shots and finished with a save percentage of .81, while back-up goalkeeper Anna Romeiser stepped in while Colpitts missed seven games to injury, garnering three shut-outs.
Ridley previously spent 3 seasons as the assistant and goalkeeper coach at Davidson College. While she was at Davidson, the Wildcats made program history in 2009 as they earned their first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament after winning the program’s fourth SoCon Tournament Title. The squad finished with a 12-10-1 overall mark, while closing out league play at 7-3-1, the sixth consecutive winning season for Davidson.
She came to Davidson after two seasons at Stephen F. Austin as an assistant coach, during which time she also served as the interim head coach. During her tenure, the Ladyjacks compiled a 22-13-3 record, including a 13-5-2 mark in her second year, the third-best season win total in SFA history. The Ladyjacks took the Southland regular season championship and Southland Conference Tournament title that season, travelling to play Texas A&M for the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Ridley, who is currently a part of the Region I Olympic Development Program goalkeeping staff, has also been on State ODP staff in Tennessee and North Carolina. She has also served as a club coach, working with male and female goalkeepers and field players at North Meck Soccer Club and also New River United where she is currently the U14 girls head coach and goalkeeping director.
A graduate of Virginia, Ridley was a three-year letterwinner who played goalkeeper for the Cavaliers and helped lead them to an Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 2004. She was a member of Soccer Buzz’ Number One Recruiting Class in the Nation her freshman year in 2001. Ridley also excelled in the classroom, earning ACC Honor Roll honors three times during her playing career.
Ridley, who was a co-captain on the 2004 championship team, was the women's soccer representative for the Student Athlete Advisory Council while at Virginia. She also played for the Memphis Mercury, a semi-pro women's soccer league in the summer of 2002.
A 2005 graduate of the University of Virginia, Ridley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology. She is currently enrolled in graduate studies in Virginia Tech’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program. She holds the USSF “B” License, the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and the NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma.
She is married to Timothy Ridley, an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Radford University.