June 14, 2009
With a heavy heart, I bring to you sad news from the Auburn Family in the passing of Coach Richard Quick.
Coach Quick died Wednesday, six months after being diagnosed with an inoperable malignant brain tumor.
While he lost a valiant battle against a cruel disease, Coach Quick was an inspiration to countless people who were touched by his steadfast faith and amazing courage in the face of tremendous adversity.
Coach Quick will be remembered as one of the greatest coaches in the history of swimming. He will be remembered for winning a record 13 National Championships and for being a six-time U.S. Olympics coach.
More importantly, though, he will be remembered as a devoted servant, loving husband, caring father and doting grandfather. He will be remembered as a great coach but even greater man by the countless athletes he coached and inspired throughout his career.
What I will remember most about Richard Quick is how in facing death, he taught us how to live. He fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith. I have never known a finer man.
I know you join me in praying for the Quick family - his wife, June; children, Michael, Kathy, Tiffany and Benjamin; grandchildren, Blake and Emily; as well as our swimming and diving team and coaching staff.
God bless, and War Eagle.