Richard J. Myers was born in Buffalo, where a ``blue collar'' work ethic is the norm, and no one better personifies that strong ethic than Dick. Dick Myers, an outstanding athlete in his own student days, attended Canisius High School, a Jesuit institution in Buffalo. Dick was a three sports star at Canisius, and received All-Catholic Honors in both basketball and baseball. He continued his academic and athletic successes at LeMoyne College, in Syracuse, New York, graduating in 1964. At LeMoyne, he excelled basketball, helping to lead his team to the 1964 NCAA playoffs.
Myers started his Washington, DC coaching career at Catholic University from 1971-75. Following his years at Catholic, Myers returned to high school ball, coaching and teaching at Gonzaga for 29 years. His accolades include the National Catholic High School Coach of the Year in 1986 and the Metropolitan Coach of the Year in 1999. During his 40 years of coaching, Myers led Gonzaga to four Catholic League Championships and an overall record of 714-362.