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Furman promotes Bob Richey to head coach

The new coach has been on the Paladins’ staff the past six seasons.

Furman Head Coach Bob Richey
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GREENVILLE, S.C.—Furman associate head coach Bob Richey will be elevated to the full-time position, the school announced Monday at an on-campus press conference. The news originally filtered out Friday afternoon, and was announced in a press release on the school’s website.

Richey, who assumed the interim tag as the head coach late in the season after Niko Medved left for Drake, was on the sidelines for Furman’s 77-51 loss to Saint Peter’s in the Tournament semifinals.

The 2016-17 season marked Richey’s sixth on the sidelines with Furman. This has coincided with an increase in wins in each season Richey has been on staff. The Florence, SC native is responsible for helping guards Stephen Croone and Devin Sibley win the SoCon Player of the Year each of the past two seasons, respectively. This was Furman’s first SoCon back-to-back player of the year awards since Jonathan won the award in consecutive seasons beginning in 1979.

Richey was in charge of developing Furman’s guards, and was responsible for recruiting and developing Croone, who scored the fifth-most points in program histroy. Richey also helped the Paladins reel in big-time scorer Jordan Lyons from Peachtree City, GA. The highly-recruited guard garnered SoCon All-Freshman honors this past season.

The new head coach began the extended rebuilding project in the final season of the Jeff Jackson era (2011-12). It initially wasn’t clear if he would be retained on staff when Jackson was let go at the end of a disappointing 2012-13 season. Prior to Medved being officially hired, Richey became Furman’s interim head coach and was charged with keeping the program on-track, which included making sure players like Croone didn’t transfer and keeping the recruiting class intact.

Prior to coming to Furman, Richey spent five seasons as an assistant at Charleston Southern. As the associate head coach in 2010-11, he helped the Buccaneers post the program’s most wins in 14 years. Richey helped land Jamarco Warren (1,968 career points, second in CSU history), Saah Nimley (1,866 career points, third in CSU history) and Arlon Harper.

Assistants Dwight Perry and Jay McAuley will remain on staff for the 2017-18 season. With four starters returning from a team that won 23 games and tied for the SoCon regular season title, Furman will be a league favorite in Richey’s first season in charge.