Dick Wagner

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Jul 20, 2010
 
R.I.P my friend. You were a great man.
No 19 Class of 1976

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Jul 21, 2010
 
Coach Wagner was truly an enigma. One day you would think you had committed a mortal sin which would never be forgiven. The next day, it was over. On the flip side, you may make some very minor mistake during a ball game and you would never hear the end of it. But in the end, as has been said in many comments I’ve read, loyalty was the thing that ruled the day. If you showed loyalty to Coach Wagner, you had a fierce, fierce friend for life.
Also, to play for Coach Wagner you had to conform to his rules. My freshman year I tried out for the baseball team. It was a 3 day affair. On the 3rd day I was informed by Ralph White that although I had performed very well in the try-outs, it was a shame I wasn’t going to make the team. The reason…I had not cut my hair. I left school early, ran all the way home and took out the scissors. I made the team, but definitely had to go to the barber the next day. From that point forward, I had no doubt who was in charge. Most surprising of all, it was his unyielding demand for compliance with the program that made his player work so hard to please him. I will truly miss him.
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Jul 22, 2010
 
No 19 Class of 1976 wrote:
Coach Wagner was truly an enigma. One day you would think you had committed a mortal sin which would never be forgiven. The next day, it was over. On the flip side, you may make some very minor mistake during a ball game and you would never hear the end of it. But in the end, as has been said in many comments I’ve read, loyalty was the thing that ruled the day. If you showed loyalty to Coach Wagner, you had a fierce, fierce friend for life.
Also, to play for Coach Wagner you had to conform to his rules. My freshman year I tried out for the baseball team. It was a 3 day affair. On the 3rd day I was informed by Ralph White that although I had performed very well in the try-outs, it was a shame I wasn’t going to make the team. The reason…I had not cut my hair. I left school early, ran all the way home and took out the scissors. I made the team, but definitely had to go to the barber the next day. From that point forward, I had no doubt who was in charge. Most surprising of all, it was his unyielding demand for compliance with the program that made his player work so hard to please him. I will truly miss him.
Mr Wagner pulled no punches. He let you know how he really felt. Not many people can do that. People respected him and he carried himself well. A very generous man who was loved my many. He loved going out to Croton to his house, his land and his ponds. I'll never forget the basketball tournaments at his house out there on Father's Day every year. The Croton IA tee shirts (I still have many of them). Loved reading all of his accomplishments in The Hawkeye. I would love it if people would share stories here.

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