Richardson named Assistant Basketball Coach at Kansas City

Kansas City Men’s Basketball and Head Coach Marvin Menzies have added Anthony Richardson as an assistant coach heading into the 2023-24 season. Richardson, the former North Carolina Mr. Basketball who put together a lengthy professional career, will assist the Roos in individual workouts and bench coaching during practice and games.

“I’m excited to be in Kansas City,” Richardson said. “We have an up-and-coming program with an awesome staff and team.”

This will be Richardson’s first stop as a coach in the collegiate ranks, coming to Kansas City after a stint as assistant head coach at William Chrisman High School in 2021. During his season with the Bears, he helped lead the team to a district championship and the state semifinals, aiding Head Coach Jake Kates to a divisional ‘Coach of the Year’ award. Richardson served as the defensive coordinator at William Chrisman, developing and implementing the team’s defensive strategies for practices and games.

Prior to his stop with William Chrisman, Richardson was the head boy’s basketball coach at Northland Christian School from 2018-21. His coaching career has also included stops at Riverside High School from 2006-07 and Leesville Road High School from 2005-06.

Richardson played in the professional ranks for nine years, notching experiences in Germany, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands and in the NBA D-League. He was a 2006-07 all-star selection in the Continental Basketball Association, playing for the Butte Daredevils. He then went on to earn Player of the Year honors and a league title in the United States Basketball League, playing for the Kansas Cagerz.

Richardson’s time overseas saw him play for Germany’s BSG Ludwigsburg in the 2008-08 ULEB cup, also spending two seasons at the top level of Dutch basketball with the EiffelTowers Den Bosch. During his time with Den Bosch he won the 2008-09 NBB cup and was a two-time all-star.

From 2010-13, Richardson spent time in the NBA D-League (now the G-League), playing for the New Mexico Thunderbirds, the Reno Bighorns and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Across his D-League career he averaged double-digit scoring and over five rebounds per game.

In 2011, Richardson played in the top Japanese league with the Aishin Sea Horses, averaging 10 points and five rebounds per game. He also played in the Korean Basketball League for Busan KT Sonicboom, Goyang Orions and Wonju DB Promy, where he was a 2013-14 all-star selection and won the 2014 dunk contest.

While earning a degree in sports management, Richardson completed his collegiate career at Florida State. He posted averages of 8.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game across his four-year career, starting 48 games in 118 appearances. He was named to the honorable mention All-ACC Freshman Team in 2002, and also earned All-ACC Academic honors during his career.

A highly-touted high school recruit, Richardson attended Leesville Roach High in Raleigh, N.C., where he was a four-year varsity player, leading his team to a 4A state championship appearance during his senior year. He was named 2001 North Carolina Mr. Basketball, also earning McDonald’s All-American and Parade All-America Third Team honors.

Married to Jennifer Richardson, the pair currently reside in Kansas City with their five children: Jessica, Jorney, London, Zoi and Jett.

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