Posted: Jan 06, 2021
Thoughts and comments on Coach Rich Alday's passing are coming in. Antonio Fernandez contributed to this
- Louie Araiza (Pima player 1986-1987) - "It was so nice to have seen him many times upon his return to Tucson. All of us players felt and understood the importance of reuniting with him recently because of the huge impact he made in our lives as players and people. I truly loved this man and I will be forever grateful for everything he taught me. My deepest condolances to Norma and the entire family. RIP Coach."
- Gerardo Yepiz (Pima 1988-1989, UMN 1989-1992) - "Coach Rich Alday: A coach, friend, even a father to most of us. Tough person on the field and will make you get the most out of yourself. Gentleman off the field, a mentor, a lovely man that will get the respect from anybody. Beaufiful family Rich, Norma and Ambrose. We love you all
- Paul Huitt (Player and Coach) - "I'm so sad to hear that Coach Alday has passed. He coached me and gave me my first coaching job at UNM. I will forever be grateful for his friendship and guidance in my life. I already miss Ambrose everyday, now I miss Coach. The Alday's will always be special to me."
- Doug Valdez (UNM Player 1993-1995) - Coach Alday was more than a coach. He was a mentor, a father figure, a confidant, and no nonesense get your work done coach. Years after playing for him he always treated us the same; we were allowed more leeway; our talks would move to business and family. He never once forgot our names and spouses. He looked forward to hearing about our children. It's unfortunately our kids and current players won't be able to learn like we did from him. Baseball, as a community, lost a great one today."
- Joe Romero (UNM Player 1989-1993) - "Coach Alday was a God sent. Blessing in my life. He gave me a chance to play D-1 baseball and changed my life for the better. I also had the honor to know Ambrose. Glad to know Coach can now play catch with him again. Love you Coach."
- Mark Wulfert (UNM Player 1992-1996) - Coach Alday was not just a great coach, but a great mentor. The way he lived his life and carried himself was an example to all that played for him on how to be better men, husbands and fathers. He will definitely be missed."
- Tommy Roe (UNM player 1991-1993) - It was an honor to play for Coach Alday for three years at UNM. Although he was passionate about the game, he took more pride in raising strong solid young men. Will always remember, 'There are no Bad Hops in Heaven.'"