Richard Van Dyk

Richard Van Dyk graduated from Sumner High School in 1973 where he played guard on the basketball and shortstop on the baseball before later moving into slowpitch. As a shortstop on the diamond, he has earned numerous all-tournament honors to go with several basketball awards from his playing days at Centralia Community College. 

Van Dyk earned the Defensive MVP award at the Church World tournament in 1982 and 1991, and he was the overall MVP at the 1993 tournament. He has been a member of three Church World tournament championship teams and was inducted into the Washington State USSSA Hall of Fame in 1995. He started out playing for the Van Dyk Dairy team but achieved most of his honors with People’s Church, a nationally-known powerhouse ballclub.  

Beyond his playing achievements, Van Dyk also coached various basketball and baseball teams while his sons competed in each sport. He is a retired dairy farmer and currently lives in Des Moines, Wash.