Dick Metcalf ‘63
A three-sport standout and the Outstanding Senior Athlete Award winner for the class of 1963, Dick Metcalf was a record-setting quarterback for the football team and a standout in both basketball and baseball as well. His contributions to St. Lawrence and its athletic program continued well after his graduation as he served his alma mater as a coach, administrator and faculty member during a 40-year career.
A key athlete on freshman teams in his first year at St. Lawrence, he quickly established himself as a varsity standout as a sophomore. He quarterbacked the football team to its best record in a decade in the 1961 season, setting 11 passing records at that time and also rushed for 110 yards. He held the record for career completions after his three seasons of varsity football.
A three-year starter at forward in basketball, he was the team’s Most Improved Player as a sophomore, averaging 12.4 points per game. He set a single game rebound record with 25 against Alfred as a junior and averaged 13 points and 11 rebounds per game and averaged 12 points per game as a senior. He was a co-captain in basketball as both a junior and senior.
A catcher in baseball, Dick hit over .300 and led the team in runs driven in and hits as a junior and was again among the r.b.i. leaders in his senior season.
He coached freshman football, basketball and baseball teams at St. Lawrence following his graduation and took a brief four-year hiatus from Canton to earn his doctorate at the University of West Virginia. Upon his return to St. Lawrence, he worked in a variety of areas including admissions, advising and as a professor in the Department of Sport and Leisure Studies. He served as department chair for many years and also was an assistant coach in football, basketball and softball during his tenure.