TOWSON, Md. - Stevenson assistant football coach Rich Bader will be inducted into the Towson University Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, October 11 in the Ball Room of the West Village Commons. The cocktail hour will start at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m.
Bader will join Karl Neiberlein, '95, Kristen Presutti Callihan, '03 and Jim Shepard, '89 as a member of the 50th anniversary class. In addition, the 1993 and 1994 football teams, which had a 16-4 two-year record, will be honored as Teams of Distinction.
The first assistant coach in any sport to be inducted into the Towson Hall of Fame, Bader was a member of the Tiger football coaching staff from 1970 to 2008. He joined the coaching staff in the second season of Tiger football when Carl Runk was the head coach. He also served as an assistant coach during Phil Albert's 20 seasons as head coach and was an assistant to Gordy Combs during his 17-year tenure.
Bader, who served as the team's offensive line coach, defensive line coach, defensive coordinator and associate head coach during his tenure, helped the Tigers to success at three different levels of the NCAA. In 1974, he was an assistant coach for the undefeated team in 1974 and the Tigers' Division III national runner-up squad in 1976. He also served as a oach for the Tigers' three NCAA Division II playoff teams in 1983, 1984 and 1986. At the Division I-AA (now FCS) level, Bader contributed to the Tigers' nationally-ranked teams in 1993 and 1994.
A native of New Hyde Park, N.Y., Bader was the Tigers' Associate Head Coach from 2001 to 2008. He was the Tigers' offensive line coach from 1970 to 1986. He became the defensive line coach in 1987, a position he held until 1996. When Towson became a member of the Patriot League in 1997, he was named as the team's defensive coordinator.
During his years as the offensive line coach, Bader worked with All-Americans Stan Eisenhooth, Terrance Brooks, Greg Boller and John Gaburick.
Bader, who resides in Pikesville with his wife Joan, was a member of the Tigers' coaching staff for 39 seasons.
Currently in his fourth year at Stevenson, Bader is the father of two children, Ryan and Shaeleen, who are both graduates of Gettysburg College. Ryan is an Emmy Award-winning television producer in New York City who has done extensive work for ESPN and the Madison Square Garden Network. He currently works for NHL.com. Shaeleen is a teacher and former girls' lacrosse coach in Howard County.