Dick “Drag” Drangmeister will add Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Hall of Fame to his list of accomplishments as he will be inducted this coming July 13 during the 2018 RMAC Hall of Fame Banquet and Awards Ceremony that will take place at the Colorado Springs Marriott Hotel.
Drangmeister won a total of five RMAC Men’s Basketball Championship titles (’75, ’79, ’80, ’81, ’82) at Western New Mexico and garnered three NAIA District 7 titles which resulted in two NAIA National Men’s Basketball Tournament appearances. As a five-time NAIA District 7 Coach of the Year, Drangmeister finished his time with the Mustangs with a coaching record of 272-152. From 1984 to 1987, he coached at Southern Colorado (known today as CSU-Pueblo), where he won his fourth NAIA District 7 Championship and his sixth Coach of the Year Honor. At Adams State (1987-1991), he coached his team to a 1991 RMAC Men’s Basketball title, tallying his seventh RMAC title combined. After his coaching career, Drangmeister became the Director of Athletics at Western New Mexico from 1992 to 1997.
Drangmeister was inducted into the WNMU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. He graduated from WNMU in 1961 with a bachelor of science degree in secondary education and in 1962 with a master of arts degree in guidance and counseling. He became the head basketball coach for the Mustangs in 1969. The current court that the volleyball and basketball teams play on at WNMU is named Drag’s Court after the legendary coach.
He remains fourth all-time in the RMAC in both career RMAC wins (201) and career wins while in the RMAC (326).
Drangmeister passed away in July 2005 after a long battle with cancer.