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Dick Bergquist, the winningest coach in the history of the University of Massachusetts baseball at the time of his retirement, compiled a lifetime record of 392-321-5 (.549). During his tenure, his ball clubs captured seven Yankee Conference championships, two New England championships, one Atlantic 10 Conference championship and a fifth-place finish at the 1969 College World Series in Omaha.
His impact on amateur baseball throughout the world has been well documented, having served as a United States Baseball Federation ambassador and clinician for numerous years.
Bergquist served four years as a faculty member of the Sport Management department upon his departure from coaching, before officially retiring from the University in 1991. He also spent four years as the Executive Director of the ABCA before retiring in 1994.
Dick Bergquist was formally inducted into the University of Massachusetts Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999 for his contributions to UMass athletics and especially UMass baseball.
During his tenure, Bergquist coached five All-America selections, 14 Northeast Region All-America selections and 35 All-Yankee Conference selections.
Bergquist was the president of the New England College Baseball Coaches Association from 1974-76 and served on the Executive Committee of the ABCA for three years. After retiring from coaching, he was the Executive Director of the ABCA from 1990-94 and served as a faculty member in the UMass Sport Management department.
Bergquist coached 34 players who went on to play professional baseball.
Bergquist earned two letters in varsity baseball at UMass from 1956-57 as a member of ABCA Hall of Famer Earl Lorden's squad as well as two letters in football (1955-56). His number, 26, has been retired and the bleachers at Earl Lorden Field have been dedicated in his honor.