Longtime Morris Harvey and University of Charleston coach and athletic director Rick Meckfessel died Wednesday due to complications from a recent surgery in Savannah, Georgia. He was 81 years old.
Meckfessel came to Charleston as a 27-year-old in 1965, when he became the athletic director as well as the head coach for the men’s basketball and tennis programs at Morris Harvey following a stint at Missouri-St. Louis. He resigned from his position at the school in 1982, after it had become the University of Charleston.
He compiled a 250-168 basketball record in Charleston, winning three West Virginia Conference season championships and a pair of WVIAC Tournament titles. The school advanced to the NAIA tournament semifinals in 1967.
He won conference tennis championships in eight of his first 10 seasons at the helm. He stepped down from his posts at UC in 1982.
After leaving Charleston, Meckfessel returned to Missouri and coached for 17 years at Missouri-St. Louis before ending his career with seven years of service as the commissioner of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Conference. He was the chair of the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Committee in 2007.
During his lifetime, Meckfessel was inducted into numerous halls of fame. He was selected to the Morris Harvey/UC Hall of Fame in 1992, the hall of fame at Missouri-St. Louis in 2007 and the SLIAC HOF in 2011.