Birthdate: February 7, 1923
Birthplace: Glenford, Ohio
High School: Glenford High School
College: Ohio University
Died: January 21, 2014
Year Inducted: Charter Class of 2006
Dick Shrider’s Glenford high school team played three years in the Ohio State Boy’s Class B Basketball Tournament and won the tournament in 1941. Dick scored 728 points in the regular season and 79 points in the four tournament games establishing a new individual scoring record. In 1940 and 1941 he was first team All-State Tournament and also first team All-Ohio. While attending Ohio University, Dick was an All-Mid American choice two years on the Bobcat’s Basketball squad. In December, 1946, he played in the very first Mid-American Conference basketball game Ohio University vs. Wayne State. As a senior he made All-Ohio. His play that year merited selection to the East-West All-Star game in Madison Square garden.
Shrider played one season of professional basketball with the New York Knicks. His first coaching job was at Gallipolis H.S. where they won 82 and lost 42. In 1954 he was named Class A Coach of the Year. From Gallipolis he went to Fairborn for two years. Dick was named head coach at Miami University in 1957. His 1957-58 team went undefeated against MAC opponents and was the first ever MAC team to win an NCAA tournament game.
He guided Miami to four MAC Championships and compiled a record of 126-96. Dick was selected Ohio Basketball Coach of the Year in 1966. He retired from coaching in the 1965-66 season and continued on as Athletic Director remaining in that position until retiring on December 30, 1988.
Dick was responsible for many needed changes in the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors. He is a member of the following Athletic Halls of Fame: Ohio University, Miami University, National Association of Collegiate A.D.’s, Butler County, MAC Conference, Gallipolis H.S. and Sheridan H.S. He is an Honorary Alumnus of Miami University.
Dick Shrider passed away on January 21, 2014 at the age of 90.