Kareem Richardson was named assistant coach at Drake University on May
19, 2008 after spending the previous season as the top assistant with the UMKC
men's basketball program.
Richardson is no stranger to the Missouri Valley Conference, having served as
an assistant coach at Evansville from 2003-07, as well as Indiana State
"Kareem has extensive experience as a player and a coach in the Missouri
Valley Conference," said Drake head coach Mark Phelps. "He also
demonstrated a true commitment to academic excellence as a student at the
University of Evansville.
Richardson has been ranked as one of the top 25 Mid-Major
assistants in college basketball according to the basketball website www.collegeinsider.com.
The list was compiled to honor those assistants who have done great work
throughout their careers and bring something special to the staff. Richardson
was ranked No. 20.
In compiling the list, several factors were weighed, including the assistant's
longevity with the program, overall program success while on staff, total years
as an assistant, head coaching experience, recruiting, reputation among peers,
and future potential.
In his first year as assistant coach at Drake, Richardson helped lead the
Bulldogs to post-season play during the 2008-09 season, in the inaugural CollegeInsider.com
"Kareem's values are of the highest level and his
passion and commitment to the total welfare of the student-athlete, combined
with his knowledge of the game of basketball, make him a valuable member of our
coaching staff," added Phelps.
"It has been a great opportunity to work under Coach Phelps," said
Richardson. "He brings a wealth of knowledge to the Drake University
basketball program. I have tremendous faith that Coach Phelps will continue to
build upon a championship caliber program."
Prior to working at UMKC, Richardson had served as an assistant at his alma
mater, the University of Evansville, from 2003-07.
While in Evansville, Richardson served as the recruiting coordinator for the
Purple Aces. During his four years on the sidelines, three of his recruits were
named to the Missouri Valley Conference all-freshman team and one was selected
to the all-newcomer squad.
Richardson's coaching career began at the University of Indianapolis from
Richardson then joined the Missouri Valley Conference coaching ranks in 1999 at
Indiana State University. In 2000, he helped the Sycamores reach the NCAA
Tournament for the first time since the Larry Bird era in the late 1970s. A
year later in 2001, Indiana State topped No. 4 seed Oklahoma to advance to the
second round of the NCAAs.
Following his three-year stint at Indiana State, he coached one season
(2002-03) at Wright State before returning to Evansville.
As a player, Richardson played in an NCAA Tournament as a freshman at East
Carolina University. He then transferred to Evansville in 1995 and quickly
established himself as the Purple Aces' top point guard.
Richardson, who was a team captain, was selected to the Missouri Valley
Conference all-academic team in both 1996 and 1997. In 1996, he was also a
member of the MVC all-underrated team.
Richardson graduated from Evansville with a degree in telecommunication in 1997
and received his MBA from the University of Indianapolis in 1999. He and his
wife, Greta, have three children, Jasmiyn, Amari and Andre.