Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman and St. Robert Mayor George Lauritson declared Friday, October 20, 2017 to be Coach Rick Vernon Day.
The proclamation acknowledging and honoring Vernon was signed at Thursday night's Waynesville City Council meeting.
Vernon was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on Monday, earlier this week, for his accomplishments which include more than three decades of coaching. According to an article by Marianne Ward, published Tuesday in the Daily Guide, Vernon claimed a 222 - 169 overall record, the 25th best in state history.
Vernon was the head coach for Waynesville High School for 33 years and his 2007 football team won the Class 5 state title.
Ward wrote, "Vernon guided the Tigers to seven district titles and five Mid Missouri Conference Championships and two Ozark Conference Championships."
"It's all about the team," Vernon told Ward when she asked about his coaching style and secret to his success.
The proclamation, from the city of Waynesville, provided to the Daily Guide, cited Vernon's induction into the Missouri Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2006, being named as Missouri Coach of the Year in 2008, and sending three players on to the National Football League among his accomplishments.
Hardman told the Daily Guide that she counted herself "lucky to have been friends with Rick and Cheryl Vernon for over 30 years." Cheryl has been married to Vernon since 1978 and the proclamation called her "his biggest cheerleader."
"Cheryl's involvement and support of cheerleading and sports have helped make them great "team mates," the proclamation says of Cheryl and Rick Vernon's marriage.
"As mayor of Waynesville, I am honored to be able to recognize this distinct recognition that Rick has received from the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. I also was thrilled to be in attendance Monday at his induction. Rick said, in his acceptance speech, that he thanks the three communities of Waynesville, St. Robert, and Fort Leonard Wood for supporting his teams over the years. He also said that he and Cheryl chose to make Waynesville their home because it was a great place to raise a family. A mayor couldn’t get a nicer comment from a citizen. Congratulations to Coach Rick Vernon and everyone have a great “Coach Rick Vernon Day!" Hardman said.
Lauritson told the Daily Guide, "Rick was a great coach for our school district, we appreciate everything he has done. We a so fortunate to have Rick and his family in our community and feel his "Missouri Hall of Fame Induction" is well deserved!"
The proclamation congratulates Vernon on "dreaming big and accomplishing great things for himself and our communities."