Cummings, Farmer, Matthews, Prange Comprise Top Recruiting Class in A-10
GW (10-9, 4-2 A-10) vs. La Salle (14-6, 4-3 A-10) | Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | Charles E. Smith Center | 2 p.m.
Men's and Women's Basketball Games, Tailgate Party, Title IX Celebration Highlight Weekend
Local Products will be Eligible Following Fall 2013 Semester
Colonials Add Two Guards, One Post Player During Early Signing Period
Diane Richardson joined the Colonials' staff as an assistant coach in June 2012. Richardson is a Maryland native who brings with her a history of great success at the high school level.
"I am very excited to add Diane Richardson to my staff as an assistant coach," head coach Jonathan Tsipis said at the time of Coach Richardson's hiring. "I have known Coach Richardson for a long time as a high school head coach and college assistant, and she has always coached at a championship level. Diane shares my vision in making the DMV our top priority in recruiting here at GW. Most importantly, I know Coach Richardson will inspire our current players to grow on and off the court, making their experience at GW among the nation's best."
Coach Richardson's primary responsibilities with the Colonials include working with the wing players, as well as recruiting, player relations, community relations and on-floor coaching.
"I am truly honored to join Jonathan Tsipis' staff at GW," Coach Richardson said. "Jonathan understands what it takes to be successful and is a proven winner. I have known him over the years, and he has a true passion to teach the game. I love what the future holds for GW women's basketball and me as we continue to grow together."
GW improved its win total in each of her first two seasons at GW. After helping the Colonials to its first A-10 Championship victory since 2008 in her first season in Foggy Bottom, the squad went one step farther in 2013-14, posting its most wins (23) since 2008, tying for second in the Atlantic 10 standings and advancing to the A-10 semifinals and the third round of the WNIT, also earning its first postseason victories since 2008.
Coach Richardson has logged over 20 years of coaching experience, including two previous years at the collegiate level. She spent the 2006-07 season at American University, helping the Eagles reach the Patriot League title game, then was on the sidelines at the University of Maryland in 2007-08 when the Terps earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Elite Eight.
While at American, Coach Richardson was responsible for monitoring the team's academics, and the Eagles posted the highest team GPA in the Patriot League. At Maryland, she worked with the perimeter players, including All-Americans and current WNBA standouts Crystal Langhorne, Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver.
Most of Coach Richardson's success on the sidelines, however, came as head coach of Riverdale Baptist High School in Upper Marlboro, Md., where she coached 12 All-Americans and 42 Division I student-athletes. In her eight years at the helm, both before and after her previous stints at the collegiate level, Coach Richardson guided the Crusaders to a 234-32 overall record and five national championships.
In 2012, the Crusaders were national champions of both the National Association of Christian Athletes (NACA) and the National High School Invitational (NHSI) and earned a No. 6 ranking in the final POWERADE FAB 50 Girls' Basketball national rankings, and Coach Richardson was named the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) District High School Coach of the Year. In addition, she was chosen to coach in the WBCA All-America game in Denver in March.
In the summer of 2011, Coach Richardson was one of four coaches to tour Russia with 20 high school boys and girls basketball players as part of an exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with USA Basketball.
Before making her first jump to the collegiate ranks, Coach Richardson was named the 2005 Black Coaches Association National Coach of the Year after leading the Crusaders to a No. 2 national ranking by USA Today. In addition, she guided Riverdale Baptist to the NACA national title in 2006, en route to garnering WBCA Regional Coach of the Year honors. Her squads won the 2003 and 2004 Association of Christian Schools International national crown and were runners-up in 2002. Moreover, she was the head coach of the USA Red Team which won the bronze medal at the 2005 Youth Development Festival.
Coach Richardson was the executive director and coach of the Beltway Lady Cougars AAU team in Lanham, Md., from 1991-2000. The Lady Cougars were voted the No. 1 girls basketball program in the nation and reached the AAU National Elite Eight four times.
Earning her master's degree in management and finance from Central Michigan University in 1984, Richardson has an extensive background in business management. She founded RCI Financial in Lanham, Md., in 1984, serving as president and CEO of the company until 2003, as well as American Security Companies in Lanham, Md., in 2008, where she serves as Chief Operating Officer. In 1995, Richardson was named Fox 5's Woman of the Year.
Coach Richardson earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Frostburg State University in 1980, lettering in both basketball and track and field. She was the NCAA's regional field goal percentage leader as a freshman in 1976 and was the 1979 NCAA regional champion in the 200 and 400 meter races, earning a spot as a qualifier on the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, which did not compete in the Games.
Richardson and her husband, Larry, have four children - Dana (29), Larry "Donnie" II (24), Jonquel (20) and Michael (16).