Steve Riddick

Steve Riddick
Personal information
Birth nameSteven Earl Riddick
Born (1951-09-18) September 18, 1951 (age 71)[1]
Newport News, Virginia, United States
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight165 lb (75 kg)
Event(s)100 meters
College teamNorfolk State University
ClubPhiladelphia Pioneers
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100 m: 10.05 s (Zürich 1975)

Steven Earl Riddick (born September 18, 1951) is an American athlete and winner of the gold medal in 4×100 meter relay at the 1976 Summer Olympics.

Personal life

Riddick was raised in Hampton, Virginia. His father was a Church of Christ minister there.[2]

Riddick was a late starter in track, concentrating on team sports until his junior year at high school.[2]

After high school, Riddick attended at Norfolk State University, having been recruited by coach Dick Price. There he met his wife Theresita Renee Coleman.[2]

For the last year of his psychology degree course he ran for the Philadelphia Pioneers track club because his college eligibility had ended. It was a move engineered by Coach Price who put Riddick in contact with the Philadelphia Pioneers coach Alex Woodley.[2]

After graduation in 1975, Riddick moved first to Washington D.C. and then Philadelphia and continued to run for the Philadelphia Pioneers club.[2]

Track career

Riddick attempted to qualify for the 1972 Munich Olympics but was eliminated at the semi-final stage in both the 100 and 200 m at the United States Olympic Trials.[3]

In 1975, in Zurich, he ran the fastest automatically timed 100 m of the year at 10.05 s, a time that remained his personal best.[2] He had started that year by causing some amazement and amusement when he ran and won an indoor race in his sweat pants. The reason: he had forgotten his shorts. He won the final in borrowed shorts.[4]

At the 1976 Montreal Olympics, Steven Riddick was eliminated in the semi-final of the 100 m race, but ran the anchor leg in the gold medal-winning American 4 × 100 m relay team (with Harvey Glance, Johnny 'Lam' Jones and Millard Hampton). Riddick had finished third in the 100 m final at the United States Olympic Trials. He narrowly missed-out on doubling-up at 200 m at the Olympics by finishing fourth in the 200 final - he was narrowly passed in the closing stages by Mark Lutz.[3]

Riddick was a member of American 4 × 100 m relay team, which won the 1977 IAAF World Cup with a new world record of 38.03 s (with Cliff Wiley, Bill Collins and Steve Williams). He was also a member of American 4 × 100 m relay team, which won the 1979 Pan American Games(with Mike Roberson, Harvey Glance and Cliff Wiley)[5] and placed second in 1979 IAAF World Cup (with Mike Roberson, Harvey Glance and Mel Lattany).

In 1978, he won the 100 m and anchored the United States 4 × 100 m relay team to victory in the USA versus USSR meet at the University of California's Edwards Stadium, and so helping the United States to its first overall victory in the dual meet series since 1969.[6]

Riddick attempted to qualify for the 100 m at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics but was eliminated at the quarter-final stage at the United States Olympic Trials.[3]

Surprisingly, Riddick never achieved much success at the USA National Championships outdoors during his career - his best was fourth in the 100 m (in 1974, 1977, 1978 and 1979) and fifth in the 200 m (in 1977 and 1979)[7] - he was, however, twice United States champion indoors at 60 y in 1977 and 1979.[8] His indoor successes in 1977 led him to being voted Track and Field News's indoor athlete of the year.[9]

Riddick ran for his college Norfolk State University until 1974 winning NCAA division titles.[2] He then joined the Philadelphia Pioneers track club. The Philadelphia Pioneer Educational Athletic Development Club, the proper name for the Philadelphia Pioneers, were the brainchild of Alexander J. Woodley. During the period 1977–1981, when Riddick was a member, they were the premier track club in the United States.[10]

In 1980, Riddick was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame of The Lower Virginia Peninsula.[11]

In 1997, Riddick was inducted into the Hampton Roads African American Sports Hall of Fame.[12]


Riddick was ranked among the best in the US and the world in both the 100 and 200 m sprint events from 1973 to 1979, according to the votes of the experts of Track and Field News.[13][14][15][16]

Coaching career

After his athletics career, Riddick was a coach at Norfolk State University.

Riddick enjoyed some early success in the role,[17] but his reputation was tarnished when he was embroiled in a scandal over the misappropriation of university travel funds for which he was sacked.[18]

Money laundering and bank fraud scandal

In 2006, Riddick was indicted and arrested on fraud charges for his alleged involvement in a money laundering scheme.[19] His former student, Tim Montgomery, was also a defendant in the case and Montgomery's former girlfriend, 5-time Olympic medalist sprinter Marion Jones, was also found to have been involved in the operation.

In 2008, Riddick was sentenced to five years and three months in federal prison for counterfeiting checks.[20]


  1. ^ "Steve Riddick". Archived from the original on April 17, 2020. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Feeling Fit To Hurt A Lot Of Feelings", Joe Marshall, Sports Illustrated, March 28, 1977.
  3. ^ a b c The History of the United States Olympic Trials - Track & Field, R Hymans, USA Track & Field, 2008
  4. ^ Scorecard, Andrew Crichton, Sports Illustrated, February 17, 1975.
  5. ^ "US planning to leave Pan Am games in style", Galveston Daily News, July 16, 1979.
  6. ^ "...U.S. team scored a rare triumph over the U.S.S.R.", Joe Marshall, Sports Illustrated, July 17, 1978.
  7. ^ A History Of The Results Of The National Track & Field Championships Of The USA From 1876 Through 2003 Archived March 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, Track and Field News.
  8. ^ USA Indoor Track & Field Champions, Men's 60 m, USA Track and Field.
  9. ^ "People in Sports". Eugene Register-Guard. April 2, 1977.
  10. ^ "Alexander J. Woodley, 71; coached Olympic stars", Gayle Ronan Sims, The Inquirer, May 27, 2004. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  11. ^ Hall of Fame Recipients Archived 2012-06-26 at the Wayback Machine, City of Hampton, Virginia. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  12. ^ Inductees of the Hampton Roads African American Sports Hall of Fame Archived 2013-06-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "World Rankings Index--Men's 100 meters" (PDF). Track and Field News. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-06-09.
  14. ^ "U.S. Rankings Index--Men's 100 meters" (PDF). Track and Field News. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-06-09.
  15. ^ "World Rankings Index--Men's 200 meters" (PDF). Track and Field News.
  16. ^ "U.S. Rankings Index--Men's 200 meters" (PDF). Track and Field News.
  17. ^ "A timeline for Steve Riddick", The Virginian Pilot, April 29, 2006. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  18. ^ "Audit Uncovers Fraud At Norfolk State University", Marc Davis, May 17, 2000,
  19. ^ "NY trial opens for Olympian with mention of wrongdoing by another", Associated Press, April 2007, Retrieved September 20, 2012.
  20. ^ "The hard truth for Marion Jones is a 6-month term". Virginia Pilot. January 12, 2008.

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