Rick was an All-American selection in baseball in 1970 and 1971. He was also a 3rd Team AllState selection in basketball as well as Honorable Mention in Football. Lathrum was a State Track meet qualifier in the Shot Put. He went on to Simpson College where he was twice named All-Conference in baseball. Rick had seven varsity letters at Simpson in two years before injuries forced him out of athletics. He now resides with his family in Santa Rosa, California. His high school coach was Mike Sheil.