Stockton Mourns the Passing of Dick Rizk at Age 84

Galloway, NJ Stockton Athletics mourns the loss of lacrosse coaching legend Dick Rizk, who passed away Tuesday morning at age 84. Rizk was the head men's lacrosse coach at Stockton for 18 years from 1992-2009, compiling a record of 140-116 (.547 winning percentage) on the Osprey bench.

"Words cannot describe what this man meant to the program and to all the men who have played for him. We lost a legend today, but we should all be proud of everything he did," current Stockton head coach Kevin Zulauf wrote in a Facebook post to Stockton lacrosse alumni. Zulauf played for Rizk at Stockton in 2006 and spent two seasons as Rizk's assistant with the Ospreys before succeeding his mentor in 2010.

Rizk was renowned throughout New Jersey, where he played a vital role in the growth of lacrosse. Rizk started his coaching career at Boonton High School in 1965, a time when he estimated that there were only 10 high school lacrosse programs in the state, five of which were at prep schools. He spent 24 years at Boonton, winning 135 games, two Fitch Division titles and the 1976 state championship.

Rizk coached the club team at San Diego State and served as associate head coach at Whittier College (CA) before returning to New Jersey and taking the reins at Stockton in 1992. Rizk took over a Stockton program that was only five years old and had yet to register a winning season. His Osprey teams finished .500 or better in 14 of his 18 seasons, highlighted by 12 wins in 2002, a school record that stood until 2014.

Rizk played two years of lacrosse at Rutgers University before graduating in 1955. During his coaching career, he served terms as president of the New Jersey Lacrosse Foundation and New Jersey Lacrosse Coaches Association. He was inducted into the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1997 and was honored by the New Jersey Lacrosse League, which named a division in his honor.


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