Richard M. Coachys


Z.G. Clevenger Award (2013)


Richard "Rich" Coachys graduated from Indiana University in 1966 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business and an ROTC commission as a second lieutenant in the Army. While at Indiana, Rich earned three varsity letters playing both Quarterback and Safety on the football team. He returned to Indiana University years later to receive his MBA in 1971.

Between his undergraduate and MBA, Rich served active duty for the Army becoming a Vietnam Veteran. He served a total of 34 years in the Army Reserves, rising to the rank of colonel, while earning the Bronze Star for Valor, the Purple Heart, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, combat infantry badge and the National Infantry Association's Order of St. Maurice "Primicerius" Award.

While serving time in active duty during the Vietnam Conflict, Rich was accompanied by fellow IU teammate Ted Verlihay. Rich was honored to "accompany Ted home from Vietnam to his final resting place in Pittsburgh" and to honor him at a ceremony at Indiana University's Football home, Memorial Stadium. Rich and fellow IU football alumnus Harold Mauro established the Ted Verlihay Award in honor of their friend, which is presented annually to the IU football player who has demonstrated the best mental attitude and loyalty to the University football program.

Rich continued his football career, however this time on the sidelines at the University of Tennessee, Indiana University, Southern Mississippi and Duke University. He is currently President of Coachys & Associations and of Litefighter Systems.