Richard Mulvihill of Eugene, Ore., who coached at several Pan American Games, World Championships and Olympic Games, died earlier this week. Services are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 17, at 3:30 p.m. PT at the Eugene Faith Center. With his wife, Linda, Mulvihill trained 17 Olympians and more than 50 national champions.
Mulvihill was an assistant coach for the U.S. teams that competed at the 1966 World Championships, 1967 and 1971 Pan American Games, the 1967 World University Games, and the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Games. Athletes he coached competed in the 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games.
Mulvihill got his start in coaching in 1958 when he took a part-time, summer job at the Palaestrom while he was in Champaign, Ill., to attend graduate school. He taught classes and developed a girls’ gymnastics team. Six years later, he began a gymnastics program at the McKinley YMCA. In 1973, he moved to Eugene, where he and his wife started the National Academy of Artistic Gymnastics.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Metheny Mulvihill, who was one of the USA’s top gymnasts and a three-time Olympian, and their children Doni-Jo (Jojo), David, and Matthew, as well his children with his first wife, Florence – Kathleen (Mulvihill) Eyestone, Eileen, Colleen (a 1968 Olympian), Helene (Mulvihill) Pagoria, Cherleen (Mulvihill) Currier, Regan and Ryan. He was preceded in death by his child, Richy.
Richard Joseph Mulvihill
October 9, 1928 - October 8, 2013
Richard (Dick) Mulvihill went to be with the Lord at 6:55 October 8th at the age of 84. He was born in Chicago, Illinois to Gladys Evelyn Dafoe. He spent a large part of his youth in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin with his mother and stepfather Patrick Joseph Mulvihill and his sisters Pat and Jill and children Kathleen, Eileen, Colleen, Helene, Richie, Sherleen, Ryan and Regan. While in high school and college he played basketball, baseball and football. He graduated eighth in his class at Wisconsin State University where he majored in geography, history, political science and physical education.
Richard moved to Champaign, Illinois to attend the University of Illinois where he finished his master's degree and worked on his PhD in Physiology. While finishing his education he taught school and coached many sports including basketball, tennis, swimming and then gymnastics.
Mulvihill was an assistant coach for the U.S. Gymnastics teams that competed at the 1966 World Championships, 1967 and 1971 Pan American Games, the 1967 World University Games, and the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Games. Athletes he coached competed in the 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games.
In 1973 Richard moved to Eugene Oregon and opened the National Academy of Artistic Gymnastics with his wife Linda Metheny Mulvihill. Together they have coached and encouraged thousands of young athletes. Richard showed the same enthusiasm and passion whether coaching young beginners or advanced Olympians. He was the driving force and inspiration for 17 Olympians who represented the USA and several other countries and over 50 National Champions. With education of the highest priority for his athletes he's helped hundreds of gymnast gain college scholarships.
Dick was inducted into the USAIG Hall of Fame in 1982, USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1984, USA Gymnastics Region 2 Lifetime Achievement award which is now known as the Dick Mulvihill Award in 2002 and the Region 5 Hall of Fame in 2012.
Richard has left a legacy that everyone hopes will continue for decades. Linda Metheny Mulvihill his wife of over 40 years and their three children Jojo Mulvihill-Gallo, David Mulvihill and Matthew Mulvihill continue to carry on his traditions and passion for making a difference in the lives of children and young adults in Eugene at The National Academy.
Richard will be greatly missed, but will live on in the hearts of his family, friends and those who knew and loved him.
A Celebration Of Life service will be held at the Eugene Faith Center, 1410 W. 13th Ave., at 3:30 on Thursday, October 17.
Memorial contributions may be made to:
The Scholarship Fund for Underprivileged Children,
C/o NAAG: 1205 Oak Patch Rd., Eugene, OR 97402
Or Faith Center Missions Fund: 1410 W. 13th Ave., Eugene, OR 97401
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