Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/30/16
From Press Release
The Marquette University men’s lacrosse program has added former All-American Jacob Richard (Henderson) to its coaching staff as an assistant coach, head coach Joe Amplo announced on Friday. Richard, who earned his bachelor’s degree from the University in May, will work with the defensive unit.
“After a deliberate and thoughtful search that allowed us to interact with many great coaches, it became evident to me that hiring Jake Richard as our assistant coach was the best thing to do for Marquette Lacrosse,” Amplo said. “I have said many times that we win with people and Jake Richard is one of the best people that I have ever been around.
“What he lacks in experience was very easy to overlook when you analyze his character, desire to be great and his willingness to learn. He will make an immediate and sustained impact on our student-athletes, team and Marquette University. I am excited to work with him and most proud to now call him a peer.”
At Marquette, Richard was a two-time team captain and helped lead the Golden Eagles’ unprecedented rise to national prominence in just four short seasons, culminating in their first BIG EAST Conference title and NCAA Championship appearance in 2016. The USILA Third Team All-American is one of just four All-America selections and three MLL draft picks in program history, and was the only short-stick defensive midfielder named All-BIG EAST in 2016 with second team recognition.
“I am humbled to continue my involvement with the Marquette Lacrosse program,” Richard said. “The culture that has been established in the program’s first four years is one that breeds holistic development and success. I look forward to continuing that culture and creating impactful relationships with each and every player.”
The West Chester native was second among all Golden Eagles with 63 ground balls in 2016 and ended his career second all-time at MU with 193. He was a fourth-round MLL draft pick of the N.Y. Lizards and has proven himself to be a valuable member of the team’s midfield as a rookie, securing nine ground balls and collecting four points (two goals and two assists) in his first seven contests with the squad.
Richard was the recipient of Marquette’s Cura Personalis Award in 2016, recognizing the student-athlete whose attitude throughout their athletics career exemplifies the Jesuit spirit of Cura Personalis and demonstrates a commitment to the athletics program’s mission of excellence in academics, athletics and leadership through service to others.
In his MU career, Richard caused 36 turnovers (third in program history) in addition to 193 ground balls, while also posting 12 goals and six assists in 61 career games. He shares the single-game program record for ground balls (9) with two other individuals and appeared in every game in the Golden Eagles’ first four seasons.
Since his high school days in Pennsylvania, Richard has been actively involved with the HEADstrong Lacrosse Club and worked various lacrosse camps around the country. At Marquette, he has worked closely with the Milwaukee Eagles wheelchair lacrosse team and the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. He has also recently been assisting the Fusion Lacrosse Club in Philadelphia.
In 2012, Richard was an All-EPSLA, First-Team All-Ches-Mont League and All-Phillylacrosse.com High Honorable Mention pick.
Richard’s younger brother, Noah, will be a sophomore for the Golden Eagles during the 2016-17 academic year.
Marquette has recorded double digit wins in each of the last two seasons and set new program bests of 11 overall victories and four conference wins in 2016. The Golden Eagles burst into the national polls after just 31 games in early 2015 and ended 2016 ranked 11th in the USILA Coaches Poll and 13th in the media poll. The Golden Eagles also hosted their first NCAA tournament game in May as the national No. 6 seed, falling to eventual NCAA Champion North Carolina by one goal in the NCAA First Round.