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Worth Richardson Named Men's Tennis Assistant Coach
Updated: Saturday 06/26/2013 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - William and Mary head men’s tennis coach Peter Daub announced the hiring of Worth Richardson to the position of assistant coach for the Tribe program. Richardson joins the Green and Gold with seven years of collegiate coaching experience, including a stint in 2012-13 as the head coach of North Carolina Wesleyan, and a wealth of knowledge within the Hampton Roads area.

“Worth’s six years of college coaching experience is a huge benefit to our program,” Daub said. “He will be instrumental in helping our players improve on a daily basis and will provide quality leadership and guidance to our student-athletes in a number of areas. His experience as a head coach will give credibility to our practices as well as allow him to work individually with each player to help their game progress to an elite level.”

Along with his head coaching experience at N.C. Wesleyan, Richardson spent a season as the assistant head coach for a Division I program at Bucknell University and five seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater Christopher Newport University. Last season, he was named the USA South Coach of the Year after guiding the Battling Bishops to the league championship.

During the 2012-13 season, Richardson led N.C. Wesleyan to a 15-10 record, including an 8-0 USA South mark. The Battling Bishops won USA South Tournament with a 9-0 victory over Christopher Newport, earning a spot in the NCAA Division III Championship. N.C. Wesleyan posted an opening round win over Washington & Lee in the national tournament, before falling to No. 4 Emory. The Battling Bishops finished the season ranked No. 20 nationally after being rated as high as No. 12. Individually, the team of Robert Kjellberg and Artsiom Prostak was the NCAA Division III National Doubles Runner up, becoming the first duo to accomplish the feat in school history. Prostak was also named the USA South Player of the Year. Kjellberg finished the season ranked No. 5 nationally in singles, including the top spot in the Atlantic South Region, while Prostak was No. 29 nationally in singles. As a duo, the pair finished the campaign at No. 2 in the country.

As the assistant coach for the men’s and women’s teams at Bucknell in 2011-12, Richardson helped guide both squads to the semifinals of the 2012 Patriot League Tournament. Bucknell also led the Patriot League in Academic Honor Roll selections as the men placed nine players on the list for the spring of 2012, while the women put six players on the honor roll. During Richardson’s tenure, he helped with the development of Gregg Cohenca and Evan Zimmer, who became the first doubles team in Bucknell and Patriot League history to earn a spot in the NCAA Championships. The pair was ranked as high as No. 51 nationally and finished the campaign at No. 70.

Richardson played collegiately at Christopher Newport before joining the Captains as an assistant coach. During his tenure as a coach at Division III program, Richardson helped mentor players that earned four All-America honors, three USA South Player of the Year awards, 18 all-conference accolades and 12 all-conference academic selections. In 2008, the squad earned its first-ever national ranking and finished the year at 20-4 overall. The Captains remained among the country's best throughout the next three years, achieving a high of No. 17 in the polls during the stretch.

Richardson, who graduated from CNU with a degree in economics in 2006, won a USA South Conference Championship as both a player and a coach with the Captains. A four-year starter, his first title came as a senior in 2006, the same year he was named to the all-conference and all-tournament teams. After tying for first in the conference standings during his first season as an assistant in 2007, Richardson helped guide the Captains to the outright championship a year later. In 2008, Christopher Newport garnered the program’s first NCAA Division III Tournament appearance. During his playing career, CNU posted a record of 45-24 (.652), while garnering a 71-40 (.640) mark during his tenure as an assistant coach.

Overall, Richardson has coached five different players to All-America honors (three at CNU and two at NCW). He has guided players at two different schools to ITA Regional Championships in Eric Shulman at CNU in 2010 and Kjellberg at N.C. Wesleyan in 2012. At two of his stops, Richardson recruited conference rookies of the year in Johan Ljungdahl (USA South Rookie of the Year in 2013) at N.C. Wesleyan and Nick Bybel (Patriot League Rookie of the Year in 2013) at Bucknell. Along with his success in the collegiate ranks, he was the 2012 USTA Mid-Atlantic Intersectional Team.

From 2006-08, Richardson served as a tennis pro at the James River Country Club. In 2007, he accepted the USTA-Virginia Tennis Club of the Year Award. He also was the head tennis pro at the Culpeper Sport and Racket Club.

Richardson's coaching experience also includes times with the James River Tennis Academy where he trained eight youth players ranked in the section's top 10. Additionally, he worked with several top-ranked juniors as the head coach of the 2010 USTA Mid-Atlantic Boys and Girls 14u Zonals team in Dallas, Texas, and has served as the tournament director of the USTA Mid-Atlantic Boys 18u L2 Challenger and the assistant director of the Adidas Camp at Mary Washington. Aside from tennis, he spent time working in Washington, D.C., doing economic analysis for various hedge funds and think tanks.

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