PITTSBURGH (pacathletics.org)–Chatham University has named David Richards, a New Castle native and Westminster College graduate, as its head men’s basketball coach.
Richards, a four-year letter winner at PAC member school Westminster College, graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in financial economics. He served as team captain for the Titans as a senior, starting 22 games and leading the team in assists with 96. He also averaged 6.3 points per game. Richards was part of a Westminster team that claimed the PAC title in 2007.
“After a strong nationwide search, we feel that David is the right person to guide our program to success,” said Chatham Director of Athletics Leonard Trevino. “His enthusiasm is contagious and he is extremely well prepared. Coach Richards understands the type of student-athlete that will be successful at Chatham. He knows that excellence isn’t just a goal we strive for but a habit that we want all our student-athletes to exhibit in everything they do.”
Richards joins Chatham after two years as the assistant men’s basketball coach at NCAA Division II Merrimack College. Upon arriving at Merrimack two years ago, Richards was instrumental in guiding the program to one of its best two-year runs in school history. The Warriors won a combined 39 games since Richards joined head coach Joe Gallo’s staff, and have earned berths to consecutive Division II Championship tournaments – the ninth and 10th overall in school history. Richards aided the development of all-conference selections Juvaris Hayes and Ryan Boulter, with the former reaching 1,000 career points in just two years as a Warrior and the latter needing just two points this fall to join his teammate as one of 45 players at Merrimack to score 1,000 collegiate points. Hayes was named an All-American in 2017-18, becoming the 10th Warrior ever to earn the honor.
Richards arrived at Merrimack by way of NCAA Division I Robert Morris University, spending a total of six seasons with the Colonials. At RMU, Richards was responsible for all of the day-to-day operations of the program, including travel, meals and general assignments.
In 2014-15, Robert Morris finished with an overall record of 20-15 (.571), including a mark of 12-6 (.667) in the Northeast Conference (NEC). The Colonials claimed their league-high eighth NEC Tournament title and subsequent bid to the Division I Championship tournament. Prior to returning to RMU, Richards spent the 2013-14 campaign as an assistant coach at West Virginia Wesleyan University. The Tigers finished with an overall record of 20-12 (.625), including a mark of 15-8 (.652) in the Mountain East Conference.
Richards spent four years at Robert Morris in his first stint with the program (2009-2013), serving as the program’s video coordinator (2009-2011), followed by two years as the director of basketball operations from (2011-2013). During this time he earned his master’s degree in business administration (MBA).
Overall during Richards’ tenure with the Colonials, RMU posted a record of 111-63 (.638), including a mark of 66-24 (.733) in league play. During that span the Colonials appeared in two Division I Championship tournaments (2010, 2015), the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) and the 2013 National Invitation Tournament (NIT).
Richards has also spent time at various basketball camps throughout the region, serving as a counselor at the Westminster Basketball Camp from 2006 to 2008 and the Robert Morris, Drill 4 Skills Select and Hoop Group Elite Camps in 2009.
Story contributed by the Chatham University sports information office
to #22 Dave Richards, another former Titan excelling in the coaching ranks! Congrats on your new position and good luck…except when you play the Titans, of course!