Hopkins couple up front about their coaching roles


Ed Richardson chuckles a little to himself when people come up to him and say, "It's so nice for you and your wife to be coaching at the same school."

Not so fast.

Richardson and his wife, Wanda, don't exactly have a lot of time to chitchat while serving as assistant basketball coaches at Johns Hopkins.

Although both are responsible for coaching post players, Ed works with the Hopkins men's team and Wanda is an assistant for the women.

"I actually saw her more before she became an assistant here eight years ago," said Ed, who is in his 16th year as coach Bill Nelson's assistant. "She used to come here to our practices and was around a lot. Now she has her coaching responsibilities and that often takes her in a different direction."

Neither Ed nor Wanda -both of whom are Dunbar High graduates - ever played center or anything close to a post position. In fact, the 6-foot Ed played football, not basketball, at Frostburg State, and Wanda was a 5-7 guard for one season at Morgan State.

Wanda did average 16 points before giving up basketball to get married.

"Nancy [Blank, Hopkins' women's coach] was primarily a guard coach when I took a job here, so I just sort of started to work with the post people," Wanda said. "My husband likes big people because he was smaller and he gravitated to the post players."

Ed Richardson also is head coach of the JV team.

Husband and wife have a great rapport with their respective head coaches, and it's paid dividends on the court, as the women were 17-5 and the men 13-8.

Historic march

The Washington College women's swimming team might be the best team in the state that nobody knows about.

The Shorewomen have won 22 consecutive dual meets and are 10-0 this season. If they can close out the dual-meet season with victories over Western Maryland tomorrow and Swarthmore on Wednesday, the Shorewomen will become the first women's team in any sport in school history to have an unbeaten season.

Washington College opened the season with a 103-102 victory over Gettysburg, handing the Bullets their first dual-meet loss in the Centennial Conference after 56 consecutive wins.

Four weeks later, the Shorewomen captured their second consecutive East Coast Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving championships despite having no divers to gain points in that competition.

The top four individual Washington College swimmers are juniors Pamela Vasquez and Julie Meirs, sophomore Margaret Klag and freshman Samantha Shaffer.

Et cetera

The UMBC men's swimming team is 11-1 under first-year coach Chad Cradock. The Retrievers broke five pool records in a tri-meet victory last weekend over host William and Mary and Old Dominion. Swimmers breaking records were Ramon James in the 100-meter backstroke (51.97), Josh Farley in the 200 individual medley (1.54.92), Fran Patrick in the 100 freestyle (46.09) and 200 freestyle (1.41.27), and the 400 medley relay team of Karl Strauss, James, Mehdi Addadi and Patrick (3.26.19).

Morgan State senior Jonathan Streat (Woodlawn) is a top 800-meter threat indoors and outdoors in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. His top indoor time is 1.55.27 and his best outdoor mark is 1.53. Streat will compete at Morgan State's Hughes Stadium on April 20 in a 20-team meet.

Washington College's Justin Layfield (Calvert Hall) was the top-scoring soccer freshman in the Centennial Conference last fall with five goals and six assists. He was also the soccer Freshman Player of the Year at Washington College.

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