Scott Richardson Named Assistant Track and Field Coach
Aug. 19, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-- Hobart, Ind., native Scott Richardson, who served as a volunteer coach with the Indiana track and field team in 1997 and has spent the last seven years at Army, has been named assistant track and field coach at Indiana, director of track and field, Randy Heisler announced on Friday, Aug. 19. Richardson will serve as the Hoosier's pole vaulters/multi-events coach.
"We are thrilled to have Scott join us," Heisler said. "He has strong ties to the state of Indiana and has succeeded at every place he has worked. We wanted someone hardworking and very dedicated to the sport of track and field. Scott is all of those things and more. We are really looking forward to having him join our staff and work with out student-athletes."
Richardson is a familiar face in the state of Indiana, as he attended the University of Indianapolis, the same university Heisler attended. A 1994 graduate, Richardson graduated with a bachelor's of science in education and pre-law.
"I am very excited to join one of the top track and field programs in the nation," Richardson said. "My time at Army was very special to me, but I feel like this is an opportunity I could not pass up. Indiana has a very strong tradition, and I am honored to become part of a great staff. I really respect all the coaches that are here, and I am looking forward to making a contribution to such a wonderful track and field program."
At West Point, he coached 24 men to 50 Patriot League individual titles and mentored 18 women to 37 conference crowns. Richardson has also helped athletes responsible for establishing Patriot League conference records in the men's 200m, the men's indoor and outdoor 4x400m relay, the men's 4x100m relay, the women's 4x100 relay, the women's 60m, the women's 200m and the women's indoor and outdoor long jump.
His pole vaulters at Army won 11 conference championships, including Christian Bowen and Chad Klascius, who also earned All-East status. Richardson helped lead Ryan Keaton to three straight Patriot League titles (2003, 2004 and 2005), and earn three successive trips to the NCAA East Regionals.
After serving one year as an assistant coach at Indianapolis, Richardson moved up to the Division I level when he accepted an assistant coaching position while working on his master's degree in physical education at Eastern Kentucky University. During his two years at EKU, Richardson assisted with four Ohio Valley Conference championship teams and coached Arnold Payne to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (45.51) and All-American honors. Later that season, Payne set a Zimbabwe national record and earned a spot on the Zimbabwe national team, competing in the 1995 World Championships in Gotenberg, Sweden.
In 1996-97, at the age of 25, he took over as the head coach at Texas-Pan American, becoming the youngest Division I head coach in the nation. There, he guided the women's and men's teams to first- and third-place finishes in the Sun-Belt Conference - their best performances ever. Four women earned all-conference honors in cross country during his tenure and the women's team secured a win at the prestigious University of Texas Longhorn Invitational. Richardson earned the league's women's cross country Coach of the Year in 1997.
Richardson's accomplishments extend outside of the U.S. as well. In 2004, he guided Joe Mendel to a sixth-place finish in the 400 meters at the World Indoor Championships, and helped Danielle Hobson earn a berth to the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 400 hurdles.
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