Rolla native one of several former S&T coaches on Austin Peay staff.
The coaches have known for several months now.
However, recently the Austin Peay University football team has made it official - Rolla native Josh Richards will serve as the Governors’ offensive coordinator in 2014.
Former Missouri S&T football head coach Kirby Cannon, entering his second season as Austin Peay head coach, has named Richards as his offensive coordinator - the same position he held when the two coached the S&T Miners.
Richards joined Cannon’s staff during the 2013 campaign, during which the rebuilding Governors went 0-12.
Richards will also coach quarterbacks this season for Austin Peay.
Richards was a starting quarterback at both Rolla High and Central Methodist University. He later served a four-year stint as St. James High School football head coach, helping the Tigers set several offensive records there, before moving on to S&T.
He served as a Cannon football assistant for five seasons at Missouri S&T, including three as offensive coordinator. The Miners set a number of offensive school records while using the spread offense with Richards as offensive coordinator.
After Cannon resigned at S&T in 2009 to take an assistant coaching job at Division I Central Michigan, Richards was not retained on the Miner staff by Cannon's head coaching replacement, David Brown.
Richards later returned to St. James to teach and serve as an assistant coach there for a couple of years.
The Austin Peay coaching staff certainly has a S&T Miner flavor.
In addition to Richards, two other former S&T players/coaches on Cannon’s current staff are Kyran Weaver and Brandon Jordan. Both played for Cannon at S&T and Weaver also served as a coach there.
Weaver is the Governors’ assistant coach in charge of linebackers while Jordan is the defensive line coach.
Both Weaver and Jordan were also on the Austin Peay staff last year, Jordan as a graduate assistant.
Austin Peay is a NCAA Division I program that is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference.