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Richard "Dick" Erickson
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Birth: Dec. 29, 1935
Arlington
Snohomish County
Washington, USA
Death: Jul. 25, 2001
Marysville
Snohomish County
Washington, USA

Head Crew Coach, Rower. He was the head crew coach at the University of Washington in Seattle from 1968 to 1987. Under his leadership he developed the Husky rowing program into a perennial West Coast and national power, competing with the elite varsity programs of Harvard, Yale, Cornell and California. He was named Pacific-10 coach of the year three times and claimed 15 Pacific-10 titles during his coaching career at Washington. He began his career as a rower at the University of Washington, competing in the Henley Royal Regatta in England and against the Soviet national crew in Moscow. In 1958 he made rowing history as member of the Husky crew defeating the Soviet national crew in Moscow. The defeat marked the first time that a Russian national crew had been defeated within the borders of the Soviet Union. Following his racing career at Washington, he served as an assistant coach at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University before returning to Seattle to coach the Huskies in the late 1960s. In 1977 he returned to the Henley Royal Regatta as a coach, guiding the Huskies to a win in the Grand Challenge Cup over the heavily favored British national crew. In 1970 he led the Huskies to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) championship and a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) title in 1984. He served as a member of the US Olympic Committee from 1972 to 1975 and was instrumental in developing the women's crew program at the University of Washington in the early 1970s. In 1984 he was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame as a rower and as a coach in 1994. In 1992 he was elected to the National Rowing Hall of Fame. 
 
Burial:
Arlington Municipal Cemetery
Arlington
Snohomish County
Washington, USA
 
Created by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
Record added: May 07, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26660765
Richard Dick Erickson
Added by: Reverend Larry
 
Richard Dick Erickson
Added by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
 
 
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- Neil B (John 3:16)
 Added: Mar. 18, 2016
I bow to you sir. From a Husky (1973) I enjoyed having the UW put on the map as far as rowing is concerned. Thank You and many Blessings!
- Reverend Larry
 Added: May. 15, 2012

- Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
 Added: May. 7, 2008
 
 
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