GHS names new coach
Michael Richardson to lead Glasgow football squad
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.
Michael Richardson was named Glasgow High School’s new football coach.