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Lindsay Richards begins her fourth season on the Pitt staff and her seventh in the city of Pittsburgh. Richards joined Panthers' head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio in making the cross-town move to Pitt from Duquesne.
In her three seasons at Pitt, Richards has helped turn a program that went winless in its final two years in the Big East into an ACC contender and NCAA Tournament qualifier. Following an 11-20 record in her first season with the program, the Panthers finished 20-12 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2014-15.
The Upper St. Clair, Pa., native is a 2006 graduate of the University of Iowa with a double degree in psychology and communications. Richards played parts of two years for the Lady Hawkeyes before injuries ended her career prior to the 2005 season. As a sophomore, she started all 29 games at point guard and was a member of the 2004 Big Ten All-Academic team. Richards competed on the Big Ten Foreign All-Stars Team the summer of 2004 in Australia.
She arrived at Duquesne and McConnell-Serio's staff in 2010. Prior to working in collegiate athletics, Richards worked for Weber Shandwick as a senior account executive in its Chicago-based office for three years.
Coming out of Barrington (Ill.) High School, Richards was a two-time Nike All-American (2000, 2001), a Third-Team Parade All-American (2001), was a Street & Smith Pre-Season All-American Honorable Mention on two occasions (2000, 2001) and was a 2002 McDonald's All-American.
Her father Tom and mother Mary Beth both played basketball at the University of Pittsburgh. Tom is ranked 11th all-time in scoring in Pitt men's basketball history and in 2007 was given the Pitt Varsity Letter Club Award of Distinction. In 1991, the couple founded the Little Panthers in Upper St. Clair, Pa., to teach young boys and girls how to play basketball.
Tom, who is a current member of the University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees - was a teammate of Kirk Bruce, whose daughter Carmen is also on the Pitt staff. Richards' brother, Jason, is a member of the Pitt men's basketball staff. He was four-year letter winner at Davidson College and was a member of the 2008 team that advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight.
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