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Local News: A service of Reid Health

(Richmond, IN)--Legendary Richmond High School boys basketball coach Dick Baumgartner has died.  Baumgartner died Monday night at Reid Health.  Today, many are remembering Baumgartner as a coach who raised the bar for success at RHS.  "I've never seen a guy at any level who enjoyed winning or being successful more than he did," said long-time sports writer Mike Lopresti.  Even though he never made it to a Final Four at RHS, Baumgartner still led the Red Devils to eight regional titles in 12 years.  Avis Stewart said Baumgartner’s reputation extended well beyond RHS.  "Dick was not only known locally and statewide, but Dick was known nationally."  He had developed a reputation as one of the country’s leading experts on shooting and hosted camps that continue.  Baumgartner was also known for inventing the Sure Shot basketball.  It's a basketball with a hand and circle for a palm printed on it that countless kids used to develop their shooting skills.  Baumgarnter was also known for his intensity.  "He thought about basketball 24/7.  I could walk past him in the hallway at the high school on game day and he wouldn't even see me," said Jan Clark.  Dick Baumgartner was 85.

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