By ADD SEYMOUR JR.
Alabama A&M's search for a new women's basketball coach didn't take very long.
Margaret Richards, who served the past year as an assistant coach with Clemson, has been named the head women's basketball coach at Alabama A&M.
Richards takes over for Semeka Randall, who last week decided not to return to the Lady Bulldogs program after a 5-25 season in which Alabama A&M finished next to last in the Southwestern Athletic Conference race. She was 17-73 in three seasons.
"I would like to first thank God for this wonderful opportunity," Richards said. "I would also like to thank President Dr. Andrew Hugine and Athletic Director Bryan Hicks for selecting me to lead their women's basketball program. I'm truly looking forward to being a part of the Bulldog family and community. This is such an amazing honor and opportunity and I plan to put in the work, time and energy to enhance the program on the court and in the classroom."
Before arriving in Clemson, Richards had been the head coach at St. Augustine's from 2008 to 2010, where she compiled a 33-24 record in two seasons. The former Nebraska player went on to become an assistant at North Texas, Weber State and Western Kentucky before going to Clemson.
"We are excited to have Margaret Richards as our new head women's basketball coach," Hicks said. "Margaret is a rising star in women's basketball. Her leadership skills and her enthusiastic approach to the game of women's basketball will serve our program well. She is recognized as an excellent, relentless and proven recruiter and we are glad to have her leading our women's basketball program."