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Richard A. Starzecki: Hall of Fame Inductee

Rickard A. Starzeck iwas an outstanding football and basketball player at Winona State from 1965 to 1969. He made 29 interceptions in his WSU football career that include three games with three interceptions and ten interceptions during the 1967 season. His 1968 football team was conference co-champion. Rick was named WSU’s most valuable player in basketball for the 1969 season. His basketball teams posted a 48-29 record in 1967-69 and won a conference co-championship in 1969.

Since 1970, Rick has been a coach and teacher at the high school and collegiate level. He is currently head coach of basketball and tennis at Rampart High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., where his basketball teams have posted a 98-49 record in the last seven years. His teams have won three league championships, two district championships, made three appearances in the Colorado state tournament, had an undefeated (24-0) season in 1987, and won the Colorado state championship that year. Rick has won several coach of the year honors in his league and district and was named Colorado Basketball Coach of the Year in 1987.

Rick has also coached and taught at several universities and high schools in Missouri, Texas and Minnesota that include St. Louis University and West Texas State University. He was president of the Winona State “W” Club while a student at WSU. Rick served with the U.S. Army National Guard for seven years. He earned a M.Ed degree from West Texas State University in 1976.

Induction Date





Football, Men's Basketball


Won eight letters in football (4) and basketball (4)

Captain of the basketball and football teams for three years

All-conference defensive halfback in 1967, 1968 and 1969

All-conference basketball honors in 1969

NAIA District 13 first team defensive back in 1967, 1968 and 1969

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Warrior Athletics, WSU Athletics, WSU Hall of Fame, Sports, Sport, Men's Basketball, Football