Louisville’s assistant coach Kareem Richardson was hired as the head coach for UMKC on Tuesday. He will be rebuilding a program that has qualified for the NCAA post season. His official press conference will be held on Monday afternoon announcing this change of guard. Richardson has agreed to a five-year deal that will pay him $250,000 a year. Richardson was an assistant at UMKC from 2007-2008, and has been an assistant at Xavier, Drake, Indiana State, Wright State, and Evansville. He will be taking over for Matt Brown, who was fired for only having one winning season in his five-year tenure. The Roos have struggled with attraction to their games, due to the lack of wins and premium powerhouse Kansas in the area. The became part NCAA division I in the late 1980’s, but have posted only one 20-win season since 1985.
“Our goal is to win the attention, and the hearts, of the Kansas city sports fans,” Said UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton. “Kansas City is the best college is the best college basketball town in the country, and UMKC is Kansas City’s University. We believe Kareem Richardson can lead a program that will connect with sports of Kansas City.”
UMKC athletic director Tim Hall said that Richardson’s reputation as a recruiter, along with his ties to the region, made him the natural choice. “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,” Tim Hall stated.