Native of Grain Valley, Mo. Valedictorian at Grain Valley High School. Played quarterback and led the Eagles to a league championship senior season. Played quarterback at William Jewell College, where he majored in mathematics and physical education, with minor in Spanish in 1963. Led Cardinals to conference championship and national ranking senior season. Coach and athletic director at Odessa (Mo.) high School for six seasons. Odessa football teams had combined 43-16 record. Became coach and athletic director at Moberly (Mo.) High School. Led football teams to 2-10 record in four years. Coached at Central Missouri State University where he earned M.S. and Ed.S. degrees. Became head football coach, track coach, and athletic director at Highland (Kan.) Community College. Women’s track team finished third in the nation in 1976. Later coached football at Illinois State and Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. Became fifteenth head football coach at Baker in 1980 and led Baker to first playoff appearance in school history in first year. Appointed athletic director in 1991. Guided the Wildcats to 10 NAIA playoff appearances and one bowl game in 14 years as head coach, including five NAIA semifinal appearances and one national championship appearance in 1986. His record at Baker was 123-28-1, with 10 losses coming in national playoffs. In his tenure the Wildcats were ranked in the NAIA Division II top-25 poll 129 consecutive weeks- a national record dating to 1983, the year Baker attained it’s first number one ranking. Richard had the best winning percentage (.816) of any NAIA coach at the time of his death. His teams won 10 conference championships and never finished below third. He was named conference coach of the year six times and coached over 30 NAIA All-American Scholar-Athletes and over 150 All-American, all-district, and all-conference athletes. His wife Nancy serves the University as Associate Dean of Students. Their daughter, Amy, and son, Pat, are Baker graduates.