My dad, Richard Stricklin, and I have worked together in one capacity or another for over 20 years. First I was his assistant coach at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California, then we were co-coaches, then he was my assistant here at Umpqua for several years. And even though he is no longer involved on a daily basis he still scouts, watches game tape, and works with our post players when his time permits. It's been a great partnership over the years!
Last week, "Big Coach" as the players have affectionately called him since 1990 (thanks to Donna Gondringer Jasper), was inducted into Seattle University's Athletic Hall of Fame and quite honestly, it's about time!
Just look at his numbers and how well they have held up over the last 52 years. He played at SU from 1954-57, back when freshmen weren't eligible to play at NCAA schools and long, long before the shot clock and three point line were even considered. Yet despite those disadvantages he is still eighth on Seattle's all-time scoring list with 1,595 points; fourth on their all-time rebounding list with 924 rebounds and second on the SU free throw list as well with 495.
Over the course of his career Big Coach averaged 18.8 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. Kind of makes you wonder what he could have done with an extra season!
As a basketball coach and fan I couldn't be more impressed. As a son, I couldn't be prouder!!