Dick Wadlington, longtime Cape Central coach, dies at 74

Cape Central golf coach Dick Wadlington hands Jackson medalist Tanner Werner his first-place plaque during the awards presentation at the 2009 SEMO Conference tournament.
Southeast Missourian file

Longtime Cape Central boys basketball and golf coach Dick Wadlington died Wednesday at the age of 74.

During his 11-year tenure as varsity boys head roundball coach, Wadlington, a 1963 Tigers alum, compiled a record of 174-111 (.611) from 1981-1991.

“Tiger Nation is saddened to learn of the passing of a CT legend,” said Central athletic director Tyson Moyers in a statement.

Published May 14, 1987. Driver Education teacher Dick Wadlington views a training film in the simulator room with students Robbie Tripp, left, and Brooks Depro. Wadlington also serves as Central High School's head basketball coach. "I enjoy watching students make improvements," he said. "It is rewarding to see progress made in the classroom or in a sports activity."
(Fred Lynch ~ Southeast Missourian archive)

“(Coach Wadlington) was an outstanding competitor and the epitome of sportsmanship,” Moyers added.

An athletic scholarship in Wadlington’s name was established during the 2014-15 academic year following his retirement for health reasons.

Wadlington’s basketball squads took five district championships and three conference championships.

Wadlington, who graduated from Southeast Missouri State in 1967, was named district coach of the year five times and took home conference top coaching honors in three seasons.

Late in his life, Wadlington led his golf teams to multiple district championships.

Multiple Central golfers, according to the high school, qualified for the MSHSAA state tourney during Wadlington’s coaching years and several went on to play the sport in college.

An Army veteran who served in Vietnam from 1969-1971, Wadlington also taught and coached at Charleston and Nell Holcomb before beginning his long tenure with the Tigers.

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