John Richardson To Return To ODU As An Assistant Coach

April 23, 2012
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

April 23, 2012

NORFOLK, VA--ODU head basketball coach Blaine Taylor announced today the John Richardson will return to the Monarch program as an assistant coach after two seasons at Virginia Tech.

"John Richardson will be joining our basketball staff at ODU. We have been working to re-organize our staff, and are currently putting the pieces together but at this time really not at liberty to speculate too much. But the end result, I believe people will find to be very positive." - ODU Head coach Blaine Taylor

Richardson, the 2004 and 2005 Virginia High School Coaches Association AAA State Coach of the Year at Woodside High, went to Virginia Tech after spending the previous five seasons at Old Dominion University. At ODU, he was an assistant coach the last two seasons after serving as ODU's first Director of Basketball Operations in his first three seasons.

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.

From 1996 until his hiring at ODU, he served as an assistant coach for the Virginia Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) 17-under all-star traveling team in the Boo Williams program, 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.

John and his wife Leah welcomed their first child, John IV on December 16, 2009. John has a son, Devon, who is a sophomore at Norfolk State University.