As Director of Athletics of Harris-Stowe State University, Rich Fanning brings a wealth of playing, coaching and life experience to his athletes. For over 20 years, Rich has been successful in bringing together diverse groups of people by providing inspiration and confident leadership to maximize individual contributions and collectively realize common goals.
Prior to taking the AD position at Harris-Stowe, Rich served as the Public Relations & Communications Director for Catholic Charities of St. Louis. There he helped direct and expand the community relations efforts of the 15 agencies of Catholic Charities, helping more than 135,000 families and individuals in the St. Louis metro area.
From 1997-2000, Rich was the Whitfield School head basketball coach and built the foundation for what became one of the most successful and highly regarded teams in Missouri. His brief coaching stint boasted numerous achievements including a record of 68-16, winning the conference championship in 1998 and 2000, and winning the district, sectional, and state titles in 2000. Fanning was also named the 2000 Missouri Coach of the Year.
Community outreach has always been a priority for Rich. While at Whitfield, he established Another Team Against Childhood Cancer (ATACC) which generated nearly $24,000 to support various organizations including the Bob Costas Cancer Center at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. In 2000, Bob Costas stated, "Rich Fanning is an outstanding coach...but, even more important is his commitment to the ATACC program.His program at Whitfield is a combination in basketball and citizenship."
In addition to several collegiate and high school head coaching positions, Rich has held a variety of consciousness raising and fund raising positions. He served in refugee camps along the Thai-Cambodia border which aided children of the Cambodian refugee crisis and worked as both the diocesan director and coordinator for church affairs for Catholic Relief Services.
Most recently, in anticipation of the 2005 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four in St. Louis, Rich has been named the Final Four liaison to the National Association of Basketball Coaches. (NABC)
A Long Island, NY native, Fanning proudly claims the New York Yankees as his home team. In addition to being an avid sports fan, Fanning enjoys church, music, theater, and politics.
Rich and his wife, Margo, reside in Glendale, MO with their two children.
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