John Richardson Joins ODU Cage Staff As Dir. of Basketball Operations

August 18, 2005
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Aug. 18, 2005

NORFOLK, VA--John Richardson, the 2004 and 2005 Virginia High School Coaches Association AAA State Coach of the Year at Woodside High has been named Old Dominion University's first Director of Basketball Operations as announced today by head coach Blaine Taylor.

" We are very pleased with the addition of John Richardson to our staff as director of basketball operations," said Blaine Taylor, the 2005 CAA and Virginia Coach of the Year. "We are very appreciative of our administration for recognizing the growth of our program, and having the ability to keep that momentum moving. John has handled himself in preparation for this position very well. He represents the area basketball coaches, the ODU sports management programs, the development of young people, and basketball players. And he represents young people with the aspirations to put their talents to use for a purpose."

Richardson served as head coach of Woodside High School in Newport News, Va., for three years, winning the Virginia AAA State Championship in 2004 and 2005. He led Woodside to three Eastern Regional Championships and two Peninsula District (2004 and 2005) titles. Woodside won Peninsula District Tournament Championships in 2005 and 2002 when Richardson was an assistant coach. Richardson was also honored as the Associated Press AAA Coach of the Year in 2004.

Prior to becoming head coach at Woodside, Richardson was the head junior varsity coach at Woodside from 1996-1999. He also served as an assistant coach and junior varsity coach at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA in 1999-2000.

"I am very excited about the new challenge of being the first director of basketball operations," said Richardson. "I look forward to working very closely with the staff in order to continue to do great things in the Hampton Roads community."

Richardson has also participated and organized fund raisers, and community relations programs. Since 1996 he served as an assistant coach for the Virginia Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) 17-under all-star traveling team, as well as counseling positions at various basketball camps.

Richardson graduated from Elizabeth City State University in 1995 with a degree in health and physical education with a minor in biology. He received a master's degree from Old Dominion University in 2003 in sports management. Richardson was a four- year basketball lettermen at Elizabeth City State.