Coach Ricci was born and raised in Southern California where he attended Brea-Olinda High School and was a three-year Varsity middle linebacker and team captain. He went on to play at Long Beach City College and the University of New Mexico where his career was cut short due to injuries. Coach Ricci transferred to Arizona State University where he received his Bachelor’s degree and later attended University of Southern California where he earned an MBA and his Master’s in Teaching. He is currently teaching History and Economics at Capo.
He is going on his 5th year as the Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Line coach for Capo Valley High School where he led the team to the #1 Scoring Defense in Orange County, 59 sacks and 90 tackles for loss in 2016. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Defensive Line Coach and Defensive Quality Control for Eastern Michigan University in 2012.
Coach Ricci lives in Mission Viejo with Jenny, his wife of 24 years, and their two boys Jake (19) and Brock (18).