"Book" Richardson, 39, has quickly established himself as one of the finest recruiters in college basketball.
Now in his sixth season as a member of Sean Miller's coaching staff, Richardson joined the Arizona basketball family in the spring of 2009.
His efforts in building and strengthening UA's recruiting ties across the country has helped Arizona land a top-10 recruiting class in 2011, a top-five class in 2012 and rapidly construct strong classes in the future.
Richardson spent two seasons at Xavier (2007-09) before his arrival in Tucson, where the Musketeers rolled to 57 wins, two conference titles and a pair of deep NCAA Tournament runs. XU posted a school-record 30 wins and advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight in his debut in 2007-08.
Prior to Xavier, Richardson was the Director of Basketball for the New York Gauchos/Teamwork Foundation in the Bronx, N.Y., from 2005-07. He also served as an assistant coach at St. Raymond's High School for Boys in 2004 and was the head coach for ninth and 10th-grade players in the New York Gauchos system in 2003.
Richardson's U-18 red team captured the gold medal at the 2007 USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival, making him the youngest coach ever to win the event, and the first AAU coach to be selected by USA Basketball as a festival head coach.
Richardson was an assistant coach at Marist College in 2004-05, where he coordinated the Red Foxes' recruiting, scouting and individual work outs, focusing on guard play and offensive skill development. He spent three seasons as an assistant at Monroe College, an NJCAA program in the Bronx. His 2002-03 club went 31-3, won the Region 15 and District 3 titles and finished fifth at the NJCAA national tournament in Hutchinson, Kan.
A 1998 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown with a bachelor's degree in business marketing and management, Richardson's coaching career began at his alma mater as the associate head coach in 1999. He helped lead the NCAA Division II Mountain Cats to a 23-4 record, the best in school history.
A native of the Bronx, N.Y., Richardson and his wife, Erin, have three children, daughters Chassidy and Sere, and son E.J.