Margaret Richards

Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach
Mercer University


2024 – Present: Assistant Coach, Mercer University

2016 – 2024: Head Coach, Alabama A&M University

2015 – 2016: Assistant Coach, Clemson University

2012 – 2015: Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, Western Kentucky University

2011 – 2012: Assistant Coach, Weber State University

2010 – 2011: Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, University of North Texas

2008 – 2010: Head Coach, Saint Augustine’s College

2007 – 2008: Graduate Assistant, University of Louisville

2005 – 2007: Assistant Coach, Kentucky State University

1999 – 2004: Player/Team Captain (02-04), University of Nebraska


2003: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bachelors, Communication Studies


Hometown: Louisville, KY

Career Highlights

Career Division I Wins

Career Wins

Winning Seasons (5)
2021-22, 2020-21, 2019-20, 2009-10, 2008-09

From 2016 to 2024, led Alabama A&M to 97 wins, three winning seasons, and five consecutive winning SWAC records – rebuilt a program that had not won more than six games in each of the three seasons prior to her arrival (20-148 (.119) record in the eight previous seasons combined – 36 wins vacated by NCAA due to violations committed by previous staffs)

Guided Alabama A&M to three consecutive winning seasons (2019 to 2022) for the first time in the program’s Division I history

One of only three (out of 12) SWAC head coaches to lead their program to five consecutive winning conference records (2019 through 2024)

In 2021-22, led Alabama A&M to the most SWAC wins (13) in program history

In 2019-20, led Alabama A&M to the program’s most single-season wins (t-17) in 23 seasons and first winning season (17-13) in eight seasons

Alabama A&M’s scoring defense finished ranked 1st in the SWAC in 2021-22

As Alabama A&M’s Head Coach, has recruited and coached eight SWAC All-Conference Team selections, as well as three SWAC Freshman/Newcomers of the Year

From 2012 to 2015, helped lead Western Kentucky to three 22+ win seasons, one Conference USA Regular Season Championship, two conference tournament championships (one Conference USA & one Sun Belt), and three post-season berths (two NCAA Tournaments)

From 2008 to 2010, led Saint Augustine’s to a 33-24 (.579) overall record, as well the program’s first CIAA Western Division Championship in 17 seasons in 2009-10

In 2007-08, assisted Louisville to an NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance

A two-time Team Captain at Nebraska, scored 915 career points

A 2018 inductee into the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame

Head Coach Record