2018-01-18 / Letters

Rick touched many lives on, off the field

To the editor:

Coach T-A Baseball Man Lost

Recently Leelanau County lost a legend in Rick (Eric) Thomsen. Rick coached baseball and basketball for nearly six decades, but baseball was his true love. He once told me that he wished he’d have the big one right out on the ball field. He was instrumental in starting the St. Mary’s baseball program and the construction of their field. He coached baseball in Leland for many a year, took the reins in Suttons Bay for a year and finished his career at Glen Lake.

Any coach can coach the best athletes. I soon realized with Coach T, that he was a magnet to those who needed extra help. Whether it be on the field or off.

Rick was a tremendous person. I never had anyone on my teams who didn’t love Coach T. In 2006, he was inducted into the MHSBCA Coaches Hall of Fame and his plaque rests at Comerica Park, home of his beloved Tigers.

Rick was very active in the community when he wasn’t involved with sports. His big baritone voice was heard at many local parishes, weddings and funerals. His college roommates called him the singing bear. Rick touched the lives of hundreds of youth in our community. On behalf of all your players whose lives you greatly touched, thank you Rick.

Randy Weber
S. Schomberg Rd

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