CINCINNATI --- Xavier University head coach Chris Mack announced today that Kareem Richardson has been hired to fill the assistant coach vacancy on his Musketeer staff. Richardson, 36, comes to Xavier from Drake University, where he has been the head assistant coach for the past three seasons. He has also served on staffs at UMKC, Evansville Indiana State, Wright State and Indianapolis.
"I am excited to announce the hiring of our newest assistant coach, Kareem Richardson," said Mack. "As I poured through emails, phone calls and text messages it became clear Kareem was the right fit for our staff at Xavier. He knows the game, he can teach the game and he is a leader. Kareem is as well rounded and as hungry of a coach as I could find."
"My family and I are truly excited about the opportunity to join Coach Mack and be a part of the Xavier family," said Richardson. "Xavier has a tremendous basketball tradition. I'm eager to help with continued growth of the Xavier program."
Richardson has been ranked as one of the top assistants in college basketball according to the basketball website www.collegeinsider.com.
Richardson earned a reputation as a top-level recruiter during his time at Drake, serving as recruiting coordinator and helping head coach Mark Phelps secure the number one rated recruited class in the Missouri Valley Conference in two out his three years. In his first year as assistant coach at Drake, Richardson helped lead the Bulldogs to post-season play during the 2008-09 season, in the inaugural CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
Prior to Drake, Richardson was the top assistant with the UMKC men's basketball program for the 2007-08 season. Richardson served as an assistant coach at his alma mater Evansville from 2003-07, one season (2002-03) at Wright State, as well as a stint at Indiana State (1999-2002). Richardson's coaching career began at the University of Indianapolis from 1997-99.
Richardson helped Indiana State enjoy some tremendous success. In 2000, he helped the Sycamores reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the Larry Bird era in the late 1970s. A year later in 2001, Indiana State topped No. 4 seed Oklahoma to advance to the second round of the NCAAs.
As a player, Richardson played in an NCAA Tournament as a freshman at East Carolina University. He then transferred to Evansville in 1995 and quickly established himself as the Purple Aces' top point guard.
Richardson, who was a team captain, was selected to the Missouri Valley Conference all-academic team in both 1996 and 1997. In 1996, he was also a member of the MVC all-underrated team.
Richardson, who was born August 8, 1974 in Tacoma, Wash., graduated from Evansville with a degree in telecommunication in 1997 and received his MBA from the University of Indianapolis in 1999. He and his wife, Greta, have three children, Jasmiyn, Amari and Andre.