Brett Richardson begins his 18th year affiliated with Rattler Baseball as a member of the coaching staff, and continues an association with FAMU Head Coach Jamey Shouppe, who coached him in high school.
A native of Tallahassee, the personable Richardson’s ties to the FAMU Diamond Program began during his playing days in the early 1990s, as a catcher on the Rattlers’ Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title winners in 1990, 1991 and 1992.
After spending five seasons as an assistant baseball coach at Tallahassee Lincoln High School (1992 to 1997), Richardson returned to FAMU to begin his collegiate coaching career, first as a graduate assistant under head coach Joe Durant in August of 1998.
Richardson eventually earned promotion to full-time status in 2000, combining the duties of pitching coach and recruiting coordinator, with his various responsibllities as assistant coach.
His years of experience in all aspects of managing the Rattler Baseball program and his growth as a leader was noticed by the FAMU administration, which tabbed him Interim Head Coach in May of 2010.
Richardson led the Rattlers to their first MEAC Tournament appearance after a two-year absence in the Spring of 2011, and after a brief hiatus, returned as Interim Assistant Coach under Interim Head Coach Kevin Clethan during the 2013 season.
Presently, Richardson’s vast array of responsibilities includes the development of the Rattler hitters and catchers; coaching third base during games; assisting in recruiting; overseeing the academic eligibility process for team members, along with vital administrative duties.
When FAMU appointed Jamey Shouppe as its’ new head baseball coach in June of 2013, Richardson became the logical choice as Assistant Coach with his years of service to the program.
“Bret has given so much to the program at FAMU, and he is such a special, special man, who I am so happy to have on the staff,” and elated Shouppe said moments after the Rattlers clinched the 2015 MEAC title.
Richardson holds a B.S. in Health and Physical Education from FAMU (1997), and also holds a Master’s in Education (Sports and Leisure Management) from FAMU (2001).