New Full-Time Assistant Brings 25+ Years of Collegiate Coaching Experience to GW
Jeffrey Richards joined the GW gymnastics program as an assistant coach in July 2013.
In his first season, Richards played a key role in the Colonials setting a pair of program records in 2014. GW set new team records with scores of 49.225 on vault and 49.20 on uneven bars.
Richards has more than 26 years of collegiate coaching experience across Divisions I, II and III. Prior to arriving at GW he was the head women's gymnastics coach at Utah State University from 2008-13. Following the 2011 season, Richards was named the NCAA Division I National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches North Central Region Co-Head Coach of the Year.
Under Richards' leadership, the Aggies posted the highest uneven bar score (49.35) in team history in 2012 while finishing first in the event at the Western Athletic Conference Championships in 2013. He also coached 18 student-athletes who earned Academic All-WAC honors a total of 32 times, while nine Utah State gymnasts earned various All-WAC honors a total of 13 times. USU also had 11 student-athletes compete at NCAA Regionals 19 times over the past five years.
Prior to his tenure at Utah State, Richards was an assistant coach at the University of Iowa, where he garnered the 2008 North Central Regional Assistant Coach of the Year honors after serving as the Hawkeyes' main uneven bars coach and spotter for all four events.
Richards also served as head coach at Winona State University (2004-05) and University of Wisconsin-Stout (1998-04), in addition to seven years as an assistant coach at Southern Utah (1991-98). While at Wisconsin-Stout, Richards was a two-time Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Head Coach of the Year (2000, 2001) and the 2000 National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Head Coach of the Year.
A 1995 graduate of Southern Utah, Richards earned his bachelor's degree in physical education.