1990 – Marshall College – Visual Arts
One of the best pitchers in school history, right hander Rick Nowak was a two-time first team All-American and still holds numerous UCSD records including most career strikeouts (283) and complete games (17). He threw a pair of no-hitters and once struck out 19 batters in a game.
Twice drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays, Nowak’s professional career was cut short by arm injuries when he was 24. During his minor league stint, he graduated from UCSD with a visual arts degree and a minor in history and also got a jump start on his professional career.
Three days after getting his diploma, Nowak was working in Hollywood as a production assistant for Cimarron/Bacon/O’Brien (CBO), a motion picture advertising company. In 1991 he moved up into the firm’s post-production department and worked on trailers and TV spots for some of the mega-hits of the early ‘90’s including Home Alone and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
After four years at CBO, Nowak was hired by 20th Century Fox to work in its creative advertising department. In his two and a half years there, he worked on every movie the company released, doing trailers and TV spots for films like Independence Day and Star Wars Special Edition Re-release.
Nowak left Fox for a position at his current company, New Wave Entertainment. Beginning as Post Production Supervisor, then Vice President of Post-Production, today he supervise over 175 employees as New Wave’s Chief Operating Officer, working with clients that include Fox, Disney, Warner Bros., New Line Cinema and Sony Pictures.
Residents of Altadena, Nowak and his wife, Sheri, have been married 15 years and have a five-year-old son, Derek.