B. David Ridpath

Associate Professor and Kahandas Nandola Professor of Sports Administration
Co-Editor, Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics
Faculty Fellow, Center for College Affordability and Productivit

Office: CSC 001C
Phone: 740-593-9496
Fax: 740-593-9342
Email: ridpath@ohio.edu
Homepage: www.sportsad.ohio.edu
Department: Sports Administration


    Ed.D. Doctor of Education, Higher Education Administration. West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, 2002. Dissertation Title: “NCAA Division I Student Athlete Characteristics as Indicators of Academic Achievement and Graduation.” Major-Educational Leadership; Minor-Sport Management.

    MSA, Masters of Sports Administration and Facility Management, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 1995.

    BA, Bachelor of Arts, Speech Communication, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado – 1990

Research Interests

    The study of intercollegiate athletics administration, governance, rules compliance with an emphasis on student athlete academic achievement and graduation rates. Also study the ethics and components of the NCAA legislative, enforcement, and governance process. Also support the Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre and Center for Sports Administration with Sales and Sponsorship Research.

Professional Experience

    Associate Professor of Sports Administration, Ohio University and Kahandas Nandola Professor of Sport Management, 2006-Present

    Assistant Professor of Sports Management, Mississippi State University, 2004-2006

    Director of Judicial Programs. Marshall University, Huntington, WV. Nov. 2001-July 2004

    Assistant Athletic Director, Compliance and Student Services. Marshall University, Huntington, WV. 1997-2001

    Director of Athletic Compliance/Event and Facilities Manager. Weber State University, Ogden, Utah. 1995-1997

    See Curriculum Vitae for additional information

Selected Publications

    Ridpath, B., Perceptions of NCAA Division I Athletes on Motivations and Individual Desire Concerning the use of Specialized Academic Support Services in the Era of the Academic Progress Rate. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics. (Winter 2011)

    Ridpath, B., Zullo, R. & Gill, N. Gender as an Indicator of Academic Progress and Graduation for NCAA Division I Athletes. Athletic Academic Journal. The National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) Journal. Fall 2009 Issue.

    Ridpath, B., Lawrence, H., Yiamouyiannis, A. & Galles, K. Changing Sides: The Failure of the Wrestling Communities Challenges to Title IX and New Strategies for Saving NCAA Sport Teams. The Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, December 2008, Vol. 1, Issue

    Ridpath, B. Can the Faculty Reform Intercollegiate Athletics. The Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, Spring 2008.

    Ridpath, B., Southall, R. & Nagel, M. New Rules for a New Ballgame: Legislative and Judicial Rationales for Revamping the NCAA’s Enforcement Process. The Entertainment and Sports Law Journal Symposium Issue on College Sports and the Law. Spring 2008.

    Ridpath, B, Kiger. J., Mak, J., Eagle, T., & Letter, G. Factors that Influence the Academic Progress and Graduation of NCAA Division I Athletes. Sport Management and Related Topics Journal (SMART) Fall 2007, Volume 4, Issue 1.

    Ridpath, B., College Athlete’s Perception of Coach’s Emphasis on Academic Progress and Graduation. Sport Management and Related Topics Journal (SMART). Fall 2006, Volume 3, Issue 1

    Staurowsky, E. & Ridpath, B. The Case for a Minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average for College Athletic Eligibility. (Winter 2005 Symposium Issue). The Journal of Law and Sport.

    Books and Book Chapters

    Ridpath, B. in Lawrence, H. J. & Wells, M. (2009). Event Management Blueprint: Creating and Managing Successful Sports Events; Chapter 4-Contracts. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.

    Lee, J.W., Polite, F.G., Waller, S., & Ridpath, B.D. (under contract). Human Rights, Social Issues, and Personal Freedoms in Sport. In J.W. Lee (Ed.) Power, politics, policy, and problems in sport. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

    Polite, F.G., Waller, S., Lee, J.W., & Ridpath, B.D. (under contract). Corporate Social Responsibility & Accountability in Sport . In J.W. Lee (Ed.) Power, politics, policy, and problems in sport. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

    Published Monographs

    Kahler, J., Ridpath, B., Moran, P., Pfahl, M. & Davis, C. The 2010 National Sports Forum Corporate and Industry Survey. The National Sports Forum, Seaver Marketing Group, 2010.

