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Information on Saturday's Auburn Invitational at the Birmingham Crossplex
Tiger Track Classic on Saturday, April 7, 2012 in Auburn, AL. Missy Hazeldine
Scott Richardson is in his eighth season as assistant track and field coach and recruiting coordinator for the Tigers. Richardson coaches Auburn's vertical jumps, multi events and assists head coach Ralph Spry with the men's sprinters.
Since his arrival at Auburn, his athletes have earned 10 All-American Honors, while two athletes were named academic All-Americans, and seven athletes have captured SEC Titles. During his career, Richardson coached athletes have won 115 individual conference championships.
Under the guidance of Richardson, three high jumpers qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2012. Additionally, Monica Carney (indoor) earned her first All-America honor and Maya Pressley became an All-American for the fourth time. Joining Carney and Pressley at the NCAA championships was men's high jumper D.J. Smith.
In 2008, Richardson coached Raevan Harris to All-American honors and an Auburn school record with a clearance of 6' 2- ¼". In 2010, another Richardson-coached athlete, Pressley, made history by becoming the first woman in Auburn school history to win an SEC championship as a true freshman. Pressley also successfully defended her title during the 2011 campaign. Richardson has mentored three athletes to U.S. Junior Championship titles and several of his athletes have gone on to compete at the U.S. Championships, Olympic Trials, and World Championships.
During each of his years at Auburn, Richardson has also spearheaded the recruiting efforts that have brought several highly-touted newcomers to The Plains, including the 2010 recruiting class ranked in the top five nationally by Track & Field News. Richardson played an integral role in the recruiting of four sprinters (Keenan Brock, Michael Dehaven, Jeremy Hardy and Marcus Rowland) that set the Auburn record and recorded the fastest 4x100-meter relay mark in the NCAA with a time of 38.30 seconds in 2012.
Prior to his move to Auburn, Richardson spent the previous seven years as associate head coach at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where his teams won 15 indoor and outdoor conference championships. He coached 24 men to 50 Patriot League individual titles and mentored 18 women to 37 conference crowns. Richardson also helped athletes responsible for establishing conference records in the men's indoor and outdoor 4x400m relay, the men's and women's 4x100m relay, the women's 60m, indoor and outdoor 200m and the indoor and outdoor long jump. On four occasions, the Army coaching staff was voted tops in the league. While at West Point, Richardson also coached one of his post-collegiate athletes, Joe Mendel, to a spot on the U.S. World Championship team in the men's 400m where he made the finals, finishing sixth in the 400m and also running a leg on the US 4x400m Relay in Budapest, Hungary.
His pole vaulters at Army won 11 conference championships, and three earned All-East honors. Richardson helped lead the West Point vault crew to three- straight Patriot League titles (2003, 2004 and 2005) and three successive trips to the NCAA Preliminaries and coached 18 sprinters to All-East accolades. All totaled, his sprinters and jumpers set fifteen school records and eight conference records, many of which still stand today. All the while, his men's and women's teams averaged over a 3.0 GPA in an incredibly challenging academic environment.
Richardson, who graduated from the University of Indianapolis in 1994 with a bachelor's of science in education and criminal justice/pre-law, served as an assistant coach at Indianapolis in 1994, before moving 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 (1995-96), Richardson assisted with four Ohio Valley Conference championship teams and coached Arnold Payne to All-American honors and a fifth-place finish at the 1995 NCAA Outdoor Championships (45.51). Later that year under Richardson's tutelage, 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, at the age of 25, Richardson took over as head coach at the University of Texas-Pan American, becoming the youngest Division I head coach in the country. There, he guided the women's and men's cross country programs to unprecedented heights, garnering first and third place finishes in the Sun Belt Conference. For his efforts, Richardson was voted by his coaching colleagues as the 1997 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year. He then returned to his home state to serve as an assistant coach at Indiana University under U.S. Olympic Coach, Sam Bell, before taking his post at Army to work with another U.S. Olympic Coach, Jerry Quiller. Richardson credits his coaching successes to his coaching mentors over the years and also his leadership experiences during his seven plus years at West Point.
Richardson is married to the former Carmen Mann, herself a former four-time All-American track athlete, who works in the Auburn athletics department as a liaison for international student-athletes. The couple has a four-year-old daughter, Olivia Renee, and are actively involved as foster parents in Lee County.