HEAD COACH DIANE RICHARDSON
Diane Richardson, who brings 16 years of women’s basketball coaching experience, has been named the 10th head coach in Towson University women’s basketball program history.
“I’m extremely excited to welcome Diane to Towson,” said Tim Leonard, Director of Athletics. “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.”
“It is an honor to be named the new head coach of the Towson University women’s basketball program,” said Richardson. “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. There she helped with player development, scouting, game strategies and preparation. In her role as the recruiting coordinator, she implemented and supervised recruiting strategies which led the Mountaineers’ 2017 recruiting class being ranked No. 17 by ESPNW. Richardson helped West Virginia win its first Big 12 Conference Championship this past season as the Mountaineers defeated Oklahoma, Texas and No. 2 Baylor to claim the title. West Virginia advanced to the NCAA Tournament where the Mountaineers defeated Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Champion Elon before falling to Maryland. Richardson played a key role in the development of Tynice Martin, Lanay Montgomery and Teana Muldrow, all of whom earned All-Big 12 Conference accolades.
Prior to her time in Morgantown, Richardson spent four years as an assistant coach at George Washington University. There she was responsible for player development, scouting, recruiting, player relations and community relations and on the floor game strategies. Richardson helped the Colonials improve their win total from 11 wins to a school record 29 wins after just two seasons. George Washington captured a pair of Atlantic 10 regular season and conference tournament championships. Richardson and the Colonials made a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in 2015 and 2016 and an appearance in the WNIT Tournament in 2014. Richardson also played a key role in the development of Jonquel Jones, one of the most decorated players in George Washington history and current WNBA star. She also coached four all conference players, four all-tournament players and the A-10 Tournament MVP in back-to-back years.
Richardson had two successful stints as the head coach at Riverdale Baptist High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. She served as the head coach from 2001-06 and again from 2009-12 and during that time was responsible for all aspects of building and maintaining the nationally ranked program. Riverdale Baptist won five National Championships during Richardson’s tenure and was ranked among the USA Today Top 10 in five of her eight years. She posted a 234-32 record and coached many talented players including Towson alum Dominique Johnson, who went on to become a 1,000 point scorer for the Tigers. Richardson was named the 2005 National High School Coach of the Year and also earned district and regional coach of the year accolades from the WBCA. She also organized an academic enrichment program which raised the team overall GPA to 3.6.
In between her stints at Riverdale Baptist, Richardson spent time as an assistant coach at the University of Maryland and American University.
At Maryland she helped the Terrapins post a 33-4 record and earn the number one seed for the NCAA Tournament. Richardson played a key role in the development of Crystal Langhorne, Marissa Coleman and Kristi Tolliver, all of whom became WNBA All-Stars.
At American Richardson served as the team liaison with academic services, compliance and marketing. She presented an in-depth plan and process for facilities use for a building occupied by four other sports, university events and academic services. Richardson helped establish the first team camp and worked with marketing, media relations and development to set the attendance record for a single women’s game.
Richardson earned her master’s degree in management from Central Michigan in 1984. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Frostburg State. Richardson was the NCAA regional field goal percentage leader as a freshman in 1976. She also ran track at Frostburg and was the 1979 NCAA regional champion in the 200 and 400 meter races. She earned a spot on the 1980 US Olympic team, which did not compete in the games.
Richardson also has an extensive business background. She was the founder and C.O.O. for the American Security Companies. Richardson also served as the Vice President of the National Neighborhood Lending Marketing Team for Bank of America. She also served as the President and C.E.O. of RCI Financial for several years.