BROOKLINE, Mass. – Newbury College Director of Athletics Jonathan Harper announced the appointment of Joe Richardson as the Head Men's Lacrosse Coach, effective Jan. 15.
Richardson comes to Newbury following three years as the Head Coach of Men's Lacrosse for Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas; a program he founded in 2014.
"We are fortunate to have Joe come to Newbury with the previous experience of building a men's lacrosse program at the collegiate level," said Harper. "The success that Dallas Baptist has experienced since he started the program is remarkable. I am excited to add Joe's knowledge and leadership to our staff as the architect of our new men's lacrosse program."
Richardson's responsibilities included Director of Lacrosse Operations, travel coordinator, primary recruiter, and strength and conditioning coach, among other responsibilities while at Dallas Baptist.
"I'm extremely thankful to the president of Newbury College, Dr. Joseph Chillo and to the Athletic Director, Jonathan Harper, for the opportunity to be the program's first head coach," said Richardson. "I'm humbled and honored to be able to start a new NCAA Division III program in the City of Boston and contribute towards its long-lasting success. I would like to also thank Dallas Baptist University for giving me the opportunity to grow and develop the inaugural Men's Lacrosse program and am grateful for my experience at DBU."
Richardson's experience in college athletics stretches back to 2004 as a varsity lacrosse player for Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. In his final season, 2006, Richardson and the Lions went 17-4, including a perfect 9-0 record in the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference.
Richardson began his coaching career in 2010 while earning his Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis. He spent three seasons as an assistant before moving on to Dallas Baptist in 2014, where he earned a Masters of Education in Higher Education in 2017.
"We are delighted that Coach Richardson will be joining us as our new Men's Lacrosse coach for the 2018-19 season. Coach Richardson's experience and success at building a program at Dallas Baptist University will be invaluable as Newbury introduces its newest sport next year," said President Chillo. "He is an accomplished coach, mentor and someone who is dedicated to the values of Division III athletics. We are excited to welcome Coach Richardson as part of the Nighthawk family."
Along with his lacrosse responsibilities at Dallas Baptist, Richardson worked as a Business Enrollment Coordinator for two years.
"The first step will be seeking talent nationally to build a large class of highly motivated student-athletes that envision a legacy for Newbury Men's Lacrosse program," said Richardson. "I look forward to recruiting strong character student-athletes that want to represent Newbury College and the city of Boston."
Richardson will start the men's lacrosse program, having nearly 14 months to prepare before the Nighthawks play their first game in program history in March 2019.