Dave Richardson joined the Ohio State staff in 2005 after spending the previous five years as an assistant strength trainer at the University of Miami (Fla.). He is in his 13th season at Ohio State.
Prior to working with the men's basketball team at Miami, Richardson worked for six seasons as the head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Before his stint at Louisiana-Monroe, Richardson served five years as head strength and conditioning coach at Nicholls State University. Two of the seasons at Nicholls State he served as the head track and field coach.
The Monroe, La., native also worked as the strength and conditioning coach for Central America's Davis Cup tennis team in 1991.
Richardson, who earned a bachelor's degree in health and human performance in 1989 and a master's degree in exercise science in 1990 from Louisiana-Monroe, has a strong background in power lifting. In 1984 he won the Alaska powerlifting state championship and was crowned the Louisiana state powerlifting champion in 1986 and 1987.
In 1985 and 1986 he was the ArkLaMiss champion and was listed among the Powerlifting USA Top 100. In addition, Richardson served five years in the Army and was a member of the All-Army powerlifting team.
As an undergrad, Richardson was a student assistant on the ULM strength staff. Richardson, his wife, Amanda, and son David, reside in Columbus. His daughter Megan is a teacher in Louisiana.