Former Southern football coach Pete Richardson is going into another hall of fame.
Richardson, who already is in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Dayton Hall of Fame, has been selected for induction to the Clarence E. “Big House” Gaines Athletic Hall of Fame at Winston-Salem State University.
He’ll be inducted with six other individuals and one team in a ceremony Oct. 9 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The 2015 class also will be honored at halftime of Winston-Salem State’s home football game against Johnson C. Smith the next day.
Richardson coached WSSU from 1988-92, and they won three Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships (1988, ’90 and ’91). His record was 41-14-1.
“I was kind of surprised because that was a long time ago, but I’m excited,” Richardson said. “That’s where I started out and where I learned the core of an organization to be a successful coach.”
Richardson was an assistant with the Rams for 10 seasons before becoming head coach.
“They already had a good program when I got there,” he said. “It was a great opportunity to be with an established winner.”
Richardson, who played defensive back at Dayton from 1966-68, was inducted into that school’s hall of fame in 1997. He went from Dayton to the NFL as a seventh-round draft choice of the Buffalo Bills and played in 39 games over three seasons before a knee injury ended his career. He had eight interceptions and five fumble recoveries.
Richardson got his master’s degree from Dayton and coached in the public high school system there before going to WSSU.
After his stint with the Rams, Richardson was hired by Southern and he coached the Jaguars for 17 seasons, winning five Southwestern Athletic Conference titles. His tenure included three consecutive titles from 1997-99 (Southern’s first consecutive SWAC titles since 1959-60), four black college national titles (1993, ’95, ’97 and 2003) and four Heritage Bowl titles.
Richardson was 12-5 in the Bayou Classic and is the only SWAC coach never to have lost to legendary Grambling coach Eddie Robinson. His winning percentage of 68.4 percent in 17 seasons (134-62) is second in Southern history, behind only A.W. Mumford, for whom the Jaguars’ stadium is named.
He was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2012 and said Southern approached him about possible induction into its hall of fame, but that has not happened yet.
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