Rick graduated from Coughlin High School in Wilkes-Barre, where he earned four letters in the sports of wrestling. He was named team captain in 1965 and 1966. He was a four-time District 2 champion (1963, 1964, 1965, 1966). In 1964 and 1965 he was Northeast Regional runner-up and in 1965 and 1966 Rick was presented with the Coughlin High School Outstanding Wrestling Award and the George Hooper Wrestling Award. Rick participated on the 1966 Wilkes College wrestling team. At Luzerne County Community College, he was again wrestling captain in 1968 and 1969. In 1969 Rick placed second in the Eastern Regional National Junior College Tournament and was a qualifier for the National Junior College Tournament. Owner of Parsons Sales Co. Inc., Rick and his wife Barbara reside in Wilkes-Barre. They have four children, Amy, Mia, Eric and Angela.