Chris Richardson will take over as head coach of the UNO track and field and cross country programs, Athletic Director Trev Alberts announced Wednesday.
Richardson, an assistant for the previous seven seasons, takes over for Steve Smith. Smith stepped down after eight seasons for personal reasons.
“Chris has developed into an outstanding coach during his time at UNO, and the success of the athletes he works with speaks to that,” said Alberts in a press release. “It is always gratifying when we can promote from within, and Chris has certainly earned the opportunity to lead both programs.”
Richardson, a Boulder, Colo., native and Nebraska graduate, was the 2004 Big 12 heptathlon champion.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead the program and continue the success that Coach Smith and I have had over the past seven years,” said Richardson. “My main goal is to ensure that our student-athletes have as many opportunities for success as possible in athletics as well as in the classroom.”
The Mavericks also announced the hiring of Omaha native Ryan Finley as a part-time assistant coach for sprints and jumps.