Darnel Richardson
Darnel  Richardson

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Marshall '96

Seventh season at DU


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Coach Richardson may be reached at richard5@duq.edu.

Darnel Richardson, who was part of a 1993 Duquesne coaching staff that included current head coach Jerry Schmitt and defensive coordinator Dave Opfar, returned to coach the DU defensive backs prior to the 2010 season. In 2013 and 2014 he moved to the other side of the ball and coached the Dukes' receivers, but moved back to his original defensive back duties in 2015 where he will remain this season.

In 2015, Richardson helped coach a pass defense that was second in the Northeast Conference in interceptions with 16 and third in the NEC in pass defense with 202.8 yards allowed per game. He also tutored defensive back Trenton Coles who was invited to rookie camp by the Kansas City Chiefs.

In 2011, the Duquesne secondary led the nation in pass defense (139.3 ypg.) and ranked 6th in pass efficiency defense (100.5) while surrendering just nine touchdown passes and posting 10 interceptions. Richardson's unit also produced third team Associated Press All-America safety Serge Kona.

Despite a flurry of injuries at the cornerback spot in 2012, Duquesne led the NEC and ranked 24th nationally in pass efficiency defense.

In 2013, the DU receiving corps led the Northeast Conference with 223 receptions and 237 receiving yards per game and in 2014 the Red and Blue once again led the conference with 230 receptions and 251.2 receiving yards per game.

Richardson came to Duquesne after serving as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator under Opfar at Saint Francis, Pa. for eight seasons. The McKeesport, Pa. native brings 19 years of college coaching experience to the Dukes sideline.

Prior to his stint at Saint Francis, Richardson served as offensive coordinator at West Virginia State for five seasons where he coached six first team All-WVIAC offensive players.

Richardson got his start in college coaching at DU in `93 when he mentored the running backs for first-year Dukes coach Greg Gattuso. He then moved on to Robert Morris where he served as wide receivers/tight ends and head JV coach under Joe Walton for two years.

As a player, Richardson helped South Allegheny to the 1977 WPIAL title on the way to being named WPIAL Class AA Player of the Year. He then moved on to Marshall where he led the Herd in receptions as a junior and senior in 1980 & 1981.

He fulfilled his graduation requirements from Marshall in May of 1996. Richardson has two children: Lindsey and Anthony.


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