Northwestern football coach Kyle Richardson informed his players and coaches Thursday that he’ll be taking a job at Clemson.
“He’s announced his impending resignation today,” said Northwestern athletics director Lauren West.
West was not clear on exactly what Richardson will be doing with the Clemson football program, and that school hasn’t announced anything yet. Richardson didn’t respond to messages seeking comment.
Northwestern has its annual football banquet and fundraiser this weekend, as well as the Trojan Relays track meet. After those two events, West and principal James Blake will meet to discuss their next move.
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“We’ve got some big events happening,” West said. “We’ve met with the players and we’ve met with the coaching staff and we’ve just asked them to keep doing what they’re doing and allow Mr. Blake and I time to get through this weekend and then get our heads together and talk about some things.”
Richardson led the Trojans to a pair of state titles since taking over for Jimmy Wallace ahead of the 2011 season. Northwestern went undefeated in 2013 and added another championship this past December, the school’s fifth overall. He was 58-14 in his five seasons at the helm of the Northwestern program. He previously coached at the college level, at Southeastern Louisiana, before joining Northwestern as an offensive coordinator for Wallace.
“It’s certainly been a goal of Kyle’s and he’s worked hard and he’s earned it,” said West. “Not a coach that we wanted to lose but we certainly wish him well. Kyle has taken Northwestern’s football program to the next level and we’re gonna look to continue that success.”
A second highly successful high school coach, Grayson High’s Mickey Conn, also will join Clemson’s staff. According to reports, Conn and Richardson will serve in a quality control or analyst role for the Tigers.