Starting his career at King in 1959, Ridenour was a started for the men’s basketball team when he stepped on campus. Following his sophomore season, he returned to King in the fall of 1961, but in October was called into service by the Tennessee Air National Guard for what was termed as the Berlin Crisis. He then went to Germany before returning to King when he returned and graduated in 1965.
In his four year career, Ridenour started all but one game, and the one he missed was due to injury. Ridenour nearly averaged a double-double for his career, averaging in double figures in points and nearly reaching that plateau in rebounds. During his career, Kline Hall was built, and he played in the first game in Kline against Pfeiffer.
Following graduation he became an outside team salesman for The Athletic House, which was a wholesale sporting good company based in Knoxville. His sales territory included upper East Tennessee, Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and parts of West Virginia and Western North Carolina. I stayed with the company for 38 years and retired in 2003. Ridenour’s son Mike and daughter both attended and graduated Lynne Testerman from King.