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John Richardson took over as cornerbacks coach for the Wyoming Cowboys in 2014 and will serve in that same role in 2015. He coached the North Dakota State cornerbacks in 2012 and ‘13. He was 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. During his time on the NDSU coaching staff, the Bison won three consecutive national titles in 2011, ‘12 and ‘13.
From 2011 through 2013, Richardson helped NDSU to a 43-2 (.956) overall record and a 22-2 (.917) Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) mark on way to its three consecutive FCS national titles. The 2013 NDSU squad became the first undefeated (15-0) FCS National Champion since Marshall went 15-0 to win the 1996 title. That 15-0 record by the Bison also set a North Dakota State school record. NDSU extended its winning streak to 24 consecutive games with the 2013 FCS Championship. That tied both the FCS and NDSU records for consecutive victories. The University of Pennsylvania set the FCS record of 24 consecutive wins from 1992-95. Montana later tied the record from 2001-02. The NDSU record was originally set from 1964-66.
As a coach at North Dakota State in 2011, ‘12 and ‘13, Richardson helped the Bison rank No. 1 in the nation in scoring defense for three consecutive seasons, holding opponents to only 12.7 points per game in 2011, 11.5 points per game in 2012 and only 11.3 points per game in 2013.
The 2013 Bison defense also ranked: No. 3 in the FCS in total defense (255.9 yards per game); No. 2 in the nation in pass efficiency defense (97.59 rating); No. 3 in rushing defense (91.3 yards allowed per game); and No. 8 in passing yards allowed (164.6 yards per game).
In addition to leading the nation in scoring defense in 2012, NDSU: led the nation in total defense (234.5 yards allowed per game); was No. 1 in fewest first downs allowed (12.67 per game); ranked No. 2 in pass defense (140.6 yards allowed per game); and ranked No. 4 in rushing defense (93.9 yards allowed per game).
In 2012 and ‘13, Richardson coached Consensus First Team All-America cornerback Marcus Williams. Williams signed a free-agent contract with the Houston Texans following the 2014 NFL Draft. NDSU defensive back Bryan Shepherd also signed as a free agent with the Washington Redskins following the 2014 NFL Draft.
A starting cornerback, himself, 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.