Former Florida A&M University assistant baseball coach Brett Richardson will be moving on to a higher position as head coach at Alcorn State.
Richardson has coached 18 consecutive seasons at FAMU. He started out as a player, then a graduate assistant, and moved up to assistant coach.
Head coach of Florida A&M baseball team, Jamey Shouppe expressed how happy he is for Richardson to begin his new journey.
"I am happy for him and this is a great opportunity,” Shouppe said. “Brett is more than ready to be head coach but we all will be sad to see him go. With his baseball knowledge and what he has learned from me, he will change the baseball program around. I have faith in him."
Richardson was by Shouppe's side in 2013 when he came in and began to reconstruct the baseball program. He was able to help make history at FAMU, helping lead the team to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship last season.
Richardson who would have been entering his 19th season at FAMU, is sad to leave but is now looking forward to this new experience, and will take what he has learned from Shouppe and former coaches to lead his own team.
“This is a bittersweet moment because I've been at FAMU for a while now,” Richardson said. “I am ready to take what I learned from being at FAMU and lead my own team. I feel pretty comfortable about the position because I’ll be working with Derek Horne, FAMU’s former athletic director. Leaving is tough but I will be proud to see the team win another MEAC championship.”
Along with the coaches, Richardson will be missed the most by his players. Senior left fielder, Marlon Gibbs, expresses his gratitude and appreciation on behalf of his fellow teammates.
"We are very sad that Coach Brett is leaving, but he is more than deserving of this great opportunity as a head coach and I wish him the best," said Gibbs. “Coach Brett is one of the best when it comes to relating to his players and that is one quality we will miss the most."