Richard Bromley
Richard Bromley
Inducted: 1999
Sport(s): Coach, Professor and Friend
Career: 1962-98

In his first year at Rockford College in 1962, Dick made his coaching debut as the head cross country coach and finished the season with 7-2 record. He also began his tenure as the swimming and diving coach that year, a position he would hold for some 32 years. 

His success as the swimming and diving coach seems endless. In the sixteen year period between 1965-81, his teams posted an impressive 129-52 record with just one losing season. Five times he was named NAIA District #20 Coach of the Year.

He coached seventeen individuals who received All-American honors a total of twenty-nine times. After Rockford College changed national affiliations to the NCAA in 1983-84, he produced three individuals who were NCAA All-Americans a total of six times. In addition, two NCAA All-Americans under his leadership set national records at the NCAA Championships.

Dick's accomplishments go well beyond swimming. In 1963 he started the baseball program and remained the head coach until 1971. His team finished 11-5 that season and was co-champions of the Northern Illinois Iowa Conference.

In 1986 Dick took over as head golf coach and retained that position until he retired in 1998. He guided his teams to five NIIC Championships, with the most recent coming during the 1997-98 season. Bromley also won the NIIC Championship one season earlier in 1996-97. As a result of his success he was named NIIC Coach of the Year five times.

Dick also served as chair of the physical education department from 1972-93 and director of intramurals from 1962-80. He and his wife Sally have three children - Karen Horvat of Wadsworth, Ill., Kent Bromley of Medfield, Mass. and Matt Bromley of Broomfield, Colo.