John Richardson takes over as cornerbacks coach for the Wyoming Cowboys in 2014. He was a defensive assistant at his alma mater, North Dakota State, in 2012 and 2013. He has been a member of the NDSU staff since 2009, spending the 2009 and `10 seasons as a student assistant before becoming a graduate assistant coach in 2011.
As a full-time coach at North Dakota State in 2012 and `13, Richardson helped the Bison rank No. 1 in the nation in scoring defense each of those two seasons, holding opponents to only 11.5 points per game in 2012 and only 11.3 points per game in 2013. NDSU led the nation in total defense in 2012, giving up only 234.5 yards per game, and ranked No. 3 in the country in total defense in 2013, allowing only 255.9 yards per game.
This past season, Richardson coached Consensus First Team All-America cornerback Marcus Williams, who received All-America honors for the third consecutive season.
A starting cornerback at NDSU in 2007 and `08, Richardson made 85 tackles over his two-year career, with 57 solo tackles, 19 passes defended, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He began his college career in his home state of California at Mt. San Antonio Community College.
Originally from Compton, Calif., Richardson completed his bachelor's degree in sports and recreation leadership in December 2010. He earned Missouri Valley Football Conference Honor Roll honors his senior year of 2008.
He and his wife, Sahfiya, have one son, John Michael.