Richardson is in his fifth season back with the basketball Monarchs and his tenth season overall at ODU after serving as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech from 2010-12. During his tenure, the Monarchs have had three NCAA appearances, a CIT postseason championship, a Vegas 16 postseason championship and both NIT and CBI semifinal appearances.
In 2015-16, Old Dominion won the inaugural Vegas 16 Tournament, while compiling 25 wins and winning 15 of its last 18 contests. The Monarchs fell just two points shy of punching their ticket to the NCAA Tournament, losing a 55-53 heartbreaker to Middle Tennessee in the Conference USA Championship.
Richardson helped Trey Freeman earn First Team All Conference USA honors for the second straight season, while leading the C-USA in scoring, averaging 22.1 points per game, which ranked No. 11 in the country. Freeman also led the entire country in made field goals with 323.
Also in 2016, forward Brandan Stith was named to the Conference USA All-Defensive Team, while teammate Zoran Talley was named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team.
Over the past two seasons, Richardson has helped lead Old Dominion to 52 wins, which ranks in the top 20 nationally.
In 2014-15, Richardson helped guide ODU to the NIT Semifinals after the squad secured victories over Charleston Southern, Illinois State and Murray State in the opening rounds. The Monarchs posted a 27-8 overall record on the year and completed a perfect 20-0 season mark at the Ted Constant Center. The team is still currently riding a 24-game win streak that ranks seventh in NCAA Division I Basketball.
In his first stint with the Monarchs from 2005-09, he was an assistant coach for two seasons after serving as ODU’s first Director of Basketball Operations for three years. ODU reached the NIT in 2005-06 and claimed three postseason wins over Colorado, Manhattan and Hofstra. Richardson then helped guide Old Dominion to the NCAA Tournament in 2006-07.
The 2004 and 2005 Virginia High School Coaches Association AAA State Coach of the Year, 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 the Peninsula District Tournament Championships in 2005 and in 2002 when Richardson was an assistant coach. He 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 letterman at Elizabeth City State.
John and his wife Leah have three children, John IV, Michael and Devon.