A coach for more than 30 years, Dick Meader has been at the helm of the University Maine at Farmington's men's basketball program since 1993. Prior to coming to Farmington, he served 17 years as the head men's basketball coach at Thomas College. He begins his 26st season at UMaine-Farmington, 42nd overall, with a career record of 481 wins against 554 losses, including a 298-321 record at UMF.
Coach Meader guided the Beavers to a 21-6 record in 2012-13, matching the 1999-2000 and 1988-89 campaigns for the most wins in program history. UMaine-Farmington posted a program-best 15-3 record in the North Atlantic Conference and reached the NAC Tournament semifinals. Individually, Meader was named the NAC Coach of the Year for the second time in his career and received his fifth coach of the year honor from the Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association (MMBCWA).
Meader also served as the UMF baseball head coach from 1993-2010.
A 1968 graduate of Farmington State College (now University of Maine at Farmington), Meader played four years of basketball and baseball while earning a degree in secondary education. He went on to earn a master's degree from the University of Maine while serving as an assistant basketball coach. He was later inducted into the UMF Athletics Hall of Fame for his playing and coaching achievements. He has also seen several of his players continue to move onto coaching careers of through the high school and college ranks in Maine.
Meader also co-owned the Pine Tree Basketball Camp, Inc., held each summer on the Colby College campus. The summer of 2011 was the 38th and final year of the camp.
Meader has coached three All-Americans, three Academic All-Americans and has been named Basketball or Baseball Coach of the Year nine times by his peers. In 2011, Meader collected his 400th career victory as a basketball head coach.
He resides in Waterville. He is married to Betty-Jane Meader and they have two sons, Lance and Daren. Lance and Daren both played basketball for and graduated from UMF.