Lamar Barrett and John Richardson join the Monarchs staff
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John Richardson returns to the Monarch program as an assistant coach after two seasons at Virginia Tech.
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 have two children, their first John IV, born on December 16, 2009, and their second child, Michael on May 4, 2012. John has a son, Devon, who is a sophomore at Norfolk State University.