Inducted in 2007
Dick Bader has devoted half a century to a career as a teacher, an administrator, a coach and an inspiration to thousands of young people in Central New York.
His parents were German immigrants and he grew up in Mattydale. As a student in the North Syracuse school system, he developed a passion for sports and was a three-sport athlete for the Northstars. He earned his B.S. degree in physical instruction at Ithaca College and his M.S. degree and certification as a Director of Health and Physical Education from Syracuse University.
Dick's teaching career began in 1956 at North Syracuse where, in 1971, he was appointed Director of Physical Education for both North Syracuse and Cicero High Schools which merged into the C-NS District. He served in this capacity until 1992 when he became Executive Director of Section III, a position he held until his retirement in 2006.
While at C-NS, he became one of the state's most versatile and successful coaches. He coached football, basketball and baseball. His biggest successes were on the diamond, where his 1967 team won the Section III championship. His 1966-'67 teams built a win streak of 43 games, still a C-NS record.
Dick's athletic leadership roles have included: Onondaga League Baseball Chairman' and President, Section III Vice-President and President, plus numerous committee assignments.
Dick's personal life has been as active as his professional work. He has received several community awards for his activities with his church, his community and Boy Scouts. He is an excellent photographer, and an avid outdoors man. He resides with his wife of 19 years, Bobbi, and daughters Grete and Molly in Central Square.