Dick Dauch once said, “Life’s battles are not always won by those who are stronger or faster. Surely the person who wins is the one who thinks he can.”
If nothing else, Dick Dauch has proven over and over again that he is a winner and accents what the Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame is all about. From the football field of Ashland High School to the corporate rooms of the Chrysler Corp., Dauch has been synonymous with athletic and corporate success.
The executive vice president of manufacturing operations at Chrysler, Dauch has a list of professional credentials as long as one of his touchdown runs while at Ashland High School between 1957-59.
Dauch set the AHS single-game scoring record of 40 points in 1959 when he raced for six touchdowns and four extra points. He managed the feat in 1959 at Old Redwood Stadium.
Dauch was an All-Ohio fullback and played in the 1960 North-South All-Star game. He scored two touchdowns for the North in that contest.
Dauch earned a full athletic scholarship to Purdue University and co-captained an unbeaten freshman team in 1960. He won a varsity letter in 1961 and was hailed as one of the top sophomores in the nation. Other top sophomores included Paul Warfield, Joe Sparma, and Roger Staubach. Purdue was ranked as high as No. 8 in the nation that season.
A knee injury forced him to miss the 1962 season, but in 1963 he was the starting fullback, linebacker and kickoff man for the Boilermakers.
Dauch turned down a possible professional career because of a lingering knee injury.
Dauch went on to an ultra-successful career in business with General Motors and Volkswagen prior to joining Chrysler in 1980. He won numerous awards in the automotive industry and has been featured in several national magazines.
Nominator: Catherine Rule & Merald S. Wiser