Congratulations to Richard Lough, American Darters Association Franchise Owner, from Northern Texas! Rich has been an ADA Franchise Owner since the fall of 2009. Rich grew up in Pittsburg, PA playing soft tip but it wasn’t until casual play at the Old Town Flying Pig in Lewisville Texas that he was introduced to the ADA. He started off on a steel tip Neutralizer Team League with Steve Goforth as the team captain. His second season playing his team ‘When Pigs Fly’ won the division and Rich was hooked.
The ADA Manager of the Year is awarded to the person who provides outstanding service to the ADA. Rich has increased his team count and acquired 60+ teams playing in each season, created and trained an outstanding management team, submits pictures to the website and holds fundraisers for their members, local charities and generates funds for the Nationals. He also attends to his members’ questions, comments and concerns in a timely and efficient manner. He has ADA Professional Darters in both American Dart League Steel and Soft tip leagues in addition to having the #1 Steel Tip sponsored Professional darter Christian Haggmark in his area.
He currently works with ADA co-owner Joseph Allen and ADA area manager April Stafford. He appreciates the friendship he’s acquired with this business endeavor and says he couldn’t be successful without them. “Immediately after joining, Joe and April helped me in all aspects of learning the league and helping me organize it” says Rich.
When Holly Dye relocated for her job Rich was immediately interested in purchasing her area of Wichita Falls Texas. With the help of his management staff; co-owner Dennis Dean, area manager Joerg Fetzer and fundraising / special events director Erin Fetzer together they have grown the area from 6 teams to 21.
Although he has an extensive management staff he says he couldn’t have done any of it without Glenn Remick. He never had the opportunity to meet him in person but misses all the phone calls they shared about the American Dart League and discussing the expectations of an ADA League Representative.
He also wants to give a special thanks to ADA Vice President Karl Remick for all the advice he has given him and the assistance in decisions ADA Representatives have to make daily. While thanking Karl he mentions, “We have become friends and have formed a great team together.”
Lastly, he wants to thank Steven Goforth for taking him to play on his team where they still play at the Old Town Flying Pig. He wouldn’t be in this position without him.
Without a doubt, Rich Lough improves the image and value of the American Darters Association making it an organization that is built to last. We appreciate all that he does for the ADA and are honored to have him represent Dallas, Fort Worth, and Wichita Falls.