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Richardson hired as head coach of Towson WBB

Diane Richardson has been named the 10th head coach of the Towson women’s basketball program.

Less than a week after Niki Reid Geckeler resigned as head coach of the Towson Tigers women’s basketball team, Diane Richardson has been named the program’s new head coach. Richardson will become the 10th head coach in program history.

“It is an honor to be named the new head coach of the Towson University women’s basketball program,” Richardson said. “I’ve lived in this community most of my life and witnessed the tremendous growth in the University and the athletics program. I’ve celebrated with teams in the past years as a community supporter, but I am now proud to call this ‘my university’. I look forward to adding to the tradition of community and championships.”

Richardson was most recently an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator at West Virginia University during the 2016-17 season. They went 23-10 in the Big 12 Conference and finished their season in the second round of the NCAA Tournament as a No. 5 seed.

Richardson helped recruit a class to West Virginia that is ranked No. 17 by ESPNW. She also aided in the development of three All-Big 12 Conference honors.

Before the year in Morgantown, Richardson was a four-year assistant coach at George Washington University. There too she was responsible for player development, scouting, recruiting, player and community relationships, and on-the-floor game strategies. The Colonials saw an 11-win improvement with Richardson and set a school record with 29 victories in just her second year. They won two Atlantic 10 regular season and conference tournament championships in 2015 and 2016 and made an appearance in the WNIT in 2014.

Richardson was formerly the head coach at high school girls basketball powerhouse Riverdale Baptist High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. She was there from 2001-2006 and again from 2009-2012. She was 234-32 there and coached multiple players who ended up going to Towson, including Dominique Johnson, who went on to become a 1,000-point scorer for the Tigers.

Richardson also had stints as an assistant coach at Maryland and American University. The Terps went 33-4 and were a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament when she was there. She coached eventual WNBA All-Stars Crystal Langhorn, Marissa Coleman, and Kristi Tolliver.

“I’m extremely excited to welcome Diane to Towson,” Director of Athletics Tim Leonard said. “She has deep ties to the area (time at George Washington, Maryland, American and Riverdale Baptist H.S.) and I believe that will go a long way to help us further our vision to become Greater Baltimore’s premier collegiate brand. Her ability to recruit and develop talent, particularly in the DMV area, will help her build a winning program at Towson. I was extremely impressed with our pool of candidates for this position, but Diane separated herself through her experience winning at all levels and the strong degree of professionalism that you would expect from someone with her business background. I can’t wait to see her help our Tigers achieve that success as well.”

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