Louisville men’s basketball assistant coach Kareem Richardson has been hired as the next head coach of the University of Missouri Kansas City Kangaroos. Richardson was an assistant for UMKC in the 2007-2008 season, and is replacing Matt Brown who was fired after six years at the helm of the program.
Richardson, 37, is still relatively young in coaching-years, and it was apparent that he would jump from Rick Pitino‘s regime eventually for his own program. Interestingly enough to note, though, Richardson only spent one season with Louisville before being hired by UMKC.
In Richardson’s single season with Louisville, the Cardinals are the nation’s second-ranked team and the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. He was previously an assistant for Xavier, as well as Drake Evansville, Indiana State, Wright State and Indianapolis.
UMKC athletic director Tim Hall addressed Richardson’s ability to recruit in a statement following the hiring.
“I would like to welcome Kareem back to Kansas City,” Hall said. “He has strong relationships with high school and AAU coaches here and throughout the Midwest. He brings a high basketball pedigree in the areas of recruiting, on-the-floor coaching, strategy and preparation, and service to young men. Kareem is an educator, and knows what it takes to be successful in the mid-major ranks.”
Former UMKC head coach Brown received the boot after the university made the decision to move to the WAC. Brown had only one winning season which came in 2011. Four 20-loss seasons under Brown should give Richardson a sizable leash in his first head coaching gig.