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Northwest Missouri State University

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Lewis and Jill Richard Dyche

Lewis and Jill Richard '67 Dyche visit the Foster Aquatic Center on the Northwest campus to reminisce of the many years that Coach Dyche spent instructing swimming classes and the swim teams for the University and the Maryville community.

Sept. 9, 2010

Scholarship to assist future physical education teachers

MARYVILLE, Mo. - As a college student, Lewis Dyche didn't receive any scholarships. He wasn't even aware of scholarships.

"My mother didn't want me to go to college because she thought I already had a good job," Dyche said. "I didn't have any money so I worked nights at the hospital and delivered groceries on weekends - whatever it took to pay for college

Dyche established the Dyche Family Scholarship at Northwest Missouri State University because he wants "to give a Northwest student a chance to go to school," he said. "Hopefully, this scholarship helps somebody enjoy a better life."

After graduating from Auburn (Kan.) High School in 1949, Dyche joined the Navy. When he returned to Auburn, he worked at the Goodyear tire plant earning $1.25 an hour. Although the wages were good, Dyche wanted to play football. When a recruiter from College of Emporia sought him out, Dyche jumped at the chance to play football. During his sophomore year, Dyche married Virginia Brobst shortly before the Navy called him back to serve in the Korean War. Two years later, Dyche returned home to his wife and their children and resumed his studies at the College of Emporia, where he graduated in 1955.

He taught and coached several years in Utah and Kansas, and in 1964, after completing his master's in education, Dyche arrived at Northwest where he taught health, swimming, water aerobics and water safety in addition to coaching the swim teams for the University and the Maryville community. He assisted Coach Ivan Schottel with football during his first six years, and after Schottel's departure, Dyche assisted with baseball in addition to his swimming responsibilities. He and his wife had six children and lived in Maryville, where Virginia died in 2005 following a long illness.

When his mother died in 1985, Dyche, his step-father and siblings opted to establish the Lula Dyche Hewitt Scholarship to assist rural Missouri high school graduates in his mother's memory. In 1995, Dyche changed the name of the award to the Dyche Family Scholarship, which then began to assist graduates of Nodaway County high schools.

In 2006, while aboard the Northwest Alumni Association's Tourin' Bearcats Alaskan cruise with his daughter, Melissa Dyche Nelson '90, he met Jill Richard '67, who was traveling with a group of friends. As a retired high school history teacher, she shared Dyche's love of education and traveling. The two hit it off and were married that fall.

In recognition of Dyche's lifelong dedication to educating and helping others live a better life, the Dyche Family Scholarship now assists Northwest's continuing students who are interested in and preparing to teach physical education.

To contribute to this or other scholarships, contact Laurie Long, development officer, at or 660.562.1248 or visit

The Northwest Foundation, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation, is responsible for receiving, investing, stewarding and disbursing private support on behalf of the donors of Northwest Missouri State University for the benefit of the University, its students, faculty, staff and alumni. The Northwest Foundation, governed by a 29-member volunteer board of directors, is staffed by members of Northwest's Office of University Advancement.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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