Dr. James Richcreek
A native of Warsaw, Indiana, and a graduate of Nappanee High School, Jim Richcreek rewrote the record books at Ashland University. He starred for the Eagles from 1938 through 1941 in basketball, baseball, and football.
In high school in Indiana, Richcreek was selected to the Northern Indiana High School Conference All-Conference basketball team for two years and led the conference in scoring. At Ashland University Richcreek carried on his basketball prowess by being picked three straight years to the Collegiate All-Ohio team. He set Eagle scoring records two years in a row and held the Purple and Gold three-year scoring mark. In 1941 he capped his cage career by being honored as a collegiate All-American.
In baseball he won twenty games as a pitcher for the Eagles and led the Ohio Athletic Conference in wins and strikeouts. On the mound, Richcreek pitched three one-hit games and had sixteen strikeouts against Kenyon and fourteen against Otterbein. Twice he struck out four batters in one inning. As a gridder, Richcreek set an AU record by catching eight passes in one game.
Richcreek continued his amazing athletic performances playing Amateur Athletic Union basketball in South Bend, Indiana, area and being honored as a AAW All American. He played basketball for the Faultless Rubber Company and pitched baseball for the Shelby Blues. He also played softball for the Ashland V.F.W. and Silers.
During World War II, Richcreek served in the Pacific theater and rose to the rank of Major. He coached at Ashland University from 1946 to 1952 and led the Eagles to their first track laurels.
Richcreek, besides his Bachelor’s from Ashland University, has a Master’s from The Ohio State University and a doctorate from the University of Nebraska. An outstanding scholar, Richcreek has taught on the college and university level for thirty years. He is a member of the Ashland University Sports Hall of Fame and a charter member of the Elkhart County, Indiana, Hall of Fame.
He also has been recognized by Who’s Who in America; World Wide Academy of Scholars and Leaders and Noteworthy American. Additional honors include International Who’s Who of Intellectuals and American Men of Science.