For 39 years Rick taught middle school and high school English and coached cross country and track, retiring in June 2017 from Columbus North High School where he had been for thirty-three years, teaching senior AP Language and Composition and serving as English department chair, overseeing curriculum and pedagogy for twenty-six teachers and 2,800 students, grades 7-12.
Rick is a nationally-recognized coach of multiple state championship teams and was inducted into the Indiana Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2004 and was inducted into the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation Hall of Fame in 2014. Rick has spoken to audiences in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, California, and Texas, presenting thoughts on seeking excellence in all areas of life, a message of hope, inspiration, and humor. Rick and his wife Amy, a special education teacher, have five children and two grandchildren.
"Rick's keynote was the highlight of our year-end celebration. I am still getting positive emails about it. Highly recommended!"
Tony Johnson, Insurance Agency Manager