The javelin thrower from Biglerville High is still running athletic departments after all these years.
And to think there was a time, maybe the most difficult of his life, when it looked as if Dick Dull would never go back to college sports again.
It was much more than a bad week or month or even a year.
Dull, who went on to star in track and field at the University of Maryland, was the athletic director there in the early- and mid-1980s when the school reached new heights on the basketball court and football field.
But things suddenly crashed around him in June 1986, after the fatal cocaine-induced heart attack of basketball player Len Bias, who had just become the second pick in the NBA draft by the Boston Celtics.
Soon enough, the sports world also learned that Bias had flunked classes in his final semester and dropped others.
As national media intensity and pressure overwhelmed, university officials decided the way to push forward was to ask for Dull's resignation and then force out coach Lefty Driesell.
For the next 10 years, Dull did what he could to get by -- real estate, consulting work, living on his savings.
He didn't even file income tax reports for two of those years because he earned less than $7,500.
"The stain of being at Maryland..." he said. "I could not get a job interview (in athletics) for 10 years."
All of the emotions, the anger and depression, "I survived it. No one can ever bring Len Bias back, and that I regret. He was a wonderful young man."
But, "that experience taught me to look to the future without anxiety. Nothing's likely to be as bad as what we went through after his death. I go forward knowing I can handle what is sent my way."
Though Dull was a decent basketball player at Biglerville, he was truly special at the javelin.
He won a state title as a sophomore and suffered severe elbow ligament damage the next year but recovered to finish second in the state as a senior. He's still the school record-holder (198 feet,
6 inches) more than 40 years later.
His greatest triumphs, though, came at the University of Maryland.
He won an Atlantic Coast Conference javelin title and finished in the top 10 in the NCAA championships as a senior.
He earned his law degree and later took a huge pay cut -- $22,000 to $8,500 -- to get back into athletics as an assistant ticket manager at Maryland.
He worked his way up to athletic director in 1981.
His football and men's basketball teams won ACC titles, and his women's basketball team made it to the Final Four.
Then came Bias' death.
And those 10 long, lost years.
Finally, he landed the AD job at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, a Division II school. And life, in a way, started over.
He eventually earned another Division I job at Cal-State Northridge in Los Angeles, serving as athletic director for seven years.
Even after retiring and moving back east to be close to his son, the pull was too difficult to resist.
It's been more than a year since Belmont-Abbey College, a small Catholic school just south of Charlotte, N.C., lured him out of retirement to lead its athletic department.
He's content knowing that he's still able to work his dream, all of these years later.
"I don't need to be the AD at Penn State or Maryland but just some place where I can make a contribution," said Dull, who is in his early 60s. "I've got some gray in my hair, but I think I'm still young inside."