Richard Stevens taught high school mathematics for 34 years, and coached at Sauquoit Valley High School for three years, Burnt Hills Ballston Lake High School for 30 years, RPI for six years and Ballston Spa High School for eight years. During his career, he coached Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track and Spring Track, with his greatest achievements coming in indoor and outdoor track. He served as head coach of Track (Boys and Girls) from 1976-1997, some years carrying 129 kids doing 17 events with no assistant coaches. Eventually he had 39 people who became track coaches after competing.
His coaching legacy includes much success: At BH-BL he had 15 girl sectional champion teams and three boys champion teams (with many runner-ups). Twenty Six girls still hold school records and 30 boys do the same (with several sectional records mixed in). In addition to the abundant team championships, many athletes coached by Dick still remain on the Section 2 All-Time lists, including Hallof Fame Class of 2011 member Miles Irish, Hall of Fame Class of 2012 members Hugh Willig and Michelle LaPointe, and hall of Fame Class of 2013 member Wes Carr.
Dick was a master at his craft of coaching track. Throughout his tenure, Dick built the foundation for many collegiate runners as well as he fostered a love of running in hundreds of BH-BL athletes. In addition to the success of his individual athletes, Dick established the groundwork for a running program that is still successful today. He shared his knowledge and love of the sport with dozens of assistant coaches under his guidance, including the very successful current coach, Charles “Chip” Button.
After retiring in January 1999, Dick walked into RPI as a volunteer assistant coach. They put him on the payroll in the fall of 1999 through 2005. The college kids showed him a tremendous amount of respect and they won three NYS Division III championships Indoors and four more Outdoors. He had two All-American individuals and several state champions.
Dick was surprised to hear Ballston Spa High School was advertising for an Indoor Coach in the fall of 2005, because they hadn’t had a team in 36 years. He applied and was hired to restart the program. They had 70 kids that first year but quickly grew to 120 in subsequent years. In 2007 and 2008 the boys won the 1st ever Sectionals for the school, and his 2010 team was most outstanding and set many records for kids to chase in posterity.
Besides coaching and teaching he is a father of three grown children, each of whom is involved in the education and/or coaching field. He has five grandchildren who are wonderful students and have all been involved in sports at one time or another.
Dick would not like to be known as a coach that didn’t know
when to quit, but rather a coach who was dedicated to the
success of the athletes he coached for many years.