‘The Right Leader for our Program’
The most successful three-year stretch in Furman men’s basketball history has led to a contract extension for Coach Bob Richey.
“Bob Richey has done an outstanding job as our head coach, and we are thrilled that this extension will keep him in Greenville for the foreseeable future,” says Furman Athletics Director Jason Donnelly. “Bob is the right leader for our program, on and off the court, as well as in the community, and his impact has been felt across all areas of our university.”
Entering the 2019-20 campaign, the Paladins were 73-26 since Richey took over, matching or setting school records for victories all three seasons. Furman has won 23 or more games four straight years after accomplishing the feat just once in history prior to 2016-17.
“I am grateful and humbled by the commitment Furman and the Paladin basketball family have shown me, our staff, our players and our program through this extension,” says Richey. “We are fortunate that our philosophy of enriching the lives of our players and winning on the court aligns with Furman’s institutional values. Our staff will continue to work every day to grow our players, to prepare them for success in life after basketball, and to compete for championships.”
2020-21 marks Richey’s 10th year with Furman. He ranks 9th among all active NCAA Division I coaches with a .737 winning percentage and, at 38, is the youngest coach among the top 25 winningest coaches, with more than 50 games of experience at the D-I level.