coach Orin Richburg enters his sixth season in charge of the cross country and
track and field programs.
cross country and track and field teams continue to improve under Richburg's
regime. One of the highlights of the
2011-12 season was the second place finishes by the men's and women's cross
country teams at the Western Athletic Conference Championships. The track and field team finished third
overall in the WAC Championships as well.
Courtney Schultz placed first overall in the WAC Championships and qualified
for her first NCAA Championships in 2011 with the help of Richburg's
coaching. Schultz ended up placing 88th
overall in the event. Schultz was also
named WAC Athlete of the Year for cross country with the assistance of
along with her sister Camille, were both named to the first team
All-Conference. Then-freshman Tamara
Lementino was selected to the second team All-Conference.
track and field, Richburg helped his athletes break 36 school records during the
indoor track and field season and 26 school records during the outdoor track
and field season.
the WAC Indoor Championships, eight NM State athletes were named to first team
All-Conference and seven athletes were named to the second team All-Conference
under Richburg's watch. Nine NM State
athletes were named to the first team All-Conference and four additional
athletes were named to the second team All-Conference for the 2012 outdoor
track and field season under Richburg's coaching.
LaSasha Aldredge was named WAC Athlete of the Week on three different occasions
during the 2012 outdoor season with the help of Richburg's coaching on
values academic success with his coaching philosophy. The cross country team was honored by being
named to the USTFCCCA 2011 Division I Cross Country All-Academic Team
list. The men's and women's team each
ranked No. 2 in the WAC in GPA. Sixteen
athletes from the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons were named as
Academic All-WAC athletes.
also served as an assistant coach for the United States Track and Field Team at
the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, March 9-11, 2012.
Richburg managed a coaching staff and a roster that produced 22 all-conference
honors between the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons in 2011.
Five athletes were named to first team All-WAC and three to second team All-WAC
for the indoor season under Richburg's coaching. Four athletes were named
to first team All-WAC and seven to second team All-WAC in the outdoor season.
Richburg led NM State to a fifth-place finish in the WAC Indoor Championships
with two separate individual first-place finishes by Aggies in events. He
led the Aggies to a sixth-place finish in the WAC Outdoor Championships,
including two NM State first-place finishes in individual events.
Richburg sent six athletes to the NCAA Championships in 2011. Richburg
also helped Jndia Cleveland receive WAC Athlete of the Week honors on March 22
and March 29.
In the 2010-11 season, Richburg coached 30 All-WAC performers for the cross
country, indoor and outdoor seasons. There were 11 first team All-WAC
selections including Courtney Schultz who garnered two first team (cross
country, outdoor 5,000m) and three second team (mile, distance medley relay,
and indoor 3,000m) selections. Schultz was also selected as WAC Athlete of the
Year and WAC Freshman of the Year.
Richburg also led the women's cross country squad to their first ever WAC
Championship, with the women finishing more than 40 points better than
second-place Utah State.
Additionally, the Aggies broke five school records last season (indoor mile
run, indoor 3,000m run, indoor 400m dash, distance medley relay, and outdoor
In the summer of 2008, Richburg took the reigns as the head relay coach for the
USA track and field Olympic team in Beijing, China. The USA relay team brought
home a pair of gold medals in the women's and men's 4x400-meter relay.
Richburg was also the head relay coach for Team USA at the 2006 World Junior
Championships in Beijing, China, and served as a relay coach for Team USA at
the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
After 16 years as head track and field coach at Washington, Richburg was
elected by his peers to the prestigious post as the head coach of the United
States at the 2001 World Track and Field Championships in Edmonton, Alberta,
As head coach, Richburg was responsible for setting relay teams and
coordinating athlete activities at the meet. Richburg, a former collegiate
sprinter himself, piloted the Americans to a meet-high 19 medals, including
nine golds. His election as head coach reflected the high esteem in which he is
held by USA Track and Field and his coaching peers around the country.
