Richardson, a former Oahu Interscholastic Association athlete that is locally
referred to as “the premier player in the history of Hawaii girls high school
basketball,” has a new role in life. Richardson is currently enjoying success
as the Junior Varsity boys basketball coach at Radford.
her playing days at Kalaheo, Richardson performed brilliantly both offensively
and defensively. Her efforts landed her a spot on the all-state team for each
of her four seasons in addition to being named Ms. Basketball Hawaii on three
addition, her Kalaheo team finished with a 49-0 record in OIA play and four
league titles. In her senior year, Richardson averaged 19 points per game and
12 rebounds per outing.
just been a monster player from the get-go,” then-Kalaheo coach Chico Furtado
said at the end of her senior year. “Our run in the OIA and how successful
we’ve been is directly attributed to her.”
her collegiate playing days at UC-Santa Barbara, Richardson returned back to
Hawaii and soon after landed a basketball coaching job at Radford. This is her
third season in this position.
wanted to return back home to help give back to the community. Hawaii has done
a lot for me so I thought it was my turn and my duty to give back.” Richardson
know how valuable it was for me to receive encouragement and guidance from
coaches which eventually helped me to reach my goals. Through the mentoring and
opportunities which coaches provided me during my high school days I was able to
be pointed in the right direction. And that has led to me living a productive
life,” Richardson added.
asked why she decided to coach boys basketball instead of coaching girls,
Richardson said : “Basketball is basketball. I was searching for an opportunity
and a coaching job happened to be available at Radford. I didn’t worry if it
was coaching boys or girls. I saw this as a great opportunity to learn from a
knowledgeable coaching staff about how to teach the fundamentals of
played the guard and forward positions in college and feels that her personal
experience in playing those positions has helped her in explaining the game to
doesn’t have a lot of tall players. At the same time every player regardless of
size needs to learn how to handle the basketball with care,” Richardson said.
think that you are influenced by any coach you have had in the past. I had
Chico Furtado whose coaching style is up-in-your-face. Then I went off to
California to play under Mark French who showed me how basketball can be used
as a vehicle for life-long opportunities,” Richardson stated.
welcomes the challenge to teach the principles of life.
opportunity to coach basketball goes beyond the X’s and O’s. I have the
opportunity to teach these young men how to be better people,” Richardson said.
“Primarily, I try to make sure that they are good people first and then
basketball players. In doing so, I take care of all of the small problems off
the court. If they are not on time it’s the same thing like being on a job. Not
being on time in real life there are always consequences so I try to encourage
our players to do right as I prepare them to perhaps play on the varsity team
when they get older,” Richardson emphasized.