College congratulates Administrator for Hall of Fame honor
Rick Samuels Honored at EIU for
standout basketball coaching career
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[September 12, 2014]
LINCOLN - Lincoln College is offering
its hearty congratulations this week to administrator Rick Samuels,
after he was named to the Eastern Illinois University Athletic Hall
Samuels joined four others in the Class of 2014
receiving the Hall of Fame honor last weekend in Charleston at an
EIU football game. Samuels has been at Lincoln College since 2006
and has served as Vice President for Enrollment Management and
Student Services on the Lincoln campus since 2012.
At Eastern, Samuels was one of the most successful basketball
coaches in the school’s history. He led the school from 1981 to
2005, the second-longest active tenure at the Division I level at
the end of his career. His teams won 360 games, the most all-time at
EIU, and twice went to the NCAA Tournament, in 1992 and 2001.
Samuels also helped develop three players who became NBA draft
picks, a fourth who played as an NBA free agent and the school’s
all-time leading scorer, who now plays professionally in Europe.
“I am humbled and honored to have received this tremendous honor
from Eastern Illinois University,” Samuels said. “I was fortunate to
have so many exceptional young men to work with in my 25 years there
and will always remember my time at EIU fondly. Being part of the
Hall of Fame is not something I ever thought would happen, but I am
grateful for the recognition.”
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Lincoln College President John Blackburn said LC students,
faculty, staff and parents should be the ones thankful to work
with a top-notch educator in Samuels.
“We are so excited for Rick to receive this honor that he
deserved for such a special coaching career,” Blackburn said.
“Even though he has stepped away from the court at Lincoln
College, he brings to the office every day the poise,
determination and commitment to success that marked his
coaching. He helps make Lincoln College’s experience an
outstanding one, and we are proud to see him honored this way.”
[Text received; TRACY BERGIN, LINCOLN