Dick Walsh was hired in the spring of 1967, before the college opened in September of that year at the temporary Serra Campus off Washington Boulevard in Fremont. As a Founding Faculty member, Dick was instrumental in setting up the physical education and athletics programs for the college. This included finding facilities and fields for classes and teams. Dick retired in May 2000, after 33 years of distinguished, dedicated and accomplished service. Upon retirement, he was granted Emeritus status.
During his tenure at Ohlone, Dick taught a wide variety of physical education classes. He served as the men’s basketball coach, as well as tennis coach. He also served as interim athletic director in 1985.
Dick initiated the Ohlone College Sports Fund for athletic travel and meals. He initiated, developed and directed the Fremont Bank / Ohlone College Golf Tournament for its first 10 years, proceeds of which directly supported the Sports Fund. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Flea Market on the Fremont Campus and a portion of those proceeds also went to support the Sports Fund.
Dick served on numerous campus committees and was a mentor to every new faculty and staff person in the division.
Dick has been recognized as one of the Ohlone Athletics Distinguished Staff members and has been inducted into the California Community College Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame 2012.