Baseball scholarship named in memory of Shepherd alumnus Richard L. “Dick” Knode
A new scholarship in memory of Richard “Dick” Knode ’61 will support members of the Shepherd University Baseball Team. The Richard L. “Dick” Knode Scholarship for Baseball was established and endowed by the family of the late Shepherd alumnus.
Born and raised in Hagerstown, Maryland, Dick Knode was a member of the football and baseball teams during his time at Shepherd. Dick went on to enjoy a 34-year career with Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland where he served as a physical education teacher, athletic director, and coach. Dick received several recognitions throughout his life and career, including being named MSADA District 3 Athletic Director of the Year. He was also inducted into the Washington County and MSADA Halls of Fame.
Dick spent the last 25 years of his career coaching track and football at Friendly High School, where he was the second football coach in the school’s history. Friendly High School’s Crawford-Knode Stadium is named for Dick and his predecessor.
Dick and wife, Mary Jane Knode were married for 53 years prior to his passing in 2019. The couple share three daughters and seven grandchildren.
Dick Knode had a big heart and was an avid supporter of his family, friends and former athletes. He was also actively involved in Maryland and Prince George’s County Coaches Association and remained a devoted follower of Shepherd University Athletics. An overall sports enthusiast, Dick enjoyed playing golf as well as watching the Washington Football Team and the Baltimore Orioles play.