    Kahler, J., Ridpath, B., Moran, P., Maestas, A.J., Francis, S., Payne, R., Migala, D. & Petzold, A. “Brought to you by…The 2008 National Sports Forum Corporate and Industry Survey. The National Sports Forum, Seaver Marketing Group, 2008.

    Other Publications/Editorials

    Ridpath, B. New Approaches to Economic Realities and Enforcement of Title IX. High School Today: The Voice of Education Based Athletics and Activities, November 2007.

    Ridpath, B. Force Fanatics: Who are they and why do they come? The Migala Report, July 12, 2007

    Ridpath, B. NCAA News Editorial. Reform Effort Dismissed as Rhetoric. NCAA News, June 4, 2007

    Ridpath, B. Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal Editorial. NBA Age Rule an Exercise in Futility. Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal, May 14-20, 2007.

    Ridpath, B. NCAA News Editorial. Don’t Mess with Post-Graduate Choices. NCAA News, July 17, 2006.

    Ridpath, B. NCAA News Editorial. Change not Dependent on Structure. NCAA News. June 20, 2005.

    See Curriculum Vitae for additional publications


    Region Commanders Leadership Award, Army ROTC, Colorado State University, 1986

    Honor Graduate, Army ROTC Advanced Camp, Fort Lewis, WA, 1986

    ROTC Distinguished Military Student, Colorado State University, 1986-1990

    ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate, Colorado State University, 1990

    Dr. James A. Lavery Scholarship Award Winner, Ohio University, 1995

    Ohio University, University College, Outstanding University College Advocate, 2011


    Dr. B. David Ridpath, Ed.D. is an Associate Professor and the Kahandas Nandola Professor of Sport Administration at Ohio University in the Department of Sports Administration and College of Business. He began his current position in 2006. Dr. Ridpath has several years of practical experience in the sports industry and teaches classes in marketing, sponsorship, risk management, sports law, issues in intercollegiate athletics, and other areas to include serving as Interim Associate Athletic Director for Compliance in 2007. This is Ridpath’s second stint at Ohio. He previously served as assistant wrestling coach at Ohio from 1994-95. While on legendary head coach Harry Houska's staff, the Bobcat wrestling team won the Mid American Conference wrestling championship in 1995 and finished 19th in the country. He also earned a Masters of Sports Administration/Facility Management degree from Ohio in 1995. Prior to returning to Ohio University, Ridpath spent two years directing the graduate sports administration program at Mississippi State University placing graduates in positions within the MSU athletic department, the Southeastern Conference (SEC), NASCAR, and major & minor league baseball. Prior to MSU, he spent over a decade working in intercollegiate athletic administration and higher education including eight years at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia where he served as an Adjunct Professor of Sport Management and Marketing, Director of Judicial Programs and Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Student Services. He also worked in the athletic department at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, for three years from 1995-1997 as Assistant Director of Marketing and Promotions, Game and Event Management Coordinator, Director of Internal Operations, and Director of Compliance. While at Weber State he served as a media manager at the 1997 NCAA Men's Basketball Western Regional in Salt Lake City and as Co-director of the Mid-American Conference Wrestling Tournament in 1996. As an undergraduate student at Colorado State University, where he received a BA is Speech Communication, he was a 1990 Distinguished Military Graduate in Army ROTC and spent over 12 years on active duty and in the Army National Guard, including two overseas tours in Germany. He is also a certified college and international wrestling official. Ridpath received a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from West Virginia University in May 2002. His primary research line is issues and problems in intercollegiate athletics with a focus on compliance, academic integrity, and governance reform. He is a former executive director of The Drake Group, a group fighting for academic integrity in college sports. An accomplished scholar, he has over 30 national and international refereed presentations and 17 peer reviewed and edited academic articles in print, four published academic book chapters, and has had writings and editorials featured in the NCAA News, Sports Business Journal, Legal Issues in College Athletics, and his book entitled Tainted Glory: Marshall University, The NCAA, and One Man’s Fight for Justice is currently available in paperback and hardcover at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. Dr. Ridpath has been retained several times as an expert in litigation involving college sports issues and is regularly interviewed on relevant issues in college sports within the media to include ESPN Outside the Lines, The Paul Finebaum Radio Show, The Tim Brando Show, and WATH Sports Radio. Dr Ridpath has also been quoted and featured in several publications discussing issues in college athletics including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Toronto Globe and Mail, USA Today, Indianapolis Star, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Birmingham News, to name a few. Ridpath is married to the former Jacqueline Grech of Eltmann, Germany and they have two children, Bradley and Chiara.