Brenau University named Dr. Richard Ludwig of Gainesville, Ga., as the first coach for its newest intercollegiate sport, track and field.
Ludwig, a horticulturalist and educator by profession, for four years was a standout in the long jump and triple jump under legendary University of Georgia Coach Spec Towns and was captain of the Bulldogs’ team his senior year.
For two years he stayed on as an assistant under Coach Lewis Gainey, who in 1976 and ’77 led the Bulldogs to back-to-back Southeastern Conference championships and gets some credit for helping nurture a future Olympian and world-class athlete — from the athlete himself.
Brenau announced that it would launch the intercollegiate track and field program make him a perfect fit for the Golden Tigers ethic for producing well-rounded student athletes.”
Ludwig earned a master’s degree in adult education at Colorado State University and a doctorate in education at the University of Georgia in 1991.
From 1980-85 he taught and served as head track and cross country coach at North Hall High School in Gainesville. Since then his coaching has been volunteer work with running clubs, including Lanier Lightning and Lanier Running Club Junior Olympics, and at Gainesville High School. Among the athletes he has coached are UGA’s fourtime All-American and 1976 U.S. Olympic team high jumper James A. Barrineau Jr. and Gainesville High School’s 2009 USA Today pole vaulter of the year and USATF National Champion Paul Malquist, who is now a sophomore on the UGA team.
“Rick worked with me nearly every day my whole four years as an undergraduate at UGA, first as a fellow athlete and then as a gradassistant coach,” said Barrineau, who has retired as a U.S. Army colonel and lives in Burke, Va.
“As an athlete, he set the example for us in training by as its ninth Golden Tigers varsity sport in time to start competing in the spring of 2013.
“I’m truly excited about Richard’s coming on board as our inaugural track and field coach,” said Brenau Athletics Director Mike Lochstampfor.
“Although we had some very impressive applicants for the position, he overwhelmingly emerged as the best person for this job.
He has recruiting connections, experience and enthusiasm for the position among many, many qualities. He fits well with our existing staff. Plus, his outstanding academic credentials working harder than anyone else. His encouragement and mentoring also served to motivate us to stay up with him through many a hard workout.
Without a doubt I would never have been a seven-foot high jumper, much less an Olympian, if not for Rick’s pulling us along in the weight room and on the track through Lewis Gainey’s workouts. Rick Ludwig is an outstanding leader, and Brenau University is fortunate to have him.”
“There is great, national caliber talent in this sport coming from this part of the world – throughout the Southeast and particularly Georgia,” Ludwig said.
“They’re hungry to compete while continuing their educations, and frankly, there just are not that many opportunities.
I actually believe Brenau will have some recruiting advantages. In the single-sex environment of the Women’s College, women who want to do well academically and in their sport will thrive at Brenau. We offer them chances to be both fantastic athletes and fantastic, well-rounded students.”
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