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6.10.2009

RIP Richard Quick

Somber news. Auburn's swimming and diving coach, Richard Quick, has died.

Here is the (unedited) story I just filed for the print editions:

Swimming and diving coach Richard Quick, the most decorated coach ever to preside over an Auburn program, died Wednesday night after a six-month battle with cancer.

He was 66.

Quick won a total 13 NCAA championships during his career, which included two separate stints with the Tigers. He earned his first Auburn trophy in March when the men's team rallied from a final-day deficit to beat favored Texas.

``Richard's passing leaves a tremendous void -- not only in the swimming community and the Auburn family, but to those individuals who he touched the most," the team's co-head coach, Brett Hawke, said Wednesday night. ``It would be in Richard's greatest honor to not dwell on his loss, but to celebrate his life and the characteristics he embodied, which were his perseverance, compassion and his humanity."

Quick was a newcomer on the college scene in 1979 when Auburn hired him to cultivate the Tigers' fledgling programs. During his three-year stay, the Tigers watched the men's and women's teams qualify for the NCAAs and finish in the top 10.

He then won five consecutive women's titles at Texas before moving to Stanford in 1989, where he won another seven championships.

Quick returned to Auburn in 2007 after his successor and protégé, David Marsh, left to work with an Olympic development program.

Sensing that his memory was fading at an unusual pace, Quick requested a brain scan in November. Doctors discovered an inoperable, cancerous tumor that soon began affecting him in profound ways.

He was moved to a skilled nursing center in Austin, Texas, late last week. According to the family's website, Quick died at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday with his family at his side.

``While he lost a valiant battle against a cruel disease, Richard was an inspiration to countless people who were touched by his steadfast faith and amazing courage in the face of tremendous adversity," Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said.

Funeral arrangements in Austin are pending.

40 Comments:

Blogger cincytiger said...

Very sad

10:00 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Just another reminder of how quickly life can change. It sounds trite, but kiss your sweetie, hold your kids a little longer and don't sweat the stuff that really doesn't matter.

10:03 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

It is amazing to read back through the comments on Coach Quick's Caring Bridge blog and see the phenomenal impact he had on so many people's lives.

10:05 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

Nice thoughts,cincy. RIP Coach Quick.

10:07 PM  
Blogger just another scottie said...

God bless him and his family.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

I am glad they a championship for him.

10:14 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Very sad.

10:28 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Mon & cincy - I hope not!

10:33 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

This is very said. This man has contributed to Auburn greatly and will surely be missed.

10:34 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

THT,
You hope what not?

10:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thoughts and prayers for his family.

10:37 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Do you mean not sad because now he is whole again and with the Lord which is awesome? That is great, but sad for his family that he leaves behind.

10:38 PM  
Blogger FSJ-Cheating Bammer said...

Very sad news indeed...Prayers for Coach Quick's family.

If I could pick one disease to cure it would be cancer.

10:42 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

yes, cincy.

Prayers sent for his family and all the Auburn family who grieves our loss.

10:45 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

I was expecting to read the news of this about every day since the championship. I can speak from personal experience on this horrible disease and the devastation that it can cause. Cincytiger is right on all three things. Especially, don't sweat the small stuff, and I would add, especially don't sweat the small stuff with those you love.

The words are not my own, but the feeling is:

I know that my Redeemer liveth,
and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth;
and though this body be destroyed, yet shall I see God;
whom I shall see for myself and mine eyes shall behold,
and not as a stranger.

10:46 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Thanks, FSJ. HABOTN is quite fortunate to have you in the ROF.

10:48 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

sad loss for the world and AU. RIP CRQ you will be missed but never forgotten.

10:48 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Y'all are making me cry. But they are tears of joy and hope.

10:49 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

JayGT- thanks for the "expanded coverage". Us Hotties appreciate you keeping us informed.

10:57 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

That's my role.

10:59 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

And you fulfill it very well - thank you

11:00 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

On a lighter note, it is now officially (in my neighborhood) Walter Reeves Day. T minus 86 and counting.

11:01 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

And let it also be known that at 0055 hours EDT, the thread was pronounced officially Willed by THT.

Aeronaut or chip chip- can either of y'all do CPR?

11:55 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

It's a pretty somber thread.

Necessary, but somber.

12:28 AM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

Rest in peace, Coach Quick. Your legacy lives on. He was a mentor, a teacher, a coach. Images of him are here.

I would not mind dying after I achieve 1/10th of what he did. He is the kind of hero that I wish we recognized and emulated more.

May his family find peace and solace.

2:31 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Well said, Aeronaut.

4:56 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Luv - I know you'll be here any minute now. I've got to hit the road for the long drive to work today. The first tune this morning was queued up in memory of Coach Quick. Then back to the random shuffle:

I Can't Wait to See Jesus by Pat Terry
Jackie Blue by Ozark Mountain Daredevils
Hurricane by Bob Dylan
Changes by David Bowie
He Reigns by The Newsboys
Mobile by Avril Lavigne
Whiter Shade of Pale by Procul Harum
My Ride's Here by Warren Zevon
100 Years by Five for Fighting

6:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning, Hotties.

Damned cancer... My thoughts and prayers go out to Coach Quick's family and friends, but he is definitely in a much better place and isn't suffering anymore.

6:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drive safely, Tar Heel!

6:13 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Sad, sad news.

6:14 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

RIP, Coach Quick.

6:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know how appropriate this is on this thread, but what does everyone think about this?

News Out of Tuscaloser

6:59 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

It's about what I expected, Luv. This wasn't that big of a deal as far as gaining a competitive advantage and that's the NCAA's biggest criteria for handing out penalties. Losing the wins will suck but not near as bad as future scholarship losses. The most important thing is the extending of the probation.

7:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see how losing a few wins in any big deal either. And, a fine around $40,000 is a drop in the bucket for them.

7:13 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Luv...
I don't think anyone expected the textbook case to amount to much.

7:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, I really didn't either.

7:26 AM  
Blogger AUMom said...

My heart and prayers go out to Coach Quick's family.

Times like this remind me that we are an Auburn Family rather than an Auburn Nation.

7:29 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I went ahead and created a new thread for Alabama's NCAA fate.

I figured Coach Quick's thread didn't need to be muddied by that chatter.

7:43 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

RIP

2:13 PM  
Blogger WDCWE said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Quick family. He left the program to the capable hands of Coach Hawk, an awesome man that I have had the privilege of having class with(he is finishing up a degree in Psychology). Coach Quick really meant a lot to the team and staff. I tend to judge a person by what their underlings say about them, and it is clear he was a great man. God bless his family.

4:04 PM  

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