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Ross Richardson is in his second season as an assistant coach with the Ohio State men's track and field team. Richardson arrived at Ohio State from the University of Virginia and has previous ties to the Big Ten, having spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Purdue from 2005-10.
In his first season with the Buckeyes Richardson helped freshman javelin thrower Billy Stanley to First Team All-America honors and a fourth-place finish at the NCAA outdoor championships. Under Richardson's direction Stanley also won a Big Ten outdoor championship while setting the all-time Big Ten meet record with his throw of 75.23 meters (246-10.00). Freshman hammer thrower Joseph Velez also enjoyed tremendous success in Richardson's first season, placing fifth at the Big Ten outdoor meet.
Richardson primarily works with the throwers at Ohio State. He has coached 12 All-Americans and 22 NCAA championship qualifiers throughout his career. At Virginia his throws squad broke six school records, sent three athletes to the NCAA championships, had two Second Team All-Americans and scored 68 points at the ACC outdoor conference meet. Richardson also had one of his javelin throwers compete at the Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore.
Prior to his time at Virginia, Richardson spent a year at Miami (Ohio) University after five seasons at Purdue. Eight Boilermakers earned Big Ten championships under Richardson's lead at Purdue. In 2007 Richardson was honored with Mideast Region Women's Throws Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track& Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Before his arrival at Purdue, Richardson spent a season as an assistant coach at Sacramento State University. From 2000 to 2004 he coached at Western Illinois University and prior to that he spent three seasons at Garden City (Kan.) Community College from 1997-2000.
A native of Mount Carroll, Ill., Richardson graduated from Monmouth College in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in sociology. In 1992 Richardson completed his teaching certificate from Western Illinois.
As a student-athlete at Monmouth he earned All-America honors in both track and field and football. In the fall of 2003, Richardson was inducted into the Monmouth College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Richardson is a certified USATF Level II coach in the throws and jumps, as well as being a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Richardson Coaching Career
2012-Present: Assistant coach, Ohio State
2011-12: Assistant coach, Virginia
2010-11: Assistant coach, Miami (OH)
2005-10: Assistant coach, Purdue
2004-05: Assistant coach, Sacramento State
2000-04: Assistant coach, Western Illinois
1997-00: Assistant coach, Garden City (Kan.) Community College
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