Rick Erdmann

The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents and Athletics Department has renamed the Olympic Sports Training Center in honor of former cross country/track and field head coach Rick Erdmann.

The center is used for offices and facilities that support the cross country, track and field, soccer and softball teams.

“We are excited to announce and honor legendary coach Rick Erdmann with the renaming of the OSTC,” EKU Director of Athletics Matt Roan said in a press release. “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 head coach from 1979 to 2018. He was very successful in his time at EKU, winning 79 conference championships. Erdmann was coach to 46 NCAA Division I All-Americans, three Olympians and received 70 conference coach of the year honors. He won 19 women’s cross country titles from 1981-1999 and five NCAA qualifying seasons with the 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. He was also inducted into the EKU Athletics Hall of Fame in July 2018 and the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame in May 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,” Erdmann said in a press release. “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 has served as the head coach emeritus since June 2018 for the cross country/track and field programs at EKU.

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