Rick "Coach" Smoliak

February 23, 1943February 25, 2014
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Rick “Coach” Smoliak

71, of Tequesta, Florida passed away suddenly on February 25, 2014.

Rick was a talented athlete with a passion for sports. In 1964, he was drafted to play baseball for the New York Mets. He went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota, where he also played ice hockey. Rick later received his Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He was the Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach at Stony Brook University on Long Island before taking on the same roles at Northwood University in West Palm Beach. Rick also was an avid tennis player and pro, teaching lessons throughout his whole life.

Rick was a true family man and will be missed by his loving wife of 33 years, Barbara; his children Sheri, Sandy, Scott, A.J. and Brittany; six grandchildren Justin, Dillon, Jessica, Julia, Lucas and Jacob; three sons-in-law Keith, Roger, and Dennis; daughter-in-law Sam; sister-in-law Linda; niece Meredith and her husband Luther, nephew Jason, and niece Mary. He will also be missed by his coaching fraternity, current players, and countless alumni, all of whom meant the world to him.

A visitation will be held on Friday, February 28th from 5-8 PM, Aycock-Riverside Funeral and Cremation Center, 1112 Military Trail, Jupiter. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Jude Catholic Church, 204 US Highway 1, Tequesta. Entombment will be at Fernhill Memorial Gardens in Stuart, Florida.


  • Visitation Friday, February 28, 2014
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, March 1, 2014

Rick "Coach" Smoliak

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Cindy Noel

March 4, 2014

Dear Barbara,
Our family was deeply sorry to hear of Rick's passing. It has been a lot of years since our days in Jupiter but we think of you often. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Tony and Cindy Noel

The Chavez Family

March 1, 2014

Coach, "thank you" from the Chavez for giving my son Kyle a spot on your team. You will be missed. Prayers to your family.

Bill Ianniciello

March 1, 2014

It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Coach Smoliak. Rick gave me the opportunity to play college ball at Stony Brook University -- then the Stony Brook Patriots, now the Seawolves. When I was in touch with Rick recently, I kidded him about taking the Seahawks name at Northwood because Seawolves was already taken. I was fortunate to learn a great deal from Coach about baseball and life. On behalf of my Stony Brook teammates and my wife, Joyce, condolences to the Smoliak family and the Northwood Baseball family.

March 1, 2014

Our deepest sympathy to the Smoliak recruited my son out of Seminole state in May husband and son went to meet with coach ......upon arriving home that weekend I asked " how's the coach" both replied " what a nice guy" my son Anthony was impressed with his old school coaching mentality and his baseball knowledge was equally impressed with anthony's knowledge of the game and his didn't take Anthony long to make his decision of continuing his college level of playing with coach smoliak at thank you for beleiving in our son and giving him the opportunity to continue his college baseball career......a class act on the baseball field!!!! May you RIP...the Seblano family!!!

Lisa Tyler

March 1, 2014

Barbara and Sheri, Sandy, Scott, A.J. and Brittany -Your dad touched our lives when he coached our son for four years at Northwood University. He guided him and helped him become a great young man. We will forever be grateful. God Bless and Rest in Peace Coach. The Tyler Family

Ave Maria University Baseball

February 28, 2014

Smoliak family, the Ave Maria Baseball team sends its deepest sympathies on the loss of Coach Smoliak. He was a fun person to be around and always had a classic one liner.

Ave Maria University Baseball

greg scott

February 28, 2014

To Rick's family,
we first met him when our boys were in Gardens rec league sports starting about 20 years ago and he was working with Gardens Rec Dept. during those years I came to consider him a friend and the "small world" connection with my former law partner Ken Marra whom he coached at Stony Brook made it even more special. I followed his career at Northwood, even seeing him at some their events. having grown up in a sports-daffy family with a grandpa who was longtime basketball coach, I think he has epitomized all the very best within the definition of "coach". our complete sympathies for your loss and rest in peace, Rick.

Patty Wiemann

February 28, 2014

I am very sorry to learn of the passing of your father. I hope you find comfort in your family and friends.
Take care.

Maryann Duffy-Theoret

February 28, 2014

Barbara and Family. We just heard this afternoon that my Cousin Rick had passed away. My Dad (Tom Duffy) and rest of us are sending prayers your way. Rick was very special and we do remember all the good times when we were younger growing up. May he rest in peace.

Ty Brewer

February 28, 2014

Coach Smoliak was a great man. He loved his family, friends, and players.He had a great passion for sports, and used his coaching abilities to transform hundreds of young people he coached. He did things the right way, with honor and integrity. I am very thankful for all of the moments I shared with Coach Smoliak as he was my Athletic Director for over 12 years. He was a mentor, a leader, but most of all a friend. What sticks with me most was Coach Smoliak's love for his family. He was so very proud of his kids and grand kids, and he loved his wife dearly. The impact this man had on so many people cannot be expressed in words....Coach, Thank you for everything. Thank you for believing in me when others didn't, for supporting me when others wouldn't, and for teaching me when others thought I couldn't be taught. Thank you Coach!