THSADA Spotlight: Rick Page
Rick Page was born in Houston, Texas on June 5, 1949 and graduated from Stephen F. Austin HS in Houston in 1967. While at S.F. Austin he won the “Pigskin Press” award for outstanding scholar/athlete and was voted the “Outstanding Senior Boy” by the faculty. He was recruited by Austin College in Sherman, Texas to play football. While at Austin College, he was a four year letterman and started every game at offensive center, one of only three known players in AC history to start every game for four years. He was inducted into the Austin College Hall of Honor in July of 2014. He graduated with his B.A. in 1971 and his M.A. in 1972. He received his Certified Athletic Administrator certificate (CAA) in July of 2001.
He was Defensive Coordinator for Wylie High School when they won the State Championship in football in 1977 and were State Finalists in 1978. He was selected Coach of the Year in 1982 when he was coaching in Red Oak and they won their first District Championship in forty years. He was also Head Coach at Pasadena Sam Rayburn and Aledo high schools. He has also served schools as Head Coach for volleyball and track and has coached baseball and basketball as well. Rick coached for twenty years, nine of those as Head Football Coach, prior to becoming Assistant Athletic Director for Bryan ISD.
Rick served as Assistant AD at Bryan for twelve years. He was primarily in charge of budget and facilities and helped to build new baseball, softball and soccer fields as well as the resurfacing and remodeling of Bryan’s football stadium. He also was responsible for transitioning Bryan’s entire athletic budget to being computer-based and started one of the State’s first high school athletic websites for Bryan High School. Rick began using a personal computer in the Athletic office at Red Oak High School in 1982 and may have been the first coach in Texas to do so. Rick took over the duties as Corpus Christi Director of Athletics in July 2004. While there he oversaw remodeling of Buccaneer Stadium and the additions of scoreboards and sound systems to four game venues. After three years as AD at Corpus, he retired and has worked for ACS Athletics (Assistant Coach Systems), PointStreak and 5Star Sports.
Rick has been a member of the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association since 1993 and has actively served on their Board of Directors as the first Webmaster and Retired Members Coordinator for twenty-0ne years. Rick encourages retired members to become active in Rusty’s initiatives for them to help. He is pleased with the growth of the organization and would encourage others to (1) seek even more members and (2) to take an active role in some facet of the THSADA.
Rick is currently serving as the treasurer for the First Presbyterian Church of Bryan. His hobbies are fishing and reading and he thoroughly enjoys his two grandchildren who also live in Bryan. Rick is married to Dr. Cheryl Page, who recently retired as a research Scientist at Texas A&M University. They have two children, Bret, who is the Defensive Coordinator at Bryan High School in Bryan, TX and Hilary, who until recently taught English to Russian citizens in a suburb of Moscow, Russia. Hilary is now at Texas A&M pursuing a graduate degree in Urban Planning.