U-M swimming coach Richardson retires

May, 16, 2012
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Michigan women's swimming coach Jim Richardson is retiring.

Richardson led his program to 14 Big Ten championships in 27 years, including 12 straight from 1987 to 1998. His teams also finished in the top 10 in the NCAA championships 14 times during his tenure. The Wolverines' best finish was second in 1995.

He was named NCAA coach of the year twice -- in 1993 and 1995 -- and coached 162 All-Americans.

“It has been a privilege and honor to serve as the women’s swimming coach at the University of Michigan,” Richardson said in a statement released by the school. “Michigan is truly one of the great institutions in the world and to be a part of the development of young women has been my sole purpose. Stefanie Kerska has been the best assistant coach that any coach could ever hope for. Twice in the past year she took over the role of head coach, and has proven she is one of the best assistants in the country. It was a special relationship for 26 years that Stefanie and I had, and I look forward to maintaining that long into the future.

"To be able to work with Jon Urbanchek, Bob Bowman, Mike Bottom, Fernando Canales and all of the wonderful staff at Michigan has been a great joy. I am looking forward to what God has planned for me in this next stage of life. I will always be a fan and supporter of Michigan Athletics.”

Richardson will officially retire June 30.

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