COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference has announced former Colorado State University-Pueblo (then University of Southern Colorado) Head Men's Basketball Coach Dick "Drag" Drangmeister will be inducted into the RMAC Hall of Fame at the 16th Annual RMAC Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet, July 13 at the Colorado Springs Marriot.
Drangmeister had a long, historic career in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. In 1961, he graduated from Western New Mexico with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and in 1962 with a Master of Arts degree in Guidance and Counseling. Afterwards, he spent 21 years as a head men's basketball coach at three RMAC institutions, Western New Mexico, Southern Colorado (known today as CSU-Pueblo), and Adams State College (known today as Adams State University) and compiled a 365-233 record.
From 1969 to 1982, Drangmeister served as the head coach at Western New Mexico and won a total of five RMAC Men's Basketball Championship titles ('75, '79, '80, '81, '82) and garnered two NAIA District 7 titles. He made two NAIA National Men's Basketball Tournament appearances and was a five-time NAIA District 7 Coach of the Year at WNMU.
Then in 1984, he coached at Southern Colorado, where he won his third NAIA District 7 Championship and his sixth Coach of the Year Honor. He stayed in Pueblo until 1987 and then moved to Alamosa to coach at Adams State from 1987 to 1991. Drangmeister would tally his sixth combined RMAC title in 1991.
In 1992, he returned to Western New Mexico as the men's head basketball coach and Director of Athletics. He coached the Mustangs until 1995 and during his two stints at Western New Mexico, he went 272-152 overall. In 1997, Drangmeister retired as Director of Athletics and was inducted into the WNMU Athletic Hall of Fame.
Drangmeister passed away July 2005 after a long battle with cancer. In 2013, Western New Mexico named the court that the volleyball and basketball teams play on, "Drag's Court" in honor of his accomplishments.