High School: River Valley High School (1983)
College: Otterbein College (1987)
Year Inducted: 2007
When Dick Hempy walked away from the game of basketball in 1987, he did so as one of the best players to ever don an Otterbein Cardinal jersey. Over the course of his four years at Otterbein, Dick was a four-time All-OAC selection, a two-time OAC Player of the Year, a three-time All-American, and the 1985-86 NCAA Division III Player of the Year. By the time he graduated, he held five school records, including: most points scored in a game (52), most points scored in a season (824), most field goals made in a season (298), most free throws made in a season (228), and best career field-goal percentage (63.8). With Hempy as the heart and soul of the team, Otterbein won three conference titles and made three NCAA appearances. He led the team to the school’s best record since the 1933-34 season by going 28-3, and 16-0 in the OAC. His coach, Dick Reynolds, said, "Dick can shoot, block shots from the line, create the turnover and convert steals and he does all those things best when the pressure’s on." There are other coaches in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) who agree. "He’s the kind of player who wins for you in tough situations," said Jim Burson, longtime coach at Muskingum College. "He did it over a long period of time, which is a sign of an All-American, and he’s done it when it counts."
Dicky Hempy also holds many of the records for basketball at his alma mater of River Valley High School.