LA CRESCENT, Minn. (WXOW) - Rick Boyer, the longtime coach of La Crescent-Hokah High School baseball, has died.
He passed away unexpectedly Sunday evening.
Boyer coached the baseball team for 45 years, the last 17 as head coach before his retirement last year.
During his tenure, the Lancers won a Class AA State title in 2009, third in 2010, and runner up in 2011. They also won six section championships.
Besides his work with the La Crescent baseball program, Boyer also spent two seasons as the head coach of the La Crosse Loggers where he compiled a 61-75 record.
Boyer also played the game. He was active in Over 35 baseball teams in the area.
"Rick obviously gave a large part of his life to athletics, to coaching and to impacting kids in very positive ways. But more than anything Rick was one of those human beings that when you were around him you were better for it. The man had a positive energy about his life that is going to be missed," said La Crescent-Hokah principal Steve Smith.
"He had just been at open gym with his players and coaches and just being around baseball was his biggest passion, just last night. So it was an absolute shock to us," said La Crescent-Hokah activities director Josh Mallicoat.
Off the diamond, he was the owner of Boyer's Budget Furniture in La Crosse. Their television commercials seen by thousands in the area often featured family members including children talking about the products available at the business.