At Washington, Richburg and cross country coach Greg Metcalf helped the Huskies
to a pair of top 5 finishes at the Pac-10 Cross Country Championships.
Washington's women's squad advanced to the NCAAs for the fifth-consecutive
season, placing 14th overall.
On the track in 2001, Richburg guided seven different Huskies to the NCAA
Championships, including top 10 finishes from sprinter Ja'Warren Hooker and
distance specialist David Bazzi that vaulted the Huskies to a 33rd-place
The UW women placed 23rd at the 2000 NCAA cross country championships, and were
13th at the 1999 NCAA meet. On the track, the Huskies collected four individual
Pac-10 titles, and Hooker was honored as the Men's Pac-10 Athlete of the Year
after sweeping titles in the 100-meter and 200-meter events.
The 1998-99 season brought the Huskies women's cross country team its best
finish ever at the NCAA Championships, a ninth-place effort, while the 1997-98
season saw Hooker capture the Huskies first NCAA sprint title with a win in the
55-meter dash at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
As evidenced by his selection to head the U.S. team in 2001, Richburg's reach
has extended beyond the collegiate ranks onto the national and international
stage. Hooker was selected to represent the U.S. in the 4x400-meter relay unit
at the 2000 Olympics, where he was joined by former Huskies U.S. discus thrower
Adam Setliff and Swiss steeplechaser Christian Belz.
The 2001 World's marked Richburg's second appointment as National Team coach.
In 1997, Richburg received another prestigious coaching appointment. He was
selected by USA Track and Field as the head coach for the U.S. National Team
for the World Indoor Championship Meet in Paris, France.
Richburg was an assistant coach for the 1989 Junior Pan American team and also
assisted with the United States National Team in its dual meet with Great
Britain, March 14, 1994, in Birmingham, England.
Richburg was responsible for converting the Washington women's track and field
team into one of the best dual-meet squads in the country. The UW women's team
ranked among the top 10 dual-meet teams in the nation every year during the
He has met with similar dual-meet success upon taking over the men's program,
with back-to-back unbeaten seasons in 1999 and 2000, going 13-0 in that span.
Richburg's 76 dual-meet victories as women's head coach is the most in
Washington history, more than doubling his closest rival.
Richburg led the Washington women to an impressive 76-30-1 dual-meet record.
His 1988 UW squad finished 10th at the NCAA championship meet, the best
national finish in the school's history. His Husky women's teams have produced
11 conference and two NCAA individual champions.
From 1995-98, his track and field teams featured Aretha Hill, a four-time
all-American who participated in the discus at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games,
Richburg guided the Washington women's team to the 1996 Mountain Pacific Sports
Federation indoor championship and was named conference and regional coach of
the year for his efforts. In 1988, Richburg was also named District VIII Indoor
Women's Coach of the Year.
Prior to Washington, Richburg spent seven seasons at Kent State, earning
Mid-American Conference (MAC) Coach of the Year accolades in 1980. He directed
the men's team to a third-place conference finish in 1984, the school's best
team finish since 1979. Richburg also recruited and coached two-time 100 and
200-meter MAC champion Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson went on to win the bronze
medal in the 200-meter dash at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
A fine athlete in his own right, Richburg earned all-America accolades as a
sprinter at Kent State. He finished sixth in the 200-yard dash at the 1967 NCAA
championships and still holds the Kent State indoor record for the 440-yard
dash and the outdoor records for the 220- and 440- yard dashes. In addition,
Richburg captained the 1969 track team.
Richburg also played football at Kent State, earning a varsity letter and
setting records for the second-longest kickoff return in school history (a
98-yarder against Buffalo in 1967).
A 1970 graduate of Kent State, Richburg earned his bachelor's degree in health
and physical education. He later earned his master's in education from Western
Michigan, where he was also an assistant track coach for three years.
Richburg and his wife, Telva, are the parents of two and have two