Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Richard Quick Passes Away

Richard Quick Passes Away Auburn men's and women's head swimming and diving coach Richard Quick, who was diagnosed with an inoperable cancerous
brain tumor in December 2008, passed away Wednesday at the age of 66. One of
the most recognizable names in the swimming and diving community, Quick was
a six-time United States Olympic coach who directed 13 teams to NCAA
titles, the most ever by a swimming coach.
Great guy. Great coach.
Here is my trivial story of Richard Quick. Back in 1981 he was driving a van full of swimmers from Auburn to the NCAA Champioships in Brown Deer, Wisconsin. I was on the side of the road hitch-hiking to the meet. He stopped and gave me a lift for the last 20 or 30 miles. Thanks for the lift Coach Quick.

He was so much more to so many others -- including me.

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