The first inductee to the Bowling Coaches Hall of Fame is Dick Ritger, who, in my estimation, was and is the most worthy selection among the greatest instructors the game has ever seen. Prior to his creation of the Dick Ritger Bowling Academy, Ritger was selected as one of the Top 20 Bowlers of the 20th Century. He won 20 PBA titles and retired from the PBA tour while still capable of adding to his titles credit. He embarked on a coaching career that covered 24 countries on five continents.
Dick Ritger is truly bowling’s world ambassador. He is unquestionably the most influential person to have spread the bowling gospel throughout the world.