Amid a successful coaching and athletic administration career, Dick Schultz was equally committed to assisting FCA in reaching its ministry goals. Schultz served on the national staff from 1969 to 1976 and served on the National Board of Directors from 1987 to 1994, including four years (1990 to 1993) as the Chairman of the Board.
After turning down a chance to play baseball for the St. Louis Browns in 1950, Schultz opted to begin his coaching and teaching career at Humboldt (IA) High School. For 10 years, he taught biology, served as the head baseball and boys basketball coach, and as an assistant football coach. In 1960, Schultz worked in multiple capacities at the University of Iowa including four seasons as the men’s basketball coach.
In 1976, Schultz embarked on a distinguished administrative career when he was named athletic director at Cornell University. In 1981, he took that same position at the University of Virginia. While at UVA, Schultz spent time on several NCAA committees and was eventually named the organization’s second executive director in 1987. Following his departure from the NCAA in 1993, he worked in the corporate world for a year before accepting the position as executive director of the United States Olympic Committee. Schultz served in that capacity from 1995 to 2000.
Schultz was also a professional pilot and accomplished radio and television broadcast host and analyst. In 2003, he was inducted into the Des Moines Sunday Register’s Iowa Sports Hall of Fame.