Waves Mourn Passing of Former Coach Dick Kampmann
He was the WCC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1999.
MALIBU, Calif. – Dick Kampmann, who was the head coach of the Pepperdine cross country teams for 17 seasons between 1989 and 2005, passed away earlier this week at the age of 92.
The Waves posted many of their best finishes in program history at the West Coast Conference Championships under Kampmann’s guidance. He led the women to second-place finishes in 1993 and 1999 and had two WCC individual champions in Kim McElhinney in 1989 and Rebecca Freebury in 1999. The men posted their best-ever finish of third place in 1997. A total of 13 runners earned All-WCC honors.
Kampmann was named the WCC’s Coach of the Year on the women’s side in 1999, and he received Pepperdine Athletics’ Coach of the Year honors in 1993-94.
Kampmann is also well-known for his 26 years coaching at University High School in Los Angeles. The school named its track stadium after him in 2015. His teams and athletes won 11 Los Angeles City team championships, 86 conference team championships, 49 All-Los Angeles City individual champions and 292 individual conference winners.
A celebration of Kampmann’s life will be held on Saturday, February 4, at the University High School auditorium at 11 a.m.