Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
John Richardson
Assistant Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach
Hometown: Lewiston, N.C.
Alma Mater: Elizabeth City State University
Graduating Year: 1995
Phone: (757) 683-3362

Richardson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education with a minor in Biology in 1995 at Elizabeth City State University, and a Master’s of Science degree in Sports Management in 2003, at Old Dominion University.


From August 2008 to the present, Richardson has been an assistant basketball coach with Old Dominion University and Virginia Polytechnic and State University (2010-2012). In this capacity he has been a recruiter, evaluating and recruiting quality student-athletes. 2. He has extensive experience in basketball skill development. 3. Responsible for scouting analysis- breaking down opponents’ offense and defense providing highlight tapes and scouting reports. 4. Practice preparation and on court teaching drills and game strategies for court success. 5. Community Media Relations and Marketing liaison and Strength and Conditioning liaison. 6. The academic liaison being responsible for the player matriculation process, academic meetings, and study hall.


  • From August 2005-August 2008 during a reorganization at Old Dominion University, Richardson was named the first Director of Basketball Operations. In this role he managed the complete administrative operations of the entire basketball program. This included the following: building community and media marketing development relationships, liaison for ongoing community outreach and coordinating of summer camps, providing support for the video editing and statistical breakdown of practice and competition, supporting the enhancement of student athlete academic performance and welfare, working very closely with the Director of Finance to manage the financial program budget, and worked in conjunction with the Head Basketball and the Assistant Athletic Director to ensure proper scheduling for all events.


Over the past 14 years Richardson has recruited and developed student-athletes that have achieved academic and athletic accolades of success, all of which are a reflection of his leadership, loyalty, honor and commitment to excellence, and earned him an induction into the Dr. Ashby Kilgore Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014. The players that he has developed, nurtured, and recruited are noted below:


Individual Player Recognition Award

2008- Scholar Athlete of the Year (Jonathan Adams); Defensive Player of the Year (Brandon Johnson)

2009 & 2010- All CAA & All Academic (Trian Iliadis)

2010 & 2011 All-CAA First Team- (Gerald Lee)

2010 All CAA First Team- (Ben Finney)

2011 All CAA First Team – (Frank Hassell)

2011 & 2012 All CAA- (Kent Bazemore)

2011 All ACC First Team – (Malcolm Delaney)

2012 All CAA (Chris Cooper), All ACC Second Team (Erick Green); All ACC Rookie First Team- (Dorian Finney Smith); All ACC Academic Team- (Jarrell Eddie)

2015 & 2016 All C-USA First Team (Trey Freeman)

2017 All C-USA Third Team (Ahmad Caver)

2018 All C-USA First Team (Ahmad Caver)

2018 All C-USA Third Team (B. J. Stith)

Team Accomplishments

2016 Vegas 16 Champions (Old Dominion Men’s Basketball 25-13)

2015 NIT Semifinalist (Old Dominion Men’s Basketball 27-8)

2011 NIT Participant (Virginia Tech Men’s Basketball 22-12)

2010 NCAA Participant (Old Dominion University Men’s Basketball 27-9)

2010 CAA Conference Champions (Old Dominion University Men’s Basketball)

2009 CIT Champions

2008 CBI Tournament 2nd Round, 2014 Semifinalist

2007 NCAA Participant (24-9)

2006 NIT Semifinalist

2004 & 2005 Virginia High School Coaches Association AAA State Coach of the Year (John W. Richardson, III)

2004 Associate Press Coach of the Year (John W. Richardson, III)

2004 & 2005 VHSL AAA State Championships (Coach John W. Richardson, III)

2004 & 2005 Eastern Regional Championships (Coach John W. Richardson, III)


John has three children, Devon, John IV and Michael.