Knew he was with ON but in T&F News Interview with Ritz, it's indicated he will be the Operations Manager out of Boulder.
T&FN: As the 2023 season is about to begin, do you have a New Year’s resolution for the On AC?
Ritzenhein: Well, I think our team has been probably synonymous with the same way the brand has been recently. The growth has been crazy for the last 3 years —within the company but also the team.
Every year we’ve grown and we’ve gotten better. And one of our big resolutions, for myself and some of our leadership management, like [global head] Steve DeKoker, [marketing specialist and ’08 Olympian] Andy Wheating and even Flavio [Calligaris-Maibach, head of athlete strategy & partnership] and all our people over in Zürich, I think is to create some sustainability with it and get to where it’s not just nose to the grindstone for me all the time — creating a sustainable infrastructure around the team.
They’ve got the results now and we have the talent and the team culture is good and all that — so [next up is] making it really sustainable for the long haul.
We’ve gotten to be one of the best clubs in the world in a short period of time, and now we gotta make sure that the machine is flying fine-tuned. We aim to get better with our process of everything. That hopefully will be what can take us even to the next level.
T&FN: Makes sense. There needs to be balance.
Ritzenhein, bronze medalist in the World Cross Junior (U20) race 2½ years earlier, earned his first T&FN cover for winning the ’03 NCAA XC as a Colorado soph.Ritzenhein: Yeah, for sure. I mean, I love it. I love traveling like crazy and being at all the races and doing all this stuff, but at the same time I want to be able to spend more time with the athletes one-on-one, and that gets harder the more people we get.
So Andy Wheating actually moved here now, and he is coming in as a basically operations type manager, sort of like for an NCAA program. We’ll probably look for an assistant coach at some point later in the year.