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 Former Royal Oak Kimball coach Dick Nash stands with his wife, Joyce, outside the Michigan Coaches Hall of Fame. Nash was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2001.

Former Royal Oak Kimball coach Dick Nash stands with his wife, Joyce, outside the Michigan Coaches Hall of Fame. Nash was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2001.

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Hall of Fame coach Dick Nash dies at 85

By: C & G Sports Staff | Royal Oak Review | Published March 18, 2020

ROYAL OAK — Former Royal Oak Kimball coach Dick Nash died March 2 at the age of 85.

For nearly four decades, Nash was a fixture on the sidelines for various sports within Mary Lyons Junior High and Kimball High School, coaching football, basketball, baseball, volleyball and golf.

In 22 years of perusing the volleyball sideline, Nash went 471-216, and his teams captured five Michigan High School Athletic Association district titles. Nash won nearly 200 games as a softball coach, as well as two league titles and two district titles. As head man of the golf team, he won 101 matches.

All of his accomplishments as a coach earned Nash a spot in the Kimball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Michigan Coaches Hall of Fame in 2001. Nash also was named Oakland County Softball Coach of the Year twice.

Prior to coaching, Nash was an All-State fullback at Royal Oak High School. Nash’s real love, however, was baseball, where he earned top honors as a pitcher and outfielder.

Nash attended Albion College after high school, where on the gridiron he led the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association in rushing and was All-MIAA.