Dr. Richard Gordin’s life has been spent helping young collegiate golfers develop into men. For 39 years he was on the faculty at Ohio Wesleyan University, and served as golf coach from 1955 until 1993 when he retired.
His match play coaching record was 190 wins, 88 losses, and 6 ties. From 1974 to 1993 his tournament wins numbered 85. He had 12 conference championships, and appeared in 23 NCAA tournaments in 25 years where his best finish was second in 1990 and 1993.
He developed 36 All Americans, 9 Academic All Americans, and had 61 players achieve All Conference recognition.
He was Conference Coach of the Year 12 times, District Coach of the Year 10 times, and the NCAA Coach of the Year twice, in 1987 and 1993.
After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1952, he achieved his masters from Ohio State in 1954 and his Ph.D. from Ohio State in 1967. He married Paula Egan in 1949 and has three sons, all of whom have advanced degrees.
In addition to being coach of the golf team for 38 years, he was director of Athletics from 1977 to 1986 and Chair of the Department from 1971 to 1977.
On top of all his duties as coach, he has served as member of the rules committee at 4 US Opens, 5 US Senior Opens, and 5 US Amateur Championships.
He has served as the historian for the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield and is a consultant to the Nicklaus Museum.