Patrick Richardson has been head coach of the Hollins University swim program since the summer of 2015.
In 2016-2017, Hollins completed one of her most successful seasons in over a decade. The team had a winning season, compiling a 7-4-1 record in dual meet competition. At the 2017 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Swim Championships, the entire Hollins line-up earned a spot in the final heats of various individual and relay events. This was the first time in over a decade that Hollins placed this many different swimmers return for finals competition. Hollins would finish 5th overall, higher than the previous year’s standing (6th), and scoring significantly higher than in recent history with 212 points. The program also saw team members climb the All-Time Top 10 list in Hollins history, with current team members now populating/dominating each individual event.
Out of the pool, the program gained recognition once again as they were named a Scholar All-American team by the College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for their collective work in the classroom for the 2016 fall semester. In addition, at the 2017 ODAC Championships, team captain Dani Raymond was honored by the conference. Dani was awarded the Bonnie Kestner Sportsmanship Award. This award recognizes an individual for her efforts in-and-outside of competition, as well as her academics and ethical conduct.
In his first year with the team, Hollins saw a successful season that included multiple notable achievements. The team had a winning season with a 7-2 record in dual meet competition, as well as a 6th place at the ODAC Championships, after being picked to finish 9th in the preseason poll. During the championship meet the team also broke six varsity records and had senior Claire Webber named First Team All-Conference. In the classroom the team excelled, being named Scholar All-American by the CSCAA in both the fall and spring semesters.
Richardson began his college coaching career in the fall of 2014 by accepting an assistant position at William Jewell College. Richardson assisted both the women’s and men’s teams during his time at the NCAA DII institution. His duties focused on practice and dryland training plans, primarily focusing on the ‘sprint’ groups. During the 2014-15 season, William Jewell saw their swimmers compete at the NCAA DII Swim Championships for the first time in program history.
A graduate of Oakland University, Patrick was a member of the undefeated Division I Summit League championship teams from 2009-2013. He has been able to bring forward the same success he has experienced in the pool to the deck at Hollins. Richardson received a BA in Communications while studying at Oakland. During his time with the Golden Grizzlies, Patrick not only excelled in the pool but also spent time as co-president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). In addition, he served as a team captain and the student-athlete representative to the Senate Athletic Committee. His service on both committees allowed Richardson to aid in the creation of several community service programs and the GOLD Program for academic honors.
In addition to his experience coaching at the collegiate level, Richardson coached and taught for his family-run Swim Smart Academy. Working with founder Valerie Waters, he has helped coach all levels of athletes (Collegiate, Masters, Triathlete, High-School, Club, etc.) in both Michigan and Florida.
Richardson currently resides in Roanoke with his wife Meghan, where they love hiking and climbing in the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.