Dick’s family moved to Longview while he was in grade school and he attended Northlake grade school and Monticello Middle School. His father taught at Lower Columbia College and his mother was an elementary school teacher. He played baseball for 3 years at Western Little League and Babe Ruth, he was on the All Star team in both leagues. At Monticello he played football, basketball and ran track, with coaches Wally Whitted, Delbert McGhee and Brian Price. While at R.A. Long he played baseball, basketball and football all three years and lettered in all three sports his Junior and Senior years. He received All Conference and Coaches’ Award (Mr. Hands) for football his senior year. As team captain of the basketball team his senior year, he received Most Inspirational Award. He was the Infield Captain of the baseball team his senior year and was voted “Athlete of the Year” as a senior. Dick went on to Willamette College and continued to play football and baseball at the collegiate level and lettered in and was named All Conference, in football his junior year. Dick received a Bachelor of Science, Political Science from Willamette University. He received a Master of Science, Counseling Psychology Degree at Central Washington University. After playing college football and baseball at Willamette, Dick began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Central Washington University. He coached as an assistant at various large high schools in the state of Washington before becoming a head coach. Dick served as a defensive coordinator on Cascade Class 4A state title team, coached by the late Terry Ennis. In his first head coaching position, Coach Abrams started the football program at Henry M. Jackson High School in Everett and was also the Athletic Director. Dr. Abrams was also the Head Coach at Marysville-Pilchuk, which was the largest school in the state of Washington, and he was selected to coach in the East-West 2000 All State game. As the Head Coach at Stanwood under Coach Abram’s leadership the team had the highest winning percentage in school history; League Champions 2004; Wesco Coach of the Year; First Team Sportsmanship and once again selected to East-West All State game. He coached at Port Angeles prior to taking over as the Head Coach at Monroe where he led Monroe to their first winning season in 19 years/First league championship in 20 years, District 1, 4A Coach of the Year in 2012, WESCO Coach of the Year. During his career in education, Dick worked as a School Psychologist/Counselor for twenty-six years. He has a Doctorate of Philosophy, Psychology from California University, which enabled Dr. Abrams to be an Adjunct Professor at Washington State University, Central, Eastern, Western and Coastal Universities. He has been a presenter at the Pemco All Sports Clinic, First WSCA Mexico/Cultural Exchange clinician, and published articles in coaches’ magazines, and Sports Psychology presentations. Dick’s family consists of his wife, for 33 years, Trudy a teacher, Head Boys and Girls Tennis Coach at Stanwood High School. Daughter Ashley, a teacher and Head Volleyball Coach at Marysville-Pilchuck High School and a son Richard who is also a teacher and the Head Tennis and Golf Coach and Asst. Basketball coach at Copper Canyon High School in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Abram’s bio does not end here, with his acceptance of the Head Football coach position here at his alma mater, R.A. Long. We anticipate that his history with the school, means you can come home again, will continue for many more years.
Dr. Richard Abrams