PHILADELPHIA – Diane Richardsonwho led Towson to his first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history has been named Temple University‘s Women’s Basketball head coach, announced vice president and director of athletics Arthur Johnson.
Temple will introduce Richardson at a press conference on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 10.00. Click here to see.
“I’m excited to announce it Diane Richardson will be our next women’s basketball coach at Temple University“, said Johnson.” Diane is an amazing woman who has had incredible success with not just coaching, but all aspects of her life. It was her drive and passion that set her apart from the other candidates, as well as her incredible success at Towson. I look forward to working with her to return Temple Women’s Basketball to one of the best teams in the country. “
“I would like to thank President Wingard, Arthur Johnson, Jessica Reo and the entire selection for this incredible opportunity to become the head coach of women’s basketball at Temple University“, said Richardson.” Temple has a rich tradition of success in women’s basketball, and I’m excited to take over this program and work hard to take it to the next level. “
Richardson, who led Towson to more postseason appearances (2) in his five years at the helm than in the program’s previous 49 seasons (1), holds an overall head-to-head record of 80-66. Last season, she led Towson to a school record with 24 wins and only her second place finish in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).
In 2018-19, her second season as Towson’s head coach, Richardson led the Tigers to the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament Championship and the program’s first NCAA Tournament spot in the program’s history. Towson ended that season with an overall record of 20-13, which simply marked the second season with 20 wins in the program’s history.
Under Richardson, Towson’s Kionna Jeter became the first player in program history to be selected in the WNBA Draft when she was drafted in the third round of the 2021 draft. Jeter enjoyed continued success under Richardson’s guidance as she was also the first player in the program’s history to achieve three consecutive All-CAA first team selections.
Prior to Towson, Richardson worked as an assistant coach and recruitment coordinator at West Virginia University (2016-17) after coaching at George Washington University (2012-16), University of Maryland (2007-08) and American University (2006-07).
As a recruitment coordinator in West Virginia, Richardson led the effort that helped Mountaineers’ 2017 recruiting class rank No. 17 on ESPNW. In Maryland, she helped lead the Terrapins to a 33-4 record and a seed number one in the NCAA Tournament.
After eight years of experience as a head coach at the high school level, Richardson led Riverdale Baptist High School in Upper Marlboro, Md. to five national championships and was ranked in USA Today’s Top 10 for five of its eight years. Richardson was named National High School Coach of the Year in 2005 and coached a host of talented players, including Temple alum Tyonna Williams, a 1,000-point career scorer.
From 2009-2016, Richardson coached WNBA All-Star Jonquel Jones at Riverdale Baptist (2009-12) and again at George Washington (2012-16). Jones was selected as the sixth overall in the 2016 WNBA Draft after being one of the most decorated players in George Washington’s history.
Richardson’s path to coaching was unique. A very successful businesswoman who was named one of the best female leaders in the country in 1995, Richardson, who at the time was the founder and COO of the American Security Corporation, decided to walk away from corporate America to pursue her passion for to guide young women through coaching basketball.
Richardson earned his master’s degree in management from Central Michigan in 1984 and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Frostburg State. As the 1979 NCAA Regional Champion in the 200- and 400-meter races, she won a place on the U.S. Olympic team in 1980.
Richardson and her husband, Larry, have four children, Dana, Larry “Donnie” II, Jonquel and Michael.