Randy Richard to become Episcopal athletic director in July _lowres

Randy Richard, Episcopal athletic director

Episcopal announced Tuesday that Randy Richard is set to become the school’s athletic director in July.

Richard, a former football player at Catholic High and Louisiana Tech, is in his 13th year as a teacher/coach at the Class 2A school. He is in his fourth year as dean of students. Richard has served as a physical education instructor; physical education department chair; and an assistant coach in football, boys and girls track, boys and girls golf, and weightlifting.

“I’m excited about the new role,” Richard said. “The goal in the short term is to maintain the standards that are currently in place. From there, we’ll evaluate and see what we can do to make the programs better.

“We know it’s a balancing act, given the challenging academic curriculum our schools ask. Getting student-athletes to work toward the highest possible goals in athletics and academics is a balance.”

Episcopal Head of School Hugh McIntosh sees Richard as the ideal successor to Myra McClure Mansur, who is set to pursue other career opportunities after the 2015-16 school year.

“Randy has worked in all aspects of Episcopal’s sports and physical education program and is a great fit for our program,” McIntosh said in a school news release. “His work here, in various coaching and administrative capacities, gives him the background knowledge to continue our balanced and successful approach to athletics at Episcopal.

“He is well-known and well-liked among his coaching colleagues as well as parents and students. As an instructor, Dean of Students, and a coach he has developed a reputation for high standards, fairness and good humor.”

Mansur has agreed to continue her association with Episcopal in a consulting, advisory capacity. Mansur hired Richard, who was a teammate of her son, Blake, at Louisiana Tech.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to continue to build on the program Myra put in place here,” Richard said. “Her vision and ability to attract and retain great coaches and faculty have made Episcopal’s athletic program the envy of many institutions.”

“At Episcopal the focus is on the development of all aspects of the student,” McIntosh said. “Our athletic program, under Myra’s direction, and the transition to Randy’s leadership next summer, highlight the importance we place on the stability of a quality athletic program in a high-achieving academic environment.

“I am thankful to Myra McClure Mansur, as is our school community at large, for the leadership she has provided over her 25 years at Episcopal.”