After spending four seasons as a special assistant in an administrative capacity and assisting with the Chargers’ running backs, Mark Ridgley was promoted to quality control coach for the offense in 2016 and offensive assistant in 2017. Ridgley’s primary on-field focus has been to work closely with the team’s running backs.
In 2016, running back Melvin Gordon had a breakout year, pacing the squad with 12 total touchdowns, including 10 rushing. He fell just three yards shy of a 1,000-yard season as his 997-yard tally ranked 13th in the NFL. Showing good hands out of the backfield, Gordon tacked on an additional 419 yards receiving to finish the season with 1,416 yards from scrimmage, good for 10th in the entire league.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Ridgley earned a degree in economics from the University of Pittsburgh while working as a student manager for the Panthers’ football team. He also received a master’s of education from Central Michigan.
Ridgley began his career as an academic graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh before accepting a position as the defensive graduate assistant at Central Michigan University. Chargers safety Jahleel Addae played for the Chippewas during Ridgley’s tenure on the staff.
Ridgley and wife, Casey, were married in 2015.