Mike Richmond
Mike Richmond

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
Fifth Season

Alma Mater:
Nevada, 2003


06/11/2013

Nevada sets records in latest NCAA Academic Progress Rate Report

Six sports set records and 11 improve their scores from last year.

Mike Richmond enters his fifth season as the head coach of the Nevada swimming & diving program in 2011-12. Richmond has led the team to two Western Athletic Conference titles and was the assistant coach for the 2007 WAC Championship squad.

After leading the Wolf Pack to the 2008 title as the interim coach he was selected as the WAC Coach of the Year and in March 2008 was named as Nevada's fulltime head coach.

He spent eight seasons as the assistant coach for the Pack prior to being elevated to the head position. In 2007 he was a key cog to helping the team capturing its first WAC title since joining the league.

"We truly have the foundations of a great program in place, and I'm honored to continue to be a part of the Wolf Pack family. God has blessed the team so much last season with so many honors, and we look forward to making plans for once again defending our WAC Championship title, and qualifying more athletes to the NCAA level. Having been among the nation's elite academic teams, it is important for us to carry on that proud tradition as well. I am excited for the opportunity to build upon an already proud tradition of excellence here at the University of Nevada."

He was instrumental in the success the team has attained during his eight seasons as an assistant coach. During his tenure the Pack placed second at the WAC Championships three times, third twice, fourth once and captured the title in 2007. He was also a member of the coaching staff when Nevada won the 2000 Big West title.

Richmond's coaching philosophy focuses on developing a family within the team. "My personal philosophy is to take a group of individual athletes to work together not only as a team but as a family," Richmond said. "When we can do that, I feel ready to take on any one that crosses our path."

Prior to coming to Nevada, he was the longtime head coach of the Lubbock Swim Club in Lubbock, Texas, and it was regarded as one of the top programs in the state for the 11 years he coached. Coach Richmond was a seven-time Texas All-Star coach as well as the West Texas State Championship committee chairman.

He is highly regarded as one of the nation's foremost stroke technique coaches. Richmond has written a book on strength and conditioning, technique and motivation in the sport of swimming.

Athletic career highlights include all star nominations in baseball and swimming. He was a Junior sectional team qualifier, and was coached by Olympic Gold medallist, Doug Russell as an age group athlete. Richmond has coached several Olympic swimmers to peak achievements including silver medalist Limin Liu.

Richmond received his bachelor's degree with an emphasis in psychology from Nevada in December of 2003.

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