Scott Richardson
Scott Richardson

8th Season

Entering his eighth year with the Army cross country and track and field programs, Scott Richardson serves as the associate head coach and is the most tenured full-time coach on Jerry Quiller's staff.

Richardson has impacted the Army programs in a very positive way. Since arriving at the Academy, he has coached 20 men to 46 Patriot League individual titles and has mentored 16 women to 35 conference crowns.

In Richardson's seven-plus years with the Army track and field program, he has coached school records in 14 events. He has also coached athletes responsible for establishing Patriot League conference records in the men's 200, the men's indoor and outdoor 4x400 relay, the men's 4x100 relay, the women's 4x100 relay, the women's 60 meter dash, the women's 200 meters and the women's indoor and outdoor long jump. Richardson has led 18 athletes to All-East honors in nine sprint events in his brief tenure.

His pole vaulters have won 10 conference championships, including Christian Bowen and Chad Klascius, who also earned All-East status. Richardson helped lead senior Ryan Keaton to three straight Patriot League titles (2003, 2004 and 2005), and earn three successive trips to the NCAA East Regionals.

One of Richardson's most compelling achievements as a coach is that in his seven previous seasons working with the Black Knights, he has coached conference champions in each event he coaches.

A 1994 graduate of the University of Indianapolis (BS- Education and Pre-Law), Richardson has established himself as a first-class recruiter. As recruiting coordinator for both the track and field and cross country programs, Richardson has brought in track stars from all across the country, including track and field hotbeds such as Florida, California and Texas.

After serving one year as an assistant coach at Indianapolis, Richardson moved up to the Division I level when he accepted an assistant coaching position while working on his master's degree in Physical Education. During his two years at EKU, Richardson assisted with four Ohio Valley Conference championship teams and coached Arnold Payne to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (45.51) and All-American honors. Later that season, Payne set a Zimbabwe national record and earned a spot on the Zimbabwe national team, competing in the 1995 World Championships in Gotenberg, Sweden.

In 1996-97, at the age of 25, he took over as the head coach at Texas-Pan American, becoming the youngest Division I head coach in the nation. There, he guided the women's and men's teams to first- and third-place finishes in the Sun-Belt Conference - their best performances ever. Four women earned all-conference honors in cross country during his tenure and the women's team secured a win at the prestigious University of Texas' Longhorn Invitational. Richardson was named the league's women's cross country "Coach of the Year" in 1997.

In 2004, Richardson coached a pair of Army coaches to national and international success. He guided Joe Mendel to a sixth-place finish in the 400 meters at the World Indoor Championships, and helped Danielle Hobson earn a berth to the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 400 hurdles.

Prior to arrving at West Point, Richardson served as an assistant coach at Indiana, tutoring the Hoosiers' men's and women's horizontal jumpers.

Richardson currently resides in Highland Falls, N.Y.

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