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James T. Ritzel

James T. Ritzel


At Rochester:

  • Captain and MVP his senior year
  • Names an ABCA Third Team All-American
  • ABCA First Team All-Northeast Region his sophomore , junior, and senior years
  • Selected to the ABCA Second Team All-Northeast Region as a freshman
  • Selected for the ECAC Upstate New York Team all four seasons
  • Named New York State Rookie of the Year in 1990
  • Had the 24th best batting average nationally for Division III in his sophomore year
  • Named to the Second Team All-UAA his freshman, sophomore, and senior years
  • UAA Athlete of the Week twice
  • An Alumni and a Garnish Scholarship Recipient
  • Named a GTE/coSIDA Second Team Academic All-American and a GTE/coSIDA First Team Academic All-District New York and New England in 1993


  • Obtained his law degree, with honors, from SUNY Buffalo
  • Practiced tax law at Buffalo’s largest law firm from 1998 to 2003
  • Started a playground surfacing business and moved to Colorado in 2006
  • Married and lives with his wife, Kimberly, and three children, Savannah, Georgia, and Ridge