EKU’S Olympic Sports Training Center Renamed In Honor Of Legendary Cross Country/Track & Field Head Coach Rick Erdmann

EKU’S Olympic Sports Training Center Renamed In Honor Of Legendary Cross Country/Track & Field Head Coach Rick Erdmann

EKU’S Olympic Sports Training Center Renamed In Honor Of Legendary Cross Country/Track & Field Head Coach Rick Erdmann

The Rick Erdmann Olympic Sports Training Center houses offices and facilities to support the university’s cross country/track and field team as well as soccer.

RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents and Athletics Department has officially renamed the OSTC as the Rick Erdmann Olympic Sports Training Center in honor of the legendary cross country/track and field head coach.  
 
The Rick Erdmann Olympic Sports Training Center houses offices and facilities to support the university’s cross country/track and field team as well as soccer.
 
“We are excited to announce and honor legendary coach Rick Erdmann with the renaming of the OSTC,” EKU Vice President and Director of Athletics Matt Roan said. “While the number of championships and awards may never be equaled, I am most impressed by the impact that coach Erdmann had on the lives of the student-athletes who competed under his direction.  The naming of this building in his honor is just a small token of our appreciation for the distinction he brought to his teams, the athletics department and this university.”
 
Erdmann served as the cross country/track and field head coach from 1979 until May of 2018.
 
During his 39-year career, Erdmann had unprecedented success with the programs under his direction winning 73 conference championships.  He coached 46 NCAA Division I All-Americans as well as three Olympians, and received 70 conference coach of the year awards. Erdmann won 19 straight women’s cross country titles from 1981-1999 and had five straight NCAA qualifying seasons with men’s cross country from 2011-2015.
 
Erdmann was inducted into the Kentucky USA Track and Field/Kentucky Track and Cross Country Associate Hall of Fame in January of 2007, the EKU Athletics Hall of Fame in July of 2018, and the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame in May of 2019.
 
“I am tremendously honored by this decision and grateful to athletics director Matt Roan, President David McFaddin, Chair Lewis Diaz and the Board of Regents for bestowing it upon me” coach Rick Erdmann said. “I had the privilege to work with so many outstanding student-athletes during my career and had the support of my wife, family and assistant coaches, including Tim Moore, who were there for every step of our success.”
 
Erdmann received his master’s degree in physical education from EKU in 1966 and has served as the head coach emeritus of the university’s cross country/track and field program since June of 2018.  
 

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