Richard Harvey '93

Graduation Year


Sport(s) and position(s):

  • Football, quarterback
  • Wrestling, 158/167 lbs.
  • Track & Field

Millikin major: Education

  • Other degrees:
    • Master's degree in educational leadership, Northern Illinois University

Current employment: Assistant principal, head wrestling coach and assistant football coach, Rochelle Township High School

Personal Big Blue stats/athletic achievements:

  • Football
    • Four-year letter winner and starter in football
    • Member of the 1989 HOF CCIW and national playoff football team
  • Wrestling
    • Three-time NCAA national wrestling qualifier
    • Three-time CCIW wrestling conference champion
    • Two years as captain of the wrestling team
    • Two-time Outstanding Wrestler

Why did you choose MU?
Several of my teachers and coaches in high school had great things to say about Millikin. After visiting with MU admissions and coaches, it felt like a place where they would take an interest in me and would push me to my limits academically and athletically.

Aside from Big Blue athletics, what activities did you participate in as a student at MU?

  • Delta Sigma Phi fraternity

What was your most memorable moment as a Millikin student-athlete?
I was fortunate to have a lot of memorable moments during my tenure at Millikin, but two experiences always bring back great memories. The 1989 football season and making a run into the national playoffs as well as winning a third CCIW wrestling title were definitely the highlights of my athletic career.

What are some of your accomplishments since graduating from Millikin University?

  • Celebrating my 25th wedding anniversary with my best friend and love of my life, Staci.
  • Having the opportunity to be an active part of my three children’s lives and watch them grow up and flourish in this world.
  • Working in education and athletics and being able to give back to all of the young adults and people that I cross paths with.
  • Inducted into the first class of the Mount Zion Athletic Hall of Fame.
  • Recognized as the Assistant Coach of the Year by the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association.
  • Nominated twice for Head Coach of the Year by the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association.
  • Coached multiple state wrestling champions, all-state wrestlers, and an Elite 8 team.

When not supporting the Big Blue, what is your favorite thing to do?
I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and traveling.

Who is your most memorable MU professor/coach/staff and why?
Mike Poe 74 [former assistant football coach]. Coach Poe has made a significant impact in my life. His approach to coaching and life has guided me as an individual, parent, and coach. Mr. Poe took the time to connect with his athletes and treated them as family. His guidance was not limited to athletics. He was there for me whenever I needed direction in my life and he was someone I could sit down and talk with about anything. He still continues to be a presence in my life and I am grateful for all that he has done for me and my family.

How has your experience as a Big Blue athlete prepared/helped make you successful?
II have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to be mentored by many great people and have been part of great programs at Millikin. While at Millikin, the message that I always received was “work hard, persevere, and have fun.” Ms. Harriet Crannell [former head women’s basketball coach] wrote a sentence in my student teaching evaluation that has stuck with me since I read it: “Mr. Harvey is capable of doing anything that he puts his mind to.” That statement has encouraged me to strive to be the best at what I do and has continually reminded me that anything is possible with hard work and dedication.

What advice do you give to current Millikin students about preparing for life after graduation?

  • Set your goals and follow your passion.
  • Be yourself.
  • Be genuinely nice to people.
  • Build a network and focus on the right people. Revisit those people often.
  • Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone.
  • Believe in yourself.
  • Celebrate the small and big successes.
  • Create experiences and enjoy life.