Ludwig comes to Peru State with ten years of experience at the collegiate level. This past season, Ludwig was the assistant coach at Central Wyoming College in Riverton. The Rustlers finished with a 21-9 mark.
Two years ago, Ludwig was a volunteer assistant for the Bobcats under previous head coach Eric Behrens. That year the 'Cats were the co-regular season Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) champions and qualified for the NAIA Division 1 National Tournament for the first time in nine years.
Prior to his stint at Peru State, Ludwig was the lead assistant and recruiting coordinator at Midland University in Fremont, Neb. In the four years while he was on the Warrior staff, the program qualified for three NAIA Division II National Tournaments, including having a 30-6 campaign in which the team made an appearance in the 2013-14 championship game. The following year, Midland won the 2014-15 Great Plains Athletic Conference Championship.
Ludwig's coaching experience includes a stop at his hometown school, Bellevue (Neb.) University. In his three years at Bellevue, the program won two Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season titles and two conference tournament championships.
He spent one year prior to Bellevue at Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln and also had one year of high school coaching experience as a varsity assistant and head freshman coach at Bellevue East (Neb.).
Ludwig graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan in the summer of 2006 with a bachelor of arts in English with a creative writing emphasis and a concentration in journalism where he played four years of collegiate ball as a Plainsman. He earned his master of science in management from Bellevue in the summer of 2012.
On his first head coaching assignment, Ludwig noted, "I am very grateful that Athletic Director Schneider and President Hanson have entrusted me with the opportunity to lead the men's basketball program at Peru State College. It is really special for my wife (Cathy) and I to be starting this new chapter near where I grew up and coached for so many years.
Concluding, Ludwig added, "I'm honored to be a part of an awesome athletic department with great leadership and to be competing in the Heart of America Athletic Conference against some of the best teams and coaches in the NAIA. I look forward to working with everyone in the Bobcat family!"
Ritchie, who lives in Nebraska City, brings 37 years of coaching experience to the staff, with 30 of those years spent as a head high school coach in Nebraska. He has coached primarily in southeast Nebraska as he started as an assistant coach in Pawnee City. His head high school coaching positions included stops in Falls City, Elkhorn, and Nebraska City. He was also an assistant coach in Auburn.
His successes during those 30 years included three Eastern Midlands Conference (EMC) Championships, three EMC runner-ups, one district championship, and four district runner-ups.
He was also an assistant coach at Nebraska Wesleyan during two NCAA Division III Final Four runs under head coach Jerry Schmutte. Ritchie also has familiarity with Peru State, as he spent a year on campus as the women's golf coach and his son Monte served as a graduate assistant for two years with the Bobcat program.
Gossett comes to Peru State from Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois. In Gossett's two years on staff, the team went 50-15 and sent several players on to NCAA and NAIA institutions. He is a graduate of Eureka (Ill.) College.
"Rock Valley College has developed a tremendous basketball culture over the last several years under head coaches Evan Lavery and Craig Doty," said Ludwig. "Brandon has two years' experience as lead assistant in a nationally prominent program. He will be involved in every element of what we do. Whether it is recruiting, player development, or our student-athletes' academic success, he has some good experience at Rock Valley that I look forward to him utilizing here at Peru."
Gossett is also a camp director for Midwest Elite Basketball, a satellite camp operation that works hundreds of camps each summer with 70+ college coaches.