Richard Wells

Richard Wells

Dick Wells began coaching golf at MUH in 1992 and that year, one of his players, Ryan Green, won the individual championship at the Ohio Regional Campus State Tournament. Green said of Coach Wells, “He made golf fun again. After playing such a demanding, highly competitive schedule prior to college with our high school team and junior tournaments in the summer, coming to Miami Hamilton was refreshing. Coach Wells made playing golf enjoyable instead of all the pressure that I was accustomed to.”

In 1994, he convinced future Miami Hamilton Athletic Hall of Famer, Randy Russell, to come out for the team. The team proceeded to win the ORCC championship in 1994 and 1997 with Randy as their top player. Randy was first team all-conference from 1995-97, culminating in conference player of the year honors in 1997. When asked about Coach Wells, Russell said, “I really didn’t have any intention of playing golf in college, but Coach Wells sold me on the idea of just trying it out to see if I liked it. Obviously I did, 4 years later and many accolades along the way, it was probably my favorite memory from college.”

Dick Wells helped Miami Hamilton win many tournament championships during his 22 years as coach. One of the most shining accomplishments was winning the Ohio Regional Campus Conference Championship as well as State Tournament Championship in back to back years in 2005 and 2006. Not many schools in the conference can say that.

Coach Wells also taught the golf class on campus for many of his 22 years. This is one of the few Physical Education classes that filled up every time it was offered. Word must have gotten out that he knew a "little something" about golf because a lot of the students signing up for the class came down from Miami’s illustrious Farmer School of Business in Oxford. They knew a lot of business was conducted on the golf course, and Coach Wells would be able to get them the requisite skills to hold their own out on the links.

Coach also helped to foster a great relationship with the Hamilton Elks Golf Course. In exchange for letting the team use their tremendous course one day a year for their tournament in the spring (which included around 70 golfers) for free, Coach Wells and his athletes would host and run the annual Elks Hoop Shoot in the Miami Hamilton gym. Although the Hoop Shoot no longer takes place on our campus, our tremendous relationship with the Elks continues to this day as we still host our annual tournament out there…in large part due to the relationship Coach Wells fostered over his lengthy career.

In addition to his career at Miami Hamilton, he coached for 29 years at Eaton High School, where he coached one individual state champion (Jimmy Caplinger) and three of his teams qualified for state competition. He is a member of the Ohio High School Golf Coaches Hall of Fame, inducted in 1988, and the Preble County High School Hall of Fame.  In 2012 Coach Wells decided to finally retire from coaching here at Miami Hamilton, but his legacy will live on for many years to come.