OXFORD, Ohio -- Richard G. (Dick) Shrider, Miami University’s long-time athletics director and former men’s basketball head coach, passed away the evening of Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at the age of 90.
Visitation will be on Friday, Jan. 24 from 3-5 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m. at the Ogle and Paul Young Funeral Home in Oxford. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Faith Lutheran Church in Oxford.
He was born on February 7, 1923, in Glass Rock, Ohio, to Guy and Pansy (Campbell) Shrider. His family includes his wife Carol, son David (Beth) Shrider, daughter Ann (Eric) Mortimer and grandchildren Ben and Andrew Shrider and Hannah and Lucas Mortimer.
Shrider joined Miami University in 1957 with his hiring as head basketball coach. He guided the Red and White for nine seasons, leading his teams to four MAC Championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances while compiling a record of 126-96. His 1957-58 team was undefeated in MAC play with a 12-0 record and is one of only two teams in conference history to go undefeated in league play.
He was selected the Ohio Coach of the Year in 1966 in his final season guiding the Red and White. Against MAC competition, Shrider’s teams amassed a 76-34 record, a winning record against every team.
In 1964, Shrider assumed the role of Miami University Athletic Director following the death of John L. Brickels. After the 1965-66 basketball season, he retired from the coaching ranks and remained athletics director until his retirement on Dec. 31, 1988.
During his time at Miami, Shrider oversaw the inclusion of women’s intercollegiate athletics and grew the department to 11 sports for men and eight sports for women. Under his watch, Miami captured 16 Reese Trophies and one Jacoby Trophy—symbols of athletic excellence in the MAC. He helped in the planning and building of Millett Hall and the athletic complex which includes Yager Stadium.
Shrider also was instrumental in winning the battle for Miami and the Mid-American Conference to remain in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. He served on the NCAA Council from 1981-85 and the NCAA Division I Basketball Committee from 1981-87.
He began a successful coaching career in the fall of 1949 at Gallipolis High School. His Gallipolis teams went 86-42 in six years, and Shrider was named the 1954 Class A Coach of the Year in Ohio. In 1955, he was named basketball coach at Fairborn High School where he posted a 20-13 record over two seasons.
Shrider had the unusual distinction of attending four different colleges before receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1948 and his master’s degree in 1949 from Ohio University. He was recruited by The Ohio State University, but when he entered the United States Navy officer training program in 1943, the Navy transferred him to the University of Michigan. Just prior to his call to combat service in the Pacific, Shrider attended Mid-Shipman School at Columbia University.
During his military service, Shrider was an officer aboard a LSM (Landing Ship Medium) in eight Pacific landing operations.
Following his military service, Shrider finished his undergraduate degree at Ohio University where he was an All-Mid-American Conference choice two years on the Bobcats’ basketball squad. As a senior, he was an All-Ohio selection and also was chosen to play in the East-West All-Star Game in Madison Square Garden.
He played one season of professional basketball with the New York Knicks in 1948-49.
Shrider began playing organized basketball in fifth grade, a sport which led him to a life-long career in athletics. During his prep career, Shrider’s Glenford High School team advanced to the Ohio High School Boys Basketball State Tournament, winning the state title in 1941. Over the 1941 state tournament run, he scored 79 points in four tournament games, establishing a new individual tournament record for scoring. Shrider was a three-time all-state selection, earning second-team honors in 1939 and first-team distinction in 1940 and 1941. He also twice earned All-Ohio honors in 1940 and 1941.
In recognition for his contributions to basketball and intercollegiate athletics from his playing days through his professional career, Shrider was inducted into the following halls of fame: Ohio University, Miami University, Ohio Basketball, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, Butler County, Mid-American Conference, Gallipolis High School and Sheridan High School. Shrider also was inducted into the Miami University Cradle of Coaches Association.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions be made in his memory to Miami University through the Men’s Basketball Endowment in Honor of Richard G. Shrider or to the endowment fund of Faith Lutheran Church.
Richard G. Shrider Men’s Basketball Endowment
Checks payable to: Miami University or the Miami University Foundation
725 E. Chestnut Street
Oxford, OH 45056
Faith Lutheran Church
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Oxford, OH 45056
Ogle and Paul Young Funeral Home
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Oxford, Ohio 45056
Remembering Dick Shrider
Karen Womack, former Miami University Executive Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator
“Dick Shrider was one of the most influential people in my life, both professionally and personally. He gave me an invaluable career opportunity to join Miami University and work with a wonderful and dedicated staff in the Athletic Department. He led by example and promoted a family atmosphere in the department that was inclusive and successful. Personally, he impacted me and my colleagues as a mentor and a friend. Dick was demanding, yet compassionate. He set high standards for himself and the department, and he was truly a ‘hands on’ athletic director. He led by example and was respected and admired by all those with whom he worked. Loyal to a fault, a Redskin/RedHawk through and through, Dick will always be remembered with great respect, admiration and gratitude for the way he lived his life and the way he cared about people and the University that he loved.”
Darrell Hedric ’55, former Miami University men’s basketball coach and Associate AD Emeritus
“The first time I met Dick Shrider was in 1957 when he was just hired as head coach at Miami before we had assistant coaches in anything, and I became his graduate assistant. Dick was a very disciplined guy. He was a great choice for Miami because he believed in what we called the ‘Miami Way.’ Dick believed in academics first, and used to think of athletics as the front porch of the University, and he wanted to do it the right way. I used to hear him respond to questions that would come his way as athletic director saying, ‘Do what’s best for the student-athlete.’ That’s what believed and lived. He had a lot of success as a player, as a coach and an athletic director. Dick had a great knack for hiring the people who he thought would be successful and do it the ‘Miami Way.’ Not just in football and basketball, but in every hire he made.”
Jim Thomas ’59
“Dick Shrider came to Gallipolis to coach when I was in seventh grade and left as I graduated in 1955. He came to coach Miami my junior year, so I played for him all through high school and my last two years in college. He was very influential on my life. He not only influenced my life, but he influenced so many other people’s lives. Many we don’t even know about. He’s had a great impact on Miami Athletics and Miami in general. It’s a great loss for all of us.”
Mike Cleary, NACDA Director, Emeritus
“Dick Shrider was one of the kindest, gentlest human beings I ever met. He was a giant in his industry, but had time for anyone on the way up. He will be sorely missed by all in NACDA, as he was a distinguished member of our Hall of Fame. RIP.”