Entering his 16th year as assistant coach at UT Arlington, Gerald Richey continues his work with the pole vaulters. A graduate of Abilene Christian University, he has been on the sidelines of various track and field meets since 1958, including 27 years at Arlington High School from 1968-1995.
Last year, Richey helped guide Wade Hayes to a second-place finish in the Southland Conference Championship in the pole vault. That ended a stretch during which Hayes won five SLC titles in the pole vault in indoor and outdoor track.
Richey also helped pole vaulters Lauren Marks, Samantha Nash and Chris Machisak score in various SLC Championships over the past two years.
Over the course of 37 years, Richey has coached football, cross country and track. During that time, he coached three future All-Pro football players, two state champion cross country teams, two state runner-up cross country teams, a regional championship cross country team, 18 district champion cross country teams, seven district champion track teams and many individual state meet qualifiers and champions.
In October of 1999, the city of Arlington recognized Richey's accomplishments by naming the cross country course at Vandergriff Park in his honor.