GHS names new coach

Michael Richard­son to lead Glas­gow foot­ball squad

Newark Post - - FRONT PAGE - By JON BUZBY JonBuzby@hot­mail.com

Glas­gow High School didn’t waste any time hir­ing a new foot­ball coach.

Less than a month af­ter Shannon Ri­ley re­signed from the po­si­tion he held for 11 years, the Dragons once again reached out to one of their own when hir­ing Michael Richard­son to lead a foot­ball pro­gram that is com­ing off one of its most suc­cess­ful sea­sons in school his­tory.

“Mike is re­ally pas­sion­ate about the game of foot­ball,” ath­letic direc­tor Jeremy Jeanne said of the 2002 Glas­gow grad­u­ate. “He has a strong re­la­tion­ship with the kids in our build­ing. I think that the com­mu­nity will sup­port him as well as he is an alum­nus, which I thought was a very im­por­tant fac­tor in se­lect­ing our new head coach. Mike is ready and I’m happy that we gave him a chance to lead our foot­ball pro­gram.”

Richard­son played for Mark DelPer­cio, who coached the Dragons for six years be­fore head­ing back to his alma mater, Mid­dle­town, and lead­ing the Cava­liers to three state cham­pi­onships be­fore re­tir­ing last sea­son.

“Try­ing to make sure I stay on the lit­tle things is some­thing I learned from Mark,” Richard­son said. “Get­ting guys to prac­tice on time, to class on time. DelPer­cio stayed on us about the small stuff and how it mat­ters, and so I’ll take that from him.”

Af­ter play­ing at Div. III Kings Col­lege in Penn­syl­va­nia, Richard­son took his first job as a fresh­man coach at Del­cas­tle. He then re­turned to his alma mater and spent five years with the Dragons, in­clud­ing four as de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor.

“I def­i­nitely learned about study­ing the game and mak­ing sure I’m in the film room and know­ing the op­po­nent and work­ing ev­ery night so I can pre­pare my team,” Richard­son said about his time un­der Ri­ley. “Shannon was big on watch­ing film and he taught me that as a young coach.”

Richard­son spent the last two sea­sons as de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor at Ap­po­quin­imink High.

“I wanted to try some­thing new,” Richard­son said of the move to Ap­po­quin­imink. “I knew it was a new pro­gram with a great coach (Brian Timp­son) and I wanted to see what I could learn from him down there. Brian taught me a lot. How to build team ca­ma­raderie and how to com­mu­ni­cate with par­ents about what we are do­ing. He was a great team mo­ti­va­tor, and I learned a lot about that from him.”

Richard­son not only learned from Timp­son, but was a ma­jor fac­tor in Appo- quin­imink go­ing from win­ning just two games in 2014 to post­ing five vic­to­ries in each of the past two sea­sons in the very com­pet­i­tive Blue Hen Flight A Con­fer­ence.

“Mike is one of the most pre­pared coaches I have ever been around,” Timp­son said. “His game prepa­ra­tion is sec­ond-to-none,and I be­lieve be­cause of this, he will be suc­cess­ful. The pas­sion he has is passed down to his play­ers. The boys at Glas­gow are lucky to have such a pas­sion­ate and car­ing coach.”

Richard­son works for Delaware Jobs for Delaware Grads and spends his days at Glas­gow High, where he in­ter­acts with stu­dents and play­ers on a daily ba­sis.

“It’s a huge ad­van­tage,” Richard­son said of be­ing in the build­ing. “The kids can see my face ev­ery day. Can come talk to me if they have prob­lems. I check on grades ev­ery day. I check on them in their classes to see if they are do­ing the right thing. They see me ev­ery day, and that’s a big thing as a head coach.”

Glas­gow is com­ing off an un­de­feated reg­u­lar sea­son and will be de­fend­ing its Blue Hen Flight B ti­tle in the fall. While Richard­son wants to put his own stamp on the pro­gram, he also re­al­izes there are a lot of good things al­ready in place. Iron­i­cally, one of them is Richard­son’s spe­cialty.

“They had a stel­lar de­fense,” Richard­son said. “Guys played lights out on de­fense last year un­der de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Joe Bundy. We want to keep him on. I don’t want to change much over there.”

Richard­son does plan to make changes on the of­fen­sive side of the ball.

“We are prob­a­bly go­ing to try to play a lit­tle more con­trolled on of­fense,” he said. “We’ll run the ball a lit­tle more. Play some old school foot­ball – run the ball and play de­fense.”

Four days of “spring ball” prac­tice be­gins on May 30 and then af­ter school lets out, sum­mer work­outs be­gin.

“We’ll lift and do some con­di­tion­ing and then it will be time to roll into the sea­son,” Richard­son said.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Michael Richard­son was named Glas­gow High School’s new foot­ball coach.

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