Cleveland State Promotes Trent Richardson To Head Coach After Spending Last Year As Assistant

Cleveland State has announced the next head coach of its men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs. After spending this past season as assistant coach, Trent Richardson will become the 4th head coach in program history.

“It is an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to serve as the next head coach of men’s and women’s swimming and diving at Cleveland State University,” Richardson said. “I would like to thank Director of Athletics Kelsie Gory Harkey, President Bloomberg, and everyone involved in the process for this opportunity – including former head coach Wally Morton. I would also like to thank Carolyn Kampf, my wife, partner and best friend, and our daughter Elizabeth for their unwavering love and support.”

Richardson takes over the position after former head coach Hannah Burandt resigned from her position in April after spending the last five seasons as head coach. Richardson joined the program for the first time last July.

Prior to arriving at Cleveland State last year, Richardson was the head coach for four years at the club swimming level with Loveland Swim Club in Colorado. Richardson has additional club swimming coaching experience as he spent seven years as the pre-senior coach and assistant senior coach at DART Swimming in California. There he helped coach newly announced US Olympian Luca Urlando.

Richardson began his coaching career with the University of Califonia-Davis, serving as a volunteer assistant. Richardson began his collegiate student-athlete career at Diablo Valley College before transferring to UC Davis in 2007. He graduated from UC Davis in 2009, serving as a team captain during his senior season.

The Cleveland State men finished 3rd out of 6 teams while the women finished 5th out of 6 teams at the 2024 Horizon League Championships. The men were led by rising senior Jackson Nester who won the conference title in the 400 IM swimming a 3:47.35. Nester competed in US Olympic Trials this past week. The women’s program was led by rising junior Grace Chelf who won the Horizon League title in the 50 free in a 23.17.

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Gaglianone’s Boot
26 days ago

Trent Richardson had great combine numbers but terrible vision. Could never find the seam in the defense. Colts fans were happy to see him go.

Ranger Coach
Reply to  Gaglianone’s Boot
26 days ago

Browns fans were happy for the draft pick that the Colts sent our way for Trent Richardson, not that we did a lot with that pick.

Reply to  Ranger Coach
26 days ago

The Browns used the pick on Johnny Manziel. Let’s hope the new Trent Richardson brings better fortunes

Ranger Coach
Reply to  Speculation
25 days ago

Like I said, we did not do a lot with that pick. It would be hard for the new Trent Richardson to be any worse than what Manziel was.

Adriana Contreras
26 days ago

Cleveland State making an awesome hire! Congratulations Trent!

26 days ago

Congrats Trent!

Former Big10
27 days ago

Go Trent!

Dart Swimming
27 days ago

Great coach! Look for Cleveland State to improve quickly.

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