Named Men’s Basketball Assistant 7/29/03
Vanderbilt Basketball Coach Kevin Stallings has announced
the hiring of former Illinois State Coach Tom Richardson as
an assistant on his Commodore staff.
“Tom was my assistant for five years at Illinois State
and he is easily the best teacher of shooting that I’ve
ever been around,” Stallings says. “He was an
outstanding high school coach in Illinois and was extremely
valuable on my staff. He brings a wealth of experience and
we are very excited about his addition to our program.”
Richardson succeeded Stallings for four years as the Redbird
head coach after the two had combined to lead Illinois State
to a 123-63 record in six years. During that tenure, regarded
by many as the most successful in school history, the Redbirds
won two Missouri Conference championships, made two trips
to the NCAA Tournament and had two berths in the NIT.
Prior to going to Illinois State, Richardson compiled a
193-146 record at Nazareth Academy High School in LaGrange,
Ill., a Chicago suburb. He began the boys basketball program
there and his last 10 years had a 182-84 mark with three conference
Richardson graduated from St. Xavier in 1977 and was a two-time
basketball team captain. He was inducted into the school’s
athletics hall of fame in 1991. He received his master’s
from Chicago State in 1986.
He and his wife, Nancy, have three children.