The Board of Regents and the Athletics Department at Eastern Kentucky University have 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 delighted to announce and honor legendary coach Rick Erdmann with the change of name of the OSTC,” EKU Director of Athletics Matt Roan said in a press release. “Although the number of championships and awards is never equaled, I am very impressed with the impact Coach Erdmann has had on the lives of the student-athletes who competed under his leadership. The nomination of this building in his honor is only a small token of our appreciation for the distinction he has brought to his teams, to the athletics department and to this university.
Erdmann was head coach from 1979 to 2018. He was very successful at EKU, winning 79 conference championships. Erdmann has coached 46 NCAA Division I All-Americans, three Olympians, and received 70 conference Coach of the Year awards. He won 19 women’s cross country titles from 1981 to 1999 and five NCAA qualifying seasons with men’s cross country from 2011 to 2015.
Erdmann was inducted into the Kentucky USA Track and Field / Kentucky Track and Cross Country Associate Hall of Fame in January 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 extremely honored by this decision and grateful to Athletic Director Matt Roan, President David McFaddin, President Lewis Diaz and the Board of Directors for granting it to me,” Erdmann said in a press release. “I have had the privilege of working with so many exceptional student-athletes during my career and have had the support of my wife, family and assistant coaches, including Tim Moore, who have been there for every step of our success. “
Erdmann has been Head Coach Emeritus since June 2018 for the Cross Country / Track and Field programs at EKU.