Emanuel "Book" Richardson is in his second season as a member of Sean Miller's staff. Richardson, 35, joined the Xavier family in August of 2007.
"Emanuel Richardson is an extremely talented basketball coach," said Miller. "His background as an exceptional player, an assistant at Marist University, and most recently his involvement in New York City as the director of the Gauchos AAU program, allows him to bring unique and valuable experiences to our program. We are excited to have him join our staff and Xavier family."
Immediately prior to joining Xavier, Richardson served as the head coach of the Under 18 USA Red Team at the USA Basketball 2007 Men's Youth Development Festival. Richardson's team won the gold medal, becoming the youngest head coach ever to win the event. Richardson was the first ever AAU coach selected to be a head coach at this USA Basketball organized festival.
Richardson was also named to Nike's Travel Team Advisory Board. Richardson was the youngest of the six members of this extension of Nike Elite Youth Basketball.
Richardson has an extensive basketball background working with young men in the New York area, including most recently as the Director of Basketball for the New York Gauchos/Teamwork Foundation in Bronx, N.Y., since 2005. Richardson, an assistant coach at St. Raymond's High School for Boys in the Bronx in 2004, was a head coach for 9th and 10th graders in the New York Gauchos system in 2003.
Richardson's resume includes three stops in the collegiate coaching world. He was an NCAA Division I assistant coach at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in 2004-05 prior to taking over the Gauchos. While at Marist he was the recruiting coordinator and was also responsible for scouting and individual skills work. He worked extensively with the guards on ball handling and offensive skill development.
Prior to his stint at Marist, Richardson spent three years as an assistant coach at Monroe College in the Bronx, an NJCAA Division I program, focusing his efforts heavily on recruiting and the implementation of workout regimens for the student-athletes. He helped guide Monroe to a 31-3 finish in 2003, winning Region 15 and District 3 Championships while placing fifth nationally in the NJCAA National Tournament for Division I Junior Colleges in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Richardson, a 1998 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown with a degree in business marketing and management, began his coaching career at his alma mater in 1999. He served as Associate Head Coach for the NCAA Division I school, handling recruiting, scouting opponents, running practices and scheduling study hall. He helped his alma mater record its best record in school history at 25-3.
Richardson resides in West Chester with his wife Erin along with daughter Sere (16) and son E.J. (7). Richardson was born December 15, 1972, in Queens, N.Y.