Alcorn State names Richardson as head baseball coach
Alcorn State University's has hired Brett Richardson as its new head baseball coach. The announcement come Wednesday after from Director of Athletics Derek Horne.
Richardson, a Tallahassee, Florida native, previously served as an assistant coach at Florida A&M for the past 19 seasons.
"We are excited to have Coach Richardson join our staff. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with our student-athletes. We have an experienced team returning and look forward to him stepping in and shaping our baseball team into a competitive program."
Richardson's ties to FAMU goes back to his playing days during the 1990’s as a catcher. He was a member of three Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championships in 1990, 1991 and 1992.
After spending five seasons as an assistant baseball coach at Tallahassee Lincoln High School (1992 to 1997), Richardson returned to FAMU to begin his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant under head coach Joe Durant in August of 1998.
Richardson eventually was promoted to full-time status in 2000, combining the duties of pitching coach and recruiting coordinator, with his various responsibilities as an assistant coach.
His years of experience in all aspects of managing the Rattler Baseball program and his growth as a leader was noticed by the FAMU administration, which tabbed him Interim Head Coach in May of 2010. Richardson led the Rattlers to their first MEAC Tournament appearance.
Richardson's vast array of responsibilities included the development of the Rattler hitters and catchers; coaching third base during games; assisting in recruiting; overseeing the academic eligibility process for team members, along with vital administrative duties.
When FAMU appointed Jamey Shouppe as its new head baseball coach in June of 2013, Richardson became the logical choice as assistant coach with his years of service to the program.
Richardson holds a bachelor's degree in health and physical education from FAMU (1997), and also holds a master's degree in education (sports and leisure management) from FAMU (2001).