After an outstanding high school basketball career in Nebraska, LeRoy Dick attended the University of Nebraska and played basketball for the cornhuskers his freshman year. LeRoy transferred to Tabor College in 1960, his sophomore year, and graduated in 1963. He was required to wait until January 1961 to play for the Bluejays because of his transfer from Nebraska, but his first basketball game at Tabor College is one that everyone who was there will remember. LeRoy scored 42 point to break the school scoring record, and then went on to average 32.2 points and 24.4 rebounds per game that season. Even though he played only half the season, LeRoy was voted MVP by his teammates that year.
LeRoy played on the baseball team and also participated in track that spring. His .200 batting average did not win the baseball MVP award, but he did set a school record of 39'8" in the shot put and was the team leader in points on the track team.
During the fall of LeRoy's junior year, he decided to play soccer even though Coach Reimer, the basketball and soccer coach, tried to discourage him. He became an outstanding goalkeeper and helped the team to a 3rd place finish in the NAIA National Tournament. In basketball that year, LeRoy once again was named MVP by his teammates and averaged 22.5 points and 18.7 rebounds per game. He tried baseball again in the spring, and this time around had a .455 batting average. We are not sure if he was injured or spending too much time with a certain young lady that spring, but LeRoy participated in only one track meet.
LeRoy played in the goal from the soccer team again his senior year and the team finished 4th in the NAIA National Tournament. He led the basketball team to a 17-5 season, which is still one of Tabor's best records. LeRoy was again voted MVP and averaged 24.4 points and 14.5 rebounds per game. He was selected to the All District 10 Basketball Team, which at that time included all the smaller state universities and private colleges in Kansas. Tabor did not have a baseball team that spring so LeRoy concentrated on track, finishing the season 3rd in total points.
LeRoy's success and impact on Tbor College basketball has been and will continue to be hard to equal. His single season average of 32.2 points and 24.4 rebounds per game are still Tabor College re cords as are his career averages of 25 points and 17.9 rebounds per game. Had Tabor been in the KCAC at the time he played, LeRoy would have been a sure pick for All Conference and Player of the Year Honors.
Even with all of LeRoy's athletic achievements, his greatest accomplishment could very well be that he married Tabor's first homecoming queen, Judy Loewen. After graduating, LeRoy and Judy both taught for four years before moving back to the "family farm" in Nebraska where they continue to work and live. LeRoy has been actively involved in the Hampton community and in their church.
LeRoy Dick is a true "superstar" in the history of Tabor College basketball, and we honor him today as a charter member of the Tabor College Athletic Hall of Fame.