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Published: Friday, 2/10/2012

Former Owens CC athletic director honored

Michael Rickard Michael Rickard

The Ohio Community College Athletic Conference will honor the legacy of former Owens director of athletics Michael Rickard, who died in December, 2010, by hosting a tribute ceremony in his honor as part of a men's and women's basketball doubleheader against Sinclair Community College on Saturday.

The tribute ceremony for Rickard will occur at halftime of the Express women's basketball game against Sinclair. The game will start at 1 p.m., followed by the men's contest at 3. Admission to all home games is free.

Rickard worked in various athletic capacities for Owens for more than 30 years, including full time since 1985 and as athletic director since July, 2000.

He had been associated with Express athletic teams since the 1979-80 season, serving as a scorekeeper, statistician, and assistant coach. From 1999-2001, he was the commissioner of the OCCAC.

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