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About Rick

Rick Bay was a sports executive for 25 years, working in both collegiate and professional sports. 

Rick was the athletics director at the University of Oregon, the University of Minnesota, San Diego State University and The Ohio State University, where he resigned to protest the firing of his football coach by the university president.

He also worked for George Steinbrenner as the Chief Operating Officer for the New York Yankees, and was the President of the Cleveland Indians.  
Rick graduated from the University of Michigan, where he played football, was an All-American wrestler and was voted the Big 10’s Most Outstanding Wrestler. 

He later coached wrestling at his alma mater.  His last two Wolverine teams were undefeated, won a Big 10 championship, were ranked first in the nation and finished third and second in the NCAA Tournament. Rick was voted the 1974 National Coach of the Year. He also was named to the Illinois All-Time Illinois High School Wrestling Team.

In 2009 Rick was inducted into the University of Michigan Sports Hall of Honor, and in 2010 he was enshrined into the National Athletics Directors Hall of Fame. 


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