Assistant Varsity Coach
Fred grew up an Air Force ‘brat’, living in California, Colorado, New Mexico, and the Azores, Portugal, but spent his formative years in Colorado. He began little league baseball at the age of four and played travel/all-star ball from 12 years old through high school. In New Mexico he played JV and Varsity baseball and high school softball in Portugal, as baseball was not an option.
Fred and Libby, his wife of 23 years, have two sons, Ricky 22 and Joshua 19, who both are BGHS Baseball Alumnus. Both played at least two of their four years at the varsity level. Ricky is a senior at Rochester College, a starting middle infielder for the Warriors, and a 2 time Academic All-American. Joshua is a freshman at BGSU, in Air Force ROTC, and on the BGSU Club Baseball team.
In his ‘day job’, he is a paramedic and firefighter in Sylvania, but his heart is always with baseball. Fred has been coaching baseball for 11 years and part of the BGHS coaching staff for six, while also coaching many youth, travel, and fall baseball teams. For the last four summers, Coach Riggs has been an assistant for a 19U American Legion team. He feels privileged to have had the pleasure of coaching some very good ball players alongside some excellent and influential coaches over the years. He continues to learn from the game, its players, and other Coaches. Fred absolutely loves baseball, Bowling Green, and our high school!
In addition to coaching, he is very involved in Boy Scouts and has served as a volunteer for the past 12 years and is the Scoutmaster of Troop 358 (both of his boys are Eagle Scouts). Coach Riggs is also a volunteer board member at Carter Park’s BG Pee Wee League and has served for the past 10 years as Vice President and Travel Commissioner. Although he did not grow up here, Bowling Green has become his hometown and he will always be a Bobcat at heart. Go Cats!