CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Jason Saretsky, The William W. "Bill" McCrudy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country, has announced the hiring of Ross Richardson to the track and field staff as the throws coach.
"I am thrilled we were able to add Coach Richardson to our staff," commented Saretsky. "He brings a wealth of experience that will really bolster our throws group now and in the future. We are excited to have him join our Crimson family."
"I want to thank Harvard Athletics and Coach Saretsky for the fantastic opportunity to be part of the coaching staff here," said Richardson. "I really believe in the vision that Jason has for the program and the commitment to excellence in academics and track and field that was so evident in the interview process. There is a great staff of knowledgeable and experienced coaches here and I am looking forward to working with them and the high caliber athletes already in the program."
Richardson joins the Crimson staff via Ohio State where he served as the men's throws and multi-events coach from 2012-14. During his tenure with the Buckeyes, Richardson coached seven NCAA first round qualifiers, a first team All-America selection and Bill Stanley, the Big Ten Conference Championship meet record holder in the javelin.
Prior to his time at Ohio State, Richardson was the throws coach at Virginia for both the men and women from 2011-12. His throwers won three ACC championships and set six schools records. From 2010-11, Richardson coached the women's throwers at Miami (Ohio), producing three NCAA first round qualifiers and one honorable mention All-American.
Richardson longest coaching stop was a stint at Purdue from 2005-10 where he served as the assistant men's and women's track and field coach. His accomplished tenure with the Boilermakers was highlighted in 2007 when he received USTFCCCA Regional Coach of the Year accolades. Before Purdue, Richardson coached at Sacramento State and Western Illinois.
An All-American in track and field and football at Monmouth, Richardson graduated in 1989 with a degree in sociology. He was inducted into the Monmouth College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. Richardson earned his teaching credential and certification from Western Illinois in 1992. He is a USATF Level II certified coach in throws and jumps and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.