Richard G. (Dick) Shrider, Miami University's long-time athletics director and former men's basketball head coach, passed away the evening of Tuesday at the age of 90.
He was born on February 7, 1923, in Glass Rock, Ohio, to Guy and Pansy 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 office 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.
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.
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