Rich Rasmussen
Rich Rasmussen
College: Eastern Washington '98
Position: Tight Ends/Recruit. Coord./Travel Coord.
Experience: 12th Season
With more than a decade of service as an assistant coach for the Eagle football team, Rasmussen begins his ninth year in charge of Eastern's tight ends. He also serves as the team's director of football operations, with specific responsibilities coordinating recruiting, team travel and the annual Coaches Golf Tournament. Until 2006, he coordinated EWU summer camps. Three of his tight ends have earned All-Big Sky Conference honors, including recently-departed Tim Calhoun (second team in 2005, honorable mention in 2006 and honorable mention in 2002 when he was named the Big Sky's Freshman of the Year by Dopke.com). For four seasons he coached Dan Curley, who earned All-America honors for the Eagles in 2002 before being drafted in the fifth round by the St. Louis Rams. Rasmussen began coaching at Eastern in 1996 as a student assistant coach on defense, then helped with the offensive line in 1997. He coached running backs in 1998 before taking over as tight ends coach the following season. Since coming to Eastern, he has earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. He received his bachelor of science degree in physical education in 1998, which was changed to a bachelor of arts in education degree upon completion of student teaching in 2000. In August 2000, he completed his master's degree in athletic administration. Rasmussen also received an associate degree from Tacoma Community College in 1997 and is a 1983 graduate of Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Wash. He also coached at Bellarmine Prep and Mt. Tahoma high schools prior to coming to Eastern. He was born May 6, 1965, in Tacoma, Wash. He and his wife Teri have two sons, Josh (11) and Jacob (8).
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