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Elario Rickey named new Adams State SID

Posted: Thursday, Jan 10th, 2013

Alamosa native Elario Rickey was named Sports Information Director of ASU Athletics. Courier Photo by Eric R. Flores

Courier Sports Editor

ALAMOSA—Alamosa native Elario Rickey returned back to his hometown and was announced as the Adams State University Sports Information Director Wednesday afternoon at the Grizzly Club Luncheon by ASU Athletic Director Larry Mortensen.

Rickey, who graduated from Alamosa High School in 2007, replaces long-time SID Chris Day, who is currently training Rickey and resigned from the post last month. Day plans on sticking around for the spring semester to assist Rickey with stats on game days.

Rickey joins the ASU staff after a year and a half of being a math teacher and football coach at Harrison High School in Colorado Springs. He coached receivers and defensive backs and was named as the Head Junior Varsity Coach.

While a student at Alamosa, Rickey was a three-sport athlete playing baseball and football for four years and basketball for three. Rickey was a member of Alamosa’s undefeated state championship team in 2006 under former Grizzly football coach Manny Wasinger.

Rickey has some journalism background as he served as the sports editor of The Alamosan, AHS’s school newspaper.

Rickey is a 2011 graduate of Gonzaga University where he majored in economics and political science. He graduated magna cum laude and was a member of the Bulldog men’s rowing team. “Obviously, I never did it growing up here in the Valley,” said Rickey. “I was asked to walk on and it was both a fun and interesting experience.”

Rickey plans to follow the footsteps and the example that Day has set in the position. “I have had an interest to work in athletics and to move back home is a bonus,” he said. “There is a lot of responsibility and a lot of things to keep track of. I hope to keep things organized and complete projects in a manner consistent with the standard of excellence that ASU has established.”

“He has some big shoes to fill, but he is passionate and eager to learn,” said Mortensen. “He will do a good job. I am glad to have a local product and looking forward to having him around for a long time.”

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