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Marshall coach Richters reassigned

By Tyler Clifton tclifton@marshallnewsmessenger.com
Nov. 13, 2012 at 11 p.m.

MARSHALL - There will be a changing of the guard when it comes to Marshall's football program, as assistant athletic director/head football coach Alex Richters was reassigned within the school district on Tuesday morning.

Richters was 3-17 in his two years at the helm with a 2-10 mark in district play after accepting the job in July of 2011 to replace the departed Thed Harris. The longtime Maverick assistant was unable to get the program back to the respectability he and the Maverick family were so hoping for the last two seasons.

"We're looking at all the programs, not just athletics," said Marshall's first-year Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith. "We've been in the process of analyzing our staff when it comes to productivity and making the necessary judgments and assessments to fix the situation. This wasn't a knee-jerk reaction, because we're looking at the big picture when it comes to the entire athletic department and moving it forward."

Smith said the position hasn't been officially posted and he had yet to receive resumes since the news had been broken only a few hours before he even returned to his office late Tuesday afternoon after an unassociated PTA meeting. He did talk about the position having to be posted for at least 10 days before a candidate could be hired and how the process won't take place until after school resumes on Jan. 7 citing the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and the time it would take to do interviews.

"Our thoughts are more along the traditional structure of our next head coach also serving as our new athletic director as well," Smith said. "I want what's best for the district when it comes to supporting our administration and all of our coaches. Generally when you have one high school, it's a dual capacity."

Richters said he thought a third year could have been on the horizon due to the circumstances of his original hire.

"I was never under the impression I wasn't going to get one more year or how my job was going to be in jeopardy," Richters said. "At the same time, when you've been a head coach for two years and have this type of experience, something tells you the end is near. I don't blame Dr. Smith for this decision at all."

Marshall was his first opportunity as a head coach, and although the numbers weren't quite up to par with what he had hoped, Richters is thankful for the opportunity he was given but disappointed in how the end result wasn't a better one.



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